October 16th, 2009


UPDATE: 6-year-old Colorado boy found alive in attic after balloon lands

You can read the latest about the 6-year-old Colorado boy who was believed to fly off in a balloon HERE -- that links to the CNN story.

Needless to say, I hope this doesn't turn out to be a hoax. I heard the father speak this morning on "The Today Show" and he seemed sincere, but who knows? I hate the fact that I immediately mistrust him, but with all the reality shows out there... And the fact that they've appeared on "Wife Swap" didn't make me any more trusting. (This link goes to "The Today Show" -- and it includes a video link.) By the way, there's the chance to vote on what you believe -- and most people seem to think this was a hoax.

Well, I'm glad that there's an investigation going on. If it was a hoax, they need to be held accountable. The amount of people and resources spent on the 'search' for the boy? Totally wrong if he was never in danger.

What a world we live in. Yesterday I just wanted to hear that the little boy was okay! (sigh)


Can YOU Help? Two Million Strong for Net Neutrality

Do YOU believe in the concept of Net Neutrality? You should.

Happily the FCC chairman has just called for new Net Neutrality rules, backed by President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and several congressional leaders. Now we need to complete the final lap -- signing Net Neutrality into law -- with a powerful, public show of support.

What is Net Neutrality?

quotes left Net Neutrality is the guiding principle that preserves the free and open Internet.

Net Neutrality simply means no discrimination. Net Neutrality prevents Internet providers from blocking, speeding up or slowing down Web content based on its source, ownership or destination.

Net Neutrality is the reason the Internet has driven economic innovation, democratic participation and free speech online. It protects the consumer's right to use any equipment, content, application or service without interference from the network provider. With Net Neutrality, the network's only job is to move data -- not to choose which data to privilege with higher quality service. quotes right

Americans can take a minute to go HERE and let your local representatives know that you've taken a stand in favor of Net Neutrality -- and you want them to do the same. Really, it doesn't take much time, but every communication is important.

And thanks in advance for YOUR help!

Better. I'd Better Be!

I'm feeling better today, thankfully. I have such a pile of work waiting for me that it's starting to worry me. So much we need to do, so little time to do it.

I phoned Ron and might be able to get him in next week to help some (fingers crossed). Meanwhile, I just need to decide what equipment will go WHERE. I need to sit down and work up an Excel spreadsheet, but frankly I don't much feel like it quite yet.

I have been doing some laundry, though. I stripped the beds and washed and dried linen and blankets. All very slowly, a little at a time.

I also did a load of dishes and picked up the kitchen a bit.

Since the bed linens, I've done several more loads of laundry -- and spent some time cleaning up the utility room just a little bit. What a mess. (sigh)

I just took something out to the garage and came face to face with an unwanted friend. (sigh) We've got mice, I'm afraid. I saw one (long story, but it's outside in back right now) and heard another. So I put out a trap and we'll see what happens. I don't want to trap them (ugh), but I need them OUT of there. I find mice filthy and disgusting. (No wonder Henry was hanging around the door to the garage earlier today!) I suppose the one that was outside will be back IN by now, but if I need to put out more traps, I will. I'm determined to see them gone.

I'd suspected mice before, as we found a floral arrangement I'd stored out there all chewed up recently. Have I mentioned how much I hate mice? (smile)

I need to go and bring in the garbage can and recycling roller bin. And I just keep doing loads of wash, then drying them. I got a load of whites done, so I'll have a shirt for the Rose Planting tomorrow (it's a uniform event). Reminds me, I need to go hang them up!

I am still taking it pretty easy. I'm going with Marilyn mistressmarilyn to work tomorrow, and we've got a lot planned to do (aside from the event I just mentioned).

Where did the day go??? I can't believe it's 5:00 p.m. already!

Well, back to clothes, I guess...

I write therefor I am

78th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition Winners

I got a large envelope in the mail today, with a return address of fw (F+W PUBLICATIONS, INC.). My reaction? "What the hell is this?" (I even spoke the words out loud.) You might remember me talking about submitting my work HERE (back in June). Well, believe it or not, I won an Honorable Mention -- and the envelope was a letter and certificate informing me of that fact. The news was just posted today at the website, so I think it's amazing that they got the mail to me same-day.

Here's how the letter to me read:

Dear Charlie:

One of my most enjoyable tasks as editor of Writer's Digest is passing along good news to writers. This is one of those fun occasions. It is my pleasure to tell you that your manuscript, Get A Cat, has been awarded Honorable Mention in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category of the 78th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Enclosed is your Certificate of Achievement to honor your accomplishment.

Receiving an Honorable Mention is an accomplishment you can be proud of. Your success in the face of such formidable competition speaks highly of your writing talent, and should be a source of great pride as you continue in your writing career.

I congratulate you again on your accomplishment, and wish you the best of luck in your future writing.


Jessica Strawser, Editor

Writer's Digest

Seriously, you could have knocked me over with a feather -- this was a total surprise! I'd actually forgotten all about the contest. The certificate is cool -- certainly suitable for framing, so I'll probably do just that. (smile) It's a great motivation to write MORE. I've been waffling a little about NaNo, but I think I'd better stop that right now and get serious. Well, as I'm always saying to the members of our Writing Circle, if you don't try, you can't win. Yes, it's an Honorable Mention, but that's out of more than 13,000 participants, so I'm feeling pretty amazed and proud tonight. And, yes, humble, too...

By the way, if not for Marilyn mistressmarilyn, I'd never have entered, so many, many thanks to her. She's always my number one fan and supporter. I'm so lucky to have her to encourage and help me as a writer.

I have so many writing friends here at LiveJournal. I'll simply say that I strongly encourage you to put your work out there. It can't hurt, after all.

(So I'll probably share the story at some point, now that the competition has ended. I just need to dig it out and post it...)