I’m waiting to see whether I won anything . . . think positive! (Although that’s never worked BEFORE)
* Elton John concert tickets! Yes, I “might win” a trip to hear “Hercules” live. If this happens, I must call my high school best friend, Ann. She was completely wack over Elton for years. We were both fans, but she was the bigger fan of his. (I was more crazy about Paul Simon. I managed to get us front row seats for his SMU concert, even.) I could not resist tracking her down and telling her, “Get a babysitter–we’re going to see Elton.” There would be a “thud” on the other end of the line. But we’d get to go! *wack* The most unfair thing the Universe could do would be to award that trip to someone who is vague about exactly when the “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Captain Fantastic” albums came out. . . .
* That MWA/St. Martin’s Press First Crime Novel contest is supposed to be decided “by the end of March.” Logic would lead us to conclude that the winner has already been called . . . why would they wait until the last day of the month? Probably there’s already celebrating in some house somewhere. The unfair bit would be if it’s a youngster who would’ve had plenty of other chances over the years, and not one of us old-timers who see the years tearing off the calendar like in one of those old movies. . . .
* My humorous fairy tale was held over for consideration for an anthology. The editor liked my “Splatterfairies” tale, but it wasn’t a fairy tale retelling, so I wrote a Fractured Fairy Tale pastiche of “Hansel and Gretel.” *However*, I know of several others who have sent in their stuff, and they know the author who will be writing the counterpoint story for the book, so I don’t hold out much hope. I tweaked the story the other day just for fun, but I don’t see any point in re-sending it before the deadline . . . though when/if it gets chosen, it’s ready.
* I called the toll-free number and took that Jack-in-the-Box survey. You can win 1,000 just for telling them if the restaurant was clean or had banana peels falling from the ceiling! I lied on every question.
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