I still have the voicemail with Joni Labaqui’s celestial voice saying she’s from Writers of the Future and needs me to call her back as soon as possible. My emotions turned to equal parts excitement and apprehension. I’d heard horror stories from the local forum of disappointing calls–lost manuscripts, wrong name spellings, wrong numbers, etc… Who knew what stories were fact or fiction? I called the number and Joni promptly placed me on hold. It was probably only 30 seconds, but Oh My Gosh! did it feel so much longer. Still, she very happily told me I was a finalist and my story was much liked by the Gatekeeper, Dave Farland. Cool, right? Well, then the long wait began.
Luckily, it turned out not to be that long. Three weeks later, I got another call from Joni that “All Light and Darkness” placed Second and that I’d be going to Hollywood in April. Talk about EXCITING! I mentioned that the award money would be my first income from writing. Joni replied that having my first sale be to a Amazon and New York Times best seller wasn’t bad at all… I’ll say! I can only hope that this doesn’t constitute the sum-total of words I set free into the ether and the mind’s of Man.
“All Light and Darkness,” coming April 2018 in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future, volume 34.