OSC Literary Bootcamp & WotF

Hello friends,

It has been awhile since I’ve last posted, mostly because I’ve been in the process of moving from Atlanta to Bethesda, Maryland. Now that I’m semi-settled in my new apartment (minus all of the furniture, which should be coming later today), I’ll take a few minutes to update.

First, Orson Scott Card’s Literary Bootcamp. It was one of the most amazing and tiring weeks of my life. Most days, I would be working from 8am to 11pm, catch just a few winks of sleep (I was too excited to sleep well), and then go back into the whirlwind. Scott was a wonderful teacher and seems to be a genuinely kind human being. The full day of writing was actually the easiest day for me; my story turned out fairly well at around 3,000 words. Scott told me that it was “almost publishable” but then went on with a list of about 10 things that I’d need to fix in order to have it published. That’s first on my list of things to do once all of our furniture is in! I also met some really great new writers in the Washington D.C. area and can’t wait to get together with them again.

Second, I just received an Honorable Mention for the second quarter of the Writers of the Future contest. Considering that I waited almost six months to get a rejection for the first quarter, this came as a timely, pleasant surprise. Here’s hoping for a finalist next time!

Until next time.