07 September 2011

Yeah, Okay, So I Need A Little Assistance With This

Happy Wednesday, dear readers!  I know this is Hump Day for many, but I'd like to beg ask of you all a favor.

A penny for your thoughts?  A nickel, perhaps, what with inflation and all?

I recently received in the good old snail mail, a flier for a writing competition wherein they are looking for short stories of 1,500 words or less.  Being a man of many words (written, at least) I have been toying with the idea of submitting an entry.  Safe as milk, right?  Should be no problem.

Well, here's where you come in.  See, I have a big blind spot, often, for my own stuff.  Sometimes I can read the same piece over and over again and still not quite get why others might find it interesting, scintillating or otherwise worthy of comment.  Or editorial consideration, for that matter.  So if I may, can I get a little sugar from you all?

If there is a story or piece of mine that you can recommend, one that you really enjoyed, doesn't have to be recent, please tell me which one.  I'm of a mind to maybe give this competition a go, take it on a lark, as it were.  I haven't done it in a while, and I feel the need to flex a little and maybe join the party.

Or...wait, maybe this is even better...

You can certainly recommend a significant piece I've already done OR you can send me a writing prompt and maybe I'll just write a fresh piece around that, for the competition.  How about that?

So if you don't mind, and you have a moment to throw a coin or two into my mental cup, drop me a line in the comments.  I welcome the feedback, and it could be just the ticket to freshen up my brain space!

The deadline for entry is November 15th, so I reckon I can take ideas from now until the end of September.  That, too, is a milestone, and probably a good cutoff point because at this rate I am very close to having posted an entry to this blog every day for one full year.   I hadn't intended to do that, but somehow fell into it.  I'd like to see if I can carry it off, at which point I'll probably take a hiatus to recharge.  But I don't think I'll stop writing altogether, so the short story idea could be the sabbatical I need.

Thank you all again for your readership and attention.  I look forward to hearing some interesting things!


  1. "Of all the taxicabs, in all the cities, in all the world, she urinated in mine."...yeah I know its not one of yours IG...its based on some movie line I think (Ha!).. and a real event that happened in my taxi.(groan..ugh the memory)...but thats all I got, good luck bro !! Slainte !!

  2. how exciting, sugar! i'll give this some thought. xoxo

  3. well personally, "a price for pearls" guaranteed me to be a permanent reader. then your more recent anniversarequiem reaffirmed that. oh and then the ripples of you poem. god that was so awesome. i quote that poem to people. like even now.

  4. Oh my. You have SO many good stories.

    My favs (that I can remember without searching for titles/posts of them) You did one about the jaguar and the broke heart in the kayak. The image of the glacier falling, likening it to his heart, totally fantastic.

    The other I've loved, you were thinking of making it longer I think?, it was of a man sitting on a deck (maybe on a beach?), gazing at the stars, contemplating life, I think the wife/gf came out and they had a stilted conversation. Dang I can't remember more than that, except that I loved it.

    Good luck!

  5. This is the one I love:


"Let your laws come undone
Don't suffer your crimes
Let the love in your heart take control..."

-'The Hair Song', by Black Mountain

Tell me what is in your heart...