Monday, July 7, 2008

Someday

What more could a girl want?  The Dream House, as captured by Patricia van Essche.

Occasionally, I will get a little something in my email in-box from someone who seems friendly, but really wants something from me.  For example, they love the content of my blog, but they want to put an ad with a person dancing in the margin.  And, somehow, I don't think these folks really get me.  In fact, I think they might be sending these emails to a lot of people.  Really.

Which might be the case with a charming gentleman last week, but his request was intriguing.  Wells Fargo is hosting a contest called "Someday Stories."  You can write up a little something about how $100,000 could change your life -like own your own home, or start your own business, or just about any darn thing - and you are entered to win a grand prize of a hundred grand.  Other prizes may come your way as well.

The thing is, the nice man who emailed me, I mean, I get that it's his job, but he mentioned that I have the Dream House, so I would have to come up with something else.  You see my point?  He had actually read the blog.  See?  Charming.

I did submit an entry and I encourage you to do the same.  It was a great exercise to sit down and think about what I would want someday and write it up in 250 words or less.  Fortunately for me I'm trained as a broadcast news writer so I can communicate, sometimes even accurately, in relatively few words.  

Someday I'd like to be a writer who is able to use more.  

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

well, until you win your "big" prize, you're a huge prize to all of us that sincerely enjoy your writing.
Thanks for your variety of subjects, and your humorous spin on everyday life.
Penny

Style Court said...

Well, what did Mark Twain say? "I didn't have time to write a short letter so I wrote a long one," or something like that.

Every editor I've worked with says don't use twelve words when you can use two. My favorite thing about your style is how you weave a real narrative with only a few paragraphs. Don't change!

Mrs. Blandings said...

Penny - thank you for the kind words - I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Courtney - maybe what I really need is more thoughts!

beachbungalow8 said...

this is a great idea if even as a personal exercise. the hardest thing about setting your goals/dreams is knowing what they are.... exactl(in 250 words or less).

Mrs. Blandings said...

Megan - agreed. It was much more difficult than I thought it was going to be. Turns out I don't really want to change that much.

Dianne said...

Good for you Mrs. Blandings!!!! I surely don't want you to change a thing on this blog. Perfection!!

The Peak of Chic said...

I agree- don't change your style one bit Patricia!

katiedid said...

I received the same email, but mine was from a woman and I also think she read my blog. (Very interesting....I may have to enter this thing. Who couldn't use a bit of extra cash to achieve their "story") And you are right about actually putting into words what our dreams are. The clarity would certainly help you focus on the goal and how to achieve it!

Anonymous said...

wellllll..... dont we get to know , what's the someday? more important do we get to read the story - if it does or doesn't win?

Mrs. Blandings said...

Katie - enter! why not? I'd love to know what you come up with.

Mrs. Blandings said...

Anon - there's not much to it. Someday I hope to make my living as a writer, but it's not really money that's standing in my way. We'll see how it works out.