I’m Cranky and I Know It…Don’t Get Me Started
I’ve been in a very odd mood lately. I wouldn’t say cranky, but…yeah, you could say cranky. I’m just not feeling my usual optimistic self. I am a glass half full kinda girl for sure, but lately it seems the liquid is evaporating.
When I get cranky the strangest things start to make me crazy. (Crazier if you want to get technical about it.) I catch myself and think, “Why did you react that way?” Truth is I’m not sure.
For example…there are some blogs that offer up writing prompts. The bit of fiction I wrote a couple of weeks ago was based on a prompt from Write On Edge. I once submitted a piece prompted by Mama Kat’s Losing It, but most of her prompts are for mommy bloggers and I’m long past that. There’s another blog that has prompts and shall remain nameless.
I can’t recall how I stumbled onto this blog but I have met some really good writers there and I’m happy about that. What I find myself not being happy about is how dictatorial the site is for submissions.
I’ve read their rules several times and still find it confusing. There seems to be some kind of gestapo mentality in how everything MUST be done a certain way or you will be mocked in a public square or some such thing! Meaning, they won’t post your submission, I think. It’s hard to figure out.
I’m not against anyone having rules for their contests, or whatever you want to call it. I’m very PRO writing and thinking outside the box but I don’t like to feel I’m in elementary school and the teacher wants to smack me with a ruler.
Oh, and in order to submit to them you have to put their badge on your blog.
Now, I’m not saying this isn’t legit and fully intended to help you take chances and become a better writer. That is a good thing. What I’m saying is the way they (there are three administrators apparently but not much info about them) present the RULES is very off putting.
I did mention I’ve been cranky lately, didn’t I?
There’s an old saying… It’s not what you say but how you say it that matters. No one wants to feel they’re being scolded before they’ve even done anything. That’s how I felt reading their rules and regs.
It’s like a third grade teacher looking down her nose trying to make you feel less than. Come to think of it, I always rebelled against that personality type…even in third grade.
Maybe… I’m just out of sorts because my friends moved… It feels like November in early October… I’ve got too many disparate things going on at once and feel like I’m not accomplishing anything.
Could be any or all of the above I suppose. However, I must admit I feel better now after getting this little irritation off my chest. Thanks for listening!
Now tell me, what’s driving you bonkers lately?