Shocked to see that it’s ten days since I last posted. When I look at my stats I see my viewings are a round 0. Hardly surprising, really. I’ve been busy – when have I ever written that before? During last week, we have visited our daughter, son-in-law and grandson, come back and taught a class, then prepared the house and garden for a thirtieth birthday barbecue party for my son. Dear Reader, I weeded the patio and three flower beds – the ones that could be seen from the barbecue – LOL. On Saturday, I was doing (some of) the cooking for my expected visitors when I checked my phone, only to find that my Google calendar had me down to lead Intercessions at church, at a service I’d intended to skip the following day. A different sort of writing, that; seriously, though, as I’ve found out recently, there are many opportunities for writing devotional material.
I’m still promoting the current Association of Christian Writers (ACW)/ Street Pastors comp, Today’s Good Samaritans. Although the deadline’s fast approaching (this Sunday, 31 July), there’s still time for you to write one thousand words, fiction or non-fiction, on someone putting the Christian ethos into action. Very cheap to enter – £3 for first submission – and, if you have time, £2 for a subsequent entry. First prize £20. You don’t have to be a Christian to enter. After all, who’s checking? For more information, visit http://www.christianwriters.org.uk/competitions
In my last post, I was all upbeat, with my ‘Five Outstanding’ subs, but pride comes before a fall. Two of those subs have fallen on stony ground already, one outright rejected and the other getting nowhere in a comp. The comp in question was Helen Yendall’s Blog About Writing Random Word Writing Competition. I wasn’t disappointed, because my story, which I wrote very quickly wasn’t the best, but what Helen wrote in her feedback stopped me in my tracks… because it was so obvious, I should’ve thought of it myself and I’d heard something along the same lines before, many times, at school.
Half the 32 entries used a skyscraper for their setting. After a while, all those skyscraper stories (and one poem) started to blend into one another. If you can be original and different, your story will make more of an impression on a judge. And 5 of the skyscraper stories were set in – or made reference to – New York.
Now what do you suppose I’d written about? Not the building of the Empire State Building, surely? How could I be such a prat?
The rejection of the other piece, about a middle-aged Christian woman who wins ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’ and is challenged by having so much wealth, was more disappointing, because Christian short story markets are very limited… unless you know differently, Dear Reader.
However, I’ve managed today to edit another story and knocked it into some sort of shape in readiness for another comp. Also on the agenda is compiling a video all my iPad clips of my husband playing in an organ recital, my last class (tomorrow) and writing another story for my real, face-to-face writing group. The topic is indecision. I have a few ideas, although none of them are consolidating. However, I don’t think me not being able to decide what to write about would be good material. I’ll leave you with a photo of my tomato plants in my greenhouse; they’re bigger now, with little green tomatoes on the stems.