quarter-finalism and what’s old is novel again

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This morning I found out (or rather, a friend pointed it out) that my feature comedy script is a quarter-finalist for the Page International Screenwriting Awards. Yay! There are 749 quarter-finalists http://pageawards.com/past-winners/2014-winners/2014-quarter-finalists/  which is ten percent of the bunch, so I’m not holding my breath on my little screenplay making the semi-finals, but I’d be pretty happy if it did.

A family member has put me in contact with a successful veteran writer who does a lot of the of stuff that I’m trying to do. That’s exciting in itself, but as a Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan, it tickles me to think that this new potential mentor’s name is Giles. Is it wrong to secretly hope that he has a British accent and an archaic weapons collection, and that he finds the culture of my generation annoying? Priorities, priorities…

In other news, now that I don’t have a pressing deadline, I’ve returned to the next draft of my novel, which I haven’t looked at in a while. It started as my first NaNoWriMo project http://nanowrimo.org/ which got out of hand, word-count-wise, to a whopping 111199, and even though I started with a detailed outline, it got too complex and repetitive. That’s okay. It’s what first drafts are for, I have no problem cutting and rearranging where necessary, and I’ve learned quite a bit in the almost two years between then and now. Frankly, I’m excited about it. Maybe it’s a question of the grass always being greener on the other side, but I was itching to get back to the novel during these last few months of only writing screenplays. Maybe I’ll pump out some short fiction too, just to keep things fresh. Stay tuned.

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