Over the coming weeks you’re going to see a lot less of me here. Now don’t think for a moment that means I’m not continuing on this path towards my goal. I will continue to spend approximately one hour a day, five days a week preparing for NaNoWriMo. But I anticipate that will look different that it has these past 28 days. Well frankly, I don’t actually know what that’s going to look like. But rather than working on a piece and telling you in these posts how it’s going, I’ll need to be getting on with the work of preparing for November.
So yesterday I shared some kind comments about my story from a coworker. Today yet another coworker gave me some really positive feedback I was grateful to receive. And then I had an email from my brother, Matt. Have I told you about Matt? He’s four years older than me, and two years younger than our eldest brother, Jim. Both are very intelligent and creative, as well as being thoughtful and kind. Both have several more degrees than I do (Matt is a PhD). Matt has a clever way with words. And he’s very good at providing constructive criticism. Just ask my daughter. He offered to give her resume advice and prompted it by telling her he’d be brutally honest, if she wanted. She did and he was. But his advice was spot on and was helpful to her in ways others hadn’t provided.
I did it. I really did it. As most of you probably already know, I listened to you and today I submitted my short story, “Where There’s a Will” to a literary competition. Given the odds, it’s highly unlikely anything will come of this. But I’m glad I did it. To me, it’s a demonstration that I created something that I want to share. I’ll keep you posted, though I don’t think I’ll hear anything before May, 2015 so it’s a bit of a wait.
Oh, Monday. You were in fine form today. No worries though. The earth did not stop spinning. There’s still tea to be had. And I’m here at my keyboard again. I am suffused with gratitude. Suffused, now there’s a good word. Might have to add that to my Bon Mots list. But that’s for another day. For now, for tonight, I’m determined to wrap up The Story.
There. It’s done. I’ve completed it. And it has a title now, “Where There’s a Will” I admit it’s not very original or clever. But it works for me. And the only book I could find with the title was what seemed from the cover to be a steamy romance, which this is clearly not.
My tea cup is long empty now. And oddly while I’d very much like to know your reactions, my own is not what I expected. I am almost more excited now that it’s wrapped up then when I began. Because, well, because I did it! I’ve written my first bit of creative writing that I’ve chosen to share with the world. And while I do hope it entertains you, it’s okay if it’s not your cup of tea…so to speak. I don’t know if I’ll ever do anything with this story, other than look at it and be thankful that it taught me I can do something different.
Thank you all so very much for coming along for the ride. Until next time…