Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Doing My Happy Dance ...

Oh my goodness, readers!  I am doing a little "happy dance" right now!!!  Actually - I've already DONE my happy dance (it wasn't pretty - sort of like a bird trying and failing to fly) and now I'm just dancing on the inside!

Anyway - the reason for my silly little joy fit was that I have been included in the EasyStreet Prompts blog carnival for Creative Non-Fiction!  Check it out here!!!  This means ... ummm ... I'm not sure what it means, but it makes me feel like a REAL WRITER!!!  I've been categorized - "Creative Non-Fiction"! 

I'm tickled by the simple things.  :-)

While you are there - you MUST, MUST check out this post by Suzanne Kingsbury.  This post, my favorite, is titled "Pregnant with a Novel and Why Blogging Keeps Us From Committing Suicide" - and is clearly (BTW) in a whole other realm of literary greatness from myself.  We were both included in the genre, Creative Non-Fiction, but I think that perhaps this category should have been divided into "Really GREAT Creative Non-Fiction" (to which Ms. Kingsbury belongs) and "Rather Mediocre Creative Non-Fiction" to which I would belong.  Truly - this is NOT me being humble.  Read every delicious word of her post, and you'll see what I mean!

My submission was written earlier this fall - it is titled, "Sweet Sophie" (see ... even my title is inferior to Ms. Kingsbury's!) - and is about the day I lost my dear puppy dog ... actually, I didn't lose her.  She died.  It was very sad ... and the post very emotional for me.  I suppose that it really amounts to a memorial for my 4-legged friend.  Here is a direct link ... but by all means, check out the rest of the great submissions over at EasyStreet.

Sophie with TJ.

Brilliant folks over there!

Now, back to my "happy dance"!

************  An Afterward  ************

After I posted this, God had a little word with me, dear ones.  He had a word for me straight outta His Word in Galatians 6:4-5.

Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
- Galatians 6:4 (The Message)

Yes - He reminded me that He's given me a gift and a voice that are distinctly "Kris Ann's" - and He's given Ms. Kingsbury a gift and a voice that is distinctly "Ms. Kingsbury's".  I am meant to do my own work based on the exploration of who I AM in Him and WHAT He has for me to do - and then hunker down in that - not bothering to compare myselves with others (what good would that do anyway - I'd either come out ahead of the other and be impressed with myself which He warns me against just before telling me not to compare myself with others - or I'd come out behind and become discouraged by my percieved inadequacy). 

So, that's the Word of the hour from Him to me ... and maybe to you, too?

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