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Writers of the Future Finalist!

Now that it's finally official, I can finally say: "Yippee!" I have a story in the final of the Writers of the Future Contest.

I've been sitting on this news for a couple of days. In part because I was away when the news came by email, in part because I wanted it to be official, but mostly because I wanted to tell my first reader what he should take credit for. He was a great help, especially since he marked a good number of passages "this made the story slow down." (Or as I understood it, "Get on with it!").

So I cut fluff. This included a lot of background information that, while interesting and world-enriching, didn't move the story forward or even bogged it down. In general the fluff got much more in the way in scenes where conversation carried the plot, so that's a lesson learned for further writing.


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jakobdrud
Oct. 15th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for crossing :-)
jongibbs
Oct. 15th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
Yay! Fantastic news. Congratulations :)
jakobdrud
Oct. 15th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Reading that email was truly one of those "arms above head" moments :-)
vaughan_stanger
Oct. 15th, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo!
jakobdrud
Oct. 15th, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Indeed! *grin*
catephoenix
Oct. 15th, 2009 12:44 pm (UTC)
Congratulations.
jakobdrud
Oct. 15th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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jakobdrud
Oct. 15th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's one of those boosts that'll keep me writing happily for a long time to come.
justin_pilon
Oct. 15th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Jakob! Wow, hope you win!
jakobdrud
Oct. 15th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! For some reason I have hopes of my own about this one, if you can imagine that ;-)
chris_s_owens
Oct. 15th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
WAy to go!
jakobdrud
Oct. 15th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And congrats to you on being a semi-finalist again! Isn't that your third?
chris_s_owens
Oct. 15th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Yep, time number three--twice this year.
jakobdrud
Oct. 16th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
That's better than cool. It's consistently cool!

I hope you get some good feedback from Kathy -- from what I hear she gives some great comments to the semi-finalists. I've also heard of writers who applied her advice and sold the story to a pro market. So best of luck with that.
kristajhl
Oct. 15th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Fingers crossed!
jakobdrud
Oct. 15th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Appreciate those fingers :-)
dr_phil_physics
Oct. 15th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Most excellent news, sir -- mega conga rats!

Now you get to wait to see if you win. But remember, even if you don't win, you may still come in through the back door as a published finalist -- I hear it is an honor unto itself. (grin)

Dr. Phil
jakobdrud
Oct. 15th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Well, thank you sir. Those rodents are much appreciated :-)

I'm trying to lighten up the wait by writing more stories. I've got five or six in the pipeline, so there are plenty of distractions.
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