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Bridport Results
« on: November 19, 2007, 01:59:41 PM »
I put a self addressed envelope in the post with my Bridport entry, so I would get the results sent through directly. Got them through today, and I see Vanessa Gebbie won second place :afro: That's one hell of an achievement, if you ask me, especially when you think of all the thousands of entries they get each year.

Funny to think she came second in the CafeDoom comp a couple of years ago, too - http://www.cafedoom.com/forum/index.php/topic,698.0.html  Not quite the same, is it? :scratch:

Well done Vanessa :afro: And don't let Alex :ak: Keegan take all the credit. I bet he's bragging about it already ::) "Ex Bootcamper, Vanessa Gebbie, blah, blah, vomit, etc."

Hey, maybe I should do it, too - "Current Cafedoom member, Vanessa Gebbie, etc. Yes, taught her everything she knows, you know :azn: "

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All joking aside - very well done. You, alone, deserve it, for all the hard work and the heartache along the way. I wish I could do half as well.
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Re: Bridport Results
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2007, 02:00:41 AM »
A superb placing Vanessa. Huge congratulations. Neil

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Re: Bridport Results
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2007, 12:16:24 PM »
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And don't let Alex  Keegan take all the credit

He already posted about it on his boot camp diaries blog a couple of months ago. You'll have to be quicker next time, Ed ;)


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Re: Bridport Results
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2007, 01:22:20 PM »
Urgh ::) I hope I never reach the stage where I have to live vicariously through the achievements of former acquaintances :/
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Re: Bridport Results
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2007, 01:34:12 PM »
I wish I was in a position where you could live vicariously through me, Ed :cheesy:

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Re: Bridport Results
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2007, 02:02:27 PM »
Hello Ed and all

Thought I'd call in and see how the Doomers are doing... Thanks for the kind words above... I am still expecting them to call me up and say 'Actually, it's all been a huge mistake."

I collect second prizes... this one canm go on the mantelpiece next to the Cafe Doom second a coupla years back.

Hope your writing is going well... good to see this place still zipping!


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Re: Bridport Results
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2007, 06:07:53 PM »
Nice to see you dropping in, Vanessa. I don't think there's any difference between first, second and third place in a comp like The Bridport - apparently it can be as little as a single word that makes or breaks the stories in the top fifty, so just getting into the top three is every bit as good as coming first, IMO.

My writing is still languishing in obscurity, where it belongs, but thanks for asking :grin:
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Re: Bridport Results
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2007, 03:59:24 AM »
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Hi Ed, it was great to sit with the main shortlisting judge at the lunch, and natter to him about the process.

And it was even greater to find out that for him and his team, the main criteria is waiting to read a story (among the 600-700 they all plough through!) that makes them 'forget they are reading for a competition'.

In all  this learning to write decent short stories, in whatever genre we choose, we mustn't lose sight of the fact that in the end, we are 'telling stories', and need to make 'em entertaining, otherwise, why bother!

 I am reviewing 'Phobic', a fantastic new collection of horror from a UK small press, and it's terrific. My own horror writing, not that I do much,  is just that... horrific. Horifically bad! I just can't do it. Its a real skill, scaring people.  All power to your team!

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