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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Writers Know, Finished MS Award!

It is snowing here again and the world is beautiful!  This time the wind is calm so the trees are covered.  I love that.  I lay in bed last night finished Dot.Dead, knowing huge flakes were coating the ground and making everything soft and quiet.

Speaking of finishing books, three members of our wonderful writing community have completed manuscripts!  As you all know, I created the 'Writers Know' Award for just such an occasion.  Today we pass it along to three deserving women of accomplishment.
Patricia Stoltey.  Author of The Praire Grass Murders and The Desert Hedge Murders, publication doesn't mean we don't recognize her for completing another MS!  And she especially needs this because she's been in a funk lately.  So out, out damn funk!  (Any dead bodies rolling over?)  Award for Patricia!

Stephanie Thornton.  For Hatshepsut.  Yesterday she wrote that she "realized I had another story to tell."  So this won't be the last Writers Know for Stephanie!  Hoo-ah to that!

Kristi Chestnutt.  Kristi is off snowboarding in the magical mountains with her husband for some sort of romantic holiday.  I suppose that is a bit more important and celebratory than the Writers Know award, so I'll give her a pass this time.  But you can grab it when you get back, Kristi!  Congrats and we can't wait to see that cover you've been promising!

Carolyn Yalin.  Part of Patricia's critique group and just finished her first MS!  Way to go Carolyn, and welcome to our writing community.  Looking forward to checking out your blog and your work.  Congrats!

This is an award I created, true, but it is not for me alone to give out.  If you know anyone who has finished a manuscript recently, let me know so we can celebrate them.  This is an accomplishment around which we should rally!  Pop the champagne!

Come back tomorrow for a special Valentine's Day guest post from a mythical god.

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  1. Congratulations to the award winners!!! Well deserved!!! I love snow... it makes everything seem beautiful!!!

  2. You'll be awarding it to yourself before long, Michele! :)

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  3. Congrats everyone!!

    I've gotten to see a sneak peak of Kristi's cover for The Wolf Within!! It's pretty sweet!!

  4. Congratulations to those ladies!
    Can't wait to see the cover for my upcoming book...

  5. Jen- And even when it is gone, the water makes it all healthier!

    Elizabeth- oh, no...can't give one's self an award! but you must be close to getting it for your latest Memphis BBQ mystery, right?

    Kristin- Ooh! Sneak peak! Cool...

    Alex- I bet it will be super scifi.

  6. Congrats to the winners - great feeling!! :)

    Looking forward to tomorrow!

  7. Thanks so much, Michele! This is a super awesome award you've created!

    I see The Swan Thieves is on you shelf. You'll have to let us know how that one is- I just had to shelve The Historian. I simply couldn't get into it. :(

  8. Thanks so much for the award, Michele. Since this novel is a little more involved than the amateur sleuth mysteries I was writing before, it was much more demanding.

    Funk seems to be heading out the door (although we're having another uncharacteristic gray day in Northern Colorado, and I think that's part of the problem).

    There is a member of my critique group who has recently finished a manuscript, her very first. She's now working on revisions and self-editing. Carolyn Yalin is at: http://carolynyalin.wordpress.com/

  9. Jemi- It will be a fun day, and the normal Sunday Foreign Post Roundup will come on Monday (extended weekend for many, right?).

    Stephanie- We may have different reading habits then--I loved The Historian, read it three times. Read yesterday's post about The Swan Thieves--it's slow going! Congrats to you on finishing your MS! I long for that feeling.

    Patricia- I didn't realize this one was a different style as well. Looking forward to that! I will post an award to Carolyn right now!! Thanks for letting me know! And please let her know it's coming...

  10. Hi Michele~ You have a wonderful site here! I was immediately uplifted and inspired by your shout-outs to fellow writers who've finished manuscripts. Generous support like you offer is fantastic!

    The snow was magical yesterday, where I live outside Atlanta. My kids were sad to see most of it melt this afternoon. Little fingers in my house are crossed for more tomorrow!

    Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

  11. Thank you, Nicole! Such kind words. It is my hope that, no matter the rejection we face in the world of publicatoin, each of us can meet support and recognition here for the work it takes to complete a manuscript. welcome and I hope they get the snow they want!

  12. Congratulations all round.

    It is a long road to get a ms finished.


    Publish or Perish

  13. Congrats everybody! There is no better feeling.

  14. Many thanks Michele. It's been a long fun trip, with some ups and downs, but more ups.

  15. Thanks so much for the award Michele!!! You know I'll value this one...it means so much to have finished a MS! We all know what a toil it can be. So cool!

    I can't wait to post this one on my site! Thanks again...and Happy Valentine's Day!

    Wasn't the snow gorgeous???? I was so happy to see that it stuck to the trees and shrubs!

  16. Congrats to you two! It makes me happy to give this one out. And yes, Kristi, the snow was beautiful. But I bet snowboarding was more gorgeous!