Blog for blogsake: random bits and pieces on my writing progress

Yep, that’s what I’m doing because I haven’t blogged for over a month and if I stop no one will visit at all.

But I do have some news. It’s about taking small steps, which is what I’ve been doing lately.

I have just started a new story, which I’ve decided to put on hold because it was going to be my entry to the RWA’s High Five

Contest. But I missed the deadline … by that much.

Not to worry. I’ve decided to ‘forge’ ahead with my wip that has been around for two years now! I plan to finish it and then return to the start and change my characters’ situation slightly. I reckon I can have it it finished and ready to go by Christmas.

Also, the RWA has opened its Little Gems competition, which I might have a go at.

That’s all for now folks.

Cheers.

PS: I took the pic of this hibiscus when I was in Bali last year. It has nothing to do with writing. It’s just beautiful.

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RWA contests entered: three

Romance Writers of Australia runs a number of contests each year. I usually  enter Little Gems, The First Kiss and High Five.

My short story made the Little Gems Topaz anthology last year, and I’m hoping for success in the 2011 contest, which closed on February 4. The added incentive for entering this year was the introduction of cash prizes for the first three place getters. 

First Kiss is self explanatory. It’s the scene where the heroine and hero first lock lips. It can be no longer than 1500 words and must be accompanied by a 25-line explanation, so the judges can understand the context.

In 2010, my First Kiss entry placed 17th out of 43. The 2011 comp closed last Friday, so it will be at least a month before the results are known. Now I’ve put it out there, I hope I sneak up a few more places on the leader board.  

As for this year’s High Five contest, it’s all over. My entry finished in 19th place out of 76 entries. I would’ve tied for 18th had I not screwed up my formatting, which led to the deduction of one point. (I had to share that – vanity).

The final big RWAustralia comp of the year is the Valerie Parv Award, where entrants are required to submit 12,500 words of their completed ms. Unfortunately, I’m not ready for this one because I’ve fluffed around and haven’t got my act together with my latest wip.  

The comps are good fun and, for me, they’re an exercise in self discipline. When The First Kiss results are announced and I receive the judges’ feedback, I’ll be able to re-slot my already seriously edited scene back into my ms with all the rough edges ironed out.

The waiting game has begun.