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  1. Rebecca M.
    March 2, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    The dishes made me laugh! Thank you for this.


  2. Jenna
    March 2, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

    Phew!! I was sooooo stressed today and kept sporadically checking my email. I would like to say that I will no longer be doing that, but I’d be lying. The post is wonderful, though!


  3. Secret
    March 2, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    Um I sent in an application story. I was just wondering how long it usually is before you get an email saying it arrived safely?


  4. Sarah Brand
    March 2, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    I needed this.


  5. Catherine Krahe
    March 3, 2011 @ 12:38 am

    So what else is there to do when the story’s in and the response isn’t yet? What do you do?


  6. Diane Turnshek
    March 3, 2011 @ 7:23 am

    Lovely, Cassie, thanks!

    I took yesterday off to get all the confirmation notices out, but I didn’t get to finish sending them. I’ll have another chance on Saturday. One thing that’s taking so long is that some are in weird formats and I have to go back and forth with the authors to get it in Word or rtf. We got over 50 applicants this year. Only 7 were male. Four from other countries. A nice mix of SF and F (I haven’t seen much yet that I can identify as horror off the bat).

    So sorry for the delay in confirming that your story arrived safely, but be comforted in the fact that if it did not, you can resend it.


  7. Becca
    March 3, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

    I almost sent in a horror story this year, but everything I tried came out too campy (which wasn’t what I was aiming for). Still, glad to be deadline and worry free! 😀

    And next year I’m SO making some of my guyfriends apply, after hearing about such a small male turnout. 😛


  8. Noella
    March 3, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

    Is anyone else burned out now that the adrenaline rush of finishing the story and submitting it the night before is gone?


  9. Meghan
    March 4, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

    I’m burned out too! So glad for this post, and the confirmation email. The long wait for the acceptance email is going to kill me though!!


  10. Jenna
    March 5, 2011 @ 12:37 am

    I am definitely burned out, but in a good way. It’s nice to breathe for a little while. Oh an by the way, is anyone working on a novel?


  11. Becca
    March 5, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    I am! (sort of)
    I’m actually found out that I’m attached to my Nanowrimo novel from 2009 after finding it buried in my hard drive. So I’ve been trying to go through and edit/revise it to make it something I’m really proud of, filling in plot holes and such.


  12. Tia
    March 5, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    I’m working on a crime one, actually…not quite a mystery, but not quite…something else, either. I came up with it during my rush-to-the-finish for this.

    I find I must ask, though…is this it? This post is the last until we find out? Or will you feed us a little bit along the way?


  13. Catherine Krahe
    March 6, 2011 @ 12:39 am

    The group of people reading the application stories don’t have all of them yet, but we will get back to you as soon as possible.

    As for posts, we have more scheduled. They’ll mostly be on general topics rather than Alpha-specific.

    Is there anything you’d like to see addressed? Questions about writing, publishing, or workshops?


  14. Noella
    March 6, 2011 @ 10:53 am

    I’m actually very curious about the different subgenres in Speculative fiction. I’ve researched them a little, but there just seems to be so many that I’m still a little confused about what exactly each one is.


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