Because I'm so behind schedule, I'll be cutting out work earlier than usual today (and possibly tomorrow) to focus on this story. I'm looking forward to being done with it. Unfortunately, there has been a great difference in my writing attitude between me writing a story I plan on submitting somewhere and being picked as a finalist in a contest. Had the contest just been a one-part deal that gave a simple "you won" or "you didn't win" answer, I think it would be a different experience than it has been. This particular contest has taken some of the fun out of writing--although only temporary--and I'm well aware I am the one who has allowed unneeded stress to rear it's hideous over-sized head in my business.
That being said, I am feeling very confident with my entry thus far. In my eyes, it would make for an excellent movie, so when all is said and done (as long as I still own the proper rights) I plan on writing a screenplay for it as well.
I sincerely thank those of you who contacted me with your willingness to read the story. One more thing. In case you missed it, to your right is a box where you can put your email, hit subscribe, check your email, click on the verification link and you're all set up to receive a notification whenever a new blog entry is available to read.
*House by Frank Peretti/Ted Dekker
*Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World by Kristen Lamb