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Lots of news on this first day of 2013. I don't know if I was trying to cram a lot into the remnants of 2012 or if I finally had a moment when I didn't have to buy a gift, make a gift, wrap it, cook or decorate something. Whatever the reason I'll take it!
I applied for a part-time seasonal job where I'll get to use my Spanish skills. I love being bilingual. Even if you don't understand the why or want to learn a second language yourself, please allow/encourage your children to do so. The benefits are too great not to. A bilingual person has so many more job opportunities with a higher pay scale than the person who speaks only one language. It also gives a person a more global view, and whether you want to admit it or not, the United States is not living in isolation. A global community and outlook is the only way to go. Natural resources are limited and everyone is going to have to pull together to feed, clothe, house, educate, and care for everyone that lives on this only-planet-that-we-have.
One reason for applying is the money. I need a few more income streams to finance my vacation/adventure plans and pay my taxes! Also, it establishes a routine in my life while exposing me to a variety of people, cultures, and lifestyles. All is fodder for my future writing. Novelists cannot live in a bubble. A bubble makes for boring writing.
Secondly, I signed up for the 1st ever Writer/Storyteller Event at Urban Eats in St. Louis, MO not far from Saint Louis University (one of my old stomping grounds!). This event has a live audience and will be recorded. I have to TELL a story--no reading allowed-- about a humorous travel event. This is soooo far out of my comfort zone that I have to give it a try. I don't mind public speaking in the least. Ask my friends or family and all will tell you that I could speak to anybody anywhere at any time. However, I'm not fond of being filmed or photographed. That's one of the reasons I've been so involved in photography. If you're behind the camera you don't have to worry about being in front of one. I'm not photogenic in the least. I hope anyone in the area will come to Urban Eats on February 22 between 7 and 9 pm to watch me stretch my boundaries. Maybe, it will inspire you to stretch yours as well.
Thirdly, I jotted down a flash fiction story last night as I partied with Dick Clark's ghost. It still has some fine-tuning, but the bones are there and they're good ones. I entered the first paragraph into Contest #48 at Writer's Digest. This contest is based on a photo prompt. Writer's Digest will select the ten best and post them on their website (www.writersdigest.com/forum). In March, readers will get to vote for their favorite. Hopefully, I will be your favorite.
Lastly, I've updated my blog!
2013 is already productive! Can't wait to see what the future holds or what I decide to make of it.
A long overdue update:
My first novel, Man of the House, is currently being reviewed by three agents. Two have requested full manuscripts and one has requested a partial.
You can read an excerpt of this novel on my website. Please do. I'd love to hear from any readers. Give me feedback-good, bad or ugly-give it to me. I can take it.
Join me & other writer/storytellers at:
3301 Meramec Street
East of South Grand in South St. Louis
February 22, 2013
7 to 9pm
A new literary podcast called "So..." is about to debut in
front of a live audience at Urban Eats in Saint Louis.
'Travel' (metaphoric or physical, 'horror stories of' or...)
Good news on the writing front. My short story, Macchiato Memoirs, is going to be published in Every Day Fiction! It should appear sometime during April or May, so be on the look out.
Every Day Fiction is an online flash fiction for works of less than a 1000 words. I encourage everyone to check them out and sign up for their daily fiction.I've read some really good, eye-opening short stories from their site. Almost everyone has time to read a 1000 words, but it really takes some effort to tell a complete story with a beginning, middle, and end with such a limited number of words.
They accept all genres, so I'm certain everyone can find something they like. Also if you submit, they give great feedback.
I'm soooooo excited! Can you tell?
Just signed up for Twitter. I've tweeted five times about some fairly random subjects. I'm not certain how best to use Twitter to gain a following. So far, it seems that I've attracted a few followers by doing nothing of value. I believe they either want to sell me something or are hookers, which would still want to sell me something, but they've got the wrong market.
I would love to hear from anyone who uses Twitter, and can give me a clue as to what I should be doing.