I've finished the second draft, and have set it aside to cool before working on revision. As is usual for me, I'm going to have to cut down on the opening some, and probably rework the ending a bit, but so far I'm fairly satisfied with it. It's a ghost story -- sort of. :-)
Meanwhile, on the day I started that story, I got some encouragement in the form of this:
"Congratulations! You have been nominated for round two at "Running with Scissors". The categories that you have been nominated in are listed below along with the name of the Fiction/Art or both. Please use the information at the end of this email to contact me if you approve your nomination. You must approve before the end of the nomination period. These dates are also listed below. If you would like a nominee tag the are available on the site.
Nominations and Categories are:
Best Drabble: "Profit and Loss"
Contact and Site info:
Name of Site: Running With Scissors
Email of owner: email@example.com
Nomination Dates: 8/26/08 to 10/01/08 *I need your approval ASAP if you wish to make the deadline for round two*
Judging Dates: 10/02/08 to 10/20/08"
Followed immediately by:
"You have also been nominated for Best Short for your work on "Today A Hero". Sorry about the double email."
Yeah, like I minded the double e-mail! The award site is here: http://community.livejournal.com/rwsawards/
Go check it out -- lots of great stories there! Competition is high.