Ups and Downs

It was another day of manic activity as we kept getting orders from the new sales initiative. I quite like the active days, though it would be nice to have a little variation in pace.

The day started off with my second failed blood test in two weeks. I am consistently coming in too high and actually climbing as they seek to adjust the dose downwards. I’m not sure why this is happening but I suspect it might b because I started making an effort to do things properly. Instead of drifting on and forgetting to take my pills or taking them late, I am establishing a routine and I wonder if this means I have effectively increased the does without meaning too. I’m not taking supplements, I haven’t changed any medication and I haven’t ben eating huge amounts of green vegetables, which can all affect it. Whatever has caused it, the slow reduction by one tablet a week, as they have done this week, isn’t going to see it corrected any time soon.

Yesterday, I had an email headed “Congratulations”. Normally I’m wary of them because they usually contain details of how lucky I am to have been chosen to launder the estate of a deceased African politician. Presumably, the way things have been going, they will soon be inviting me to launder the estates of corrupt Tory supporters who have amassed illicit millions by making PPE for the NHS.

This one was from the British Haiku Society. I entered their annual competition and the results are out. According to the results there were 587 haiku, 164 tanka and 71 haibun entered. I am one of the top five haibun. I wasn’t 1st or 2nd but I did get an Honourable Mention which means I have a certificate and a free book.

The strange thing is thatย  the one I did all the work on made no impact but the successful one was one which had only been returned by an editor the week before. I tweaked it a bit, in line with his comments, and sent it off to the competition. It just goes to show, as I have said before, that I am not a good judge of my own writing.


16 thoughts on “Ups and Downs

  1. Clare Pooley

    Congratulations! It is strange how the things we work the hardest for are often appreciated less than the things we dash off with hardly a thought.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Thank you. It’s another step along the way.It’s the second time I’ve entered in three years =- sunk without trace the first time, o this is a lot better. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. derrickjknight

    Congratulations definitely in order. I won a photography prize in the age before Covid. The one I thought best was ignored while one I almost discounted was the winner ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s the beauty of showing them to judges and editors – that dose of realism along with the surge of happiness when selected. Congratulations on your prize.

  4. Lavinia Ross

    Top 5 is a reason to celebrate, and I send my congratulations to you. Sometimes there is no telling what people like or dislike about a piece of writing, and there is always the subjective factor. You did well!


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