Is it just me, or do news stories and articles now mostly state the obvious? I see titles of articles all the time that to me shouldn’t even be subject matter. Who wrote these and why did anyone think it was something anyone would read? Are the younger generations not able to form such ideas in their own heads without having to read about it? Maybe it’s my age, but I often cringe when I read some titles and wonder who the target audience is?
Here’s an example from today’s offerings on an online site:
“Month after Harvey, debris piles show recovery takes time”
The wording is nice, but all it’s going to explain, if you take time to even read the article, is that it takes a long time to clean up after a hurricane. Do people not realize this? Are there actually people in the world who can watch the videos of sideways rain and howling winds and projectiles being blown about by the force of a hurricane, who could not figure out, for their own knowledge, that the clean-up from hurricanes takes a long time?
I’m rewriting the story that won an honorable mention in an international short story contest in the mid 1980’s. I was married then. Since that time, I’ve moved frequently and divorced and the story has gotten misplaced. Back in the 1980’s when I was writing, I used a typewriter and carbon paper to make copies. There was no copy on a computer file. The file holding this story must have gotten left behind or tossed away. But I do remember the plot. Right now I am taking time to jot down the story quickly. I can go back and edit it before I submit it to Glimmer Train at the end of the month.
What I’m finding is that because I do have a time limit, I am working on this story daily. I do other writing as well, but I start my writing day by working on this story. This technique is going quite well. It’s day 3 of my writing and I have over 1000 words so far.
This was one of my favorite stories. I enjoyed writing it. I’ve always liked O’Henry and this story has a “twist” in it that I found delightful.
I’m going to continue working on this story. When I get the words down, I’ll go back and edit it.
Once this story is completed (again!), I’ll start typing up Leaving Luther. That was another story I really liked as well.
Two infected teeth have come between me and writing. I had a root canal on one of them last week. I feel better, but I have one more tooth to deal with.
I went to the oral surgeon and hey, let’s just get the second one out. He wants me to try to save it, but he didn’t offer any financial support.
My primary care doctor says I must do something about these teeth. I’ve suffered with them long enough and it is affecting my general health.
During all this time, I’ve done a little writing, but really felt too bad to do much.
This past weekend I got a notice from Glimmer Train. They are having a contest and the deadline is October 31 for entries. Years ago I wrote a story that won honorable mention in an international short story contest. Of course with all the moving I’ve done and the upheavals of my life, I have lost that particular story. I still remember it and am trying to rewrite it with the hopes of entering it.
If you have interest in this contest, I will include the details. There is an $18 entry fee. I think two times a year Glimmer Train accepts submissons with no entry fee. Not sure, but you can read as well as I can, so if you have any interest, go to their website and check it out.