Foolish Hope

Today self mailed out a new story collection, to the Drue Heinz Literature Prize.

What can she say? Hope springs eternal, right?

Yes, hope springs eternal.

When people say, “You are so prolific!” how should self respond? Honestly, there are times when self just wants to slug them! Like writing one story every two months is so prolific! It took self 14 years between story collections, between Ginseng and Other Tales From Manila and Mayor of the Roses! This new collection represents twenty months of hard labor! That’s not prolific! That’s masochistic!

Anyhoo, self is keeping her fingers crossed.

(She doesn’t know why, but writing about these attempts on the blog somehow takes the edge off — ? Perhaps it’s the communicative aspect that makes it so therapeutic? That and the fact that she can’t think of anything else to write about today because it is so hawwwttt! Must be 90 degrees!)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


  1. Kathleen J. Burkhalter said,

    June 29, 2010 at 2:12 am

    I’m rooting for you!

  2. June 29, 2010 at 2:55 am


    And I am rooting for YOU! So hurry up and write your book!

  3. June 29, 2010 at 3:53 am

    I’m subscribed to your post and read often. I wish you luck (sincerely). I am in process of editing a short story collection so I can send it to a literary competition. Masochistic indeed. Best wishes to you!

  4. June 29, 2010 at 6:31 am

    I was talking to Margarita Donnelly (of Calyx) a few weeks ago, and she said that my manuscript (for my first book, GINSENG AND OTHER TALES FROM MANILA) came along at a particular moment in the publishing world, where they were looking, actively looking for voices from the fringe, and that moment will never come again … WAAAH!!!

    But, the reason I’ve kept writing all these years is: I’m stubborn. And, frankly, I can see nothing else that I’m REALLY good at.

    Best of luck, Lavender Blue! And when your collection gets published, I will be first in line!

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