“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain
Lone Star Writing Competition Results
My Black Cat Blues manuscript came third in the Lone Star Writing Competition (N.W. Houston RWA – Romantic Suspense Category), which I think is pretty cool. But what’s got me dancing is my manuscript has been requested by one of the editors.
Is that my life in the tea leaves?
Once a year, a group of us (local writers) go for tea leaf readings. I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of times the psychic we visit has blown my mind. All I see when I look in the cup is wet leaves.
I thought it would be a good topic for a blog, and considered included pictures of her gabled Victorian house with its stained glass windows that makes me feel like I’m in a place outside of time… in the parlor of a true seer. But I’d never be able to capture the magic of it all.
The reason I’m mentioning it is that vising a psychic reminds me that there is so much more to life than what we see and think about in our day to day lives. And it’s that “so much more” that I want to get on the page. The depths of knowing and feeling, the interconnected experience of being human, the joy, pain and sorrow of it all. I digress.
On the Road Again
PJ and I are heading to Seattle this week for the Emerald City Writing Conference. I hate packing, and have taken the car to the shop twice already…but I’m excited about our trip. We’ll visit family on the way, shop for Glocks, Derringers and boat stuff… and I’ll get to wear a tiara with my pajamas. It will be a wonderful break from our usual routines.
If I’m slow in answering comments that’s why. I’m distracted. But I hope to come back with lots of stories and pictures.
At the Friday night dinner that kicks-off the conference, I will be sitting at the front table with editors and agents (because I finaled in the ECO writing competition with the beginning of my second Nederlander story). I’m thrilled, but nervous.
Feel Like Writing in a Coffee House?
I sometimes write in coffee houses, so a good friend sent me this you tube video. It’s really funny, and well worth watching to the end.
So how about you? What would you ask the tea leaves? Any comments, most appreciated.