Short Story Contest Winners
Friday, July 6, 2007 - 9:40 PM
The Blizzcon Short Story Contest winners have been selected! There were a number of excellent entries in both categories, and I'll be posting some of them over the upcomming week in the form of honorable mentions.
The winners - Jacob and Nicholas - will be joining me at Blizzcon. Both of their stories, along with being well-written and interesting, showed a particularly impressive mastery of the constraints of a short story - how to tell how much you can tell within just a few paragraphs.
The winners, then, without further ado:
Under 500 Words
500 - 1200 Words
Monday, July 2, 2007 - 10:15 PM
Without further ado, here's Chapter VIII - Feathers. That's it. That's the end of the rewrite.
When I started it up last December, the trilogy's plot was in shambles in my head - there were threads that were missing, there were pages of excess exposition that I was shoehorning in because I hadn't known ahead of time to have a character make a particular off-handed comment back in Chapter Whatever of Book One. The rewrite, in short, was desperately needed.
What came out the other end of the process is something that I believe is a much better story: focused and flowing, it leads its characters more certainly along their paths.
Those paths, of course, aren't over: point of fact, they're just beginning. Fang lays out a few mysteries at the end of this chapter, and they're just a few of the ones that I'll be delving into over the next two chapters - the last two of Part One - and over the next two parts of The Emerald Queen. And where things go from there... well, I could tell you, but that would ruin the fun of it.
I want to thank everybody who stuck with me and my story through this process, and I hope you've been rewarded. For everyone that wandered off (understandably) during the process, I hope that you take the time to read the new and improved Book One - The Frozen Tomb... I promise, it'll be worth it.
And now: on to further writings! Coming soon, Chapter IX - Into the Scarlet Monastery, and then soon after that, Part Two - The Crown of the Heavens.
Contest Deadline Tomorrow (et al.)
Monday, July 2, 2007 - 9:30 PM
If you want to enter The Albatros Bits Blizzcon Short Story Contest, you've got until the end of the day tomorrow (Tuesday the 3rd) to get your story polished and in to me. Shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Blizzcon Short Story Contest" and a note letting me know which bracket you're submitting in. (What grammar rule did I just break?)
In other news, check back later tonight for the last chapter of the rewrite, along with a tearful goodbye to this phase of The Murloc is Lonely's storytelling. (:D!)