I’ve Got Exciting News!

It’s celebration time.

Yea! My Flash Fiction, Precious Memories, placed in the Honorable Mentions!

If you’re not familiar with WOW Women on Writing, be sure give them a read. They run a contest every quarter and offer critiques too.

WOW Contest Connection – Winter Flash Fiction Winners


Losing and Winning – I prefer winning

Ouch! “We regret …”

How I hate those words. Don’t we all? But since I shared my excitement and success with you, thought it only fair to share my disappointment and failure. Rejections keep me humble, reminding me, I’m not all that, and sometimes I’m just plain dumb.

I’d little time to bask in the warm glow of publication when up popped the damned devil, Rejection.

All comfy in my pjs and slippers, I sat down to relax in front of the fire, sip eggnog and catch up on emails.

After all, the holidays are a time to kick back and relax. A time to chill and enjoy the fact Fiction Southeast had published my essay. Can you tell I was feeling a bit proud?

Well, everyone knows with pride comes the fall.

My eggnog grew warm as the cold wind of reality swept though my computer and I read the following line in an email.

Thank you for your submission. Unfortunately….

I sulked, ranted and raved over my good story, which they’d declined. Why the hell, was it rejected? Apparently, the judges didn’t know good writing from a hole in the ground.

Then the free critique offered by the magazine arrived. Gulp.

Time to eat crow. Dumb, dumb, and dumber, I’m such a dummy. I repeated as I banged my head on the desk.

The judges liked my story.

“This story is well written, with a good character dynamic.”  However, I’d failed to comply with one of the rules.  Me I disqualified myself! Non-negotiable. No exceptions.

Messing up or missing a rule equals rejection.

Guess the judges did recognize good writing and they also recognized a dumb one too. A writer that can’t follow instructions.

Stupid, stupid… I took another minute and banged head on keyboard.

One step forward and two back… that’s me.

Now that I need Ibuprofen for my headache I’ll take a deep breath and try again.

Back to the keyboard, writing, reading and studying. To improve my chances for publication I’m reading and rereading a few websites. However not sure anything can help me remember to follow the rules.

Banging head again, need a minute.

7 How to websites for writing, winning and publishing.

  1. The secret to writing a good short story.
  2. Avoid reject from literary magazine.
  3. Top Three Reasons Why Your Stories are Not Getting Published
  4. How to get your stories published in lit magazines
  5. How to win a short story competition
  6. Increasing your chances of winning
  7. How to get published in a magazine


One Lovely Award

I’ve been nominated by the sensual Elsa Holland for the One Lovely Blog Award. She has humbled me with the honor and her words of encouragement.

Thank you Elsa!


This is my 4th Blog Award nominated by my peers. I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. No words can properly thank my readers. This award requires I tell you 7 things about myself, so here goes.

  • I’m an optimist, believing things will get better.
  • Living with chronic pain, I’ve learned to live.
  • I love Peanut M&M’s. (best with a glass of red wine)
  • Enjoy curling up by the fire with a good book. (can’t wait until it’s mine)
  • Love to travel, wish I could do more of it.
  • Love, love, love an afternoon nap.
  • As an introvert, I still find people fascinating. (must be the writer in me)

Now for the second requirement, link back to blogs I enjoy reading. You must check out, in addition to the amazing romance writer and blogger Elsa Holland, the following:

  1. If it’s not fun, why bother – Cassie Newell
  2. Sheila Good at Cow Pastures Chronicles
  3. The Bloggings of Jez Farmer – the lunatic, the lover and the poet.
  4. Ryan Lanz on A writers Path
  5. Lets Cut the Crap over at How the Cookie Crumbles
  6. David Allen over at Allen Fiction
  7. Practice your Flash Fiction with Jeremy Farmer

I could probably fill up this page with many more deserving blogs, but I’ll save some for later.

Take a moment and check what these great writers have to offer. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you again Elsa for thinking of me!