I have a shiny new synopsis for my Presents story but writing a sparkling first chapter is not going to happen by Wednesday so I won't be entering the SYTYCW contest. I could have a rough first draft ready but why send something that's less than my best?
Which reminds of the first time an editor ever read something of mine. We had an editor from the Sil/Har office in New York visit our chapter maybe 6 years ago? She was critiquing a 1 pg synopsis and the first pg of a MS for each person in the chapter who submitted to her. I dashed off my pages the night before, thinking it was good. Well, the comment on the top of the page was "this reads like a first draft."
LOL. Lesson Learned.
I'll write the first three chapters and send it in as a regular submission when I have it polished and sparkling. The London office takes email subs so it's easy and convenient.
So, with a big sigh of relief, I looked around my house and thought, hmm, maybe time to think about Christmas.