How do you know you’ve won?

I like to win things, don’t you? And I’m a sucker for a compliment. But…

When I won a poetry award in high school, I hid the trophy and eventually threw it away. Pigs will be crashing landing on your roof before I frame a degree or certificate and hang it on the wall. In my real life, I squirm when telling people things like, “My art is going to be in a journal” or “My art got through the jury process!”

Even blogging awards are filled with conflict. Perhaps a Neurotic Fairy guards my mental gates and sprinkles every last bit of entering information and feeling with neurotic pixie dust. Man, that dust gets everywhere.

Anyway, some nice folks have given me awards at one time or another. DarcsFalcon, Miriam, and JES are the most recent. JES and Darcs both mention the Sunshine Award, JES talks about a Fabulous Sugar Doll Award, and Miriam had the Picasso Award. Most of these seem to ask the blogger to mention a few interesting things about herself. Whether or not something is interesting probably depends a lot on you, my reader, but in the spirit of things, I’ll give it a go.

1. Still loves Torchwood and Russell T. Davies.

2. Wrote her first short story in the 5th grade.
3. Isn’t sure how she feels that her art is more successful than her writing.
4. Is writing a short story about a mermaid a few decades into her marriage with a human.
5. A bird sits on my lamp and watches me write.


That’s all I’ve got.

12 thoughts on “How do you know you’ve won?

      1. Good for you for forcing yourself not to hide. πŸ™‚ If you have a light, you ought to let it shine. πŸ˜€ And no denying that you have a light! πŸ˜›

        That’s funny – you still had the old theme up when I commented last night, and I just commented on your other post that I think the new theme is watery. πŸ™‚ It works very well with your blog title.

  1. OH, we ALL love winning, don’t we? I do. Congratulations on the awards, too. Yeah, I love winning. Where’s my lotto ticket? Now THAT I’d LOVE to win. πŸ˜‰

    1. Sometimes I think winning the lotto would be too much. There are many stories of big winners who go on to ruinous ends. But, you know, a nice comfortable win would be okay.

  2. So this is what you have to do:
    1. Learn to appreciate yourself.
    2. Make sure others appreciate you.
    3. Send out your writing.
    I’m wondering how to do number 1….

    Love the bird. And the new look. πŸ™‚

  3. So I’m here via smartphone at the moment. It doesn’t show me what your new theme looks like, but that’s okay because… I saw it this morning! And, uh… wow.

    (I came here then via a link in an email message, and my first thought was that I’d been a victim of one of those scams which masquerade as real links but take you to a bogus site. I’ve been nervously checking my bank account every 10 minutes ever since.)

    Love that list of ten five things. Personally, I think a story by you like the one in #4 is probably worth four or five things all by itself!

    1. Interesting… the [em] HTML code here, at least in a comment, doesn’t make things italic (as it does every other place I’ve ever used it) — it turns the enclosed text into something that looks like a superscript or something (like the “wow” in the above comment). Weird. (And btw, the word “italic” in the previous sentence should BE italicized; I tried the old alternative [i] there.)

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