Monday, November 12, 2012

Golden Donut winners and my story

The 2012 Writers Police Academy took place in late September and finally circumstances allowed me to make it to North Carolina for this event.  I had a blast, although I've been remiss about blogging about it.  Hopefully I'll get caught up on that because it was a fantastic experience that I would love to share.

I had submitted a story for the Writers' Police Academy's Golden Donut Short Story Contest again and for the second year in a row was fortunate to make the top ten finalists.  The winner was announced at the WPA banquet.  I didn't win, but like I said, it was overall a great experience and I was happy to have made the top ten again.  Check on the winners & runners-up here.  Do check it out, there are some great 200-word stories there.

Here is my entry, which as per the instructions, was based on this photograph:

Private Property

Yeah, I know it doesn’t look like much, but it’s mine and now I can have that peaceful, private life I’ve always craved.

It’s gonna take a lot of work, but I’m really very excited about it. The house in the distance is where I’ll be living. It’s in a lot better shape than it looks. Totally salvageable.

The shack where I parked the car is kind of a lost cause, which is exactly how I like it. I plan on using it to store my tools and I wouldn’t want them in a place where people will be tempted to poke around. I think I’ll make up a “Condemned – Do Not Enter” sign to help scare off nosy people. Or maybe some yellow caution tape, like a crime scene (ha ha!).

It reminds me of when I bought the car. Dealer popped that big trunk open and all I could think was, “Damn, I could get a bunch of bodies in there!”

Just look at how remote it is and that’s just a fraction of it. Thirteen acres of privacy. That’s a big old piece of land. 

Damn, I can get a bunch of bodies in there! 

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