It went well. I tink I read well and managed to keep the audience interested. However, my story didn't get to be their favourite. One theory is that it was too nice, another is that it's fantasy, which is not a accepted genre among literary critics.
I'm beginning to care less about not making first place - the good part is that I got through my first reading alive and well. Every reading from now on will be less terrifying, which is very good, considering that readings are part of the job as writer.
Where is the next one?
My first reading
Yep. It happens tonight, at the literature house in my town. They have a special event for unpublished authors. Four authors share the evening, each has 15 minutes for a text, and 5 minutes for a discussion. There will be a vote for the audience's favourite at the end, and of course I hope that I'll make it.
I'd appreciate any crossing of fingers, squeezing of thumbs or any other good-luck gesture.
My, I sure have neglegted this one.
Things are looking good. I found an agency for my first novel and signed a contract with them last August. They are asking for the sequel already, even though they don't have a publisher yet.
That sequel is making good progress. I'm trying to keep myself to 1,000 words a day, and I might actually get into the habit of it. That will certainly push my word count up considerably. I *need* a higher word count.
A short story is with an Australian publisher, together with a bunch we rustled up at Scribe's. That project is already starting over again for 2005. I have a setting and an MC, but not a story yet. I'm strongly suggesting to my subconscious to come up with something, but there's time until the end of Feburary, or even March. No hurry. I hope to have finished my second novel when the anthology rush starts.
Oh, and there's great news: Me and my darling husband will go and visit Australia this summer. It's always been a dream, but now that I know people there, it's coming true. We got the tickets yesterday. YAY!
Domain moved successfully
Yay! My old provider went out of business, and I had to move my domain. This seems to have been successfull, at least the mail works again. And soon I'll upload the first, real pages.
This is a little embarassing
I am responsible for the Writing Challenge at a certain board. Today the second challenge finished - and I won it. That pleases me, because I do put effort into it, but it is emberassing, as well. Maybe I should stop entering them - but they are too much fun to give up.
At any rate I put a little picture in my siggy, and I will keep it there for a few days - advertising the challenge. I hope that many more will join into the fun.