Happy Valentine’s Day.
Tiny Lights, A Journal of Personal Narrative, a favorite on line Journal, is the love-child of Susan Bono. TL publishes a biennial newsletter on paper as well as monthly and quarterly features on line. Its essay contest is now in its 17th year. The pool of prize money is the handsome sum of $1250.00. The contest seeks storytellers who respond to the interesting challenge of writing “in a distinctive voice, discernible conflict and an eventual shift in the narrator’s perspective.” Contest deadline is Feb 18th. If you have a suitable story in your head or your desk drawer in search of motivation, I encourage you to visit http://www.tiny-lights.com/contest.php .
The Topcoat, a 500-word little parable I wrote was published in Tiny Lights, can be found at http://www.tiny-lights.com/flash.php?id=329
I came across a charming little book this weekend. Karen Ireland’s Job Survival Instruction Book ought to have a more universal title, JSIB is wisdom disguised as wit. The book’s 400+ tips offer many practical suggestions and caveats for navigating the workplace. But most of the one-liners deserve a home on the door of your fridge or at the top of each page of your daily journal. Ask your favorite local bookstore or order on Amazon.
A Year on the Road had its half-birthday last week. After over 30 posts, 1000s of page views, and 100s of comments, AYotR could use some tweaking and perhaps experimental growth. I am looking for a bit of mentoring with advanced features of WordPress and blogging. Any suggestions? Volunteers?
Yesterday, at a workshop sponsored by my writers club, I sat next to an Egyptian woman and got to talk with her a little about the turbulent events in her home country. She is excited and optimistic. She believes the downfall of Mubarek is what it seems to be: an eruption of democratic ideals. She believes the military will turn over power to the formative democratic government. She believes the military’s statement that they will not disturb the peace treaty with Israel. She believes the movement will not be co-opted by the militant Islamic fundamentalists of the region. She believes the young people view war as a waste in a country with better use of its resources to build the country. A nation with a large population of highly-educated unemployed.
She told a joke about Mubarek arriving in some afterlife and was met by Nasser, whose regime ended when he was poisoned, and Sadat, who died by an assassin’s bullet. They asked Mubarek what weapon ended his regime. He responded, Facebook.