I'm joining in on the contest that Shelley Watters is hosting over on her blog. It just sounded like fun. As the title of this post suggests, it's the Made of Awesome contest. Since you don't actually have to take part in the critique section of the contest, I would suppose that that means that there is still time to sign up for it, if you're so inclined. Hopefully, people won't hold it against me that I'm posting my excerpt late... although, in actuality, the excerpt is up on my blog, as it's supposed to be, just not in a post, which, I'm sure, is people are expecting. So here's all the details I need to post followed by the excerpt (and, if you want to keep going, you can click on the little tab at the top that says The House on the Corner):
Title: The House on the Corner
Word Count: 120,000
First 250 words (264, to be exact):
The last bell of the school year is like waking up on Christmas morning. The last day of school waiting breathlessly in the dark straining for some sign of life out in the world so that you know it's time to get up. The bell finally rings and dawn breaks through the window springing you out of bed and three months of days lay glittering before you, presents waiting to be opened.
Thinking about those days of summer is all consuming at the end of the school year just like obsessing over Christmas presents all through the month of December. Planning. Anticipating. Day dreaming.
Being told halfway through May that we were moving was like having Christmas canceled. No presents. No plans. All the anticipation of spending summer with my friends, with my best friend, yanked away. Like waking up Christmas morning to find that the Grinch had visited.
It's not that we were moving that was the problem; it's that we were moving out of state. My parents had decided that moving at the beginning of summer would give us, us being my brother and sister and me, time to get used to the new neighborhood before school started. Like that would make it any better. Going back to school always sucks, but, this way, they were ruining the summer, too.
At least, I had been able to go see Return of the Jedi with my best friend, Cory, beforehand. We’d only been planning that for two years, and I would've had to hurt someone if we hadn't been able to do it.
Well, I hope you enjoyed it. Feel free to comment. This is for the sake of critiques, after all. Now... off I go to try and check out the entries!