Saturday, March 11, 2006

The contest bug

Captain's Log, Stardate 03.11.2006

Blog Book giveaway:
My Monday book giveaway (LOVE THE SINNER) is here.
My Thursday book giveaway (ALMOST HEAVEN) is here.
You can still enter both of them. Just post a comment on those blog posts.
On Monday, I'll draw the winner for LOVE THE SINNER and post the title for another book I'm giving away. Stay tuned.

The Daphne: The contest bug has bit. I blame my friends on the SAYSF loop (you know who you are, you stinkers) who are contest junkies in denial.

Another reason is because my agent encouraged me to enter because it will pad my writing resume to have any contest wins. I've only won one contest, the suspense category in the Noble Theme last year, so I decided to try a few more contests to see if I'm just a one-hit wonder or not.

I entered two manuscripts in the Daphne today. Since I'm judging the Inspirational category, I entered my suspense in Mainstream and my Christmas chick-lit in Category (series).

I admit I did tone down some of the Christianese in the entries themselves, but I don't hold much hope they'll do well. The suspense has too much "Christianity" and might get docked points for being in the wrong category (there's also the risk of landing a judge biased against Christ), while the Christmas chick-lit might get docked points for not enough mystery.

However, I'm thinking of entering the Barclay. Not sure which manuscript yet.

Bible in 90 Days: Day 59. I love Jonah's transparency, even though he's a bit of a whiner. Then again, I don't know how happy I'd be if asked to walk into the tension-filled streets of Chicago's inner city and preach that they're all going to be destroyed.

Writing: Still going through my Maass notes, but I should be finishing my high-level outline soon, and then working to fill out my detailed scene outline.

Diet: Exercise has been good, but eating portions have not. Grrrr. Need more self-control. And I need to eat more vegetables, too.

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