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InarticulateBabbler
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Congratulations on your Finalist entry, NickT. Hopefully you win.
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Hi InarticulateBabbler,

Phew! I was starting to think I had imagined the phone call from Joni…I received the call a few days after Christmas and there were many overly excited screaming children. I was starting to fear that I had misheard Joni and that she’d actually said something like. “You’re not a finalist in the fourth quarter. I just wanted to hear how you pronounced your surname.”

The whole thing is out of my hands now, but it is exciting that KW Wentworth thinks my work has promise. Writing is subjective and I know the line between honourable mention, semi-finalist and finalist is razor thin. Each level is an achievement and a sign that you will break through to the next one at some stage.

I don’t want to do an Oscars’ speech and it’s impossible to single out one person above another, but I owe a huge debt to many Hatrackers for their advice, support and critiquing. I’m sorry for not being a more active member over the last few months, but I have the most beautiful six-month old daughter in the whole world and when I’m not writing, I’m smothering her with kisses.

Regards and thanks,

Nick

[This message has been edited by Nick T (edited January 06, 2011).]


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Nick, again congrats. I hope we're soon celebrating your win.
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Congrats on being a finalist and your not so new baby.

Good luck to you.


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Tiergan
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Congrats Nick!
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Congrats Nick. I am not surprised at all. Nice work.
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Way to go, Nick! Fantastic news - Best of luck.
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Yea, Nick...Looks like we only got one in this time.


Niiice

[This message has been edited by LDWriter2 (edited January 07, 2011).]


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Crossing my fingers for you Nick, and that wait between hearing the news and being able to talk openly about it can be a little weird!
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Way to go, Nick!

The idea that Joni would call you to tell you you were NOT a finalist cracked me up. You ought to win just for coming up with that conspiracy theory :-)

Every kiss you plant now will come back to you someday.


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Meredith
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Congratulations--on both being a finalist and your daughter.
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Congrats Nick! On the story and your baby girl
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Best of luck Nick!! Congrats!!
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Way to go Nick! That is huge.
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Isn't "Patrick O'Sullivan of Virginia" our own posulliv?

If so, congrats to both of you.


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Hey, congrats Nick!
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skadder
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Hatrack seems to be scoring pretty consistently high in WOTF.
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quote:
Isn't "Patrick O'Sullivan of Virginia" our own posulliv?

Right, that's me, a guy that can't even remember how to quote other posts correctly. Quite a surprise.

[This message has been edited by posulliv (edited January 07, 2011).]


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Congrats to you as well, Patrick!
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Well done Nick and Patrick!!!
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Congrats, Patrick!
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Yeah, Congratulations, Patrick! Didn't catch the full name.
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Congratulations, Patrick!
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I'll add my congrats to Patrick


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Congrats to both of you!
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Yay, Nick and Patrick!!
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Congrats to both of you. Well done. Hope you both make winners.

quote:
Hatrack seems to be scoring pretty consistently high in WOTF.

Well, we've got to keep supplying Snapper with titles for the annual WOTF challenges, don't we.


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Congrats Patrick!

[This message has been edited by Tiergan (edited January 08, 2011).]


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Woohoo!!!! Way to go Nick & Patrick !!!

Hopefully we'll see you're names among the winners real soon.


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Congrats Patrick!!!
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What the hell?? PATRICK!! I didn't even look at the list, and just assumed that everyone else knew what they were talking about. (And, yes, if everyone said they were going to jump off the cliff, I would join them; clambering to be first, mind you.)

A big BIG heartfelt congratulations to you, Patrick. (A big heartfelt congratulations to Nick, but I don't know you so...no extra big for you.)

FANTASTIC!!


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Congratulations to both of you!!

You deserve it, Patrick. If they had a bursting heart emoticon, I'd use it. Cheers to you!


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Congrats to Patrick--FIRST PLACE for Q4. A potential gold award winner!

Well done!


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Congrats, Patrick, and good luck going for the grand prize.
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It's a wrap! I am looking forward to seeing the Volume 27 winners in May!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20110121/bs_prweb/prweb8081259

Still plenty of seats available on flight 28 for Los Angeles. Get your stories in!


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Don't forget to join Codex Writers, Patrick.
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BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!!
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Wow! Congratulations!
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Congratulations!!
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I'm going to embarrass Patrick here, but I don't care.

I don't think Patrick's had anything published until this. I believe he's had some non-fiction, work-related stuff published, but no fiction. And it couldn't have happened to a better writer. The even worse thing about this is that it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. I hate him.

Patrick was in the 2008 OSC Boot Camp class, and it was obvious to me that out of a group of very good writers, Patrick was one of the best. His work has a lyrical flow to it that kind of reminds me of Bradbury before Bradbury became bloated with purplish prose. A hasty comparison perhaps, but one I'm sticking with.

I have no idea what story won, as Patrick has been extremely tight-lipped about it, but I can say with a certain amount of confidence that Patrick has a better than average shot at winning the Grand Prize.

And if that happens, my toadying and sycophantic skills will be on even greater display and second to none.


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Rich is clearly confusing me with someone else. Sure we sat next to each other in class, but the rest of it? Remember, he's a professional writer of fiction.

This award has been both a surprise and a shock. I've won one prize before this; a radio-controlled Mini Cooper in a Dr. Pepper contest.

This is better.

Thanks to all of you for your kind words. I don't post here as often as I should given how much I get out of the forums. Hatrack has really helped me a lot, you all have helped me a lot. I don't comment on every thread but I've been reading and absorbing. This is a friendly and polite place to spend time with other writers. Kathleen runs a tight ship and I'm glad to be part of the crew.

Skadder, thanks for the recommendation on codex. I'll see if my login still works.

[This message has been edited by posulliv (edited January 22, 2011).]


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I'll take the mini-cooper if you need to make room on that award shelf!

Congrats. You know the last person who finished first in the 4th quarter won it last year...


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'Skadder, thanks for the recommendation on codex. I'll see if my login still works.'

Does that mean you have previously made a pro-sale? I can't find your name on the list of Codex members.

I'm confused.


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Ah, yes. I snuck in the side door.

"...or completion of a major, by-audition-only speculative fiction writing workshop such as Clarion, Odyssey, Literary Boot Camp, Clarion West, etc."

Don't know why my name wouldn't show up.


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Of course, silly me.
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And I've just make my profile visible over there. Apparently stealth lurker mode was set to 'on'.
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Congrats Patrick!
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Congrats Patrick
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Congrats!
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Sorry you didn't win, Nick. Take example from the many people who have been finalists (some published as well) who go on to win. Best of luck next time.
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