Every May and September, award-winning writer’s site StoryADay.org hosts a challenge to write a short story every day. Founder Julie Duffy issues the challenge to writers at any level from beginning amateurs through published professionals. Regardless of the writer’s experience, the thought-provoking prompts exercise and challenge participants’ writing chops. June is a celebration of their accomplishments, culminating in StoryFest on the last weekend.
Head on over to StoryADay.org on Saturday, June 27, or Sunday, June 28, and discover a new writer or a new genre.
(Full disclosure: I accepted the challenge for the first time last year. Loved it so much, I came back for more this year. My submission to StoryFest is my next post.)
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You may recall, from the dim dark past when I was writing regularly, that I really don’t like being tagged and answering questions. This one caught my eye. It figures Rory is the creator of this series: His questions are always thought-provoking whether I answer them or not. Today, I’m answering.
1] If you are in a bad mood, do you prefer to be left alone or have someone to cheer you up?
I’m with Greta Garbo:
2] What’s the one thing that people always misunderstand about you?
That I’m not lonely. I really do NEED to be alone a lot of the time. Being with people can sometimes be overwhelming and require herculean effort not to run away screaming.
3] What do you think about when you’re by yourself?
Anything and everything. If I’m not plunging down an internet rabbit hole, I’m generally daydreaming. The one big drawback is that once the daydream ends or is otherwise interrupted, I usually completely forget it. That’s very frustrating when, during the daydream, some part of my mind is saying “this is a good story; you should write it down.” Oh well. I take solace in believing that my creative batteries are re-energized nevertheless.
4] What are three things you value most about a person?
Humor, intelligence, and creativity.
Bonus Series 1 Question
If heaven is real and you died tomorrow, would you get in?
This is impossible for me to answer because I can’t picture a scenario in which heaven is real. I think something comes after this life but not heaven or hell. Depending upon whether someone has met their soul’s goal in this life, I think they either get a chance to come back again or continue on to another psychic level until the soul attains one-ness with the universe.
Am I the only person in the world who refuses to say “I’m proud of you?” That phrase has always struck me as turning the focus around to the speaker, as if the proud-making occasion is all about the speaker. Whenever anyone has said they’re proud of me (or anyone else), my immediate internal reaction is, “Well, good for you.” It’s only a matter of time before I actually say it aloud.
Possibly an aftereffect of parental criticism, I feel diminished to hear “I’m proud of you.” I simply don’t believe the speaker intends to honor either the accomplishment or the person. The proud-maker is the one who should be proud and probably is, wholeheartedly, until “I’m proud of you” takes a little wind out of their sail. Why steal their pride in their accomplishment?
That’s why I say, “You must be so proud of yourself.” If I express how I feel about the occasion, I’ll say, “I’m thrilled/happy/excited for you.” My feelings are for, or because of, them not me. It’s all about them.
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