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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

* A WRITING COMPETITION *

Hello writer friends! How many of you entered the 2016 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition? I actually managed to get an essay written and submitted before the deadline...which was yesterday. Whew!

I don't remember when I first became aware of the contest, but I know I entered once or twice, way back when I was a novice at writing...I'm talking a real neophyte. Reading through one of those entries was downright painful & embarrassing, but it was also something else...a verification that I've grown as a writer. I definitely believe that being part of a good critique group(s), and writing associations, and having encouraging friends...writers and non writers both, has had a profound effect on me. All of those elements have helped make me a better writer.

Have I grown enough, though, to be a winner in such an eminent competition? Only time will tell....around March 17th, that is!

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P.S. I just have to mention that one of my writing pals, Donna Volkenannt, was the First Place Winner (Global Humor Award) in the 2012 Erma Bombeck Writing Competition! I think I was almost as excited as she must've been! I wrote about Donna on my blog: http://beckypovich.blogspot.com/2012/03/my-friend-won-erma-bombeck-contest.html
 
 
 
I can only hope that I, too, will become a member of such an elite group of writers.
 
 
Just one of my favorite Erma quotes:
 
“My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.” - Erma Bombeck   

16 comments:

  1. Good luck. Lots of it.
    One of my partner's aunts LIKED ironing. She said that it was one of the few household tasks which was quiet and clean. I see her point, but it is still low on my list of preferred tasks.

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    1. Hi Sue! Thank you! Ya know...I like to iron, too....when I'm in the mood, which isn't very often!

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  2. Thanks for the shout out, Becky. Good luck with your entry. Did you enter the humor or human interest category?

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    1. Thanks, Donna! I entered the humor category. Good luck with yours, too!

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  3. I hope you win, you deserve it.

    About ironing, just a side note....I was ironing and watching TV when the news of JFK being shot hit the news. What a sad day that was.

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    1. Thank you, Ann! And thank you for sharing your JFK memory. That was the first real shock of our nation, since Pearl Harbor, I guess...wasn't it? A very sad day indeed.

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  4. Got my entry in around 11:30 p.m. before the 8:00 a.m. deadline. I've been planning on taking my time and carefully crafting an entry for oh...two years now. Several snow days last week when I should have worked on it. Still, down to the wire. I have time management problems. Good luck with your entry!

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    1. Hey Val! I'm so glad you entered. You really know how to write humor! Best of luck! BTW, I have those same time management issues! I think it's how a "creative" person just naturally works ;)

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  5. BECKY-O! ~
    Best of luck with the competition. If you don't get First Place, tell me who you want to be sleeping with the fishes and I'll see to it that they do.

    (What's with the disappearing act recently? I was starting to worry that YOU were sleeping with the fishes.)

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Hey Stephen T. - You are a pretty kooky guy...thank goodness I know you're just kiddin'! And as you know by now, I emailed you and let you know I'm alive and well :)

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  6. I remember reading Erma Bombeck books until I almost knew them by heart. Now I can't remember a single word. I'm going to have to visit the library.
    Good luck with the competition.

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    1. Hi River, thanks for the good wishes! And I agree, you should read Erma again!

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  7. Our area should be well-represented with entries. Hopefully someone from our circle will get lucky!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Hey Pat! You're right about our part of the country. Did you enter? Humor or Human Interest?? Good luck to you, too!

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