My submission form for AAM is in the mail. This means I am committing that, whether or not I submit the other two stories, I am definitely submitting AAM. I got wonderful feedback from a beta yesterday that thrilled my soul. So, we're going for it (as soon as I get an email from Rooglewood saying that they received my submission form and are ready to receive the manuscript).
I read some snippets of Rachel Heffington's writing a couple days ago and was significantly humbled. It made my writing look like stick figures -- (very good stick figures, of course) -- next to Mona Lisa.
Some people make a "good living" drawing stick figures. They manage to pour enough heart and soul into those figures, and the simple pen strokes become popular and meaningful to many people. So my stick figure drawing may not be bad. It may just be the way I write. But at the same time, I think it could be better. I think, if I read good writers and study my craft, that a little bit of that will rub off on me.
That's one of the reasons I am excited about the possibility of winning Rooglewood's contest. Can you imagine what it will be like to work with their editors? If my story wins, it will be because they believe in my story like I do. And we'll be on the same team to bring out the elements in the best way.
And that's exciting.