Do you ever notice signs that seem to be pointing you in a specific direction? Not road signs, but life signs?
I have not taken writing seriously until the past year. In January, I entered two contests. There was no New Year's resolution, no blinding flash of inspiration. I figured I needed to get on the stick, as my high school classmates used to say. I started this blog, and went searching for others to add to my blogroll. In doing so, I stumbled upon several contests, and spiffed up an entry from my long-time, folksy, self-entertainment blog. The other entry was the first page of the humor memoir I had decided to write. My efforts were successful, which I've already blogged about.
Then life got in the way. I didn't have time for the writing or any more contest-entering. I retired on my laurels. Truth be told, I didn't push too hard to make time for my writing. Updating both my blogs every day was enough. But lately, I've grown restless.
Wednesday afternoon, as every afternoon, I read the online version of the local newspaper. There was a story about the Heartland Writers Guild Conference in Sikeston, Missouri, on June 3 and 4. Sikeston is a stone's throw from here, if you are a steroid-enhanced, world-class stone-thrower. It's two hours or less from home. In doing a little research, I saw that I'd already missed a deadline to submit something. Besides, that's the weekend Hick and the boys are going on a little vacation. I don't want to travel alone, even to hear talk about writing.
Thursday afternoon, I got to Googling for writing groups. Who knew that one had recently formed right in my own front yard? And was having a meeting Thursday night at 5:30 in the library six miles from my house! I didn't go. I wasn't prepared. But what a coincidence. They meet monthly. So maybe I can scrape up the confidence to attend the next one.
Thursday night, I saw that Writer's Digest had done away with the late fee for the May 20 late entry deadline. Today is May 20. I wish I had something suitable for submission. But my slothful ways have put the kibosh on that contest.
I am hereby making a May 20th resolution to polish some entries and have them at the ready. You never know when a contest opportunity might fall into your lap. Don't let it get away.