Daily Archives: April 13, 2014

Weekly writing check-in: the one with the mock award

More writing this week, up about 2,000 words, for a nice 1,000 words per day pace. This, I might add, is a good pace to write at. Also, the total manuscript word count is currently at 65,065, which is so symmetrical I almost hate to add to it.

Well, almost.

This week, I also received an email from a professor at a university in Pennsylvania. She’s teaching an introduction to creative writing class, and as part of the course work, her students had to comb through online journals, find stories they liked, and then hold a mock prize committee to select the best one.

Why was she emailing me? Well, her students found my flash fiction piece, Straying from the Path, that was published last month over at Flash Fiction Online. Not only did they find it, they awarded it first place.

The professor not only sent her note, but all the commentary from her students as well. I can’t tell you what a wonderful experience that was. As a writer, you hear from critique partners, beta readers, editors, and eventually, reviewers. So seldom, if ever, do you get the chance to see your story so completely through someone else’s eyes.

In this case, several pairs of eyes. Oh, they each had their own take on the story, some I never even thought of.

All in all, it was delightful and truly made my day.

Writing Work:

  • The Time After ~7,214 words


  • None this week (soon, soon)


  • What Little Remains


  • None


  • None, but coming this week, Sucker Literary Magazine Volume 3 will be out, with my YA novelette, Just a Matter of Time.


Filed under Weekly Writing Check In, Writing, YA