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Sep. 18th, 2012 | 01:34 am

And time for the Friday Writing Wrap-Up!

This was a harried week—as you can see, I’m a couple of days behind, largely due to packing for three consecutive trips, each to a different climate and with different fellow performers for whose costumes I’m responsible. On the up side, I’ve been writing most days with kathrynrose and the local superstore had a nice selection of pink net tops—new costumes for everyone!

I'm reasonably on track for my goal of writing four days a week, and I’m still working my circus job until October 1st. So I’m not going to beat myself up about being a little behind, but I will get my ass in gear and get caught up.


OPPORTUNITY OF THE WEEK!
National Public Radio’s Three-Minute Fiction Contest.

Big prize—big prize!—of both getting your story on the air on NPR and having it published in the Paris Review, granddaddy of Famous Important Literary Magazines. So famous, it’s been on Gossip Girl! (Season 2, Dan Screws Up Then Acts Like It’s All About Integrity, though I realize that describes a number of episodes). Check the link above (scroll down) for some cool examples from the last contest round, where every entry began with the same sentence.

Topic: Stories must revolve around a U.S. president, who can be real or fictional.
Deadline: Sept 23 - get cracking!
Complete rules.


ME ME ME ME ME: THIS WEEK’S SUBMISSION
Go big or go home, right?

This American Life.

Why?
I’m a huge fan of the show, I’m excited by telling my story verbally on the radio, and it’s one of my major goals to have a story accepted to NPR’s This American Life.

How?
Their guidelines are wonderfully helpful and specific, so I read the sample pitches on their website carefully, then spent two weeks listening to podcasts of past shows, hitting pause and asking myself, “Who is the lead character?” “What dilemma do they face?” “How have they changed as a result of this experience?” until I felt like I got the structure they’re looking for.

What?
I pitched a story about a friend of mine and her experience with an underground economy. I took the angle that this economy had its own “middle class” that outsiders wouldn’t expect to be there. I thought about the pitch for three or four days, wrote two drafts, then got feedback and did a third draft.

And then I hit send. WHICH IS LIKE LAUNCHING YOUR OWN LIVER OUT THE AIRLOCK AND TRUSTING IT WILL SURVIVE DEEP SPACE, RETURN, AND FILTER POISONS FROM YOUR SYSTEM ONCE MORE.

Fingers crossed.


LINK OF THE WEEK!
On the way back from Naked Girls Reading, in Chicago (it’s just what it sounds like), my buddy mentioned a Charles Bukowski poem about whether or not one should be a writer. It’s pretty powerful. And it’s here:

so you want to be a writer?


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What did you do for your Beautiful Artist Self last week?




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blahblahblah, whatever

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from: kathrynrose
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
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OMG! I just today submitted something for the last contest you posted about. What are you an enabler or something? :)

And it's politics. Holy crap. (Is Gary reading this? Should we email him?)

I'm so pumped about your TAL submission. You RAWK!

George RR Martin was on Wait Wait, and they asked how he got started. He said when he was little he had two turtles that just fit in a castle he had, so he made up stories for them.

Now I think we should all write stories for our turtles.

Or maybe I'll compose an epic saga of intrigue and betrayal for my 3 cats.

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
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Gary would be great at that!

Thanks for the good vibes - it's one of those where they don't contact you unless they want it, so it's like sending into the ether and hoping...I'll give up hope and send another one in about six weeks, I think.

I loved that Wait Wait! Heard it Sunday on my way to Minneapolis. He sounded not happy when they asked him about the next book :)

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blahblahblah, whatever

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from: kathrynrose
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
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He sounded like they had just asked him how his diet was going. :) I'm sure he's sick of that question. I don't think he's a great interview subject. You know some people aren't comfortable talking on the phone.

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Ellakite

I'm not about to throw stones.

from: ellakite
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 06:15 am (UTC)
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I’m a couple of days behind, largely due to packing for three consecutive trips.

I've been so busy lately I frequently forget what day it is, too. My biggest issue this past week was dealing with technophobes, as I've mentioned in my blog. Tonight one of them kept me on the phone for close to two hours while they asked me a ton of questions about buying a new computer. The only reason why I didn't drop-kick this person into oblivion is that they actually pay me for my time... but between them and several other folks in my life that keep begging me to use my time to fulfill their needs, it's been a struggle for me to do anything for myself in recent weeks.


I must admit that I was unaware that NPR has been running writing contests and taking submissions for THIS AMERICAN LIFE. I don't think I'm anywhere near ready to submit my work for a national venue... but we will see if my muse speaks to me in the next few days.


Then again, according to that Charles Bukowski poem, I shouldn't become a writer: the work has *NEVER* come "bursting out" of me, and I *HAVE* often found myself staring for hours at my computer screen searching for words. Rarely -- *VERY* rarely -- the muse has been kind to me... but that has been very much the exception. Admittedly, my issue is that I usually have a hard time transforming the visions in my head into words on a page... but Mr. Bukowski says that if I don't feel that fire within, I should let it go.

Do *YOU* think I should let it go?


What did you do for your Beautiful Artist Self last week?

You already know what I did for my Beautiful Artist Self last week: I posted about it here. Granted, it was only one day last week... but considering how often the technophobes were calling me, I was lucky to get one day...

Edited at 2012-09-18 06:39 am (UTC)

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Re: I'm not about to throw stones.

from: whipchick
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Nope, I don't think you should let it go. And I think part of the point Bukowski is making is that the poem he wrote should stir you to rebellion if you don't believe it :)

I had heard about previous rounds of the Three Minute Fiction contest, but this one crossed my desk at the right time to talk about it. TAL, though, accepts submissions all the time, and their website is very helpful and their guidelines very complete!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
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I love that! And I hope your Beautiful Artist Self is lighter of spirit and ready for the world.

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Kizzy

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from: xo_kizzy_xo
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 01:02 pm (UTC)
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+1 on the Bukowski poem :nodding:

My Beautiful Artist Self is currently designing an anniversary cake for SO's PT Job Owner The anniversary party also happens to be on SO/Gary's birthday. so I keep thinking I can get away with this particular cake only ;) It's going to be a cake that will look like one of their signature pizzas. I'm also testing possible ideas for dessert pizzas -- sm'ores, PB/chocolate, triple chocolate...oreo? Somebody suggested snickerdoodle or gingersnap too. I need more hours in the day!

I've done very little writing in the past month or so. I tend to go through stages like that -- I'll get a sudden burst of stuff that HAS to get out, then I go dormant for a bit. Years ago I consideerd myself a volcano in that respect.

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
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I love that your Beautiful Artist Self involves cake :)

This may not be the right audience, but what if the dessert pizza was not super-sweet? Like what if the toppings looked like vegetables but were lightly candied fruit, and the crust was ginger-snap-y or oatmeal-cookie-y or like the main part of a cinnamon bun?

I'm imagining a cinnamon bun crust with dark berry jam, not too much sugar, more of a coulis, drifts of some kind of icing that looked like mozzarella, or maybe coconut shreds?, and then pear cut into mushroom shapes, and candied basil leaves? Basil would clash with coconut, though...maybe candied lime peel as green peppers?

I may be getting carried away :)

Love the volcano analogy :)

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Kizzy

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from: xo_kizzy_xo
date: Sep. 19th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
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(tried to reply via my phone yesterday but it didn't work)

Ooh, I love your ideas! Oatmeal cookie base...ack, I've got a recipe somewhere for a pie with an oatmeal cookie crust, but of course I can't remember what was in it right now! I didn't even think of candied fruit for the veggies. I was thinking of doing those out of marshmallow fondant or just regular piped buttercream.

My parameters for these particular pizzas: I have to use standard pizza dough for the base and whatever extra ingredients I need can't be over-the-top themselves nor in cost (in other words, use Hershey's instead of Valhorna). PT Job Owner really wants to do something with peanut butter, so he bought a huge jar of it, gave some to me, and told me to have fun. I'm like, um, do you realize that PB by itself liquifies then burns over direct heat?

Cinnamon roll sounds intriguing. I like the idea of using a coulis for the center of a fruit-based pizza too. I'm thinking something cannoli-like, maybe with marscapone instead of ricotta?

My head is swimming! If you've got any other ideas, keep 'em coming ;)

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tigrkittn

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from: tigrkittn
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
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Ooooh, fingers crossed for you for the TAL story! Exciting! The friend whose political piece I linked to last week? Used to do some work for NPR. Always fun to see/hear familiar names there.

I was going to spend my vacation in the mountains this weekend trying to write an outline in preparation for NaNo, but I think Mr. Bukowski just convinced me to read instead. :D

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Don't let Bukowski get you down - I find that poem is as helpful for the "fuck you, Bukowski" attitude it inspires in me as for actual content :)

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tigrkittn

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from: tigrkittn
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Nah, not his fault. I've been saying the same thing in different ways for years.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Fair enough :) I find it inspires a certain helpful rebelliousness in me :)

Go you! Fabulous writing achievements this week :)

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blink

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from: yachiru
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
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I read a Bukowski poem a year or so ago that made my jaw drop.
http://www.mitcharf.com/mitcharf/art/poems/462-0614.html

I think he has a way of getting to the black sticky heart of things. >_>

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Andrea Blythe

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from: blythe025
date: Sep. 18th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
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So, This American Life is a radio show? Good luck with your pitch. I have my fingers crossed for you.

Also, I love that Bukowski poem.

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