Friday’s Fun Find: A Bedtime Story and a Contest

When Libby does it, it's cute.

When Libby does it, it’s cute.

So if you’re friends with me on Facebook, you may have already seen this little exchange between me and Mister Man the other night. I had brought my laptop to bed with me because a friend asked me to read a recently finished manuscript. But as it happens, I, too, recently finished a manuscript and mentioned said completed manuscript to Mister Man. And here is what happened next:

Mister Man said, “Read your book to me.”
Me: “No.”
He: “Really, I want to hear it.”
He: “Seriously.”
Me: (Sighing) “Okay, I’ll read the first chapter.”
After three pages (mostly dialogue)…
He: “How long is this chapter, anyway?”
One and a half pages later…
Me: That’s the end of the chapter.”
He: “That was pretty good, I guess. So how many chapters does this book have?”
Me: “Thirty.”
He: “THIRTY!! That seems like an awful lot of chapters to make the poor kids read.”

Yep, he’s supportive that way.

The next night, Mister Man asked again if I’d read a chapter to him. To be honest, he’d been a pretty good sport about the ribbing he’d taken from the Facebook thing. So against my better judgement, I started the next chapter.

Which is also only five pages.

Five pages.

He was snoring (though he swears he was not) when I hit the end of page two. So last night, LAST NIGHT, he asked again if I’d read to him from my book.

“You only want me to read so you can sleep,” says I. “The minute I start talking, you start snoozing.”

“Not true,” says he. “I really like that book.”

“What’s the name of the book?”

“Uh…’night!”

Maybe you have a book, too. I don’t know who you can read it to but you can send it to the Master of the Inkpot Competition (David Fickling Books)¬†and maybe get it read by someone who will stay awake long enough to get through the title.

Friday’s Other Fun Find: Christmas Carol Contest

file0002141508884Oh. My. Jingle. Bell.

I completely forgot to mention the Christmas Carol Contest because I was so busy singing…wait for it. Christmas carols.

So agent Sally Apokedak is sponsoring a Christmas Carol Contest with a 10-page critique as the prize! All you have to do is come up with a Writer’s Christmas Carol and post it in the comments by December 23rd! Even if you don’t have time to write a carol, I hope you’ll take a quick look at the holly-jolly creativity going on over there.

But I think I should warn you. You won’t be able to not sing. (Yep, I used a double negative. That’s how good they are.)

Tooting My Horn Tuesday on Whispering Prairie Press

ImageSo, yes, I’ve already trumpeted this success across the social media world. But not everyone’s blithely following along on Facebook, so for you, and you up front, and you, way back in the last row, I’m tooting my horn.

I won first place in the flash fiction contest at Whispering Prairie Press!

Now, honestly, I’ve been so entrenched in my novels that I haven’t worked on flash in a while. But I pulled up a story that I love–a story where I’d received some nice feedback–and as soon as I read through it, I could see what needed tweaking. So I worked some edits and sent it off.

That’s what working on your craft will do–no matter what kind of fiction you’re crafting. You get better. And then you apply what you’ve learned to whatever you’re writing.

So that’s a Tuesday Tip, too, I guess. Keep writing and you will get better.

(And maybe you’ll even win a sweet little cash prize from Whispering Prairie Press!)