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.
Today I also shared my short story with a few colleagues, one who I particularly value as a friend emailed me back to say:
Sue – I loved it! The imagery vivid; the story thought-full. This message… that you essentially choose your own destiny…is especially timely for me. In the Days of Awe… days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur… it is a time of reflection…not only for how we can make a difference in this world, and how we can treat each other better, but also for true introspection and making better choices… Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.
What more could I ask for? I do find the topic of destiny interesting. I didn’t set out to write a story about it. Those who’ve been with me for the journey may recall that the idea started by looking across my kitchen table and seeing the two chairs my husband and I sometimes sit in. The idea came and it spun out from there. But whether we make our own destiny or it’s written for us is intriguing. It’s also the subject of my favorite film, Sliding Doors. I wrote a little post about that about four years ago. You can read it if you like, but the essential message was, “I like that we may make a mistake, make a bad decision, but that there’s a place we’re meant to be, and while we can choose the path, we still get there. I am a believer in the spirit within. And when we are one with that, we move and act in a way that’s true to our truest self.”
So anyway, the first story is done and it’s time to move on to other things.
Other things. This sounds a bit ominous. What are those other things. Well, for one, I’m learning more about NaNoWriMo. For example tonight, based on a tip from the site, I asked myself the question, “What kind of NaNo-novelist am I?” Apparently you can be either a planner or a pantser (as in, fly by the seat of). I think we all know I’m a planner, so that one was easy.
I’ve just read the article, “What’s in Your NaNo Emergency Kit?” Was feeling pretty good about most of the tips until I came to this one, “Mad skill for silencing your inner editor”. Um, what? Oh right, NaNoWriMo is all about writing without editing. I don’t um, know if I can do that. This may be my greatest challenge. See, I already want to go back and read that last sentence and decide if I like it or not. I might want to change something. Oh gosh, this will be hard.
One of the other tips on the list is to have a cheerleader. Thankfully, I have that one covered in spades. Not only do I have a supportive spouse and daughter cheering me on, but I’ve got loads of you out there fueling me. Don’t worry. There’s really nothing for you to do. Even if you aren’t commenting or chatting back to me, I hear your voices in my head (but not in a scary creepy way). I know you’re out there and I’m grateful. I can do this and you’re all there cheering me on. If any of you feel the need for actual pom poms let me know and I’ll see what I can do.
Another article I read was about the importance of character development. Apparently when asked, a team of scientists, mathematicians, and creative writing gurus from around the world said the hands-down best way to get to know your characters is to complete a character questionnaire (46 questions!) such as the one here. Okay, now I’m feeling a wee bit intimidated. Well, not really, I’m still more motivated than intimated. But I reserve the right to ask for hugs along the way.
I see my tea cup is once again empty. So until next time…