The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It's Raining!

         Yeah, I know, it's really raining outside. If you spend hours and hours on your coiffure like I do (ha), this is not enjoyable weather for you. But you might not know this:  it's raining inside (for me) as well.

        These "droplets of joy" fell down on me today, when I am (now) thousands of words behind in NaNoWriMo. I am in such a state of desperation, when I revise a sentence I just wrote a moment ago, if it involves getting rid of a word, I sniffle and whine and cry a tear or two.  I'm trying to think of myself as the Little Engine That Could...IthinkIcan, IthinkIcan, IthinkIcan...and I tell myself that if I stick with it, when I emerge victorious on the other side, the process will have made me stronger.

        Right now, it's killing me.

        But as I checked my email this afternoon (it's a professional development day, which for teachers, is like a day off--at least from kids), I found not one but two emails that said "Yes."

        Who said "yes," you say?

                              Chicken Soup for the Soul
                                                  and
                                               Sasee 

       Of course, the Chicken Soup for the Soul collection might be a no later on, but right now, my story "The Ones From Zirconia Are Just as Nice" is in the final round for their Here Comes the Bride anthology,  due out on May 15, 2012. I'm keepin' my fingers crossed.

      It's a definite "yes" from Sasee.  My story about my money-making endeavors when I was a kid will appear in their December issue.

     And who do I have to thank?  The Coffee and Critique Group (especially Alice with her notorious red pen) that I met with a few times this past summer, for one. Even though some of the grumpy old men looked down their noses at the schmaltz of Chicken Soup-type essays (Doyle, I'm not talking about you), the suggestions I got from Donna, Marcia, Becky, Lou, Doyle and the rest of their gang really got me into the mood to submit. Merci!

    Also, the writing group that I am currently in is due some chocolate. (Or, maybe another cream cheese birthday cake? How about it?) They are a bit too subdued and dry and boring for my tastes, but what the heck--I'm not in it to be entertained and to get my pantyliners damp, I'm in the circle to improve my writing. Beth M. Wood and Linda O'Connell, both published in Chicken Soup and Sasee, encouraged me to send the childhood story in; Tammy and Lynn gave me wonderful suggestions to improve it as well. (The Chicken Soup one I did completely solo, which is a scary thing to think about, considering it is me we're talking about.)

    Barbra had it all wrong. DO rain on my parade.  I love this kind of rainfall...

11 comments:

  1. Well, here's more rain for you! Congrats!

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  2. Yay, Sioux.
    Way to go. Congratulations on not one, but two, publishing acceptances!
    Donna

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  3. I'm so happy for you!! And proud, too. Look how much you're getting published, just by having the courage to submit your work! Yay! And I'm happy to have had a tiny part in it.

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  4. Kudos! TWO acceptances, AND a professional development day? You must be livin' right to garner such karma.

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  5. Congratulations and a woo-hoo for you!! I'd say that calls for some chocolate! I'll be sure and eat enough for both of us! :)

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  6. Us unpublished and unwashed congratulate you!

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  7. Sioux, YAY! Chicken Soup! Congratutlations. We're in the same issue of Sasee, too!

    Boring and subdued? I am going to bring some SHOUT to get the stains out when I victory dance with you on Lynn's couch next week. Girl eat as much chocolate as you want and keep writing. High five!

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  8. Sasee Mag...YAY! Way to go Sioux! I had a great feeling about that one ; )

    I am jealous of you and Linda...of course, I have no right...I haven't even submitted anything in ... I don't want to think about how long. Oh to finish these client projects so I can refocus!! So happy for you!

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  9. Way to go Sioux! How exciting. And everyone was saying how hard it is to get in Sasee, well look at you. Yippee! Hey, and you're not suppose to be revising your work when you're doing NaNo! Just keep writing, writing, writing.

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  10. That's fantastic, Sioux!

    Pearl

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  11. Kathy--Thank you so much.

    Donna and Becky--Thanks. I owe you two an extra thank you.

    Val-No, I've been quite bad; I'm being treated nicely so "someone" can have fun yanking the rug out from under me after I get comfortable and smug.

    Tammy--Cacao-producing regions will be doing really well, then, because I eat plenty, too.

    Linda--That might scare Sheree away. Let's break her in slowly...

    Beth--Linda and I are in a different phase of our lives than you are. We're enjoying grandkids, not raising kids. Very soon, you'll get back into submitting things. (Or I'll have to Fargo you!)

    Lynn--No NaNoWriMo talk right now. I'm getting further and further behind. I'm not really "revising," but occasionally, a word is changed here or there.

    OMG--a comment from Pearl! Is this a dream? Pinch me.

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