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Writer’s of the Future’s Vol. 28 PW Review

Writers of the Future Vol. 28 has been published in ebook format (mmp forthcoming July 21st) with my story, Of Woven Wood, taking the first slot in the anthology.

I’ve recently returned from the workshop week and awards ceremony and will have decently thorough write-ups of my time out on the west coast out in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, I just found out that Publisher’s Weekly reviewed the anthology:

“The 28th installment of this venerable anthology series collects the 13 winners of the Writers of the Future contest for 2011, drawing from the ranks of new authors and artists. Many of the contributors have already seen other success in the field, and it’s not hard to imagine some of them making award lists in the near future. The offerings are thought provoking and varied, with a general trend toward excellence. Standouts include Marie Croke’s “Of Woven Wood,” in which a golem learns to deal with his creator’s death; William Mitchell’s “Contact Authority,” a tale of outer space espionage; and Scott T. Barnes’s lyrical “Insect Sculptor.” The selections are weighted toward science fiction, with several fantasy pieces and some that defy genre, like Nick T. Chan’s “The Command for Love.” The future is in good hands.”

Bolding mine. Yay for good reviews and personal mentions :)

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WotF Vol 28 3rd Q Winners and Extra

Congratulations to the three winners for quarter 3 for Writers of the Future:

1st Place – William Mitchell of London, England

2nd Place – M.O. Muriel of Texas

3rd Place – Jacob A. Boyd of Oregon

Can’t wait to meet you all next April! :)

My short story, Sand-child, will be published in Daily Science Fiction on November 25, available to read that day for everyone on their mailing list. Later on their website for those not getting the stories to their inbox. I’m super excited because this will be my first pro publication, even though it’s technically not my first pro sale. Yay :)

Also, the RibbonSight Collection has been published in paperback and is now available for $13.99 through Amazon. It’s supposed to be $11.99, but I can’t figure out how to change it. Me = technologically unsavvy :(

Q2 2011 WotF Winners, etc…

I’m a bit behind, so a late congrats to the Q2 Writers of the Future Winners:

William Ledbetter 1st Place – from Texas
Nicholas Tchan 2nd Place – from Sydney, Australia
Corry L. Lee 3rd Place – from Washington

Glad to see a girl in there, so at least I know I won’t be the only one :) Of course, she’s probably got a bit more brains on me considering she’s just received her PhD in Physics…a subject I will admit I have only a limited grasp on. Why, yes, my piece was fantasy, can’t you read my heading? Heh.

In any case…Congrats guys!

In other news as catch up…

Working on putting RibbonSight together into a collection right now. Stumbling my way through a pod version through Createspace at the moment and will announce when things have finally come together and have been published.

Also working behind the scenes on more upgrades to my site. I don’t like the way my bibliography is all set up right now and have been working slowly on a new way to showcase my indie published work, partially to separate it from my traditional work, partially because I have grand plans…(don’t we all)…and a million novels to write.

And a third tiny announcement that isn’t really an announcement at all. More like the announcement that an announcement is coming…I know, I know. I’m a dork.

But…yes.

There’s something fun coming. At least, it was fun for me :)

Writers of the Future 1st Place Winner!

I won!

I didn’t think it would ever happen…but it did! I won Writers of the Future! And first place even!

First thoughts?

Yay! I’m going to the workshop to learn from real pros!

Yay! I’ll get to meet and talk to people who are as geeky as me without them judging my love of genre fiction!

Yay! I’m going to be published in an already well-received anthology that will actually sit on bookshelves in actual bookstores!

Yay! I’m going to get up in front of a whole bunch of people to give an acceptance speech and sign books with super shaky hands!

…uh. *hides under desk*

Yeah, okay, those last two have me nervous as hell, but I’ve a year to prepare.  :)

Right now, I’m still in a state of shock. I kept expecting Joni to call me back and tell me ‘Oops, I totally tallied things up backwards and you actually were 8/8.’ As it was I had two loud children talking/crying next to me as I was trying to talk to her so she was probably grateful when she finally got off the phone with me. I’m not really sure I could do much about that so hopefully she’s the forgiving type.

My stats for the contest for any interested:

Total of 7 submission (8 if you count my Q2 2011 sub that just got pulled).

Q3 2009: Rejection

Q4 2009: HM

Q1 2010: HM

Q2 2010: Semi-Finalist

Q3 2010: Finalist

Q4 2010: HM

Q1 2011: 1st Place Winner

Q2 2011: Pulled

The two Finalists and the pulled story for Q2 were my attempts at writing to market. I owe a bunch to the Writers of the Future forum that I stalked for information. Goldmine there, if anyone is looking for tips. So thank you to all the peoples who asked questions so my shy, introverted self didn’t have to.  :)

Also, previous winner Brad Torgersen has a great write-up here about his thoughts on how to win the contest and I highly recommend anyone submitting to give it a look. It helped me out alot. I especially want to reiterate buying a recent copy of the anthology, picking out the stories you love and delving into them to discover why you loved them so you can apply those basic elements in your own stories. Stress on the ones you love.

No sure things, but the research I did helped me rise from an HM to Finalist, though I admit to being convinced it would take me at least 5 Finalists before I might actually win – 5 being a generic big number that felt far away and impossible. (Yes, bad me went back and reread my story and mentally rejected myself before I got the results back from Joni.)

Yes, I’m rambling. Yes, I’m excited. My honey is probably tired of listening to me talk about the workshop next year.  :)  I guess he has almost a year to suffer. :)

Finalist – Q1 2011 WoTF

Just found out that Joni has posted the Finalist list for Q1 so I can finally break my silence on the subject.

http://www.writersofthefuture.com/node/645

This makes me a 2x Finalist now (first being Q3 2010). Crossing my fingers but not too worried about it. Just keeping busy with a lot of projects, which takes my mind off of the possibility of winning.

That being said, one of the things that this second Finalist cemented for me was that my storytelling is fine, it’s simply a matter of taste on whether people like my work at this point.

Wewt! <—(sorry, but I had to have at least one.)