Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I won second place!!

In my first writing contest ever (I think?), I won a prize! In Michy's 6-Word Story contest on the Accentuate Writers Forum, my entry "Mother sighs with baby's first cry" tied for second place. First place was rightfully won (and by a mile, I'm thinking) by Jean Riva with "Husband and dog for sale. Cheap!"

Woo hoo! Click here to read the thread.

Thanks for running this contest, Michy! This month's contest is a short story contest, with the theme "April Showers." I'm trying to come up with an idea so I can enter!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Where do you want to be when you die?

I heard some very sad news today. A man at my company, who works in another department, died of a heart attack at work yesterday. Apparently he said, "oh no," then fell to the floor and was gone. I didn't know him personally, but he was supposedly a very nice man and a good worker. I also hear he doted on his wife. I believe he was somewhere in his 50's.

This got me to thinking. I find it very sad to die at work...especially at a job like answering phone calls or processing transactions at a mutual fund company. If I died riding my horse or writing a novel, I think I'd look down from Heaven and be satisfied...but what if I died today? I like my job well enough, but it's not one I'd want to do for the rest of my life. Jai's death yesterday reminded me to keep pushing on to work toward my goal of writing full time, so I can get a chance to enjoy my life before it's over.

Farewell, Jai. I don't know where your next journey leads, but I hope your soul is happy there.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Can you write a whole story in six words?

The Accentuate Writers Forum ran a six-word story contest! The point is to tell a story with six words. Six words that set the scene so thoroughly, you know what has happened...although you might not know all of the back story that led up to it. For example: "For sale: baby shoes. Never worn." --Hemingway. It's an incredibly poignant story, although it leaves room for your mind to fill in exactly what happened.

Stop by the Accentuate Writers Forum and read the answers, then vote for your favorite! If you're not a member, feel free to join, or there are instructions on the thread to vote by other means. Vote here.