Friday, April 20, 2012

Why I blog (or don't)... and an Honorable Mention

I'll never be a star blogger. I'm not trying to create a platform. I'm not out to drum up as many "followers" as possible. I admire those people who can blog every day (or just regularly) out of the overflow of their hearts. But I don't want to try to be like them because I'm afraid I'll end up blogging out of duty rather than for art. In the past, I've blogged when I really didn't have anything to say. Or I've not blogged because I felt I didn't have any interesting thoughts.

Sometimes I have too much going on in my head to blog. I'm a fictionist. Up to a point, when I'm working on a new project, if I write anything else, or even talk about what I'm working on, I'll lose the spark. The new stuff starts to feel flat and old. Maybe this is especially true for fiction writers, I don't know. I just know that I can't plan or talk or write about anything else until I reach a point of being at home in the new work.

The writing needs to come out of a heads-down, eyes-&-heart-open kind of focus, kind of paying attention throughout the day to every serendipitous moment. Choosing not to get distracted. 

Well, I'll get distracted this once...


Last night I got an email from the editors at Glimmer Train that my story "The Rust Red Feather" made it into the top 5% of stories in their February short story contest for new writers. http://bit.ly/12FebSSAhonorablementions

Though this doesn't mean I'm published, this kind of recognition from a journal like Glimmer Train bolsters my legitimacy when I submit this story and others elsewhere (not to mention my confidence as I continue to write!). 

I wrote "The Rust Red Feather" from a place of such surrendered focus, and I'm extremely grateful for the response it's gotten so far. This is just another reminder to keep my priorities in order. To keep my eyes and heart open and choose not to get distracted. To me, the rewards of such discipline, even if I remain in relative obscurity, far outweigh garnering a huge blog following! But thank you to those of you who do read my blog, for sharing this moment of celebration with me. I love you all!

P.S. Here's to the top 25 & the three winners of the contest! I'm doubly intrigued by a short story that made the top 25 called "Diatomaceous Earth" by a writer named (coincidentally) Sara Schaff. I'll be watching for it to be published!

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    1. Thank you! By the way, you are one of the writers I was thinking of when I wrote "I admire those people who can blog every day (or just regularly) out of the overflow of their hearts." You do beautiful work on your blog.

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  2. Please accept this virtual high-five. How wonderful that your story made such an impression, and I loved to hear about its beginnings in a "place of such surrendered focus". I completely relate to your sentiments about blogging. It's still early days, but since I pared down my own blog a LOT and changed its focus, I've been finding my fiction writing has been improving.

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    1. High-five accepted! I can tell the change has been beneficial in your blog. And I'm glad it's going hand-in-hand with better fiction writing! Not that your old blog was not as good, but I sense a focus and a sharpness of vision emerging. I'm enjoying it.

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    2. Oh, thank you! I'm so happy that the change is noticeable (and positive)!

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  3. Congratulations on the recognition for "The Rust Red Feather". I have been reading your blog for two months and I think you're an exceptional writer Sarah. I look forward to reading more of your work in the future!

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement! Keep up your good work, too.

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  4. Judy SwartzendruberApril 21, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    WOW How exciting for us all. Congratulations, Sarah. Your Mom and Dad are SO proud of you and how you are developing as a author. Looking forward to the next story award.

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  5. Well done, Sarah! It's a lovely story - you'll find a home for it soon.

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    1. Thanks, Leah, my fellow Glimmer Train-er! Have you submitted your amazing story elsewhere?

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