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05 September 2012 @ 01:37 pm
I had to take a bit of an internet sabbatical the last few weeks, for reasons that are pretty boring so I won't elaborate on the details - suffice it to say, I've been busy.  I started checking my flist for the first time in forever and became promptly overwhelmed, so.  I think I'm going to catch up by user/comm rather than try to do everything at once.

Some of you may remember my vampire screenplay The House of Bathory from last year.  Good news!  It made it to the semifinals of Austin Film Festival in both the drama and sci-fi categories.  I was absolutely flabbergasted when I got the call.  That means I was in the top 20-25 in drama and the top 10-12 in sci-fi.  I'm pretty excited.  I am nursing absolutely zero expectations I'll make it to the finals, so I'm just very happy with how it turned out.  I had also been reading scripts as a first-round judge this year for AFF, so my conference and festival badge is free.  So I'll be going down to Austin in October, and I'm very much looking forward to it.  I'm taking on some extra proofing jobs to be able to afford going out to eat and such while I'm down there.  (Last time we ate a lot of stolen hotel breakfast foods for lunch and dinner, and cheap dollar menu fast food stuff.  Which is fine, but I'd like to occasionally travel like a real grown-up.)

So again, eighteen months after the fact, I want to thank all of you who read both drafts of that screenplay, who gave me advice and critiques and sometimes even told me what worked.  I know for a fact that screenplay would not have made it as far as it did without all of your help. ♥
nhpw: zoya grinnhpw on September 6th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
OMG Congratulations!! *glomp* That's such great news. I hope you do make the finals, but hey, even if you don't, I'm sure you'll have a blast in Austin.

Also, internet sabbaticals need no apologizing nor explaining. IMO, everyone should take them from time to time in order to remind ourselves that there are, like, actual things going on in the actual world.

(You know. Maybe.)
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on September 10th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! I think last time I went I had higher expectations that something would come of it, so I know I'm just going to have a good time, soak up what I can, and see what happens.