A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Casual Fridays: Writerly Envy

Jealousy is the worst. 
I'm not a jealous person by nature, and I think part of that is because I can't stand being jealous. Physically, emotionally, spiritually it makes me, well, sour.

But I've got a bit of writerly envy today. 

I just read the story, "Mine," by Daniel Karasik. This piece won last year's CBC Canada Writes short story prize, and when I finished it, I thought: "damn, I wish I'd written that."

You know, come to think of it, maybe this kind of envy is actually okay. It makes me want to attack my notebook with my pen and burn through all my resistance. It makes me want to write better and do it now. 

So I guess there's the bad jealousy that makes you freeze up, and the good jealousy that prompts you to act.

 Life's so precious-short, story-makers. What are we waiting for? 
xo Britt

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