First - Although Brandi's eye surgery didn't go as hoped (the graft failed), some significant healing took place while her eye was closed - so much so that our vet now believes there is a good chance it may finish healing on its own. Her next "weekly" visit isn't until the week of Thanksgiving. A very good sign.
Mason Canyon. I was especially pleased to receive this from Mason because her blog is one I particularly enjoy. Now I'd like to pass this award along to a couple of others:
Maria at Maria Zannini - Maria does a great writer's blog with some wonderful personal notes mixed in. It's informative and fun.
Dru at notes from me - Dru is an avid reader who offers reviews, news, great bits of trivia, and more.
I hope you'll stop by and check out both of these blogs if you're not already a follower.
Moving on - I've got to mention I ran my first 5K race since I started running again this year. I didn't quite make my target pace but I did manage to come in 12th of 57 in the little old ladies division.
Okay, now for the topic of the day. At work I receive a lot of e-mail, letters, etc. congratulating me on being selected for the latest who's who of whatever and offering to send me a beautiful leather bound copy of the registry for the low price of... These offers, of course, go directly into the trash. Then I received an e-mail a couple weeks ago telling me my short story "has been awarded 88th place in Genre Short Story category of the 79th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition" and "the Grand Prize manuscript, the First Place manuscript in each category, and the names of the top 100 winners in each category will be printed in a special competition collection" which I may wish to order.
I honestly don't know how to react. I mean, based on the total entries in last year's contest, I'm estimating well over 1,000 entries per category so making the top 100 puts me in the top ten percent, which isn't bad. And this was my first attempt at a mystery short story. But it's still 88th place and I don't want to get all excited over something that's just a ploy to get me to order a "special edition". I'm actually feeling a bit stupid here. So I'm looking to my more experienced writer blog buddies to help me out. Is this cause for a small woo woo or should I quietly delete this post and hope no one noticed it? I'd really like your opinion.
Unwriting progress: From the original 150,000 words down to 109,874 (No progress at all for the last couple weeks. Pitiful.)
I'm currently enjoying: Just finished ROOM by Emma Donoghue. (I pulled an all-nighter finishing this one.)
Groaner of the Day: King Ozymandias of Assyria was running low on cash after years of war with the Hittites. His last great possession was the Star of the Euphrates, the most valuable diamond in the ancient world. Desperate, he went to Croesus, the pawnbroker, to ask for a loan.
Croesus said, "I'll give you 100,000 dinars for it."
"But I paid a million dinars for it," the King protested. "Don't you know who I am? I am the king!"
Croesus replied, "When you wish to pawn a Star, makes no difference who you are."
(Okay, I'm sorry.)