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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: Always Hopeful
By Barbara Mahler


It was late Thursday morning before I got a chance to check faithwriters.com for the new writing challenge. The Writer’s Life – hmmph, guess I’m not gonna write this week I couldn’t help thinking.
“Oh hi Steve how can I help you today?”
“Just need to check stock, Kathy; have you got a case of teal cub bags?”
“Can I please put you on hold for just a moment, Steve?”
“Good morning, Mary Jo how are you?”
“I’m fine thanks. Kathy, I need to check on some backorders.”
“I can do that for you, but I have another call on hold and I’m here all by myself. Would it be okay if I call you back?”
“Steve, thanks for holding – yes we have a case of cubs in teal.”
“Thanks, Kathy; I’ll email the order.”
“Ok, I’ll keep my eye out for it.”
“Jack, XYZ Company called about their backorders; I don’t want to call Mary Jo back without turnaround information. When are we going to place the next order?”
“Kathy, when is the next payment due for XYZ? Can we place another order without making a payment?” Jack retorted totally ignoring my question. “We gotta take a look at what else we owe sometime today,” he continued.
“Ok, do you want me to print an A/P Aging Report?” I offered.
“Yeh, guess that’s a good idea; I’ll take a quick look at it while you’re at lunch.”
“See you in a while,” I replied.
Closing the office door behind me I held my face up to the bright sunshine and breathed in the crisp air. Grateful for this time to myself, I walked - quickening my pace with each step almost as if I were running away, and my thoughts returned to The Writer’s Life.
You know you want to write, I reflected. Yes I do - with all my heart and soul. So what are you going to do about it? “I’m going to write – no matter what!” I heard myself exclaim aloud.

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AnneRene' Capp 05/20/10
Well, Hello Always Hopeful.
Love your title, your heart and your perseverance! I was with you on every phone call while you were dealing with being pulled in several directions. Good job making the reader "feel" your emotions.

If you double space between paragraphs and dialogue...it's easier on the eyes :)

Also, want to encourage you to take advantage of the free writing classes in the forums under "Writing". I'm utilizing them and with a heart for writing such as your....they'll allow you to soar in your writing skills.
Phee Paradise 05/21/10
You certainly captured the distractions in life that have kept me from writing as much as I wanted. It made me wish I had been as determined as you while I was working full time.
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse05/21/10
Great dialogue. Very conversational and realistic. I agree with the earlier comment about spacing, which will make the dialogue easier to read, but other than that, I thought it great. Well done!
Mildred Sheldon05/21/10
This was such and enjoyable read. I loved the title and the contents of the story was right on. Take advice offered and your next article will be superb.
Maria Leonor Santos05/24/10
I'm encouraged by your hopeful attitude, never giving up. Keep writing and learning, fellow writer. God is faithful!
Pam Ford Davis 05/25/10
Determination is half the work. Keep the dream alive!