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?
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.