Monday, January 17, 2011

My Flashiversary and a Blog Award

Last week, Cathy Webster at Life on the Muskoka River passed on the Creative Genius blog award to me.  If you haven't read her blog yet, stop by and for goodness sakes follow her.  She makes me laugh on a regular basis, a talent in short supply these days.

Anywho, it just so happened that I really needed a pick-me-up last week because the two novels I am editing have become my nemesis.  If you know me, you know that I love to write but hate to edit.  In fact, I rarely do much editing on my flash fiction but thankfully my stories are short enough they don't need much.  Two 90,000 word novels, however, need a ton of editing.  They are desperate and waiting, rustling their pages even now to get my attention, longing to be spruced up and shopped out.

But, editing for me is painful and it forces me to ignore the shiny new voices in my head who want their new stories told.  That's why I've cut back on the frequency of posting stories; I've been trying to force myself to finish what I've started.

By the way,  this month I celebrate my one year anniversary of participating in #Fridayflash.  For me, the #Fridayflash community has been nothing less than a miracle.  The support and friendships I've enjoyed among this talented group of writers carried me through a personally difficult 2010.  With high hopes for a better 2011, I am happy to continue my participation in this worthy community.  Thank you to all of you who stop by here on a regular basis.  You are the reason I keep writing.

Now, to pass this award on to a few newer writers who I think are the bomb and a bag of chips (because  watching the mushroom cloud is better with something to eat).

Rebecca Emin at Ramblings of a Rusty Writer

Denise at L' Aussie Writing

 and Steve Green at The Twisted Quill

Keep writing you creative geniuses!  As for me, I have two impatient manuscripts threatening me with paper cuts.  Back to editing.


  1. Happy #FridayFlash Anniversary!!
    And may you have a productive and pain free --especially paper cut free -- [kinda worried about those rustling pages] -- 2011. Maybe you should keep the manuscripts in a locked drawer when you're sleeping just to be on the safe side.

  2. Happy anniversary! It's lovely to have you in #FridayFlash. Sorry if I don't always make it over here, but I always like it when I do...

  3. Hi Gen, Happy #FridayFlash anniversary.

    And Wow, Ive never been given an award before, this puts a high on my whole evening, thank you.

    What do I need to do now? I'm so new to all this.

  4. Steve - Just post it on your blog, mention my blog, and hand it off to a few writers you enjoy reading. Glad I could brighten your day!

  5. Happy Flashaversary, Gen! (Mine's coming up in a week or so - hard to believe you weren't at this much longer than me because, when I started, you seemed like one of the seasoned pros.) I'm happy flash has helped you through a difficult year and even though you hate editing, I'm glad you're forcing yourself to do it because you're such a fine writer your stuff deserves to see the light of day. I've been an admirer of your work since day one and I sincerely hope you continue to put pen to paper. All three of your picks are awesome choices - congrats to you all!

  6. Happy #fridayflashaversary GP! I agree, #fridayflash is great. I've appreciated that you come by my flashquake on a regular basis and leave comments that are good for my soul. It is certainly so much better than editing novels (I'm as guilty as you are on this front - much more interesting things to do!)

    Oh and thanks for this gorgeous award. I've coveted it since I saw Deanna's first post about it. Here's to a continued #ff writers' fest. You rock! I'll post on flashquake.

    Denise :)

  7. Hi there, thanks so much for the award, wow that is so kind of you and I am delighted!

    I agree with every word you have said about #fridayflash too. Happy #ff anniversary!

    I am also glad to know that I'm not the only one who finds writing *so* much more fun than editing!! Best of luck with your edits.



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