I have a wild hair and have decided that I am going to take a week off from working on my debut, breakout novel Stealing The Amber Room, to work on a short story for the Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition this year. No my novel has not debuted or been a breakout success yet, but my theory is if I call it so long enough it will eventually happen. Build it and they will come, right? Right? The deadline is January 15th. First prize is $3,000 plus a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference and you get your submission published in Writer’s Digest Magazine’s July/August issue. What writer doesn’t ache to see their name in print. I will keep you up to date on my progress. Now I just have to come up with a winning idea. I only have a week, but I work better under pressure. At least, I found that to be true in college when I had a big paper due the next day and I hadn’t started on it yet. Yes, I have been know to procrastinate. Don’t judge me. More later. Happy writing!