Non-LITZA Journal: Power of the Pen III

3 years ago

I've said this twice already, but I'll say it again. I participate in Power of the Pen, an Ohio-based writing competition, and (technically) yesterday and Thursday was the State and final portion of it. Disguises, stalking, and bats (the animal, not the man) galore! Oh, and I wrote some stuff.

The campus was nice, as usual. This was the building that I wrote in last year. The one I wrote in this year isn't as impressive-looking.

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Jack Gantos, a young-adult/children's author was at the conference, and while he didn't really give me any more tips on writing than I've already learned, he was still a pretty funny guy.

700 writers here participated, though I only actually competed against half of 'em.

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BATS. Well, one bat, but it's badassery rivals that of Gantos.

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I look like an Anonymous reject. Mind you, it was in the 80's, temperature-wise, so staying incognito wasn't exactly the brightest idea. Plus, I could only see vague shapes and light, so I almost fell down the stairs 4 times.

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The same rules apply from the previous competitions to State,except for the Power round. Because there's so many people competing, the judges round up the best 54 writers of the first 3 rounds and gave them one more prompt to write, which from there they decide the winners. Somehow, I managed to get picked. When they called my name, I immediately panicked, got up, and walked straight to the writing place. Apparently, the writers were going in GROUPS, so I was pretty much the only guy walking by myself through the auditorium. To top it off, I decided to vlog as I walked, so I looked like a complete idiot. (This video has since been deleted.) At the awards ceremony, they had this special section for the Power round writers.

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All in all, I had a great time. There's plenty of pseudo-stalking details I've left out, but I think I'll keep that on the DL. Oh, yeah, and I got in 11th place overall. I finally have a new drink coaster.

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Comments (8)

  • Zeddy0525

    Zeddy0525 TheGreatSneeze

    3 years ago

    You should have eaten the bat and absorbed his powers.

    • Lo_Battery

      Lo_Battery

      3 years ago

      Finally, someone with some good advice around here.

  • DONT_A5K

    DONT_A5K

    3 years ago

    I like how you included the picture with the stalkers.

  • Darth_Caedus

    Darth_Caedus

    3 years ago

    Sounds pretty fun. That building in the first picture looks amazing! I'm totally confused as to why you were wearing a hat over your face though

    • Darth_Caedus

      Darth_Caedus

      3 years ago

      haha Better than being all serious and boring smiley0.gif

    • Lo_Battery

      Lo_Battery

      3 years ago

      I like to do random, irrational crap when I'm with friends. Also, I'm dumb.

  • Myshu

    Myshu chupariffic

    3 years ago

    Sounds like a bad ass time!

    So, what's with the bat(s)?

    • Lo_Battery

      Lo_Battery

      3 years ago

      The dorms we stayed in weren't exactly the nicest...