Alright, the last week or so this blog has been going a little too far in one direction. Although I find writing prompts helpful, my writing has recently gotten a little bleaker than intended. Things that are dark and glittery are appealing… until you realize that the shiny part is usually just optical illusion. So, for the sake of keeping things varied, I’m going to pick and choose which writing challenges I participate in, and try to write some lighter things as well.
Nonetheless, I was really honored to be a finalist in last week’s thingie. Since I haven’t entered my writing in any sort of competition since high school *loud cough* a few years ago, it was a pleasant surprise, a little scary, but I’m glad I took the risk.
Those who know me already know this… but I happen to love gambling and especially card games. I’m not a fan of stupid risk-taking. However, I do enjoy some calculated risks, and gambling is one of them. I love to learn a game, pick it apart, and find a system. Card games are like eating and breathing in my family and my parents taught us Euchre and Poker very young. Plus, if I blame my family, that means they’ll have to bail me out of debtors’ prison someday, right? Kidding. I gamble with small amounts (and I’m pretty sure debtors’ prison no longer exists…)
I suppose it follows that I enjoy other forms of risk-taking, travelling, trying new foods, and a bucket list full of things I can’t wait to do. (Skydiving is one of them, but it has to be in the U.S. and the parachute must be regulated by OSHA…) I haven’t figured out if it’s the novelty, the endorphin rush, or simply the belief that life is short. And sometimes it’s too short not to do the things that seem scary.
That said, I think sharing and/or submitting writing is definitely one of the harder things. Whether it’s actually risky or not, it feels risky because the possibility of rejection is ever-present… All of that said, a friend of mine (who though awesome must remain nameless by necessity) has been sending out manuscripts for ten years… And just heard back from a publishing house… And is now under contract for two full-length novels!!
So, here’s to taking risks, and to patiently waiting for them to pay off!!