Thursday News

Today is Thursday. Today is the day we are supposed to hear back on the Writer’s Digest Short Story contest.

But I’m not sure whether we would hear back on it via email or snail mail or both. And unfortunately, I’m leaving town from work, which means I can’t check the snail mail until I get back Sunday. So I may be a winner, I may not be. Ugh, suspense…

UPDATE: Just got the email at 11 o’clock my time. I’m not among the winners, unfortunately. Oh well, better not to stress over it all weekend, right? Good thing I’m going on vacation, now I can treat myself to something fabulous tonight. 😉

The upshot of losing means I can enter my short story Trick or Tree into other contests and see how I fare. It’s really short, like 1,500 words. But that was the requirement for this particular contest.

OUT OF TOWN?

And just where am I going out of town you might ask? Does this give you a clue?

The BFF is down in New Mexico for work, so I’m going down for the weekend and we’ll catch the sights, like Roswell and Carlsbad Caverns. I’m sure I’ll have lots of pics to post on Tuesday. Who knows, I may even run into a blue box. I mean, there are a few likely places to encounter the Doctor. Obviously, London. Utah (woot!). And of course, at least once in Roswell, right? 😉 I’d love it if someone had erected a blue box, I’d be giving a fangirl squee and the BFF wouldn’t have a clue why. She’s not a fan. Sci-Fi isn’t her thing, although visiting the UFO museum is somehow. *shrug*

I feel like I’m so close to getting the query letter done. It’s like it’s just around the corner. I may work on it on the airplane, or I may just read my Kindle. But I’ve got my handy dandy bluetooth keyboard, so if I feel like it at any point during the weekend I certainly will (likeliness is probably 10% though).

Does anyone know how they notify for Writer’s Digest competitions? *sigh* I’m guessing it’s a no-win, but hey, I’ve still had quite a lot of success lately. And there are still future opportunities for Trick or Tree in the future. I’m not going to let it get me down.

Have you ever been to Roswell or Carlsbad? Any recommendations? Ever won or lost short story competitions? Are you waiting on news that’s keeping you in suspense? Let me know in the comments below.

things i love: Asian Kung Fu Generation

thingsiloveIt’s been a long while since I did a things i love post. For those of you unfamiliar with the things i love posts, all you have to do is write about things you love and pingback to this post or the original post to let us know you’ve written one. It is my belief that we can learn a lot about each other and the world by sharing the things we love. Feel free to use the graphic if you decide to do a post.

ASIAN KUNG FU GENERATION

One of my favorite J-Rock bands, and possibly band period, of all times is Asian Kung Fu Generation. (It’s a hard call between them and The Pillows). They go by Ajikan for short in Japan.

What do I love about them? Several things, the most obvious being their music. Some lyrics I’ve looked up and some I understand, but they’ve got a great beat and I love listening to them. My favorite song of theirs is called Re: Re: and it’s best in its live version.

Another thing I love about Ajikan is their cover art. It’s just got a fantastical feel to it that I love. I end up buying their actual albums (vs. mp3) because I love seeing the art so much. Check out some of my favorites.

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Happily Ever After?

jae scribbles happily

I decided to go with a prompt from the DailyPost today. The prompt:

“And they lived happily ever after.” Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there?

Something my mom always used to say to me that annoyed me to no end as a teenager was that happiness was a choice. My teenager self couldn’t believe that despite all the craziness going on in my life that somehow I could still choose to be happy. Didn’t she know what I was going through? What so-and-so said? What so-and-so did? That I wasn’t this, or I wasn’t that? And so on, and so on.

I think I interpreted happiness as meaning “never feel sadness.” Or “bad things won’t happen to me.” It took me a long time to understand what she actually meant, and even longer to agree with it.

PERSPECTIVE

Something that helped open my eyes was perspective. That is what makes choosing to be happy, despite our circumstances, possible. Sometimes I wish I could give my teenage self the perspective of where I was at that point. That high school ends. That there were so many awesome adventures ahead. That I’m strong enough to overcome any challenge. That’s why they say hindsight is 20/20.

One thing that helps me keep things in perspective is my belief in God. I realize there may be some of you out there who don’t believe in God, and that’s all right. I’m very a much a live-and-let-live person. But my belief helps me and gives me the perspective that hurts are temporary and shows me how to choose happiness rather than let life’s difficulties drag me down to misery.

viktor frankl

But you don’t have to take my word for it. Try the words of Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl.

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

I can’t imagine being locked in a concentration camp, wondering when it might be my turn for extermination. Yet Viktor still had this perspective. Can one really choose happiness in such terrible circumstances?

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Monday’s Writerly Quote

I have a blogging friend some of you may know. Daphne. And currently Daphne is stuck in what she has named Hotel Hell. Her family got evicted from their apartment and while searching for another, they’re basically all crammed together in a small room.

But you know what I think? Daphne is the sort of person that encompasses this quote below, and I just know her trying experience at Hotel Hell will one day turn into bestseller material.

The quote from Terry Brooks:

Fiction writers are strange beasts. They are, like all writers, observers first and foremost. Everything that happens to and around them is potential material for a story, and they look at it that way.

I think, we too, should look at life’s trying moments as adventures or at least fodder for future stories. After all, we have to pull from our own experiences to give our stories the depth they need. Call it the positivity in me, if you must, but I really believe there’s lemonade to be made of any situation. And you can even add mint to make it extra delicious.

So make minty lemonade my friends, and then stick it in your stories.

Have you had a difficult time in your past that you draw upon for your stories? Do you see everything around you as potential material for a story? Where do you get most of your inspiration?

Friday Flix: The Decoy Bride

friday flix jae scribblesAnd we’re back with another edition of Friday Flix. I considered doing this post on Valentine’s Day, but comics demanded they had their place and since it was Thursday at that time anyway, well… Here we are.

Today we’re featuring, The Decoy Bride, starring Kelly Macdonald, Alice Eve, and of course David Tennant. Yeah, I think a lot of us would watch a movie just because David Tennant was in it. So, I did.

The description from IMDB.com:

When the world’s media descend on the remote Scottish island where a Hollywood actress is attempting to get married, a local girl is hired as a decoy bride to put the paparazzi off the scent.

THE GOOD

That should be obvious, shouldn’t it? David Tennant. And he uses his Doctor Who accent. And he does a fantastic job with his character. Plus I loved a certain scene where he ends up “playing” the bagpipes. It might be worth it just for that.

Our heroine, Katie (Kelly Macdonald), is also quite hilarious as awkward small-town girl. You might recognize her voice from Brave. Anyway, it seems they wrote most of the script for her—at least in that she has some great awkward girl moments that will make you both squirm and laugh.

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