Writers and Illustrators of the Future

Writers and Illustrators of the Future

Thursday, May 25th was the annual Writer’s and Illustrators of the Future awards ceremony.  It marked the 40th year of the writer’s award and the 35th year of the illustrator’s award.  Unlike a previous year, I didn’t know any of the entries or winners, but it was still a fun event to go to.

Each year they have a statue piece at the entrance of the event, something from the cover of the year’s anthology book.  This year they had a cute little kitty.

The inside was beautiful as always, although the lighting gave all my pictures a fuchsia tone.

The whole ceremony is broadcast live to the internet with state-of-the art equipment.

You can watch the entire thing here:  https://www.writersofthefuture.com/

This year, they did things a little differently.  They didn’t reserve tables for groups, so there were no GLAWS tables.  But as we walked in, a bunch of us formed our own GLAWS table.  Not enough room for everyone.  Latecomers had to find their own table.

The awards ceremony always starts out with some kind of musical number.  This year, they had the swing band, The Jive Aces.  Very lively swing music.  It kind of reminded me of the big band group Gaslight Gathering, the Steampunk convention, had one year.  A blast out of the past.

Dinner, again, was awesome:  Salad, Filet Minong…

Then a dessert.  Not an ice cream, not a cream puff.  Don’t know exactly what it was, but it was good!

There were lots of moving thank you speeches.  One winner thanked the creator of spell check, very fitting for a writer.  I would be lost without spell check and Grammarly – and my wife.  Even with them, some spelling errors still get through.

Some of the GLAWS member that attended were, L to R, editor Ellen Ash, writing coach Nic Nelson, myself, author Chrome Oxide, author Neil V. Young and literary agent Steve Hudson.

And my lovely wife was there, too, giving me the peace sign.




215th blog completed.

First Steampunk novel:  76,641 words.  ß Past 76,000.  Goal:  80,000.

Second Steampunk novel: 783 words. 

Second Steampunk screenplay:  157 pages.

First Steampunk screenplay:  Need to update with notes from the novelization.

Third Steampunk screenplay:  38 pages.

“Tonight’s dinner experiment was “Homestyle Chicken Penne Casserole”.

This was a nice, hearty meal to end the weekend with, and not much fuss.  Dennis did make some changes to taste.  ½ a teaspoon of garlic powder and onion powder became a full teaspoon.  As for two cups of cheddar cheese, well, there is no such thing as too much cheese.  A definite winner.” – Vincent Reinhart.

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