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100 Fun Facts about The Girl Who Fell From the Sky: Number 79, Countdown to Publication

It was easy to avoid working on the manuscript--I felt so often stuck--so the Poets & Writers magazine calendar of contest and submission deadlines became my task master. The first deadline I met was a September 2003 deadline for the Bronx Writers' Center Chapter One Contest. Of course, the deadline came in the middle of a week I was working away from home for the NBA. But I kept focused. I did a final re-write on the way to the site -- and once I arrived I printed out the chapter in the hotel business center at an ungodly price. But it was well worth it! I won!

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