I’m heading for the Writers League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference in Austin next weekend . The winners of the Manuscript Contest were announced, and I’m not one of them. They must be outstanding writers, and it will be fun getting to know some of them. I have never been to a writers conference, but my friend Mara Fox will be there too, and she promises that it will be a blast!
Jami and I were walking at Enchanted Rock a few days ago, and I was trying not to slip into my character, when she said that my stories are visual, and would make great movies. That made me wonder if I could write a screenplay. I don’t know the first thing about that style, but my Enchanted Rock Stories would seem to make a good modern western, having the four basics: a good guy, a girl, a bad guy, and a dramatic western backdrop. Throw in an old handgun and a towering thunderstorm, and, voila! A great film for an Austin film-maker, perhaps. Sorry, I couldn’t figure out how to put a horse in the story.
If you haven’t read my contest entry, here are the first 2500 words of Fort Davis Rocks.
I am thrilled to be a finalist, if not the winner. In my experience judging writing or scholarship applications, there is little difference between the top five applications, and the selection gets a little random.
Thanks to Nebrasaka’s Poet Laureate Lori for encouraging positive thinking (not an official tile, but surely an appropriate one).