Last night I waited rather impatiently for the results on a fellowship I entered called the Inroads Screenplay Fellowship. Fellowships are a lot bigger a deal than other writing competitions. You aren’t just trying to braggin rights and recognition with your screenplay, you’re competing for a chance to meet people in the industry, mentor ship, more recognition, network possibilities. So there I was waiting for results and about ready to just go to bed when I saw the post of winners and scrolled through the long list of names. Now, you have to know that there are a TON of people who enter into these fellowship competitions, so though it looks like a lot of people, it’s small in comparison to what it started out with, I’m sure. And when I spotted my name and Summons, under FINALISTS, I was so excited I nearly cried. I wanted to jump up and down but I was so dang tired. It was a whole new win for me. Two different things happened for me: I learned I was NOT a one hit wonder and I made it to Finalist status in a fellowship.
Not a one hit wonder because the day before this, I got notice that Chimera placed Finalist at the Hyperwave short competition. This is such a big deal. So one is still going strong, even after a REALLY REALLY bad review/critique. It still won this and then, with Chimera placing as well, it assures me that I’m not just writing for nothing.
What I mean by one hit wonder is this; there are so many screenwriters out there who have only written one good script and everything else was either not as good or they just stopped at the one. This placement tells me I’m not a OHW and that what I’m writing is still good. Granted, I still have a lot to learn, but this tells me I’m learning and moving forward in something I self-taught myself through books and Google.
They haven’t posted the laurels just yet, I’m sure there are a lot of emails to go out for that to happen, but you can bet I’m chomping at the bit to share the shit out of it when I do have it. This morning was all rage regarding the shit happening in Missouri, Texas, Georgia and Alabama. It might be a good thing that I just have editing to work on right now. I don’t think I could write anything that wasn’t angry right now.
A lot of work now, not much creativity will be happening the next few weeks. No joke I have three big projects to edit: two features and a book. Oy!