Finalist, Writers of the Future, Q3 vol. XXVI

It’s official.

Click here to see the announcement.

My sincerest best wishes to Adam Colston, Jakob Drud, Brent Knowles, Geir Lanesskog, Dwayne Minton, Robert Pritchard, and Tom Waters.

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12 thoughts on “Finalist, Writers of the Future, Q3 vol. XXVI

  1. Hey Adam.

    Yeah, it would be nice to think all 8 of us would get the win.

    Frankly, I think all 8 of us can get the win, just not all at the same time. If you’ve gotten Finalist once — I told myself when I didn’t win last time — you can get Finalist again. And again. And again, until you score.

    Persistence seems to be 90% of the game, in this aspirant writer biz.

  2. Congrats, Brad. One thing I don’t envy is the next month or so of waiting that you have to find out who placed in the top three.

    I just finished reading (listening to) Gladwell’s “Outliers”, and he makes it pretty clear that persistence is 90% of the game in just about any biz. And a chunk of that last 10% is luck, but luck alone is far from enough. That said, good luck to the finalists.

  3. Thanks, Alastair! I’m betting the soonest we’ll hear anything about the winners will be Christmastime. Possibly New Years? Seems like 8 to 12 weeks delay is pretty standard. More than that even if the hangover from the 25th Anniversary event is still in evidence. Anyway, the first time, I let myself get wrapped around the axle over the wait. This time I am just plowing ahead and trying to finish the year with some strong production.

    You’re right, once the persistence part is handled, all else is up to luck. Last time I wasn’t lucky enough to have judges who slotted me in the top three. Well, other than Dave Farland, who did rank me a top three, but got out-voted I guess. Maybe this time it’s different?

    I dunno, I am already sorta curious to see how my Q4 story does. It’s an unusual story for me and I am unsure of how K.D. will take it. Could be my first rejection — flat out — or it could be another Finalist. Who knows. I certainly don’t. (smirk)

    But thank you, very much, for the congrats. I am feeling pretty good, for the affirmation that I am at a consistent level of quality, if nothing else. Hopefully some of the pro markets begin nibbling soon?

  4. The delay this time last year was only four weeks from declaring the finalists to identifying the wnners…Don’t forget they have Q4 already breathing down thier necks, they had the first HM’s of Q4 out a week after that…

  5. Thanks, Jakob!

    Gabriel, yes, I think that will be quite a gas, when I am able to put WINNER up there. Hopefully it’ll say 1st Place, but I’m not too greedy. Placement of any sort would be a HUGE deal for me, and I’d be a happy camper.

  6. Brad,

    I just stumbled across your blog. Nice site. Congrats and thanks for the best wishes. The same back to you, and I honestly hope you place. While I would take it, I would find getting close harder than not getting there. To do it twice would drive me nuts.

    Also, congrats on getting your WO bars.

  7. Congratulations to my good friend Brad for his outstanding accomplishment. I never cease to be amazed by Brad’s creative talent in writing and drawing—particularly writing. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to read some of Brad’s work through the years: the hilarious “Alien” parody comic/graphic novels from our teenage years, the moodier and more mature Searcher and Stallion days, his Star Trek universe-inspired short stories. I could go on, but the main theme in this rememberance and retelling of mine is to highlight Brad’s dedication to putting his heart and soul into the creative process. This is the truest definition of art in the higher sense of the word, in my opinion. Art is creation. I think Brad “gets it” because his work is like necromancy—he literally breathes a part of his life-force into his projects. Sure, there are writers out there that can turn a formulaic book out in a few months, be a steady presence on the bestseller list, and make six or seven figures a year. And then there’s writers like Brad, who toil away “under the radar,” who believe in the art and craftsmanship of writing. They obsess over the words, the flow, the pacing, the structure…they tinker with projects for years, like da Vincis of words, never totally happy with the end result. They suffer through their creations, because art in its true form is painful. Art is messy, and difficult, and brutally honest. But their pain, their labor of love, is our gain as readers. As a reader you are given access to a universe of words that glow with a divine spark. Art is like love: “You know it when you see it.” Or maybe when you feel it. Writers like Brad bring words and ideas that get inside you and then force you to get outside yourself and see life from a different perspective. And he does it not through high-brow “serious” writing like historical-period writing, but through Science Fiction—that bastard step-child of creative writing. So I’ve rambled a bit about my friend Brad’s abilities, but I’ve also had the pleasure to know Brad through the years through his development as a writer. It’s like watching Michangelo carve marble. He used to say “I see the work, its shape, its form underneath the slab of marble. All I try to do is set the work free from its stony prison. I bring out only what was already there.” So perhaps now, with this accomplishment, Brad’s work is emerging from its stony prison of obscurity, into an ironic “being” from that which was already, always there. So say we all.

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