Another honorable mention. Unlike last quarter, when I was happy with that result, this time it's a disappointment. This story is better than an HM. Under the judgeship of Kathy Wentworth, I think it would have been a semi or finalist. What does this tell me? David Wolverton's tastes and my stories do not connect. Writers of the Future is a fantastic way for new writers to gain visibility, but it's not the only way. In the past 24 hours, two people whom I trust have suggested that I need to stop entering this contest and focus my attention elsewhere. Try a different path. I'm thinking they're right. I'll probably enter a trunk story in Q1, just for the hell of it, and that will be the end of it for me. Four years is long enough to be beating my head against this particular wall.