Things are crackling around here! I'm loving it.
* I forgot to mention in the submission guidelines that I do not accept attachments. When I post the guidelines for next month's SA contest, give me a nudge if I don't mention it.
* I try to catch formatting errors like paragraphs getting all squooshed together. If I miss it and your submission looks awful, PLEASE don't hesitate to pop me an email. It doesn't take long to hit the enter key a few times -- it's important that your work looks good and is readable.
* To add a disclaimer to that: don't be neurotic. If you've determined that your tabs are coming up as four characters wide inside of five, I don't want to hear about it. (No, I mean it. I love you, but I have my limits.)
* And if you do notice a formatting error in your submission, that's a red flag that Blogger doesn't like what you've sent me! So bear that in mind for future submissions.
Crits are moving forward swimmingly, and our Secret Agent has already begun to leave some super feedback. Bear in mind that our Secret Agent will be wading through the submissions over the next few days, so try not to bite your nails to the quick if you're at the end of the line. (Did you notice that SA is moving backward this time? No squabbling among you early submitters, now. There isn't a rule about which end of the submissions the SA needs to start on. *grin*)
As for me? I'm glad to let the blog "run itself" while I get some writing done today. This week has brought the overhaul of a chapter in my completed novel ("completed" surely being a misnomer) and a (kindly worded, personal) rejection of a partial. I'm choosing to focus on the progress I've made rather than the "kick in the stomach" of yet another "Close, but no thanks." At least nobody's telling me I can't write. Right?
And I've just gotta say it: You -- you faceless-yet-heartfilled writers -- have made such an impact on my writing. There isn't anything else to which I can attribute my renewed determination, focus, productivity. There's an indomitable spirit among you that is...well, contagious.
Rock on, bookish colleagues! Wield those pens with confidence. I'll see you bright and early on Monday!