Personal Reflection

Restored Faith In Humanity

Something happened today that restored my faith in humanity. Well, in 0.0001 percent of humanity.

Actually a lot of things happened. I’d be here all night if I tried to describe my day in detail.

So you’re going to have to deal with my vagueness and the fact that you’ll probably want answers to questions but won’t get them.

I just want to thank the kind lady who was so generous. To me of all people. I’m a bad person. I don’t deserve good deeds to happen to me.

I don’t really mean that…

Anyway I’m writing this as a way of saying I’m beyond grateful. For her. For you. For everyone who helped me in some way, however small. I’m here because others helped get me here.

I didn’t get a chance to express my gratitude beyond saying two words.

Sometimes a “thank you” just doesn’t cut it.

As much as I love words, they don’t always do justice to my feelings.

Personal Reflection · Writing

Thank You Tuesdays and 6 Factors I Take Into Consideration Before Entering Writing Contests

Today being Tuesday I thought it would be nice to give back and say thank you to someone. Fear not, I will also include some information about writing contests!

On to the first part of this post: the thank you note. I doubt I will ever have the guts to say this to you in person and even if I did I would say it ever so meekly/quietly/awkwardly so I will say it here loud and proud.

You are free to skip to the writing contest part if you would like.

For privacy reasons I will be extra clandestine and discreet in this letter. Therefore I will only mention the first initial of said person. I cannot include everything I would like to say in three paragraphs so forgive me as I will try to do my best.

Thank You Letter

Dear A:

Thank you for what we had and shared. I would trade nothing away. You made me value the people in my life more than ever before. You taught me that every second with someone counts because you never know how long they will live or how long the relationship will last. As a matter of fact you might know that feeling better than I do.

Maybe what you said a while back was true, you’ll never know for sure unless you ask. Being the narrow-minded person I am I think I never truly accepted your point of view resulting in the burning of one unfortunate bridge.

I hope you understand there are no hard feelings, no bitterness, no resentment, and absolutely no grudges on my side. I also must express gratitude towards you because you made me work harder, made me value every little thing because I worked for it. Although, we do not see eye to eye on many issues, I do appreciate you. You deserve to know that.

Sincerely,

An old friend of yours.

Writing Contest Information

Recently or shall I say yesterday, I was browsing through some writing contests. I realized I am one picky person when it comes to what contests I look at, much less decide to enter. Would you like to know what factors I consider before I enter any contests? Well, that’s what part two of this post is all about anyway.

Six Factors I Take Into Consideration Before Entering Writing Contests

  • Most important of all: Is the sponsor or organization reputable? Or is it merely a scam for my money? I would never enter if anything seemed off or the least bit shady. That’s a waste of my money and time.
  • Is the contest geared towards my level of expertise? Or is it open to practically everybody?
  • Does my interest and style coincide with the one in the competition? I would never enter a science fiction contest because it’s a style I am rather uncomfortable with as I do not read or write science fiction stories regularly. I would be better suited entering a genre or style I know inside out.
  • Is the contest going to be judged fairly? Surely, I want to win based on the merit of my work. Of course,  I am an advocate of talent speaks for itself. I prefer if the method of judging was based on the judges assigning point values to different aspects of an entry for example: voice, originality, creativity, etc. I actually dislike entering contests where the readers decide on who wins based on popular vote thus, the entry that receives the most votes will win. Perhaps, you do not mind this.
  • Are my odds of winning zero to none? If they are I am better off investing my time looking into other options. But if I stand a reasonable chance let’s say, I might be interested in actually submitting.
  • Is the payout (prize) versus the payment (entry fee) worth it? I’m not a huge fan of paying to enter contests to begin with but would I ever pay to get nothing in return? Not at all.

Dare of the day: say thank you to someone today. Happy Tuesday everybody!