Day 11 : Something people seem to compliment you the most on
Although it may surprise some of my readers (lol), I tend to get the most compliments on my writing. This has been the case since I was in grade school. I remember in my 3rd grade class we wrote and illustrated stories then stapled them into little “books.” Mine was a totally childish tale about a monster that lived in our church nursery and a princess (me). My sister and I were in the nursery every Wednesday evening because our mom sang in the choir and that was choir practice time. It’s not surprising that my story related to the nursery since they say “write what you know.”
As a teen I wrote poems and stories as well as keeping a diary. I took creative writing in 11th grade, enjoyed it thoroughly and did well. Some of my poems appeared in the school literary magazine. There were also essays and research papers. I won an essay contest in 9th grade and participated in “ready writing” competitions in which a topic was given and we had to write an essay on it in 30-45 minutes. That was fun — it was a little like sight reading in band, as it kept us on our toes.
In college, I won writing contests twice: second place poem in one contest, then first and second places for short stories in a later contest. You can imagine that I had a serious case of The Big Head. ;-)
My next ventures into the world of writing were fanfiction. I had a number of Star Trek stories published in fanzines back when they were still print instead of online. Later I wrote some fanfiction for Lord of the Rings, CSI, and NCIS. I also wrote original stories (and poems) during those years but never tried to have them published, until the last five years.
I was editor for the BellaOnline.com Public Health and Weather sites when their literary magazine Mused began publication. I’ve had several poems and an essay published there. My latest publication was in The World of Myth, and I’ve had a piece of flash fiction accepted for a collection called Blink!
I’m still working on getting more publications; whenever I receive a rejection letter, I try to resubmit that piece somewhere else AND submit another one to an appropriate publication. In this, I follow the advice of Isaac Asimov:
You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success — but only if you persist.
I get discouraged sometimes, but I’m going to persist!