No Dice

Well, my little Zombie story, Tastes Like Brains, didn’t win any awards over at The Clarity of Night. I’m a little disappointed, but that’s OK. Congratulations to all of the winners. You surely deserve it.

I was third runner up in the Reader’s Choice category, so thanks to all you readers who voted for me. I’m glad you all enjoyed my story. (congrats to Sarah Hina for winning the Reader’s Choice award). Now that I think about it, it is a pretty huge honor that all the readers liked my story enough to vote for it, out of 70+ entries. I wonder how close I was? 🙂

Now on to other matters. I finally took the time to read over the comments my writing group made on Chapter 1 of my NaNoWriMo novel. I even began draft 2 using these suggestions. I was actually feeling down on my story because I have so many questions/problems with it, but my fellow writers had such constructive suggestions, I now feel invigorated by it.

Here is an example of one of my edits. My original line was:

“There are few things in life that will bring a family closer together than sharing a car for fifteen hours.”

I like the “idea” here, but not the wording. For some reason, I couldn’t put my finger on what the problem was.

Here is the edited line:

“Few things in life will bring a family closer together than sharing a car for fifteen hours.”

There isn’t a huge difference between the two lines, but I like the second one so much more. This is what I needed, a second set of eyes to just give me a nudge in the right direction (well, the eyes weren’t nudging me, but you know what I mean).

Unrelated to this, I’ve been interview by Julie K. Rose for a podcast about music and writing. I will let you know when the podcast hits the web. You won’t actually hear my voice, rather Julie will be reading my answers mixed with my music selections. Still, it should make a fun listen.