You know when you’re out shopping and you come across the perfect gift for a loved one… but it’s no where close to their birthday, and Christmas is still many months away? So what do you do? Well, you buy it, and store it away for that special day. And then promptly forget about it.
Or how about when you take time to book a winter vacation to some balmy, tropical paradise months in advance, briefly imagining the fun and the sun and the <hic>… well, whatever else you imagine might happen as your finger hovers over the ‘Purchase’ button (wincing slightly at what your VISA statement will look like next month)? Then the cruel weight of the real world descends back onto your shoulders and the warm, gentle glow infusing you from having planned your winter getaway evaporates faster than you can say “I-don’t-want-to-work-I-just-want-to-be-a-famous-full-time-writer!!”
…and then finally, seemingly out of nowhere, the departure date for your tropical vacation arrives. And you’re like: …oh, yeah. Oh, YEAH!!!
Yesterday, I was perusing what I call my “Tracker” – a spreadsheet I maintain to track where and when I’ve submitted all my (written) work. The latest entry for my novel Darksea was: “Sept 2016: submitted to Ozma Awards“.
“Oh,” I thought to myself. “Forgot all about that one.”
I clicked over to the Ozma Awards website, to find that they had already announced the finalists for the contest.
“Ah well,” I thought, preparing to move on. Obviously, if I’d been a finalist, I would have heard, right? Something stopped me, though, and just out of morbid and masochistic curiosity, I scrolled down to see the list.
This is what I saw:
…what what what?!?!?!
Could it be? The novel that I’d essentially forgotten about, having nearly given up on sending it out to agents, has been chosen as a finalist for the 2016 Chanticleer Book Review OZMA Awards?!?!
In all honesty, I had been having difficulty maintaining my confidence and my productivity with my fiction writing up until about Christmas; now, however, with two short stories published and this latest news about my novel Darksea, I’m feeling the muse reawakening inside of me.
Time to (really!) start writing again!
Stay tuned to see if Darksea makes it to the next round of judging for the OZMA award!