Monday, December 14, 2015

Wrapping Up

No, I'm not talking about Christmas presents.

I'm talking about the stories for the Rooglewood contest.  In two days is the deadline for turning in your submission forms -- so if they haven't already been sent in, you have 2 days to get them postmarked and on their way.

I finished my drafts and some edits on all of my stories earlier in the fall.  Then I got terribly overwhelmed and decided to hide and pretend that there were no stories waiting for me on my computer.  I was like the little frilled lizard on The Rescuers Down Under, with my hands over my ears, dancing around singing, "Dadabaduba, dadabaduba, I can't hear you!"

Which, as cowardly as it sounds, was probably a good thing.  Because, essentially, I was taking the recommended break so that I could come back with fresh eyes.  I just didn't know that's what I was doing.  I thought I was procrastinating.

But then, last Tuesday, I sat down and read through AAM.  With a big gulp, I decided that it was as good as I could make it before the deadline.  And I sent it in.

On Friday, I sat down to read through TCK.  I was the most concerned about this one.  It had been a long time since I paid any attention to TCK, and from the hazy details swimming around in my head, I foresaw MAJOR, MAJOR rewrites needed.  But, you know what?

<sheepish grin>

It's actually pretty good.

I mean...I enjoyed reading it.

That kind of blew me away.  Because I thought of TCK as the ugly stepsister to the other two.  But it's not bad.  I was kind of impressed.  And that's always a fun revelation as a writer.

So I packaged it up and sent it off to a beta-reader.  And the two of us will partner to polish it up and give it a fair chance at winning this year.

And now all I need to do is to get SPINDLE ready to go.

So, yeah...I'm wrapping things up here.  Sometime between the 20th and the 31st of this month, I will get a couple emails from Rooglewood, saying that I have been cleared to submit TCK and SPINDLE.  And then my babies will be off to make their rounds through the judges.  And I will haunt Rooglewood's website and Anne Elisabeth Stengl's blog, hoping for word of the process or some feeling of connection to my stories.  And thus I (and probably many other writers) will pass the time until the winners are announced next year.


  1. Wow you did three entries, I barely finished one. I hope you win, especially after all the time and effort you put in. I panicked a bit, I thought you said the deadline for the entries was in two days and had a bit of a heart attack.

    1. Oh, yikes! No, no, no! I'm sorry.
      The deadline for submitting the can-I-enter-a-story? form is in two days. The stories themselves don't have to be submitted until the 31st.

  2. I totally know the overwhelming feeling you had :). I haven't even been able to send my submission in yet, so I'm going crazy! And I totally agree about the haunting Anne Elisabeth's blog, I will be right there with you :D.
    ~Savannah Perran

  3. Good luck! I hope you win!

  4. I love that little lizard!
    Good luck to you on your stories! I'm so excited for them :)
    Mine is close to being finished; I think I'll just have time to get it beta read before sending it in. I finally wrote my "show-and-tell" post too, if you want to see it should be here
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!