Judging contest entries is not quite the same as reading a book. But when I read 6 55-page entries, I start wondering if maybe it does count.
Woo hoo Golden Heart judging is done, and I'm not even right at the deadline. It is interesting to see how the entries lay out. Last year I had a range that I scored from fairly low to fairly high (though none I judged ended up finalling). This year in a different category they were all fairly close together. All good, but none really jumped out at me. I wish this batch of writers luck though. There are a couple that just might find a publisher, and a few more where the writer shows some serious talent but is obviously a bit of a newbie at writing novel-length fiction.
On other RWA-related things, when I entered the scores into the website this morning, I saw the notice about rooms for the 2011 convention being mostly full. I am still on the fence about whether I'm going or not--it is a bad time this year for me as as both the change in month and the change in days make it harder to arrange the vacation time. I keep hoping that I will have a reason that I have to go since the last two years it has been a lot of fun and a good learning opportunity, but I'm not banking on it. And now I'm hoping that if I do decide to go, that I will have somewhere to sleep.