My short story, Resurrecting Eve, will be included in a short story collection with other fine authors such as William Meikle, Daniel Pyle, Robin Morris, Robert Duperre & Danielle Bourdan (just to name a few). Because the majority of those authors have been doing so well independently, it really makes me feel like I'm part of a successful collaboration, and I'm really honored that my short actually was 'good enough' to join those other exceptional writers. I'm not afraid to say I'm kind of insecure about my writing. I have confidence one day and second guess myself the next. It's always an on-going battle. But this just makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over.
I was so excited (after hearing the news last week), that I even sat down and wrote another short story for another contest (a Twist contest). I completed over 3000+ words in less than three hours. It did need some extensive editing and I'm thankful for David H. Burton and Dave Conifer, for their wonderful advice. Now it's the nail-biting time wondering ... will it be 'good enough' to join this second collaboration?
All this positive energy made me forget what happened to me on Friday, (that and some chocolate, and a long conversation with my M-I-L). Made me think of what happened in a totally different view. I didn't need to think of it as a negative, even though it was totally behind my back and, as intuitive as I am, I was the butt of someone's joke. Someone's year-long planning. But ... it's ok. :) I'm actually happy it happened because I know I did a good job, and whether or not it is felt unanimously by all parties doesn't really matter. I took a negative, and gathered all my positives, to make it into a positive. :)
That's my way of life ... always look on the bright side, even when the clouds are blocking your view.
I can't wait until the Unnatural Disasters collection comes out. Just from peers (& family & friends) reading it, I've received a lot of praise and support. A fellow writer (she doesn't write fiction), said I gave her nightmares, and that she was afraid to continue reading it but had to in order to find out what happened. She also said I reminded her of a young Stephen King. That last comment was the second time she had said that, and it never gets old! :)
So what's been positive for you? Can you turn a negative around, like turning that frown upside-down? I hope you have a wonderful week, everyone!