Wednesday, August 10, 2005

A Big Ol' Sigh...

Sigh...There it is, my big ol' sigh. What is the cause of the sigh? Well, a lot of things really. Mostly the heat because that is what is affecting me the most the last couple of days. I don't do well in heat, so I am really feeling it. I am sitting here with the fan on 'high', blowing right at me and I am still sweating like a pig! Great visual eh?!

I am also sighing because of my first entry for the writers challenge that I entered for last week (entry deadline is always on the following Monday of when the topic gets posted, which is also every Monday). I didn't get the dreaded email until I got home from work Monday afternoon and it was too late to do anything about it. What is that you may ask? Well, it turns out my entry did not get submitted after all. Yes, after all that work, after gathering all my courage together to let other people read something I wrote...it did not get submitted!

You see, a new screen is supposed to pop up saying that your work had been submitted, but if it didn't to email them (it gave the email addy). I didn't get that screen so I emailed them. I got a reply back saying it had been submitted, so I thought I was good to go. However, on Monday I got another email saying that it did not get submitted. One of the ladies who is in charge of the challenged sent me a PM at the site asking me if I went under a different name because she couldn't see anything by me. I replied back saying what my screen name was and what my real name was because I didn't know which would turn up on my entry. I also told her the name of the article so she could check for that. If I had been home and got the PM and/or email, I might have had time to resubmit it. She had actually sent the PM after the deadline time but I think she would have allowed me to resubmit at that point, because she knew it was my first entry and didn't want me to be disappointed or anything because of something like this.

I decided that I would send the entry to a couple of people to read and critique. So far, one of the ladies I sent it to said it was very good and she liked the suspence in it and the element of fear. I haven't heard from the other yet, but she did sent me a PM to let me know she got the email and will read it tonight and let me know her thoughts and critiques on it. I haven't decided if I will print it out here yet or not. I might put it on the forums to get other comments. If I decide to do that, I will put a link so that if anyone is interested, he/she can read it.

Well, I was greatly disappointed, but I took it that maybe God wanted to test me to see if I was serious about writing or He wanted me to get some practice in. Of course it just might have been a glitch but whatever...Yes, I was disappointed, but now I plan on getting my piece submitted before Sunday afternoon like I did this time so that if something like this happens again, I will have the time to take care of it.

I have been working on this week's entry for the last couple of days. It's 'weird', but on Sunday after I had finished with the other entry, I had an idea for a possible story. The next day, Monday, I checked what the topic for this week would be...and what do you know! My idea can fit in with this topic! I have 520 words so far, and can have a maximum of 750. I actually feel excited for this story, more than I did with last weeks entry on the topic of Retreat. This week's topic is Sightseeing.

Well, I think I've rambled on long enough, so I will sign off for now. Wishing you all blessings in Him and hoping that your day is Christ filled!

8 comments:

MaY said...

God has his own reasons why Shelley. I'm sorry to hear such a disappointment..but cheer up..thing will brighten up for the better!

Oh boy..yes..the weather! Hot...Humid..Help! LOL It's really hot..and yes..I am sweating like a pig too..LOL..well at least my fats are being burned down a bit. hehehhe..

Thank God for the rain today...

Paula said...

I will pray that God will make your writing dreams a reality. That you will accomplish what you set out to do as a writer! In Jesus name I pray, Amen. Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers. Thanks for the comment at my site!

Blessings,

MarkMichael said...

Shelley, Sorry to hear that your submission didn't go through. Give it another go, seriously! What have you got to lose? I haven't read anything you wrote but I'm sure that it was wonderful!

Where in Canada do you live that you have to point a fan on high at your face? That sounds more like Texas where I'm from! Have a good week and yes, my day was wonderfully Christ-filled!

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Joe said...

Remember, many, many famous writers were rejected so many times with their early works that they actually became depressed.

If you have one of their early rejections today, you are rich!

Someday your readers will scramble for one of your early manuscripts.

Paula said...

Thanks for the comment today. Glad to know I'm not the only one who stresses over a lost Bible. Hope you have a great weekend!

Darlene said...

That's a bummer! Argh. Keep trying and something will click.

Live, Love, Laugh said...

hang in there and keep writing, remember God will give you the desires of your heart!