Having "Invalid Item" nominated for a Quill Award took me by surprise. It really came out of the blue. Having this story actually win a Quill Award has me completely floored. I am honored and humbled and I thank all of you very much.
I have made a decision and, because of that decision, I will not be as active this year as I have been in the past. I'm usually good for a contest or two each month, plus I've taken many workshops. I feel as though I have almost reached the pinnacle of what I can do and it's not enough. I seem to struggle too hard at the basics. If I am to realize my dream of publishing one day I need to fix that.
I went to college for a year but my heart wasn't into it and I wasn't a very good student. Frankly, I was bored. I got an EMT certification and never looked back. That was many years and several babies ago. Those babies are grown now and I staring at 50 coming down the road pretty soon. I've decided to become a student once again.
Starting this summer I will be hitting the books hard, seeking a degree in English. Right now I'm boning up on my algebra. Some of it is coming back to me but most is a re-learning experience. Unlike 30 years ago, I am now an eager student and excited about continuing my education.
What this all means is I will have limited time to construct stories and poems. All my writing projects have been put on hold. The next four or five years will be busy to say the least since I will also be working full time. I will still maintain my account here and will be jumping in when I can.
I think this is the longest update I have ever written.
I've been away dealing with the holidays and relatives and I plan to be back soon. I was surprised when I checked my account today to learn I one the first ever "Fantasy and Science Fiction Society" 's "Thrice Prompted" contest with this little piece:
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You write a 10-Minute play about an endangered species and submit it. They even have a "How-To" on writing it with format examples.
From the website:
8-10 plays will be selected for a Staged Reading at a California theatre, with an award of $100usd for each play. Multiple playwrights/Translators on a single play will divide the award equally (unless they request a different division). The audiences’ “ticket” will be a donation to a specified non-profit Wildlife Conservancy. There is No Entry Fee.
Entries must be received by midnight November 30, 2015. Winners and Finalists will be announced by May 31, 2016 via e-mail and on the SES website. One submission per playwright. Plays must be in English, or have been translated into English. SES does not offer critiques
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