I am Here; Are You?

Hello my friends. If I have any left that is. July 2011, seems an eternity ago and now I found the inspiration and time to make a quick pitch to anyone out there who still may check in once in a while. Well.. what has been happening?

I dedicated myself to some serious writing and it did pay off.  I got an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest 80th Annual Writing Competition. My category was heavily attended (Short Story Lit/Mainstream) with over 5000 entries I believe (or best estimate). I got 43 out of top 100 for a fictional short story titled, A Moment for Rosalie.  "Ya shoulda seen my face when I opened the e-mail."  Better yet, you should have seen the little jig I danced around the house like a spastic cheerleader on Red Bull.

I am now heading to the ASU Virginia Piper's Desert Nights Rising Stars Writer's Conference, just a few weeks away. Last year I blogged about my experience and if you care to check in to see what I learn, please check back. This year I made the big leap to the "Master's Class" and have submitted 20 pages of my non-fiction, A Mother's Purpose, for review by a published author and 11 other aspiring memoirists. This should be fun and I hope to take all I can from having several writers read and critique my work.

I also have entered the Writer Mag's Memoir contest, soon to be announced March 1 or shortly thereafter. I have to say, I get a real kick out of entering contests. If you have never entered one, do your research, enter a quality one with a long standing. Polish up your work and take the leap. I find it very therapeutic in a "writerly" sort of way.

I am glad to be back. Please follow, please comment. I love to hear back from you and above all, if you have a blog/story to share, do so here.  I am also a member of She Writes but just cannot get the darn logo to attach!!!! 

More Soon!

5 comments:

MCatherine said...

I'm so glad I check my Google Reader this morning to find your post. Congrats on achievements. BTW: The best way to get the SheWrites logo on your blog is to: 1. go to SW and take a screen shot of your badge 2. Go to your dashboard on your blog and use the widget that allows you to add a picture + add the link to your SW address and wha la! I made a blog post about all this HERE
Inviting you to drop my the Hide A Heart blog HERE where I wrote about having a pretty great experience a couple of weeks ago! I look forward to hearing from you. Wishing you a happy week-end!

http://themothercenturion.blogspot.com said...

MCatherine, thank you so much for the post. I feel so insignificant in this blogoshpere and I do appreciate the comment. I will be checking in to Hide A Heart and plan on posting again shortly. I have so much on my plate at this moment, that may be the topic of my next post....

Julie said...

Hi, Adrian!! I just came upon this post and I was so glad to catch up on what you have been doing. Congratulations on your Writer's Digest Honorable Mention!!! That is so awesome. I actually remember when you were writing the Rosalie story and I thought it sounded so great, I'm not surprised at all that your work paid off.

Best of luck with the Writer contest as well, I hope you will get more great news.

It was great to catch up with all you have been doing. Take care and congratulations again!

wosushi said...

Congrats on the achievements! It looks like your break did you good. :)

http://themothercenturion.blogspot.com said...

Thank you so much and I feel so guilty for not being more active. I need to get the juices flowing again. Done with school but still busy with house, work, kids. Need to find the ME time to blog. Thank you again!

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I figured things out late in life, like what I wanted to do, getting married (age 30), having kids, (36 and 38) and changing degrees about 3 times. Now as a cop of 19 years and in my mid 40's, I am finally figuring out some things. My first career or dream of becoming a writer is playing more in my head and daily life than ever. I love it. Thus the blog. It is all mine. I also love being a mother. They are all ours. I love my husband and as a cop, wow.. have I seen some things. Street degree. I got it. Let us learn together. I also am on She Writes.