No, I am not referring to the 30+ inches of rain that we’ve had down here in Texas. (Anybody know where I can buy an ark?) I know that some folks think I’m “all wet,” or a “drip,” and they happen to be right! Even so, I hope that the rain keeps up. (That way it won’t come down!) Well, I hate to say it, but I am starting to miss the drought. (At least it was sunny!)
In any case, the title of today’s blog does not refer to rain, but rather to another literary award that has recently been bestowed upon me. Earlier this week, I was notified that my book, THE SECOND MOURNING, won the “Honorable Mention Award” (2nd place) in the 23rd ANNUAL WRITER’S DIGEST BOOK AWARD CONTEST!
This year’s contest was very competitive, attracting over 2,600 entries from around the globe. (and several counties in Arkansas!) My book was entered in the general non-fiction category, which was fiercely competitive. (There were at least two Pulitzer Prize winners in contention for the award!) Obviously, I am very grateful for this honor, which happens to be the 6th major award that THE SECOND MOURNING has won! In addition to a generous cash prize, my book will be featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine. (You can read about the contest by going to http://www.writersdigest.com)
So what else is new? Well, when I was a young man I wanted to be an auto mechanic. Why? Because I thought that it would be a good way to fulfill my “Manifold Destiny.”
I read that Oprah Winfrey purchased a 10% stake in Weight Watchers. The last thing she needed to buy was another stake! (steak?) The beautiful and talented Maureen O’Hara has passed away. Now there was a star. Speaking of stars…. for those of you (like me) who enjoy watching the “Sherlock” series, take heart! The producers will soon be presenting a 90-minute version of “The Abominable Bride.” (Which has nothing, I repeat, nothing to do with my wife!) But here’s something cool…. Sherlock and Dr. Watson will be brought back to the 1890s during the episode. This should be quite interesting!
And since we’re on the subject of interesting people….. let me wish my cousin Max a Happy (belated) Birthday! The Maxster refuses to reveal his true age, but I know he’s not near as old as Bernie Sanders. (They asked Sanders how he would end the war and he told a reporter that he would never have sent troops to Richmond in the first place!) If you me, that’s a rather “un-civil” answer!
In case you’re wondering, we are still searching for just the right cover for the next “Adam Gold Mystery,” titled, A RUN FOR THE MONEY. If there are any up and coming (or even down and out) artists out there, please feel free to forward your ideas. We are thinking about a race horse image, if that helps. If you forward a clever idea, I promise to steal it and pass it off as my own without any financial compensation, so don’t delay!
Finally, on a serious note, our thoughts and prayers are with the good people of Stillwater, Oklahoma this weekend. I know it sounds trite, but his too shall pass. (I’m referring to the recent parade tragedy, which left at least 4 people dead.)
As for the rest of you rascals, please drive carefully and have a safe and happy week. I look forward to sharing some “major” book news the next time we meet. (No hints!) Be well, and go placidly amid the noise and cedar pollen…..
Love to all,
P.S. Anybody know where the attached photo was taken?