Okay people, this is not a drill. I have seventeen days to come up with the best piece of writing I have ever done.
Wait…you sound confused. Let me explain what I am talking about. As you know the Push to Publish event is coming. I think I mentioned that I am sitting on the blogging panel and I might have mentioned how I am opening the open mic portion of the day. I am completely honored to do both of these things, but I will tell you the truth, I am more afraid of the open mic portion. Talking in front of people isn’t an issue for me. It’s the fear of picking the wrong piece to represent my writing and myself. Let’s think about this, editors and publishers will be there and I have to pick something really good.
So I ask you all, what do I pick to read? I was going to read my first person essay I wrote (that got rejected, but I am not upset) but after my blog on beating a dead horse, I know that is the wrong piece. I don’t want to be defined by my struggles. I am glad that I am able to finally talk about what happened and maybe that should be good enough.
With that piece ruled out, I now have my shoulders shrugged and my hands are empty. Do I read one of my blogs? How about my recent Barbie essay I sent out? Do I read a piece of my Meredith novel? Or do I read the campfire story that went through twenty million revisions? Then there is my new non-fiction novel about my Philadelphia memories. Should I read the opening piece to that?
I am so confused. I don’t know what to read. All I know is it has to be great.
So, uh…any suggestions? What would you like me to read? I swear your input would be appreciated.