A Nice Surprise But Aiming Higher

By Val
@valmnz (12595)
New Zealand
December 5, 2016 12:38pm CST
I quite enjoy receiving pleasant news when I've long since forgotten something. I learned the other day that I had been one of 22 long listed out of 92 entries in a short story writing competition I entered a few months ago. I'm quite pleased about that, as I haven't written much fiction in the last three years. However, there's room for improvement. Maybe I can get in the top 10 next year. Photo is of one of our nearby wind farm windmills.
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• Peoria, Arizona
5 Dec
That is so awesome! I am not a short story writer at all, but I enjoy them a lot! Great job!
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
Thank you. I was up against some experienced writers.
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• Peoria, Arizona
5 Dec
@valmnz You still did pretty well, perhaps practice a bit more until next time!
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
@DesirousDreamer writing competitions here always attract strong competition. es, I am pretty pleased with how I did.
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@celticeagle (111655)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Dec
Congratulations. I should send some of my writing out at some point. I write for a group of sites on line, or used to,and make quite a bit. I have quit them though because they changed their guidelines a lot and some closed that I enjoyed writing for.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
Most writing competitions won't except material that has been online, so be careful what you use there.
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@celticeagle (111655)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Dec
@valmnz .....Yes, most want original material. Thank you for the reminder.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
@celticeagle hopefully mot point this out in their conditions of entry.
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@LadyDuck (109152)
• Switzerland
6 Dec
Congratulations, being in the top 22 of 92 is very good. Of course there is always room for improvement, but you should be proud of yourself.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
I am actually, thanks Anna. It's always a strong competition.
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@LadyDuck (109152)
• Switzerland
7 Dec
@valmnz I am sure it is, I imagine there were many very good writers in competition.
@BelleStarr (29436)
• Portland, Connecticut
6 Dec
Congratulations on making it to the top 22, that is impressive. I am sure you will place even better next year.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
And I've just learned another writing friend made the cut that far as well.
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@BelleStarr (29436)
• Portland, Connecticut
6 Dec
@valmnz It is wonderful that you can share that together. Other writing friends understand better what this kind of things means to a writer.
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@moffittjc (31847)
• Gainesville, Florida
6 Dec
I think the day we stop trying to improve is the day we should call it quits and lay down in our grave! We should always be trying to improve each and every day of our lives!
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
But at my age you have to wonder what fresh ideas I can come up with
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@moffittjc (31847)
• Gainesville, Florida
7 Dec
@valmnz It doesn't matter whether you come up with fresh ideas or not, it matters that you continually try! And it doesn't matter what age you are!
@JudyEv (90253)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Dec
Good for you. Writing competitions are a bit like that aren't they? And if you're in the 'long list' isn't it possible to move up or has the competition been judged now?
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
No, the competition has been judged.
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@JudyEv (90253)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Dec
@valmnz Since I've been on BB and here I've pretty much stopped entering competitions. I really should start again. Too much lethargy and procrastination!! :)
@allknowing (54669)
• India
5 Dec
This has served as an impetus for you to do better and I am sure you will.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
Thank you, I seem to have wandered away from the fiction writing path in the last three years,
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@allknowing (54669)
• India
6 Dec
@valmnz Just a bit of recognition is enough sometimes to bring out the best in us.
@Happy2BeMe (60125)
• Canada
5 Dec
Congratulations that is a great accomplishment. Best of luck on making the top 10 next year.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
Thank you. I'll probably start earlier before the competition next time!
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@Happy2BeMe (60125)
• Canada
6 Dec
@valmnz Well I wish you luck. You can do it!
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@Plethos (4853)
• United States
5 Dec
thats a great start ! you should write again, maybe even post a paragraph on here for some feedback or as practice. good luck !
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
You can't enter material that has been published online in writing competitions.
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@Plethos (4853)
• United States
7 Dec
@valmnz - i see . . . well thats a bit of a bummer.
@just4him (81887)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Dec
That's good placement. I hope you will do much better next year. That would be great.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
Coming up with a good story is the challenging part one that has something new to impress the judges,
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@just4him (81887)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Dec
@valmnz I agree. I know every story I start I hope will be a good one. I hope you are able to impress those judges next year.
• United States
5 Dec
There is always room for improvement for all of us in everything we do.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
Definitely and I'm always up for a challenge.
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• United States
5 Dec
@valmnz Then you will succeed!
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• Preston, England
6 Dec
well done for getting so far - your work was considered better than 72 other entries so that in itself is a great achievement
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
Yes, I'm quite pleased about that. Thank you.
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• China
6 Dec
Good news ! One of 22 long listed out of 92 entries is no mean feat! Congratulations!
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
Thank you. I do feel proud of myself.
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@Platespinner (16766)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
6 Dec
Congratulations! I have more luck at contests with my sewing than with my writing .
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
I've had a few small successes in the past, but this is the first I've entered for about three years
@suziecat7 (3444)
• Asheville, North Carolina
5 Dec
Congratulations - that's awesome!
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
6 Dec
Thank you.
@xFiacre (9841)
• Ireland
5 Dec
@valmnz I still haven't got round to entering anything. Maybe some time. But congratulations to you.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
Thank you. The only way I get fiction written these days, or poetry, is to enter competitions. But we don't have many in New Zealand.
@Corbin5 (70336)
• United States
5 Dec
You should be quite pleased. I am impressed. Shooting for the top 10 next year is a wonderful goal!
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
Thank you, yes, but I'm realistic enough to know I'm up against some talented writers.
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@MALUSE (28795)
• Denmark
5 Dec
Are the people nearby in favour of the wind farm? In Germany, there are always heated discussions. People want clean electricity but not near their homes.
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@valmnz (12595)
• New Zealand
5 Dec
Exactly the same here! There's divided opinion about them. They can be quite noisy for nearby residents on the life style blocks in the hills
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@Susan2015 (17582)
• United States
7 Dec
That is really good and quite high on the list.
@Jessicalynnt (48199)
• Centralia, Missouri
6 Dec
well grats, that's pretty good either way!