Monday, January 31, 2011
What's The Hardest Thing You've Ever Done?
Twenty-four year old Denby Fawcett - combat journalist - Vietnam.
Today we're holding a contest. Partly because I'm performing an experiment to see if contests really work, and partly because I have a lovely Bermuda colors calendar to give away. Yes, I know that tomorrow is February! That's why I want to give it away.
As I sat answering some interview questions yesterday, I started thinking about the character of Kristin in Yesterday's Tomorrow. At twenty-five, she took herself halfway round the world to a country she knew virtually nothing about, landed in the middle of a war, and somehow survived. Although Kristin is a fictional character, young women reporters were a strong presence in the Vietnam War. Some of them, like Kristin, struck out on their own, with only a few dollars and a sense of adventure to get by with. Some were hired over there, some were already seasoned reporters and sent by their respective newspapers. But, after reading countless stories, books and first hand accounts of what it was like in-country, I know that none of them returned home the same as when they left.
And I thought, "Could I do that?" Would I be willing to risk it all and put myself in danger like that? Truly, for those women, and I dare say the male contingency of the press corps, it was probably the hardest thing they've ever done.
So that's where the idea for my question came from. And then I thought, why not just have a contest?
Okay, so here are the rules -
1. Answer the question in the comments. Tell me what the hardest thing you've ever done is and why. You can be specific, but I want to know the outcome. Did it change you?
(I'm fully aware that the majority of people here are writers. Don't just make something up. I am all-knowing).
2. You must invite at least two people that don't currently read my blog, to come check it out and leave a comment saying who recommended them. Yes, this is a shameless attempt to drive up traffic and gather potential readers, but hey, it's a dog-eat-dog world out there.
So that's it. We'll run this until Friday, then I'll narrow it down to the best stories, and maybe even ask you to help me pick the winner!
Ready, set, GO!
Posted by Catherine West at 4:01 AM