As in “I took the plunge”…

… and submitted Orchids Ablaze to an online writing contest. I almost didn’t post about it at all! I thought I might wait to see how it turned out first. It was somewhat a leap of faith for me being my first effort, especially because I’m going to have to sell a lot of books to even get the entry fee back if I don’t win! Still, this blog is about the journey and it was a milestone for me, so… there you have it.

Quantity? Quality

I sifted through several different online contests, and there are a LOT of them, because I was looking for one quality contest to submit to. In some instances I like the shotgun approach: fill the sky full of lead and you’ll probably hit something. For now, I went with a precision approach: do the research and reading, put the sights on the target, breath and take the shot. So I ended up on the Chanticleer site [].

It will be quite some time before I hear anything, if I hear anything. Their categories specifically included superhuman/superheroic style and that was the final selling point. If anything comes of it, I’ll post it here. Wish me luck!



Written by D. D. Wolf

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I'm on my 5th or 6th career depending on how you count them, but ideally this one will be my last with the kind help of our readers. I've traveled to several states across the U.S., but the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina will always be where I'm most comfortable. I've been an avid reader of comics for more years than I'm going to mention, but I return time after time to the old pulps. Obviously the Doc Savage books have been a tremendous influence. There's just something about seeing and hearing those characters in your mind's eye, just the way YOU, as the reader, think they should be.. I've been writing poems, lyrics and stories of varying quality since I was in my teens, which means most of my archives are on paper in three-ring binders! I've been creating characters in various RPG systems for at least that long. I've always thought characters made the story: good characters can live on through story after story. It wasn't until the last 6 or 7 years that I felt I could write characters well enough to be engaging. You'll have to let me know how I'm doing.

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