“I plucked the petals off the wilted daisy and whispered, ‘I tell him. I tell him not.’ Even though it was childish to put the weight of such an important decision on a daisy, I’d already proven to be incapable of deciding any other way.
My voice croaked as I pinched off the last petal. ‘I’ll tell him.’”
- Beginning of my short story “Daisy” in 100 Stories for Queensland
On Sunday, I posted my query of Naked Eye on my 2nd blog, Earnest Writer's Excerpts . Feel free to visit and comment. I want to polish it for the NESCBWI Conference I’m attending next week. (See below.)
Tuesday was a good day.
My contract from Wyvern Publications arrived. Can’t wait for those line edits on my short story “Allured”, which will appear in the upcoming anthology Fangtales. I figure line edits on a short story is like training wheels for the whole novel
I hope to I’ll get published someday.
Next week, I’m attending the NESCBWI conference in Fitchburg, MA. I’m going to be busy with a query and 10-page critique sessions. And I’m going to be a handler for 3 workshops. My writer friend, Judy Mintz is going too. Check out her funny BLOG !
Anyone else going to NESCBWI, Fitchburg?
In other news, Ebysswriter hosted a 250-word pitch contest. The honest feedback led me to combine chapters 1 and 3 into chapter 2, and now chapter 2 is chapter 1.
On the teaching front, I’ve (temporarily) returned to my old job last and this week. Don’t ask. And I’m doing all the planning and lessons and grading on daily sub pay. I've told the students so many times that it’s my last day that they don’t believe me anymore. Now I’m telling them “I’m just like The Terminator, I don’t die.”
I did a lesson on The Columbian Exchange, which led to a discussion about tomatoes leaching lead from plates, making Italians think tomatoes were poisonous and the potato blight leading to the Irish Potato famine because the British government still forced the export of wheat to England and the conquistadors and their treatment of the Aztecs and when people decide a group is less than human, they can justify treating them any way they’d like. They were riveted. It may have been the stifling heat in the classroom that made them docile. Hard to tell.
By the way, on May 10th, Nicole Zoltack will visit my blog to tell us what it’s like to write for a small e-publisher.
How’s your May so far?
Anything you're looking forward to this month?