The Thrill Of Competition

Yes, there’s definitely something to be said about the spirit of competition! From the sport of athletics to the creative competitiveness of the mind, pitting onesself against another becomes such an adrenalin rush…As many of you out there can attest; Suffering a loss in competition “Sucks” That slogan back in the day of athletes going up against each other becomes ‘The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Writers, Celebrities, Doctors, Lawyers, and everyday folks know the feeling of defeat when it comes to losing out.

As a writer, I’ve suffered many a letdown from well meaning Publishers/ Editors whom I’ve sent my little precious pearls of creativity to, only to have a rejection saying how, “sorry, but, please try again next year’s contest.”  It hurts, way down deep. It derails you in places you never knew were comprised of parts of the human body. So what does one do when they’ve lost the race? The will to compete? Suffered the anguish of defeat?

I’ve learned that in the world of competition, you develop a ‘thick’ skin. You take a moment of ‘woe is me time’ if need be, but, then you learn to suck it up and vow to compete again. and most importantly, you look for the silver lining lay hidden somewhere within the folds of rejection. Perhaps your work shows ‘merit’. Maybe the editor wrote a personal aside, encouraging you to rework the piece, or, maybe you placed in the top 10 of four specific articles competition!

I’d encourage anyone with a passion to take a moment to reflect when faced with defeat…You see, there’s always another day for competition! 

Places To Troll For Jobs

“Troll” is what I think is a cool writerspeak term I sort of borrowed from Deborah Ng over at her Deborah Ng Freelance Writing Blog…Let me be one of many writers who have visited Deb’ss blog to say, “what a great source for jobs!” If you’re a blogger, a beginner, or, seasoned writer, this is one of the places I’d recommend you go. Ms. Ng did recently announce on her blog that she won’t be spearheading the workings over there anymore and would be turning all things Deb at the site to her trusted assistant Jodee. Why? Because, Deborah Ng has been offered a writing opportunity that she just couldn’t pass up…Congratulations to her, although she will be missed, her choice for replacement , in my opinion, couldn’t have been better than Jodee. Go on over and find the job that has your name on it… My first client, albiet, short lived was found at Deborah Ngs Freelance Writing Blog…

For all of you aspiring fashion designers and environmentalist enthusiasts out there in the wild blue yonder, Yuli Ziv, the founder of MYITTHINGS have 2 contests in progress as I write. You will have to register an account to become a member of MyitThings, but, believe me, it’s well worth the bit of time it takes to create a profile. I’ve been a member for the last year and snagged the winning House article in Feburary’s contest! What are you writers waiting for? Yuli will be pleased to have you.


Things I’ve Written

I’m not one to brag, but, I’m told that writers must advertise. Get the word out about what one can do.. And, I’m learning that in this writing arena, one must market their work. Let’s not get it twisted, I’m no Maya Angelou, Norman Mailer, or, Jackie Collins for that matter, heck, I’m not even Jennifer B. Banks, but I am Clara B. Freeman and I have been writing , like, my prolific writer friend so eloquently states, “since the Bic pen” so I suppose I have , in essence, the stuff of which writers are made. I just haven’t received the clients needed to allow me to quit my 9 to 5  ( no secret that I’ve grown weary )  and concentrate on  my freelance career. In order for clients to get a feel for my work, why not visit some great sites I’ve been fortunate enough to write for: 

Ezine Articles Platinum Expert/


Goodtasteinternational Mens Magazine/Good Advice

Mirrror, Mirror Magazine’s Premier Issue/ Article ” Sleeping To The Top”

Myitthings/ Online fashion, tech,house, body, entertainment Magazine/ column under Wiselyfemale

The sites where I’m writing and published are great places to visit and get your work recognized; you might even make a few bucks in the process! 

Stimulus WherFOR Art THOU?

It’s no secret people, I’m just like a lot of Americans these darkened days of recession: I’m needing to reach out and touch my stimulus check… Bush wants people to reinvest in the economy. Yea, right, why would I want to do that? I’m hungry now. My rent needs to be paid. My child needs yearly healthcare…8 years of Bush… and now, John Mccain…..birds of a feather…People need to think…Stimulus Checks today; Tomorrow, food rations for all !!!

‘Excuse me mister, but, can you spare a dime?

I’m Distracted, Thats All!

Spent the last 10 minutes looking for my glasses…this little ritual have become somewhat of a  thorn in my backside. I’m looking/looking in the kitchen, the bath, the countertops, tables, when I pull back the covers on a haphazardly made bed and there they are hiding alonside the tv remote. I tell myself it’s only because I’m realizing my leisure day away from the politics of a job I abhor is about to come to an end. Or, maybe it’s because for the last month, I’ve been waiting breathlessly for the winner of a writing contest to be announced and finally when the moment arrives…my article in all four catagories were not chosen!

I could be bombed out from this little rejection and not consider that as I age, I might be in the running for that brain alteration known as ‘dementia’. Nooo, that’s impossible as I’m only 50 something, ha, ha!, jokes on you, dementia…

Anyhow, I’m considering getting a chain to support my glasses as I cannot afford distraction when the thrill of competition rears its artful head. Question: What are your passions as you embark upon a journey of midlife transition? you can always share your thoughts with me, by comments, or, writing me ,

What I’m Reading

Ok, So for the record, I’m a sentimental fool for love! Yep, at the age of 50 something, I’m getting back in touch with my ‘love radar’ and so on that note: Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Dary Matera, a writer out of Miami. Are You Lonesome Tonight? is a story of a true and everlasting love between a young girl and a young man who would become king, of sorts. This is the story of Elvis Presley and a beautiful French woman named Lucy de Barbin. It is a story that speaks on loss, abuse, secrecy, love, birth,separation and survival. This is a story that even today sends a message that true love never dies. Pick up a copy of this wondrous tale at any library, or, thrift store, or, borrow it from an old frriend who perhaps purchased it so long ago and kept it as a reminder of what true love, truly is…

Welcome To My World!

Hey all! I’m Clara and I’m a woman in transition. What you’re about to let yourself in for is going to become one heck of a ride, views from the perspective of one woman writer whose sole intent is to encourage, inspire and impassion women of a certain age to go for the gusto in this, the 2nd phase of life! I’m also going to digress a bit at times and speak on entertainment, politics and just everyday stuff from time to time, why? just because I can!

I’m a writer. A seasoned, professional nurse. A self-published poet. An online columnist. A divorced mother of two and grandmother of 5… I love men of substance, eloquence, wit, compassion and a strength clothed in spirituality. I decided several years ago after my divorce and a traumatic ending to love on the rebound, that it was time I found my ‘destiny’…Think, Forest Gump when he asks, “Mama, what’s my destiny?” She replies, ” Forest,Life is like a box of chocolates. You NEVER know what you gonna get.” I invite you along, as we discover what we’re gonna get!

Happy Sunday All! It’s also my 4th year  @ Clara54!!!!!!!!!!. This was where it all began:) Sending out heartfelt appreciations for all you’ve given via your comments, emails, twitter follows and just some darn good blogosphere community:) Sonya,  my Washington bud,you’ve been the best of the best!

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