Competition Winner! (& Mah Goals – wc 19/05)

Oops. Well I suck. -_-
I promised the results of my competition on Saturday and just didn’t manage to get them sorted. Wah.
Never mind! I’m here now and I’d like to announce the winner!

First, thanks to everybody who entered the comp and shared news of it on Twitter and Facebook. I may well do another if the mood takes me, but the fact that people paid attention really warms me.

There is no long/short list for this competition (not quite enough entries for that). Just one clear winner from the entries received.
*drum roll*

The winner is:
Brittany Zelkovich
*throws confetti*

Well done, hon. Thanks for entering and your $10 Amazon voucher will be winging its way to you via lovely, jubbly email within the next 24 hours (y’know… when I figure out how the system works).


Meanwhile… here is the winning entry for your reading pleasure.

Mal looked in the mirror and winced. He’d turned thirty.
And it showed.
The bowler hat hid his shrinking hairline, and muscle had decayed into softer flesh. He ran a hand along his jaw, the stubble grating against his fingers. If it grew there’d be grays, so he shaved each morning.
Mel would be thirty.
“Comes with being a twin,” he mumbled. “Shared birthdays.”
A squeal of laughter stole his attention. He turned as Mayra ran past him and scooped up the toddler. Groaning, he kissed her cheek. His heart ached at the resemblance in the mirror.
Happy birthday, Melanie.

Again, thank you so much for spreading the word and entering, guys. It means a lot to me.
Brittany… enjoy your voucher and I hope you’ll enter again if/when I run another of these mini comps. 🙂

Having this goal list make such a difference to my working week. I never would have believed it a few years ago, but I crave desperately need direction and structure to be able to function. Yes, I hated my 9-5 job (in the end) but I did it and did it well. I knew what was expected of me, when and how it needed to be done. So I did.

This goal list is a lot like that.

Last Week

Look at outline brief for Walking The Razor’s Edge (WTRE) and decide when I’m going to start working on it)
I’m so excited I could burst! Getting back to these characters again, delving deeper into their stories, exploring their pasts and how that influences their entwined futures. Oooh, the buzz is there!

Check online and hard copy sources for competitions suitable to enter (for me and other members of Subs Club)
Eeerm… no. Not aside from the usual anyway. Those I did organise my submissions spreadsheet so I can actually tell which story has been where and how many times I’ve submitted it. Now I have more structure (YEY!) I can do a better job of getting subs out more quickly. I should always have at least two live submissions at any one time. I need to keep them rolling if I want to see results.

Write a 500 flash fiction piece
This is the only one I didn’t actually expect to manage it. I took inspiration from the Phoenix Writer’s homework prompt (‘away with the faeries’) and drew from the ideas in my 2011 NaNoWriMo Return to Arcadia (I really should update that page!). I like it as a piece of flash, and I’m hoping to build a collection of stories for this blog anyway, so that may be one of the ones which ends up here. We’ll see.

Send off newsletter to subscribers
Done, with the latest news and updates that you won’t get here. Remember, if you want to join up to that newsletter, just click here and follow the form through. I only send the newsletter once a month (on or around the 15th), so you won’t hear from me loads. And, when the time comes, I’ll use it to send freebies and notifications of upcoming releases (before they reach the general public on this blog).

So that was that. Well, I guess in that case I’d better keep moving with this week’s odds n sods.

This Week

  1. Edit my faerie flash fiction piece
  2. Resubmit my sci-fi story Love Bytes to another competition (I got the reject notification on Friday, so it’s time to find another potential home for it)

Yes… I can’t help it. ^_^ And I don’t think I should. I should take advantage of the excitement I feel and the gap while Silk Over Razor Blades is with beta readers. To take my mind off how people are receiving that, I should write the next one in the trilogy. It just makes sense!

So… wish me luck.

Oh! And before I forget, thank you all for the sensitive, well thought out and helpful comments for Saturday’s post. I kinda knew the answer to the question before I asked, but having other people confirm my thoughts just makes it easier to stand. I will be changing the name of SORB’s protagonist to something else. No idea what yet o.O but maybe something with less emotional weight to it will help me be mean to her. After all, authors being mean to their characters is what makes good stories. Everyone knows that. 😉

Catch you later!
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About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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2 Responses to Competition Winner! (& Mah Goals – wc 19/05)

  1. I’m so excited! Thank you so much for holding the competition, I look forward to possible future contests! I did receive your email, though it wouldn’t allow me to reply. Thanks again! And for linking to me!


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