Friday, July 27, 2007

All jazzed up

It's rare that I allow myself to write for the sheer fun of it anymore.

Don't get me wrong. I truly love putting together nonfiction pieces, and I adore interviewing and researching; however, my volume of work has gone up considerably in the past few years, so I simply don't make much time to devote to recreational writing.

HOWEVER, that all changed this week when I submitted an entry to the "Halo" short story contest at Jason Evans' site, Clarity of Night.

It was so satisfying to tackle a project that required me to use creative skills that have lain dormant for quite a while. And while my 250-word piece is hardly worthy of a multi-million dollar contract (or even a publisher's nod), I'm pretty pleased with the final draft. (It's Entry #7, in case you want to check it out.)

If you have the chance, drop by Jason's blog and read the entries (all based on a picture that Jason displayed.) Oh, and if you're inspired, send him a story of your own!

The contest ends August 1st, 11:00 p.m. EST. You can even win a cool prize!

All-in-all, this has made me remember just how much fun fiction can be.

Maybe I'll have to work on this kind of writing more often in the future...


Anonymous said...

So glad you're enjoying it! The voting is fun too for the readers' choice award.

Although I haven't started judging yet, I get the sense that I have my work cut out for me this time around.

The Quoibler said...


You are definitely in for some long nights!

But, hey, aren't you glad that people are responding in such numbers? I think it's fantastic and shows how much people love a good contest!