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I emerge from the grave this July 4th, because a) it's a holiday and I suddenly have time to check/post on LJ; and b) to let everyone formally know that a story of mine has been named a finalist in the 2nd Quarter 2009 Writer's of the Future Contest! I have to say, I'm fairly bursting with happiness about it-- it's extremely cool to be a finalist; just the idea that four of the the WoTF judges, all of whom are icons of the field, are going to read my little story is pretty darn amazing.

I have never been good with managing expectations-- unlike carrie_ryan  who can daydream ceaselessly about success, if I try and do that, I just get extremely wound up. To that end, I am keeping all my fingers and toes crossed, but I am simultaneously doing my best not to think about it. Instead, this seems like a great opportunity to point out the seven other great writers who I am lucky enough to share finalist status with. They are:

Dario Ciriello of California
Simon Cooper of Ireland
jasonfischer  of Australia
William Mitchell of London
Chris Tissell of Oregon
Susan Watkins of Oregon
Jeff Young of Pennsylvania

I've been able to lay hands on fiction from the first four who I've linked to above (all available from the links), and from them alone, it looks like this is really an incredibly talented bunch and the competition will be extremely fierce. I am both initimidated and honored to keep this company. Chris, Susan, and Jeff, if you happen to see this, my googlefu failed on you, but I would love to read some of your work. Given the quality of the four folks whose work I hae read, I'm sure it's pretty awesome.

And that's really the great thing about all this. Sure, I would like to win. Seriously, I would really like to win. Like "sizeable envelope of cash with Robert Silverburg's name on it" like to win. But even if I don't, and even though I haven't read the specific stories competing with mine, just being in the same category of these up-and-coming SF stars is incredible. Now somehow I have to not explode for until the judging is announced in a month...


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Jul. 4th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Jul. 5th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Fingers crossed for the next round!
Jul. 4th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Congrats, JP. You deserve to be on that list! I hope it goes all the way for you -- or at least gets a pub slot in the next WoTF antho.
Jul. 5th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Me too, buddy, me too. Now how's about you throw something over to WotF and join me?
Jul. 5th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Well, the Q ending 6/30 was the first one in the last 8 consecutive Q's that I didn't have anything appropriate to send them. But you've inspired me to try to get back in the saddle again.
Jul. 8th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
Stay in the saddle! I guarantee you, this was not exactly my first submission, either. Persistence is everything in this industry...
Jul. 4th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS!!! (again) *g*

See, I already knew this from reading Carrie's blog, but it's so nice to see you posting again. *gives JP The Look* Really, we expect to see a bit more of you around these parts, 'K? heh.

And Happy 4th! Even though you beat us...
Jul. 5th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see you guys taking it so well ;)

I promise to show up a little more often... stupid day job making it difficult. But I do miss everybody! I was just thinking what great friends I've made on here. Keep me posted on all your wild successes, too!
Jul. 4th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuude. I just checked out the judge's list. *squeaks* This is so cool.

Congrats again!!! You rock!!! That story rocks!
Jul. 5th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
I know, right! Even if I don't make it, it'll be awesome to say something like "you know, Frederick Pohl read one of my short stories. Absolutely hated it."

Thanks again to you for doing awesome beta work for me. It totally wouldn't be where it is without you.
Jul. 5th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
*snort* I totally heard that with a British accent.
Jul. 5th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Congrats JP!
Jul. 5th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Keeping my eye out for your big debut!
Jul. 6th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Go, JP, gooooooo! Hope you've been writing, love, as I want to see words when you get back home! *cracks that whip and grins evilly*
Jul. 8th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Yes, ma'am! I have been, promise! Same to you!
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Jul. 8th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Now how to survive another month... sigh...
Apr. 15th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Great writing! I want you to follow up to this topic!?!

Nov. 4th, 2011 09:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.

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