Friday, May 14, 2010

Don't Worry, Be Happy

I'm posting today lest you all think I'm still mullygrubbing about. I had a good wallowing session yesterday (i.e., my blog post), followed by lunch with a good friend who's always known how to make me laugh, and finished off with the reading of my critique from the contest.

Y'all, I didn't hate it. In fact, I actually liked it and it made me feel pretty darn good about myself.

Here's part of what she said:

This is a very nice story! You do a particularly good job with characterization—your writing flows well. I really like the ending—the sister’s “sorry” can mean so many things she is sorry about. Great job! Thanks for sharing.

See? Not terrible. Now I will tell you that I didn't agree with one particular thing she said in another part of the critique, but neither did two other people who read it (thanks, Katie!), so I don't feel like I'm just ignoring her advice. Unfortunately, I can't see if you agree because my plan is for this little story to become the first chapter of my book and I'm not sure if it's a good idea to have that floating around on the internets. Right? I mean, what if I hit the big time and one of you tries to claim that this was your story and you wrote it first and then you'd sue me and I'd sue you and then we wouldn't be friends anymore and it just doesn't seem worth the hassle.

Anyway, I'm feeling a lot less Eeyore-ish today and am looking forward, wholeheartedly even, to the weekend. Thanks to AndreAnna's inspiration, I'm heading to the local farmer's market tomorrow to see what I can see. And eat.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Laurel said...

I'm super proud of you for going for it. Bravo to you! Keep writing. You're great.

Lauren said...

I am so impressed at your bravery in getting the critique...not that it was going to be anything but awesome of course...but it is so hard to put yourself out there and you did! Hooray! I'm glad that it turned out to be a good thing and can't wait to read the book!

Enjoy the farmers market tomorrow-I'm a little jealous!

Lauren said...

HA! It was cookies. Glad to be back :)

AndreAnna said...

You'll be amazed what fresh produce and flowers can do for our mood. Buy yourself a little bouquet and keep it where you will see it - next to your bed. It's for you to make you happy!

Amy Munnell said...

Good for you for not taking the critique as gospel. It is your story not hers. Now if you keep getting the same comment over and over, you need to rethink it but for now, run with it!

Katie said...

So, SO happy to help! I don't know if that one little bit of advice was because the critic lived a sheltered life or if she/he was just picky about that one thing, but she DID get a lot of other things right. Like your characterization and the sound of your writing voice. Hope your trip to the farmers' market inspired you to write some more!

Together We Save said...

Hope you had a good weekend... the farmer's market sounds good!