I was recently informed that I received FIRST PLACE for the Humorous Verse category of the 2014 Lyrical Iowa Competition. I was quite surprised by it, since the poems I had available at the time I entered the contest were the ones that were left over after I finished compiling my collections, and I had included the winning poem (“Louie’s Petard”) as an afterthought. I really didn’t even have much confidence that one of them would even be accepted for publication, let alone winning…. It should appear on their website soon (once I return the letter giving them permission to do it) and will be in the 2014 edition of Lyrical Iowa.
As for The Golden Key (Book 3 of the Angus the Mage series), the second section is taking longer than I expected, mainly because it is longer than I thought it would be. I’m close, though; I only need to write the first draft of one or two scenes before I can do the technical revision that it needs. Overall, the initial draft of the novel is coming along much better than I had expected it to be at this time. It’s already about 62,000 words long, and by the time I’m finished with it, it will likely be longer than either of the first two novels in the series. It is shaping up nicely, and I’m looking forward to working on it over the weekend. My new goal for completing the first draft is Thanksgiving, but it will be a challenge to achieve it, especially since premiere week for the Fall television programs has been almost as intrusive as teaching has been….