So, um, yeah. It’s the last day of the month and I just realized that I hadn’t said a word about April’s Featured Byline: Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Married Life!
Now don’t go reading anything into that omission, friends. The Beneficent Mr. Hall is the Benefactor of the Feast over here and keeps me in the style to which I have accustomed myself. And other than expecting me to fix the feast on a semi-regular basis, he doesn’t ask much.
Which is a very good thing, on account of the fact that when I’m writing, I’m not good for much. I wrote and submitted two stories for Married Life and both were included in the book. The editors were looking for stories about fun, family and wedded bliss, and I guess both of my stories fit the bill.
As April marks the 33rd anniversary of our wedded…well, sure, let’s call it bliss, I decided to feature that book over on the sidebar.
And since The Beneficent Mr. Hall played a prominent role in both stories, I should thank him for the inspiration.
(But I kept the bucks–and spent it all on writing. Wheee for me!)
Yep, it was time to spin the old Randomizer to find the lucky winner of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Married Life!
And the name at the top of the list is…Sioux!
I’m very happy to see Sioux’s name there because she left such an intriguing comment:
“Seriously, I’d love to win a copy, and perhaps someone will use one of your stories as a springboard for one of the 20th anniversary stories. You never know…”
She also left another comment:
“Okay, if we try to jack up the number of comments by each individual leaving multiple comments, would that be okay?
Just so you know the fix was not in, super Sioux’s name was entered only once. But I give her kudos for trying–and for buttering me up. I mean, she really wanted that Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Married Life.
Hold on a minute. Did I say winner? I meant to say winners. ‘Cause I’m giving away a second copy to lovely Lynn! Lynn is in a critique group with several writers who’ve been published in a Chicken Soup book, and I just know that her turn is coming up next. She’s been published in several wonderful markets…And hold on a sec. Aren’t Lynn and Sioux in the same critique group???
Those Wild Women With Pens have some serious winning and writing mojo going on. Maybe y’all need another member?
In the words of Sioux: Just askin’.
Okay, now. You know it’s going to be writing, right? But such a lot of writing stuff you never imagined! So off we go! (See? I’ve just used TWO exclamation points in a row. That’s how excited I am.)
You know how you hear about something really great (five months ago) and plan to tell everyone about it but then you get carried away by your latest writing projects and maybe sitting outside on the lounge chair, reading a great book, and possibly watching entirely too many summer reality shows, and then you completely forget to mention it?
Um, yeah. So whilst talking to author and friendly mentor Karyn Henley at the Highlights Whole Novel Wokshop, she mentioned Holly Lisle’s workshops and writing books. (It must have made a big impression because I wrote “Holly Lisle” on a random page and underlined it twice.) And then the other day, the
pushy helpful Amazon folks sent me an email espousing certain writing books and there was Holly Lisle’s plotting book for 99¢ (Kindle). So that sort of jarred my memory and I ordered it and then I went to her site and holy moly! TONS of helpful classes and books! Non-fiction, fiction, offered for whatever level of writer you are, and ridiculously reasonable. So there’s that.
And then I also forgot to remind you about the Chicken Soup From the Soul’s Married Life giveaway (from last week or so). You can read all about it at Get Your FREE Chicken Soup (For The Soul). And please post a comment there if you’d like to try to win a copy of this delightful book in the series. So there’s also that.
And finally, I forgot to mention (from yesterday) that I’d opined again about the arts and crafts festival, but this time I discussed What I Learned About Selling Books. It’s over at The Muffin so drop in there and get a few selling tips. (The lovely Becky P. mentioned some difficulty leaving a comment yesterday but I think that’s been fixed. Still, if you tried to leave a comment and couldn’t, please know how much I appreciate you!) So that’s that.
Whew. That was a lot of remembering to do this Thursday. So until the next catch-up Thursday, I’ll leave you with this: Happy writing! (See? I added an exclamation point, just for you.)