On stage fright-

I wiggled my way into the YA Lit Chat charity anthology titled Two and Twenty Dark Tales: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes. The cover will be revealed sometime soon on The Story Siren’s site. I picked a rhyme (Ring Around the Rosy) and wrote about 3,000 words on a story that will be between 5,000 to 7,000 words long. I left it and concentrated on Mika and my goal of landing an agent. I was on a self imposed deadline. Just now I went back to my story and read through it. All of a sudden I hate it. I want to print it out and tear it to shreds and have a little cry, but I don’t know why. The story is sound, its a good myth and a good rhyme. I’m beginning to think I have stage fright. This will be my first work that appears with authors that I actually consider myself a fan of their work. What if mine sucks in comparison? What if I turn it in and the editing author takes a look at it and scoffs “Noob” at me? What if they know I am not good enough?

The thing is, I am not normally self conscious. I walk into any situation and own it. I am confident and I know I can do things, so why does this bug me so much? I think I am going to take a week and think about my story and finish the rewrites on chapter two of Mika. I think this anthology story can be stronger. I may even use an outline *Le Gasp*.

Here is a list of the contributors. So you can undersand my woe is me fatalistic pity party.

Contributors include:

Cyn Balog
Nina Berry
Sarwat Chadda
Leah Cypess
Shannon Delany
Debra Driza
Leigh Fallon
Angie Frazier
Heidi R. Kling
Nancy Holder
Suzanne Lazear
Karen Mahoney
Lisa Mantchev
C. Lee McKenzie
Georgia McBride
Gretchen McNeil
Pamela van Hylckama Vlieg
KM Walton
Suzanne Young
Michelle Zink
Jessie Harrell
UNPUBLISHED winner of contest to be announced May 2012!

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Its a contest… with words

The lovely folk at YA Lit Chat are having a writing contest. There are all kinds of fancy rules and such at that link, so if you have any questions feel free to ask me and I will try to get an answer for you. The cool part however is what you get if you win the contest. A story in an as yet untitled anthology with the biggest names in YA Literature at the moment! Here are the contributors:

Cyn Balog
Nina Berry
Sarwat Chadda
Leah Cypess
Shannon Delany
Debra Driza
Leigh Fallon
Angie Frazier
Heidi R. Kling
Nancy Holder
Suzanne Lazear
Karen Mahoney
Lisa Mantchev
C. Lee McKenzie
Georgia McBride
Gretchen McNeil
Pamela van Hylckama Vlieg
KM Walton
Suzanne Young
Michelle Zink
Jessie Harrell

Why yes, that is my name you see there! The theme is Mother Goose done darkly. I chose Ring Around the Rosy a really dark version and am pairing it with the Morrigan legend.

I hope you are all as excited as I am and will consider entering the writing contest!

A ring, a ring o’roses,
A pocket full of posies,
Ash-a! Ash-a!
All stand still.
The King has sent his daughter
To fetch a pail of water,
Ash-a! Ash-a! All bow down.
The bird above the steeple
Sits high above the people,
Ash-a! Ash-a! All kneel down.
The wedding bells are ringing,
And boys and girls are singing,
Ash-a! Ash-a! All fall down

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