Jumping in

I did something crazy a couple of weeks ago. Those who know me personally will not be surprised because I like to jump in with both feet. So, I was surfing the net during lunch one day and found a writing contest that ended in three days. Right up my alley! It was in conjunction with a book series – and I’ve never read any of the books. What did I do? Finished the short story and submitted it after reading the first chapter of the first book online. Boom!


After I had finished my story, I went to the library and checked out the first book to read over the weekend. Thing 1 had already read the entire series and was perplexed as to why I had the book. I explained the contest and let her read my entry.


I’m not going to name the books because the contest is still being judged and I’ll probably get another “I’m sorry…” email. No worries. I’ll chalk it up to experience and the thrill of pushing a deadline.


Polishing off the book in a night (I read fast), I was happy I didn’t read the book first before I tried my little story. The perimeters of the contest are pretty loose; a word count and the new character(s) must interact with the established book characters. When I wrote my new character, my heart wasn’t invested in the books yet, so I was free to explore my new guy.


There is something thrilling about a vocabulary freefall. Stepping out from behind the safety ropes and just going for it…living in the moment…chasing my dream. You ever had that feeling? It’s perfectly lovely.



About sarahb5149

When tasked with how to describe myself, I get quiet, leading people to believe that I am trying to come up with something deep and meaningful. In fact, I am trying to decide which to display without confusing them. I'm a Christian. And that doesn't mean that I simply say it - I love the Lord and have figured out over the years that He knows what He's doing, even when I am stomping my feet or looking at Him like I have no clue what is going on (*hint* it happens more than I'd care to admit). Writing has been a passion of mine since I was a wee lil' thing; I kept my first poem in all of it's stammering, unevenness. Wife and mom, daughter and sister, aunt and Sunday School teacher, I adore the roles that God has given me. A bit of a sci-fi nerd, geek and self proclaimed dork, there isn't much that I won't try at least once...unless it involves mayonnaise because that stuff is just gross. View all posts by sarahb5149

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