Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Back to the Beginning

For as polite as the Austin Film Festival was with their rejection, the Script-a-thon was quick, like ripping off a band-aid. I was waiting, expecting to hear on the 20th, but I got an email today that the finalists are posted. Even though I knew I wasn't a finalist (since I hadn't heard from them at all), I checked the list anyway. Bummer.

So I'm back to where I was before submitting. I must admit, I did allow myself about a 1-hour pity party, but I think I'm over it now. Maybe the screenplay was a great step on the way to writing the story as a novel. Maybe someday I'll show someone the screenplay, and they'll spot the genius of it (wink wink) and rush it to a theater near you. And maybe it will join my first novel, Crossroads, on my shelf. But it was worth the effort. I still believe in the story. Now I move to Plan B.

Unfortunately, Plan B is even less exciting to read about than Plan A. There are no deadlines, no notifications, no contest prizes. Just me sending queries to anyone who might be in the market for a young adult screenplay.

Maybe I'll create a tally widget for this blog that will show the number of queries and count the rejections as I receive them. Because I know there will be rejections. Probably lots of them. Will that make it sweeter in the end? Maybe. Only time will tell.


  1. Hang in there Alison. You are a talented writer & you will figure it out. The screen play leaves you wanted more detail so maybe a novel will fill in the blanks. It's a good story. Who knows. Remember, you have the opportunity to do what you love so keep on loving it :)


  2. Thanks for your encouragement, Michelle. :)

  3. It always goes back to Babe Ruth having the record, not only for home runs, but strike outs, too. Only one has to make it over the fence! Keep swinging, baby!

  4. Thanks, Heather. I'll get there someday -