Monday, August 13, 2012

Counting Drafts

I spent today going through the 8.5 x 11, 10 ream box in my closet and throwing away old drafts of my novel, Moonshine Murder. To save trees, I would print double-sided, and would edit on the computer when I could. My total? Well, honestly there are too many to count accurately since I would often use the same print-out for several drafts, using different color ink to track changes.

Let's just say that I've taken quite the trip through those drafts.

Tossing that incredibly heavy pile was like letting go of a chunk, a big chunk of my life. Some drafts had artwork in bright red and green crayon left by my little helper. I kept those pages, and taped them to my wall with his other artwork. Others were covered in a different kind of red, the formidable red ink of a marked-up page. I kept a couple of those too, to remind me how far I've come.

But it was worth it. All those drafts. Moonshine Murder finally has a home! I'm now entering into a whole new phase of my writing career, and probably a whole new stack of drafts.

And the rejection letters? I'm keeping those as a road map of my journey--some wrong turns, some right.

Friday, August 10, 2012

The 2012 LAURA Finalists!

Women Writing the West and The LAURA Committee, which includes myself, President Pam Tartaglio, and Past President Suzanne Lyon is proud to present the five finalists for the 2012 LAURA Short Fiction Contest. The 2012 Finalists, alphabetized by title are:

"At the Thirty-Fourth Latitude" by Sheila MacAvoy
"Elvira" by Liz Duckworth
"Grub Line Rider" by Anne Schroeder
"Pueblo Dancer" by Leslee Breen
"Todas Las Madres" by Karen Stevenson

Short story author and creative writing instructor Melodie Johnson Howe will serve as the Final Judge. She will select the first, second and third place winners and two Honorable Mentions.The five authors will be recognized with award certificates at the LAURA Dinner on Friday, October 19 at the WWW Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At this time, we will announce the placement of the finalists.

For more information about our Final Judge, Melodie Johnson Howe, please click on the LAURA Application button on our website.

A big congratulations to our finalists!

Erin S. Gray
2012 Women Writing the West President Elect