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!