Posted on 21 February 2004

I am pleased. I woke at 4 this morning – the first time I’ve risen early in a long time and I’ve spent some hours preparing for the Plum meeting this morning. Rob went to work at 8:30 last night and is still working (poor fellow) but this is the last night of shooting. Next week he can take it easy.

I received writing news of sorts yesterday from the Writer’s Union of Canada. My short story made it to the second cut. It won no awards or honorable mentions but the good part is they critiqued my story – told me what they liked and what they didn’t like. The ending was the problem. I left my audience in the air. How many stories have I read that leave the reader to guess what happens? Many. And I too am frustrated so I see that I must follow my instincts and my own likes and not take the easy way out. Part of the problem was word count. Most literary contests allow a limited number of words.

I still have paper work to do but the bulk and the hard part are finished. I’m hoping this weekend that I can file it all away and spend some time and have some fun writing. I need to be more diligent. Or call it quits. So difficult. I know I can write and sometimes even write well but it’s so much work I groan. But I know that once I take the time to move into a piece, I enjoy myself.

Time is passing so quickly. How many good years do I have left, I ask myself when I am in a moaning-groaning mood. Lots, I answer when I feel good. Many writers – especially women – come to writing later in life. I love Samuel Beckett’s lines “Perhaps my best years are gone… but I wouldn’t want them back. Not with the fire in me now.”

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