Saturday, May 15, 2010

It's a No on the Genesis

The results of the American Christian Fiction Writer's annual Genesis contest were announced yesterday and I couldn't find my name anywhere on the list. And I looked at least three times.

My rollercoaster feelings went from a depressing low for not being 'good enough' to an exhilarating high for my Inkwell Inspirations' sisters - Lisa Richardson and Susanne Dietz - who DID final.

Woo hoo Lisa and Susie!!!

This post was going to be about how to pick yourself up and continue writing after a devastating disappointment such as this but my morning email brought a pleasant surprise... I've been asked to guest blog at the International Christian Fiction Writers (ICFW) blog on May 31st and I think that will be the theme of my post over there.

I'll leave you with this photo taken just a few days ago. As you can see, we awoke to a heavy frost and still no leaves on the trees. Oh my blossoms, where are you this spring?

So, what about your yard? Any leaves or blossoms on your trees? Tulips or Daffodils? Anything else?

Susie - Thanks for asking about the bird. It's the noisy magpie. It's a pretty bird but chatters quite a bit. It's about a foot long from beak to tail-tip but it has a bad reputation. A scavenger, it's known to attack other nests and eat the offspring. Bad magpie!


  1. Sorry, about about the Genesis, Anita. I know how hard you worked. We'll talk more later today!

  2. (((Hugs))) Anita, I'm so sorry. The list didn't reflect a few names I'd hoped to see: yours and the other Inkies who entered. I cannot wait until the day when we aren't eligible for the Genesis. You're such a solid, talented writer and I envy your abilities with plot and research. Praying for some super encouragement to come your way soon.

    Thanks, too, for the congrats. You're a sweetheart.

    I like your photo. What kind of bird is that? Lovely.

    This morning at my son's soccer game, my daughter collected lady bugs to bring home where they can feast on the aphids and spider mites eating my peach tree. Joyous part of spring, those ladybugs!

  3. Thanks Karyn. I enjoyed our talk on the ride to the Sask Rom Writers meeting today.

  4. Susie, I'm absolutely thrilled for you! Save me a seat at the banquet table because I'll be there in Indianapolis to give you a standing O. :)

    I've added the info about the bird to the post. Thanks for asking. I have no idea how I missed that.

  5. Congratulations on your win in 2011
    It is hotter than the hinges of today - 29 tomorrow - 30 the next day. So I have no complaints about this weeks weather - unless this week turns out to be summer and November is in May this year.
    The tulips are out in the front of the house. They are lovely as usual. They have bloomed faithfully for nearly 20 years. My absolute favourite tulip is the Apeldoorn and I found 50 last year at Walmart. I finally dug one up to see why they were no shows - the wet weather rotted them all. Boo hoo.
    On the other hand, I have some ever blooming lilac twigs and they are going great guns this year. I'm looking forward to some veg garden experiments this year.
    Yay Spring - which is sprung - and the birdies which is singing (some wing it) and the bees humming 'cause they don't know the words, and the dandelions is riz and riz and riz.
    Happy Spring Anita (and JJ)

  6. p.s. there is an old English superstition which says you should count backward from 10 to ward off bad luck when you see a magpie. I could spend all day counting at the lake!
    me again

  7. Hey Connie, your yard must look real nice.

    I've never heard that about the magpie - not that it matters since I don't believe in superstition. :)

    Not sure what the temp went up to today but for the first time this year I closed all the curtains on the south side and it stayed cool in the house.


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