Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What's Your Passion?

What gets you going and keeps your focus?  What are  you passionate about?

I read that about 75 percent of people can't answer this question:  What is Your Passion?

My husband's passion (not including me!) is his farm.  This plot of land that's been in his family since the 1800s.  It's the reason he'd never move to any other location.  He is all about this farm, everything to do with it.  It's what he thinks about every day when he wakes up.  It's his main focus in life.  The farm is his biggest joy, his biggest reward.  He works incredible hours on his farm and doesn't even realize it because he loves doing it.  He is so pumped when he gets on his tractor and rambles around his fields, surveying everything.  It feeds his soul.

For me, writing.

Note here we are not talking about family members, the people you take care of and love.  In that case I'd have to say being a wife and mother, and my husband would say being a husband and father.  Those go without saying.

Not your job...unless of course you're fortunate to be living your dream where you work and are paid.  .

Something you DO for the sake of just doing it.

A hint would be that you probably thought about it when you were a child.  Remember those fantasies?

What would you do even if you weren't paid for it?

If money weren't an object, what would you spend your life doing?

What would make you jump out of the bed in the morning anxious to start doing?


What is your dream, your passion?




Sunday, August 7, 2011

Writing Opps This Month

A couple of recent interesting writing prospects I'm eyeing.  Of course, Glimmer Train is on my list of life success stories.  Sent off for a sample copy about four years ago and still haven't submitted.  Worth a try, especially as I'm developing a lot of stories now.  A lot of their winning entries are stories that could easily be fictionalized memoir.  Why do I love literary so much?

If I can just keep the energy pumping...  And not spend so much time in the kitchen!
 

Memoirs Ink is looking for original, well-written personal essays, memoirs, or stories that are based on autobiographical experiences. The narrative must be in first person, other than that, the contest is open to any type, genre or style of story. Stories can be funny or sad, serious, artsy or fragmented. We are interested in pushing the boundaries of memoir and also in just regular memoir that doesn't try too hard--so long as it moves us. This contest is open to any writer, any age, writing in English--that means Canadians, Brits, Australians, Ugandans and anyone else anywhere can enter.



Glimmer Train Bulletin 55 - The August Short Story Award for New Writers closes August 31. Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. Word count: Most submissions run 1,500 to 6,000 words, but can go up to 12,000. See writing guidelines. First place wins $1,200 and publication in Issue 85 of Glimmer Train Stories. Second- and third-place winners receive $500/$300 (or, if chosen for publication, $700).

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