"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Unknown (as seen on River's blog, "Drifting Through Life")

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WRITING AND CONTESTS AND DEADLINES

Two years ago, I was one of 30 people chosen to audition for the Listen to Your Mother show in St. Louis, Missouri. I didn't do well at my audition and I'm sure that's the reason I wasn't chosen to read my story at the actual event. I knew I blew it, so I wasn't upset with the judges.

I considered submitting a mother-related story again last year, but I was busy promoting my memoir, and didn't participate.


This year, though, as the submission days began to zoom by, I considered it further and determined that if my muse would cooperate, I'd give it a try. And so, at 11:45pm on February 16th, (15 minutes before the deadline!) I hit the "Send" button and it was officially entered into the contest.

The show is Saturday, May 9th, 2015.

Many days, my time seems to go by like this, but when there's a deadline looming, I make myself work - - which is writing - - which is work!
 

This morning at 9:14am, I received an e-mail that began like this:
"Congratulations! We enjoyed reading your [...]." 

And even though it said "Congratulations," I still thought it was going to be a kindhearted rejection letter!

But as I continued reading, it said I was one of 40 chosen to audition! I'm a bit more confident this year, so hopefully I'll do a better job reading my story. My time slot is Saturday, February 28th at 2:00pm. Wish me luck!!

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What about all of you?? What are you working on? Any particular contests or calls for submissions? Writing on your blog or in a journal? I'm interested, so please comment and let us know, especially if you have anything new to share.


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My fonts are messing with me again and I'm trying to ignore the problem. Acckkk!



27 comments:

  1. Good luck. I'm sure you'll do well.

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    1. Thank you, Delores! I'm glad you have confidence in me! :)

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  2. Congratulations on being chosen for the audition, I am sure you will do well. I have 2 co-authored books published, and as a change of pace I am writing a children's book. I like to "change it up" in writing.

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    1. Hi Terra! Thank you, too, for YOUR confidence in me! And thanks for sharing your writing news with us. I love that! I've never even considered "changing things up," but it does sound like a great idea. Thank you for giving me some ideas to ponder!

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  3. Congratulations! I am sure you will do well. It us time for you to do this project!
    I am working on animal rescue stories. It's time.

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    1. Thanks, McGuffy Ann! I sure do thank all of you with so much confidence in me! I better not let you down, huh?! Thanks for sharing your writing, too. Animal rescue stories sounds great. My brain is in a state that needs some diversity in my writing, I think!

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  4. Congrats, and I hope you do well this time, which I'm sure you will. As far as anything new with me...I just posted an article about the popular notion that the compound resveratrol, found in red wine, dark chocolate, grapes and berries, will add years to your life. We have heard so much about that, so today when I received the article I decided to share it with my readers.

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    1. I forgot to mention which blog it is "Book Lover's Journal"

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    2. Hey Gigi Ann! Wow, that is some awesome information to share with us! I will definitely pop over to your blog as soon as I can!

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  5. Hope it goes well. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Hi Molly the Wally! Thank you so much! Your comments are always so cheerful, they make me smile! :)

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  6. This is so exciting. I love how you don't get easily discouraged, your stamina and stregnth. I know you'll do great this time. I continue to write on my blog. Am learning how to draw too. But not sure when, if ever, I'll submit my work. Good luck to you Becky!!

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    1. Thanks, Myrna! I agree that I don't get discouraged easily, but I keep telling you I don't have the stamina and strength you think I have! LOL. I need lots of naps!! :)
      Thanks for your well wishes and for sharing your drawing info with us. That's exciting!

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  7. Wow, good for you. Wishing you luck.

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  8. This is really encouraging and shows that you should never give up. Congrats! I hope you are chosen.

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    1. Thank you, Sandi! Yes, I believe in never giving up....and if I can be encouraging to others, that's something I really like. No matter what a person's dreams are...they should go for them!

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  9. Kudos! Hope you kick butt in the audition. In a ladylike kind of way, of course.

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    1. Thank you dear and funny Val! Every word you write, whether it's your fabulous blog posts, or e-mails, or blog comments.....you always make me laugh and/or smile! :)

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  10. Break a leg at the audition! And congratulations for being chosen to audition! I also like the theme of the show; I can imagine a lot very interesting mother-related stories will be told.

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    1. Thank you so much! Everyone's encouragement is pumping me up! And yes, the stories are diversified.....some poignant, humorous, sad, hilarious, etc.

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  11. Congratulations! This is a big news! Wish you good luck!

    End of rental cleaners Ashford

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    1. Hi Heather! Thanks so much! I'm hoping the weather isn't bad this weekend because I actually have two things going on Saturday and don't want to have problems getting to either one! :)

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  12. Congratulations! I always say, you can't win if you don't enter. Writing and entering is the first step. So many people don't take that first step. I hunkered down yesterday and sent out 3 submissions to publishers. Need to send in a lot more. Our library has a writing contest each fall, I wasn't even sure if I had anything to enter this year, but I fined tuned a couple of my stories and one poem. I ended up with two first places and an HM. So, you never know. Congratulations for hitting that send button! Wishing you good luck.

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    1. Hey Janet! Thank you! You are so right. I always say, too, "It's like the lottery. You can't win if you don't play!" What's the worst that can happen?? Nobody is going to come to your door and punch you! LOL. And congratulations on your wins and HMs!! That's wonderful! I'm very happy for you!

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  13. Congratulations Becky! You are always so driven by your writing. It's wonderful to witness.

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    1. Hey Shannon!! What a wonderful surprise to see your little Green Monkey here!! LOL Thank you very much for stopping by and for your wishes! I miss ya!!

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