|My brother, Mom, me, and Gramps on his 90th|
This is a combined post for the A-Z Challenge and Alex's Insecure Writer's Support Group, which he founded as a way for us to share our hopes and fears with each other and to give one another support.
Gramps's 91 Years of Wisdom
One day when I was about 16, Gramps and I were outside playing badminton together. In one volley, he slammed the birdie over the net and I missed it. “Is the game too fast for ya?” He taunted and danced around his side of the yard. I burst out laughing. Here he was 51 years my elder and he was trying to get me off my game! I have to confess it did annoy me a little because I really wanted to beat him.
Badminton wasn’t the only thing we “competed” at. We also had diving contests to see who could jump off the dock and into the lake with the most spectacular form; we challenged each other to see who could name the most fish in the lake or who could make up the strangest words, like Sikimazaahh. On all our crazy contests against one another he returned to that phrase anytime he thought his execution was better than mine. “Is the game to fast for ya?”, he would say with a smile in his eyes.
He made it clear that he wasn’t going to let me win just because I was his granddaughter. I had to work for it and I enjoyed every minute of it.
I still enjoy competing and of course winning, but winning the writing game is a whole new kind of game. There is so much competition out there and many times I feel inadequate compared to other authors. I’m not sure I know how to make my novels win the attention of the readers.
I write because aside from gliding across an icy surface with frosty wind blowing through my hair, writing is the one place where my soul can soar. But is the game too fast for me?
Now the "C" title shout outs!
by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and CassaStorm is coming in Sept!
Now go and check out all these books; and all the other great A-Zers here. Go here to find all the other IWSG participants.
Have you read any of these? What was your "C" word for today? How is your writing game?
Have a cheerful "C" day!