Monday, 11 October 2010

Never The Bride

Yesterday was the Trowell Writers' Trust annual awards day. I had an entry in the short story section and I thought I knew exactly where it would come. I've had so many second places over the last few years that I knew it would be runner-up. I could predict this with the same certainty that within one hour of switching the telly on tonight I'll see either a meerkat, a fat tenor or both.

This post was going to tell you how the result was a foregone conclusion because of the many second places I've had in this very same competition over the last few years. You were also going to be informed about my second place in Writers' News last year and the same result in the National Association of Writers' Groups the year before. To top it all off I've been narrowly pipped to the post for two job opportunities recently so excuse me if I'm feeling like the perennial bridesmaid.

I sat there listening to them read out the commended authors followed by highly commended and then honours and still my name hadn't been called out. Then it came to the top three and, maybe it was the excitement of the moment, but I suddenly felt optimistic. Why should I come second again just because it's happened so many times before. It doesn't always follow does it? After all, aren't I always going on about being persistent and never giving up? So I crossed my fingers and guess what? I came third.

9 comments:

  1. Third is good at least you were in the top three. Okay so you could look at it as being one down on last year, but you could quite easily been fourth which would have been nowhere at all. First would have been better still, but that's yet to come, so I would keep on trying, Keith. Just like I do with PF. One day soon, I tell myself I will get it right.

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  2. Yeah, you're quite right, Jarmara.
    I did get actually get a first place once. Seems a lifetime ago now.
    Have you seen Jean Dewitt's post on the Strictly Writing blog today about keeping going?

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  3. Congratulations! And keep going, Keith. You're nearly there (and you've done so well to get anwywhere - competition is very fierce out there!).

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  4. Thanks, Frances.
    Certainly not giving up. I have a few things out there at magazines, competitions and agents.

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  6. You know Keith, some people are gifted with always being the bridesmaid and never the bride! There's a lot more pressure when you're number ONE, and when you finally are number one, will you ever be satisfied again to be number two (or three)? So maybe you're standing in the "sweet spotlight" right now and you just don't know it! Any thoughts? ~Jean

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  7. Interesting point, Jean. Maybe the enjoyment is in the chase for the elusive prize. I just always like to try and achieve a decent standard in anything I do.

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  8. I've awarded you the "sweet friends" blog award, Keith - it's over at my blog if you'd like to come along and get it. You don't have to do the stuff that goes with it unless you want to - and have time!

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  9. Thanks for the award, Teresa.
    At the time of posting this comment I'm in the middle of trying to think of six things to write!
    It'll be on here soon, I promise.

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