Update about writing & books; & remember: set your clocks ahead tonight!

Today I realized that I should say something about the contests I entered recently.

My 50 word story, Magic Rainbows, for Vivian Kirkfield’s #50 Precious Words challenge, did not place. There were 251 entries; 40 were chosen.

You already know my 214 word story, Valentine’s Day Surprises, for Susanna Hill’s Valentiny contest, did not place. There were 117 entries; 10 were chosen as winners and 18 received honourable mention.

I like my stories and felt they had promise, so, I admit, I was quite disappointed they didn’t make the cut when it was hard to put them out there in the first place. Once I got past those gloomy feelings I paid attention to the positive comments and urges to work on my stories to develop them further. I am going to give that a try. There could be picture books hidden in there. 

Right now I am involved in reading others’ stories (although I’m still writing) because Reading For Research Month is underway, and a book study (Writing Picture Books), both of which have required reading. I have been borrowing books from the library and keeping our lovely librarians busy. Look at the pile of books I have home right now, plus I have a smaller pile at Dad’s to bring home Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t that fabulous?  🙂  Including the ones not shown here I have 73 checked out, and 41 currently on hold to come to me when available. My list keeps growing in either direction because I keep asking for more books.

For the books I borrow I try to write a brief review on Goodreads where I again entered a reading challenge. I set my personal challenge at a total of 150 books to read, which I surpassed by one last year, and I know I can do it again this year with probably even more. Of course, most of them are picture books, but that’s my field of study right now. Picture books. And that’s what I most want to write. Picture books. So most of the books I borrow are … picture books.  🙂

On another note …  For those of you who have to change your clocks (early Sunday morning) …

set your clocks ahead one hour tonight!

Do you use the library much? On that other note, do you have trouble adjusting to the time changing by one hour?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

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4 responses to “Update about writing & books; & remember: set your clocks ahead tonight!

  1. 150 books are a lot even if they are picture books. Good luck on your research. Many stories I have submitted to contests and didn´t place, I reworked and eventually they either did win or were chosen for anthologies. It is all part of the process. ❤

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    • Thanks, Darlene, for your comment and the encouragement through sharing about your own experience. I will dig into those stories and see if they find new life that sings. 🙂

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  2. I think, judging by the fact that you have 73, and are waiting for 41, that you will reach your goal. You are on your way to 114 books, so the next 40 won’t be a problem. 🙂

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    • I didn’t even do that math, Erik. 🙂 Now I have 75 with 5 waiting to be picked up at the library, and 46 holds. I keep adding to it.
      I think you’re right! I’m not the reader you are but this year will be more than in past years for me.
      Thanks for your comment. 🙂

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