A to Z Challenge 2013

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Under Pressure

Yesterday I found out I am the lucky winner in Davin's contest promoting his book The Wild Grass and the prize is both awesome and terrifying.  The prize is a critique of a manuscript and a 10 page critique by Davin's cohorts, Michelle and Scott (assuming they are available and willing).  This trio is the driving force behind The Literary Lab and though I know they are all awesome, inspirational writers, I'm a little intimidated too. 

The good thing is that I'm feeling a bit of pressure to have my manuscript up to their standards.  I have been in editing mode and I'm close to having one ready, but I can't deny that there is a little voice worrying about what comments I might get.  I say the pressure is good though because it has me motivated to get it done.  This is a grand opportunity to get feedback from writers I highly respect.  Oh, and if any of them are reading this, don't feel like you have to pull any punches;  I prefer brutal honesty over niceties any day.

On another front, I've got pressure to finish the Hacking and Countermeasures class I'm in.  I've just got one more Powerpoint to create and that one is in the bag.  It's been an interesting class, even if it has involved lots of paper writing and Powerpoint presentations.  I've got til the end of the month for that one though, so I'm happy to be ahead a little bit.

Lastly, I've got some pressure to beat my best and oldest friend at Words With Friends, an app he introduced me to on my phone.  It's a Scrabble kind of game, and since I'm the bookworm/writer between the two of us, there's no way I'm going to let him win.  It's been neck and neck though, and I'm pleasantly surprised at how much competition he's been thus far.  I'll never live it down if he beats me.
Anyone else feeling pressure lately?  Here's a little Queen to help you through.


Donna K. Weaver said...


Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Congrats! I love the folks at the Lit Lab. :)

The Golden Eagle said...


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Nothing like an Apple app to distract you! Hey, send your manuscript - the critique is to help it become something better, so it doesn't have to be perfect.

Domey Malasarn said...

I'm curious and excited to read your work, Eric! Your computer work also sounds very exciting. I sometimes fantasize about being one of those cool people who can hack into stuff. I always want to be this guy who can keep government secrets, but in actuality, I can't even play poker very well.

Nisa said...

A little pressure, but that's not so bad. I think it's awesome that you won a critique from those three. Nice! Good luck with everything on your plate!

Eric said...

Donna - Thanks very much.

Karen - Aren't they awesome? I'm so excited about this.

Eagle - Thank you very much.

Alex - And the awesome part is that it's a WORD app, which helps me continue to expand my vocabulary (always a good thing). I will definitely be submitting the critique though.

Domey - Dude, I am so honored to have won and I'm just as excited to hear your thoughts on what I'm doing. As for the rest, being exposed to government secrets isn't all its cracked up to be. I used to be in Military Intelligence in the Army, and I can tell you most of the time it was truly boring.

Nisa - Thank you. This is good pressure, so I'm glad (even as I scramble to get it all done LOL).

Misha said...

That's an awesome prize! Although I can see where the pressure comes in. I hope that your last edits are coming along smoothly.


Glynis said...

Congratulations, Eric. Scary but useful prize.

I play scrabble on FaceBook with two authors. It is a battle ground of words I can tell you!

Glynis Smy (writer)