So, the past couple of months has been slow on the submission front.
August saw the aforementioned Chick Stuff with Whitney and Alannah submitted to short screenplay competitions with Screencraft and the Atlanta Film Festival. Screencraft already announced their first cut and we didn't make it.
I hit a major writing block in September and didn't get much of anything accomplished. I thought about submitting a couple of previously written short stories, but they didn't quite match what the publications were looking for and I know how much editors hate it when writers submit stories that don't match the announced theme, so I decided to move on.
I went ahead and submitted a story yesterday for an upcoming edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Titled The Cat in the Hat Box, it was one of two entries I submitted to the Writer's Digest Annual Contest in May. I am pleased to say that both earned Honorable Mentions. The Chicken Soup deadline isn't until October 31, but since it was ready to go I thought I'd get it out so I'd have something to show for September.
In better news, I just started a new UCLA Extension writing class, this one for original 1-hour pilots. The instructor is the same one who guided me through my Better Call Saul spec last year. I had tried the pilot class with another instructor, but her methods didn't work for me the way the previous instructor's had, so you can imagine my joy when I got the catalog for fall and first instructor was doing the pilot class. I already feel like it's reigniting the writing fire that's been so dormant lately, plus I'm already enjoying interacting with my classmates.