Daddy in the Middle

12 Jan

Two consecutive snow days and a crazy amount of time spent with the girls has almost killed my blog-writing streak, so I might have to break off a couple of duds to catch up.

Also, I wrote and submitted a story for the 6th round of NPR’s three-minute fiction contest and that really sucked up some serious time. I worked on that this morning and yesterday morning. In fact, it’s the reason I got out of bed this morning. I woke up thinking about not liking the opening paragraph because it didn’t fit in with the rest, so I hopped up and got busy revising it.

The rules of this round dictate that one character in the story must tell a joke and a character (it can be the SAME character) must cry. In my 575 word story–oh, and I’m too chicken to post it here–a young girl, about 5, tells the joke and her mom cries. It’s called Crystal and Cashmere.

NPR will receive thousands of entries (they received 4 thousand submissions in a previous round), so it would be cool–albeit a miracle–if they printed mine on their website between now and the end of the contest, which is, I think, the 23rd of this month. There’s only one winner, but they’ll print a couple dozen of their favorites. Regardless, it forced me to write fiction, which I think is terribly difficult. It stresses me out.

I wished I would have captured some video of our rough and tumble “monkey in the middle” sessions yesterday and today. Growing up, this was alway “keep away.” I had never heard the alternate name until Chloe brought it home, I guess from school.

We created a injury report on the dry erase easel and also kept track of how many times each of us cried. I can barely read it from here on the couch, but I know I got hurt twice (an accidental blow to the nose from Ainsley and I had to call a time-out to eat something because I got weak and shaky). I didn’t cry. Ainsley led the way with seven minor injuries and three that were serious enough for tears. Chloe was injured three times and may have cried once (it was before we decided to track it).

We play in three rooms (we have a circle track going through the kitchen, dining, and front room) and it requires much running and tackling. Yesterday, I crashed in the doorway between the dining room and the kitchen. I fell hard on my arm and had some serious wrist pain for a couple of minutes, but the game went on.

I would attempt to set up the video camera on the tripod, but it would most certainly get knocked over during the game.


4 Responses to “Daddy in the Middle”

  1. Lisa January 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    For grins and a tiny bit of publicity for my blog, I submitted a story I wrote on my blog a few months ago to and they accepted it for next month. I bet you could get a story published there if the NPR thing doesn’t work out. Great if you just want to get read, but I hope you win your contest. That sounds like a challenge I wouldn’t be able to take on and I wish you the best of luck!

    • fightn4it January 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      Hi Lisa, Thanks for the link, I’m going to check it out. Keep writing!

  2. 4eternalsunshine January 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Sounds like a fun snow day 🙂 K & J had to go to school. They were really mad and crabby about it too.
    Good Luck with the contest. If you win maybe you will share (chicken..bawk-bawk) You tease a lot in your blogs.
    In 365 Days of Awesomeness you said you had 4 reasons for listed two and is that vegan tattoo real? that had to hurt?

    • fightn4it January 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

      Yeah, I think they could have went to school that day, the next day was just as cold. The tat is real! It did hurt. I got three that day and that one hurt the most. Sure, if I win,I’ll be all big-headed about it and post it in LARGE PRINT.

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