30 Words (Or Celebrate the Small Things in Life)

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Hi friends,

I was slightly embarrassed at first to share this bit of small news because it seemed so, well, small, but then I remembered: it’s the little things in life that make it grand!

My story “Dear John” was recently selected as a winner in Smokelong Quarterly‘s 30-word story contest.

For anyone counting, that amounts to just 3 sentences in my case.

The best number to me, however, is that only 5 stories made the cut from over 1400 entries. So it feels kind of like being the shy girl in school you think no one notices – but then having the star quarterback ask you to prom. (Ok, that totally never happened to me and doesn’t even work as an analogy. Also, I lusted after the skater boys and genius slackers, more than jocks).

It was fun to take a little break from the monster work of a novel and write something of this size. I find sometimes I’m more creative when given strict constraints. And affirmations keep the fire going: Yes, you *might* just get picked out of a crowd. Chances are slim, but it happens!

Enjoy the bite-sized fiction here. And remember to celebrate the small things!

Yay!

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14 Responses to “30 Words (Or Celebrate the Small Things in Life)”


  1. 1 Sarah S February 18, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Mazel tov from New York. I LOVED your entry. Well-deserved!

  2. 2 thetravelingpear February 18, 2011 at 2:35 am

    That’s pretty darn fantastic my friend! Way to go. And yes…celebrate the small things, because over time, they are what count the most!

  3. 3 jennyphoria February 18, 2011 at 3:32 am

    Well done! Very evocative for so few words. You shouldn’t be embarrassed, you should be proud. It’s a big thing to win a contest, especially considering the number of entries. Congrats!

  4. 4 Linda February 18, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Congratulations! A very elegant three sentences.:-)

  5. 5 Cynthia February 18, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Totally worth celebrating. I loved all 30 words of it. Very Carver-esque, in my opinion. Congrats!

  6. 7 Franck February 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I never mix arithmetic and literature…

    I refuse to count my words…

    About the quarterback… well… let’s see… with a long skirt everything is possible despite my hairy legs (very hairy… I saw tears in cacti’s eyes while watching them)

    Bull’s eye!

  7. 8 Barbara Hall February 18, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Felicitations Sion!!! I don’t think this is a small accomplishment — out of 1400 entries and to have been selected. That’s a huge and wonderful accomplishment. What a gem you created in a few short words — like a perfect capture of a photo.

  8. 9 Ann February 18, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Congrats, Sion! I loved Dear John — great imagery of the crumbs and the table. This short fiction reminds me of John Edgar Wideman — he spoke at the American Library in the summer on his new microstories. You might enjoy them, too!

  9. 10 Sweet Freak February 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Genius, Sion – I love it! Felicitations! And you are so right: life is all about our little triumphs and moments. You are an inspiration. xo

  10. 12 FutureExpat February 23, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Congratulations! I hope you’re doing something nice to celebrate. :-)


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