Anyway, I didn't win national, which is okay because I had so much fun. Seriously, for the most part I was positively glowing. I met so many lovely people, people who read and wrote and loved it all as much (if not more) than I, and the other state winners were absolutely amazing to meet and deserved their placings.
Saw a whole bunch of authors talk about how they wrote, how they were published, etc. That was fascinating on so many levels. They all had their own styles and stories to tell about the publishing world. One girl wrote a story at 15, got published at 16 and is now 17 and doing these huge ass talks at festivals/competitions like the one I went to. WOW! I mean, daaamn, stuff I wrote at 15 would never get considered for publishing. *Shoves old writing in a box and burns it*.
Lots of dinners and lunches. Made me wish I'd packed fancier clothing (how was I to know there was a damn cocktail party first night there?!) but oh well, I looked decent, which was good enough. Hell, I even wore makeup. That's tedious for me. I've decided posting no pictures because all of them include other winners, who I know are very private people.
Got money and a medal. And a serious publisher's feedback letter about my story! I AM SO PLEASED. I am framing that, no joke. It makes wonderful, decent points that I will take into account when writing
GAH, I have the numbers/emails to some editors/publishers. WHAT DO I DO WITH THEM? I kind of have a story idea that I might seriously go about working on - since I have a teeny weeny possibility of getting it published - but to be totally honest, I don't think I will. I'm too... shy? to seriously get my work considered and whatnot. Entering the competition was done for a laugh - getting published would require serious thought. I DON'T KNOW ANYMORE. Maybe. I'm too tired to be making life-changing decisions.
*Rolls around on the floor*. Because that's what I do at midnight, you know.
BLARGHY. So many unanswered emails and comments. I will get to you soon. I feel so behind in RL and on the Internet. *Sigh*.