“Haircuts are usually traumatic for me,” said Phyllis Woolford of Mays Chapel.
So Woolford, 64, did what comes naturally. She wrote about it. As it turned out, Woolford’s short story, “Just a Little Off the Top,” won first prize in midlifecollage.com’s weekly writing contest. This is the second time one of Woolford’s stories has been published on the website, which invites people over the age of 40 to submit their work and win cash prizes. Her work also has been published in the now-defunct Urbanite and as part of a children’s audio book.
Woolford, a Baltimore native who works full time as a medical secretary in Pikesville, has always been a prolific writer.
“I’ve been writing since high school. English was my favorite subject, and I always loved writing poetry and essays and even doing homework,” she said.
In addition to short stories, poems and tributes for friends and family members, Woolford has completed an unpublished novel, “So, What’s a Beautiful Girl Like You … .”
“It’s about relationships, where the plots and characters intertwine, but not all have happy endings. It’s my dream to get it published,” she said.
“I am always working on stories. Life is the best inspiration. I take my audio recorder to bed in case an idea comes to me during the night. I will write until 2 a.m. while my little dog stares up at me wondering when we can go to sleep. My favorite time to write is when there’s pounding rain and thunder and lightning.”
To read Woolford’s story, visit midlifecollage.com/ 2013/03/ just-a-little-off-the-top/.