Monday, 31 March 2008

I'm a runner up!

In the Fish Short Story comp. I am so, so pleased. I get published in the anthology + 100 euros. I'm especially pleased as I really like the story - The Job of Sex - and I'm thrilled at the thought of other people reading it. Its not quite as risque as it's title sounds, but I was a bit daunted at the thought of reading it out at the launch event in Ireland if I had made it to the final three. Now I just have the dubious honour of my name and the words 'job of sex' being googleable together. Talking of which, somone landed on my blog a couple of weeks ago having googled "karen's dog sex story" - hope they weren't too disappointed.

I had a good two hours writing this morning before the family descended for breakfast. I've been really struggling with one scene that happens quite early on and had left it fairly blank with lots of ???? and ..... Somehow this morning it all just clicked and I thought 'of course that's what she would do'. I think moving on with the rest of the story and developing the characters has really helped. That and the large mug of tea and the peanut butter and jam on toast that fuelled my scribbling.

Today is the deadline for the Fish One-Page Story comp, so I think I might just roll with it and send a story that I've been working on recently - it just happens to be the right size!

11 comments:

Kerry said...

Congratulations! I'm a new reader - found you through a miriad of other blogging links - and have been enjoying your blog.

Fish is a great contest to win - well done now go grab some bubbly! :)

Sarah Dunnakey said...

Hi Kerry thanks for dropping by. Glad you didn't find me by googling 'dunnakey' and 'job of sex':)
Yes I will defintiely be opening something a bit fizzy tonight - got to celebrate when you can!

HelenMH said...

Oh well done - that's absolutely fantastic. Let us know when the anthology is available.

Sarah Dunnakey said...

Helen - will do, and thanks!

Cal said...

Sarah that's FABULOUS news. Wow! That's a really prestigious achievement and one that will glow on your writer's CV. Really, really well done. Let me know when the anthology is out, I'd love to read it.

KAREN said...

That's fabulous news - very well done!! I'll look forward to reading it.

Somebody landed on my blog by googling 'librarian dress-up.' The mind boggles :o)

Maddie Moon said...

That's a huge woohoo!, Sarah. Many congratulations.

SpiralSkies said...

Wow, that's brill, well done! Am also mighty impressed that you're getting a couple of hours' writing in before the family starts.

Yay, go Sarah!

Sarah Dunnakey said...

Cal - Thank you, yes I am looking forward to updating my CV and it is has spurred me on to get this novel finished before it becomes old news. I will post details of anthology after launch in July.

Karen - Ta very much. Hmmm I never found that being a librarian was a man magnet, but maybe I wasn't wearing the right outift - maybe your googler was hoping for a grey bun and a tight tweed skirt.

Maddie - thank you - I did indeed say Woohoo! and scared the cat.

Spiral - thanks for the lovely cheer it is ringing in my ears as I write :@)
Writing before the family wakes up is dividing my day up a bit wierdly, but the novel is getting writ so I think its OK

Emerging Writer said...

Congratulations. There's a fierce competition for the Fish. I didn't know they'd started paying.

Sarah Dunnakey said...

Thanks EW I am pretty made up about it and have ridden a lovely writing wave ever since (haven't looked back and edited any of it yet but it felt good at the time)