To my own surprise and delight, I am a semi-finalist in Brenda Drake's first 250 words "Can We Guess Your Character's Age?" contest! Squeeeee! (Or squeak, rather. I actually squeaked when I discovered this.)
Here is Brenda's latest update about the contest.
Here is Gabriela Lessa's (the final judge's) blog. Seriously, check it out! She has some super-helpful advice for writers!!!!
And here is my first 250 words in the list of semi-finalists. Feel free to comment with age guesses or friendly critiques. :)
I seriously almost didn't find out about this. I looked at Brenda's blog and the list of 20 semi-finalists and said, "I'm not a semi-finalist. I don't even want to look. Blahhhh." (My ice cream was wearing off.) And then I looked at one, and then a few more, and just when I was saying blahhhh I clicked on one more--and it was me! (That's when I squeaked.)
Always check, people!
(Also, as a side-note: I've changed my first 250 words based on the feedback I got during this contest. Should I post a revision? What do you think about posting snippets to your blog?)