Friday, August 12, 2011


Taking a sip from her iced tea, she seemed relaxed as she sat quietly for her five minute break. But within her mind competing thoughts fought to be noticed. One of them flashed so strongly that she suddenly jumped and startled Vern who was snoring peacefully by her side. He barked to express his confusion then remembered this was "normal" and comfortably repositioned himself to resume his canine dreams.

As she raced to her laptop two more ideas sparked, fueling her speed. Ronald who was fixing himself a snack in the kitchen heard the commotion. "Hum," he grumbled with little curiosity. He was used to his wife's flares. It was as if something inside her spontaneously combusted and the fire ignited a bomb in her mind which in turn burned her soul to action.

At light speed she rushed an email to someone she only knew through cyber waves. She encouraged this person to submit a story to a publisher calling for a certain theme. This person had never submitted anything before but Becky was certain it was time to do so. Her other ideas were to blog about overcoming writer's block and some great writing sites she had recently discovered. Once she took this break, which lasted a little more than five minutes, Becky felt refreshed and inspired to continue editing her memoir. But first, she quickly ran to the kitchen, gave her husband a hug, then before sitting she tenderly petted her dog.


This is my imaginary glimpse of the day Becky Povich suggested I submit a story to Chicken Soup for the Soul. I am grateful for her validation, encouragement and for the fact that she so expertly edited what I submitted.

Neither one of us was focused on the outcome, so if it is published - great. If not we were part of a wonderful give and take experience. I was lucky to do all the taking. Thank you Becky.


  1. oh myrna this is awesome...will you keep us informed..? this was a wonderful imaginary glimpse of the excited for you...

  2. Oh, Myrna! How strange this was to read! In the first paragraph when you mentioned "Vern" barking, I thought, "Gee, Myrna is writing about a dog named Vern! Isn't that funny?" But, then when I saw "Ronald", I was PRETTY sure you were writing about me...but WHY, I had no idea! I'm so honored that you feel this way and wrote it, and posted it on your blog. I'm honestly kind of speechless. You're such a kind person, AND such a FABULOUS writer! You just needed that little push of encouragement that we ALL need. Keep writing AND submitting...and you'll be amazed at what you can do! Thank you. I'm going to print this, if you don't mind, and hang it on my bulletin board. You've certainly made me feel special today!

  3. You are such a great writer and to see how you made Becky's day just makes it even better. Wishing you the very best in this journey!

  4. very cool...cant wait to hear when it gets published...smiles.

  5. Wow. You write this in a way that is easy to see and to relate to. Well done.

    Thank you for your many visits to my blog!

  6. My dear Myrna, this is a wonderful story and excellent news!
    Your kindness knows no bounds (smile).

    Wishing you much success and best wishes.

  7. Wonderful expression of creative passion and friendship!

    Aloha from Waikiki;

    Comfort Spiral
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  9. A lovely nugget from your life, Myrna. I am sure your writing should/will touch many readers world-wide.

    I would like to see your works published.

    Joy always,

  10. Good luck with your piece dear Myrna, no matter the outcome, you dared to try. That is what counts.;)
    Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging recent comment, have a lovely weekend,

  11. Neat essay. Good luck, and you betcha Becky is a good editor and mentor and friend.