I’m having a late night, it’s so nice to think I won’t have to be up at 5 and driving across town tomorrow morning! Boy 2 didn’t even wake up until 6 today, it felt so good to stay in bed for an extra hour. This picture shows him noshing on a cucumber (grimacing becuse it is very cold), his new favourite food. He ate an incredible amount today not counting breakfast (the usual orgy of toast slathered with peanut butter and cereal) he ahd for lunch a man-sized portion of chicken parmigiana, potatoes and salad, followed by TWO root beer floats, popcorn and then he asked me very sweetly for some salsa, but I said no. Boy 1 was with his dad today and is staying there overnight, so it is so peaceful, no fights to sort out. We drove into Bennett and I caught up with some paperwork, including filling out the Census (not as much of a hassle as I thought it might be) and we listened to NPR.
National Public Radio is throwing a 3 minute fiction competition – apparently it takes roughly 3 minutes to read 600 words. The short story muct contain the words button, plant, trick and fly, so I have been frowning for much of this weekend, trying to come up with an idea. It’s so long (15 months) that I wrote anything that wasn’t for a magazine, well, not counting my novel which is coming along at a snail’s pace. But I have done it, I have written a short story and edited half of it into the computer, so will have plenty of time to get it sent off as the deadline isn’t until April 11th. I visited a time and place in history that I find fascinating for this story – Victorian London. I read some of the other stories that were on the NPR website this morning though. They were very good, but all were contemporary, I hope mine isn’t too English.
Ann Patchett (is that her last name? She wrote Bel Canto and Run) was interviewed regarding the competition yesterday and she had some very interesting things to say about the short story. I should read her novels (frankly I’ve just thought they sounded rather dull and haven’t been able to work up enough interest) but current reads are We Need to talk About Kevin and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Must get to bed.