And so comes the end of the road for ABNA. I made the second round, and failed at the quarter-final level. It sorta clears the mind, however. I won’t be sweating the 24th of April, for instance, when the Top 50 are announced.
It was a fun month, though, imagining that I had made the top 1k out of 5k. I will probably always drop something into the contest because a) it’s free, b) winners get published.
The only thing still unresolved is the reviews, which are supposed to be posted on the 18th, and still aren’t up. I really want to see what the reviewers thought.
EDIT: Well, I received one lukewarm review, and one fairly mean-spirited review. In that last one, the reviewer had concerns with the premise, then spent the rest of the space mocking my text. There’s been many splenetic riffs on the Amazon Vines Reviewers, I won’t add to them. The challenge, as I see it, is to hone my craft. There’s always next year.