I'm competing in The Romance Studio Diva contest...so far, it's been an interesting mix of anonymous talent versus popularity contest. However, I'm really not sure I have what it takes to be a diva.
According to Dictionary.com a Diva is a distinguished female singer or a prima donna.
Well, I definitely can't sing as is well attested by my children in the car. A great song comes on and I open my mouth. My teenager slumps in her seat so that she is no longer visible to passing motorists and my preschoolers howl "M-O-M" from the backseat. I'm reduced to singing in the car when I'm alone (not very often).
So, how about Prima Donna? Again according to dictionary.com, a prima donna is a temperamental person; a person who takes adulation and privileged treatment as a right and reacts with petulance to criticism or inconvenience.
Snort, I wish. I can be a bit temperamental when someone interrupts my writing sessions or gets me up at the butt crack of dawn (most days as I have two preschoolers who haven't learned the fine art of sleeping in yet), but my three-year-old takes the cake for temper tantrums. I gave up competing with him months ago.
As for adulation and priviliged treatment, well, I'm a mom. The only priviliged treatment I've had in a while is a long uninterrupted shower in my own personal paradise (my husband drew the most incredible mural on my shower wall for Mother's Day) and I'm still thrilled to bits to get a good review for my books or the occasional fan letter. I must admit, I do have dreams where I show up for a book signing and find the line wrapped around the building...twice. Or being contacted by a Hollywood studio to begin negotiations to turn one of my little stories into something for the big screen.
But until then. . .(you saw that coming, right?) -- If you get a chance, pop on over to The Romance Studio on Monday and vote for Ericka Scott! Help me release that inner Diva (believe me, I need all the help I can get!)
And to sweeten the deal:
The Scott Family's Apple Gringo Recipe
(apple pie that won't heat up your house)
Apple Pie Filling (heated)
Cinnamon: Sugar mixed in equal quantities (I usually do a 1/2 cup each)
Shredded Cheddar cheese
Deep fry flour tortillas until light brown and crisp
spoon on a couple of tablespoons of warm apple pie filling and spread to the edges
sprinkle with cinnamon:sugar mixture
top with shredded cheese