Captain's Log, Stardate 05.03.2005
Well, I didn't get called about the Daphne contest finals, so I must not have finaled. :( I guess that's okay, although I'm apprehensive about what the judges thought. I got really burned last year by a judge in the Noble Theme who judged my Chicklit/Women's Fiction like a straight Romance. She didn't like anything about my entry.
But it's not as bad as my friend, whose judge said her storyline was impossible when the manuscript had been based on a true story. The judge gave her all "1" ratings no matter what the criteria was, whether character, plot, manuscript format, whatever.
I'm sorry, I shouldn't be harsh, judges volunteer their time and energy for these contests. Most judges are professional and encouraging, it's only the occasional one who lands you a facer that gives the contest a bad name.
I must also be terribly prideful to dread the criticisms from the judging. Shouldn't I want to improve my craft? Shouldn't I crave input from impartial readers? So why does it feel like I'm opening up a vein?
Writing: Hmm, I should be working on my wip rather than blogging.
Diet: I tried on a pair of jeans I couldn't button a few weeks ago, and they button up! They're still too tight to sit in, but this is progress.