This week has gone by in a flash. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “If I’d known I would live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” I’ll amend that by saying: “If I’d known the years would fly faster in old age, I’d have chased my dreams in my youth instead of playing so hard.”
Things I’ve accomplished this week:
1) Drove to Beaumont to attend the Golden Triangle Writer’s Guild meeting. Author Wendy Lanier spoke to the guild on Writing for Hire. Wendy, her husband and daughter, and writer Kathy Haskins and I went out to eat and tried to solve the world’s writing problems. It’s always fun to hang with new writer friends. Kathy won first place in the 5th annual Warren Adler short story contest so her work will be published in an anthology. Wendy has been added to the BWG Conference staff.
2) I’m reading Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg. Love it. Quirky main character and quite different from the very graphic thriller writer I’ve been reading. Nice change for me.
3) Home Safe inspired me to begin a short story. Inspired meaning. . . I put the book down, grabbed my computer and wrote for about two hours straight. I haven’t finished it yet because I have two possible endings in mind. They both seem too predictable to me so I’m not sure which way to go with it. I’m not a short story writer; never been successful at it so we’ll see. (That sentence seems very misleading. What have I been successful at? Don't answer! Don't answer!)
4) On another note, I have a flash fiction piece that finaled in a contest. According to the congratulatory note, I "beat out" (their words-not mine) 200 other entries which means I’m in the top 100. Well, I don’t hold out much hope there but it’s a thrill, nevertheless. And it’s a first for me. I repeat: I’m not a short story writer.
5) I’m involved in another project that I can’t mention right now, but next week I’ll be able to discuss it. I’ll either be singing praises or ranting.
That’s it for me. What have you been doing this week? Any good news you want to share? Any short story advice? How about … just a hello?
If winning isn't important, why do we spend all that money on scoreboards?" ~Chuck Coonradt
"If winning isn't important, why keep score?" from Star Trek: The Next Generation
"Ever notice that people never say "It's only a game" when they're winning?" ~Ivern Ball