Are you strapped for time? Trying to write, but in the mood for something short and sweet? The Foundling Review has you covered with their Pachaas contest. Write a story that’s exactly 50 words long and send it their way.
Last night I went to pick up a stack of Alice Walker books. I’m going to start diving in today and I’m not quite sure what to expect. On one hand, this is a woman who can go to dark places in her writing, and on the other hand, this is a woman who has published a book titled, The Chicken Chronicles: Sitting with the Angels Who have Returned with My Memories… the rest of the title names the chickens. I have decided this is the book I will read first, because seriously, how could I not?
In the first few paragraphs, I found this passage:
Hrm… What am I getting myself into here?
Ali: No breaks in this week’s chain, I am pleased to report. Also, I made cookies and went on a seven mile hike over the weekend. As of yesterday, I’m only two miles away from hitting my work out goal for the week (a seven mile hike helps a lot). Work in progress for this week = a fairy tale about a cross-dressing prince.
Jenny: Breaks all over the chain! Two words for you: Baseball Tournament. Actually, make that three words for you: Surprise Baseball Tournament. Wait. Make that ten words: Badly Scheduled and Badly Given Notice of Weekend Baseball Tournament.
It was a hot, rough weekend my friends. I should also mention that this weekend was the first practice for Owen’s second baseball league. Yeesh.
Anyway, as far as writing goes…
1. Finished rewriting a chapter of La Llorona and marked up the next phase of the novel. Soon I’ll be at the point where I can write fresh words from scratch — meaning I’ll probably go a little faster.
2. Also, I have nine days to really finish a short play that I’m working on for a local theatre festival. I’m not quite there yet, and it’s the baseball tournament that I largely blame for this.
3. At some point soon we should be hearing the results of ENO’s mini opera contest…but my formatting was so bad that I’m not holding my breath. If you’d like to see how jacked up it got in translation from Blogger to ENO’s website: here ya go. (And if you’re so inclined, feel free to hit ‘like’ and show me a little pity.)
What’ve you guys been up to? Lots pages? Lotsa brainstorming?
|Alice Walker, Miami Bookfair International, 1989|
Alice Walker, as you may or may not know, is the Pulitzer Prize winner author of The Color Purple(you may’ve seen the Oscar nominated movie starring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg).
As soon as I saw this call for submissions, I thought of how perfectly it fit with our conversation with Alameddine. Wicked East Press is currently collecting submissions for not one, but three anthologies featuring bedtime stories. Check it out. The deadline is June 30th.