Erik Quinn: The Heart of a Family: Sunday Drivel

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sunday Drivel

Last night a friend gave me a CD of Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine. It is one of the funniest things I have ever heard. This gentleman borrows a variety of popular songs from the 80s, 90s, and today and sings them lounge style with a big band feel to them. I thought his rendition of Guns N Roses "Welcome to the Jungle" was the funniest thing ever until I heard "We Are the World," "Gin and Juice," "Baby Got Back," and "99 Luftballoons." Whew. Classic. It's an adults-only CD, as the language is a bit dicey because some of these songs are from the heavy metal and rap genres. However, in my opinion, it only makes them that much more ridiculous and fabulous.

I took the plunge and entered my first essay contest last year. I chose a topic regarding home ownership. There were over 13,000 entries, and they have been announcing monthly winners all year. The grand prize is $250,000 to go towards a new home or property. They are posting the winners on April Fool's Day. My chances of winning are slim, but it has been fun to dream all this time. According to National Geographic, my chances of winning are about the same as dying in hot weather (1 in 13,729) and better than being legally executed (1 in 62,648). Golly, that's good news! I'll miss the suspense of waiting, but a year is a really, really long time to wait for anything.

Yesterday I put together a submission for my first Pacific Northwest writing contest. I entered one of my poems this time. That was a little more difficult for me, since those tend to be gut-wrenchingly personal. It's sitting in an envelope downstairs, and I feel a little like I did when I was in my creative writing class in high school -- vulnerable. I'm getting braver when it comes to putting my writing out there, and I owe a lot of that to you. I haven't written in years before this blog. I'm hoping to get published somewhere eventually, and this is a good place to start. The only writing contest I ever entered before that I can remember was the Bulwer-Lytton fiction contest, a competition to pen the worst opening to a novel in various categories including "brown bag" (sexy stuff), "It was a dark and stormy night," science fiction, and many others. That was way fun. Now that I think about it, I should try again.

I'm hoping today is as beautiful as it was yesterday. It was over 70 degrees again. Erik was into everything yesterday. He is rebelling against his only nap now, which may disappear entirely, and threw handfuls of dirt from the planter on the landing twice yesterday, requiring me to haul the vacuum hose up the stairs. As cranky as this makes me, I can see he is a whole lot of typical 2-year-old these days. That's a good thing.

Off to shower. Have a wonderful day.

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Blogger Miss 1999 said...

Congrats on submitting your essay! Whether or not you win, I'm so proud of you just for writing it, and putting it out there. I remember, I, too, used to write all the time, but never shared it with anyone, not sure why, but just wouldn't. Blogging has helped me a lot-- too! *Keeping my fingers crossed for the outcome*

I swear, Erik just doesn't know how good he's got it-- naps and all, us adults would LOVE nap time every day. ;0) Ah, the life of a 2 year old, so much to play with, and so little time :0)

12:34 PM  
Blogger Kerry said...

I agree - oh, just to nap again!!

I am SO glad you entered that contest... I think if you win the $250,000 you should fly us all out to Oregon for a party :)

I am glad to say "I knew you when" !

7:03 PM  
Blogger Kati said...

That's a good thing.... I was very proud when I saw Erik on videos!!! Such a big boy!!! He is a typical 2 year old :)))))))))
I keep my fingers crossed for you, you are a really good writer, I wish you could win a prize!!!!!

Love, Kati

6:01 AM  
Blogger Teresa & Shawn said...

How brave of you to submit to a writing contest. That is awesome.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Lisa R said...

That is Great Nancy if it were my contest you would win hands down!!!

10:34 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

You absolutely have a chance because you are such an amazing writer. You truly have a special gift. I'm always amazed when you make me laugh and then cry sometimes within the same paragraph.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Rosemarie said...

My husband and I listened together from the Music Bar (top left corner of the Richard Cheese site) last night. Our favorite is GIN AND JUICE (2006 REMIX originally by SNOOP DOGGY DOGG). Thanks for making us laugh!

Congratulations on spreading your gift whether you win or not! ;)

9:59 AM  

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