Your alarm clock goes off and you slap at the snooze button, groaning. Why is it going off so early, anyway? You just barely fell asleep, it feels like, since you stayed up into the wee hours of the morning trying to finish your FaithWritersí weekly challenge story before the deadline.
The challenge! You bolt upright and stumble to the door.
Donít get your hopes up. Youíre not going to place. You know that.
"Yeah, yeah, I know. Iím not getting my hopes up. Though, you know, I did get a lot of really encouraging comments."
You reach the computer and wiggle the mouse, tapping your foot impatiently while the monitor wakes up. The FW homepage pops up and you zero in on the yellow link.
THE NEW TOPIC IS--what? Thatís last weekís topic! Oh no, they had computer trouble again. You turn your attention to your emails, but itís rather hard to concentrate on them when you have to refresh the FW page after every sentence. You head over to the message board to complain with the rest of the FWers.
Finally! The new topic flashes on the screen and you take just enough note of it to see that itís an odd topic again, before clicking on ďView past challenge winners entries.Ē You scan the list.
Only after the third scan are you convinced that you didnít just miss your name.
It's not there.
You knew you wouldnít win.
"Yeah, well, obviously the judges didnít at all get the deeper message of the story. If they had, it would have been a shoo-in."
The ďdeeper messageĒ was so obscure not even a nuclear scientist could have figured it out!
"At least this weekís story is strong. I mean, look at the ending! Itís a killer ending!"
The guy dies. That's not exactly the same thing.
Sighing, you flip back to your email, checking for any comment notifications. After all, itís been ten minutes since the new articles appeared. Thatís plenty of time for someone to have seen your eye-catching title and left a comment.
You check the FW page just to make sure your article is actually there. Hey, it has 4 reads. Surely one of those people loved it and is even now writing a comment. You refresh the browser a few times. See, now it has 8 reads! You knew it was a good title. So...why hasnít anyone commented yet? It has a great ending.
But what about the beginning? I mean, that second paragraph could use some help.
"Oh, I knew I should have changed that part. Itís awful! No wonder no one commented. They didnít get past the second paragraph to see the great ending.
"At any rate, I donít have time to enter this week."
Yeah, you never win anyway.
"Thatís not why Iím not entering! I write because I enjoy it. And besides, there are people who are blessed by what I enter. I just donít have time this week. Iíve got a bunch of other writing projects I need to do."
You check this weekís topic one more time (just to verify that itís an odd topic) and wander off to the shower. Of course, random ideas for the topic you are not going to enter float through your head.
"See, I donít have any good ideas anyway. That oneís stupid, that one half the other people will do, that one doesnít have an ending, and that one--oh!"
That one is an awesome idea.
"But I donít have time to enter this week."
Admit it. Itís a cool idea.
"Okay, okay, itís a great idea. But I still donít have time to enter."
God didnít give you good ideas so you wouldnít write them.
"He wouldnít want me to ignore my other responsibilities just for a challenge story."
Well, if you wouldnít spend so much time on the message boards, maybe youíd have time to write more. But you at least ought to write down that one perfect sentence before you forget it.
"It is a pretty cool thought. I guess just writing one sentence wonít hurt."
Yeah! Now, do you remember how you got to that sentence? You better write the first part down, or the one sentence wonít do you any good.
"Oh, yes, yes, it started right when..."
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