Do a little dance, and mark your calendars.

There’s been a slight, but critical correction to this post, an update on that Second place win. Read it here.

Sunset Party Dancing Girl Silhouette

The weather is hot (just how I like it), the sun is out full force (yay for freckles!), and yesterday I found out I placed Second in the Pen Parentis 2011 Writing Fellowship for New Parents.


When you’re fighting self-doubt with both fists lately, second place feels really great. I was alone, in a quiet house, when I read the announcement, but I didn’t stay quiet for long.

And, there’s more good news — for you. In the month of August, I’ll be hosting three authors here: two for interviews and one for a guest post. Plus, all three events include book giveaways.

Sean Keefer will talk to us about his award-winning novel,
The Trust, on August 10th.

The lovely Jenna Blum stops by on August 24th
to discuss her bestselling novel, The Stormchasers.

And, Caitlin Kelly will be guest posting on August 31st and giving away a copy of her memoir, Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail.

Watch for these posts and enter the giveaways. It’ll be easy: all you’ll have to do is leave your name in the comment section. Leave a pseudonym if you want, but don’t miss your chance to enter.

What good news do you have to share? I bet you’ve got something. Big or small, let’s celebrate together.

* photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography on Flickr


16 responses to “Do a little dance, and mark your calendars.

  1. Wow!! Congratulations. That is just super! πŸ™‚ And so well deserved.

  2. Congrats, Christi!!! I’m sure you’ll continue to dance for awhile. This is terrific news! πŸ™‚

  3. Christi, I am so very happy for you and not a bit surprised! Take THAT, self doubts. πŸ˜€ Warm congratulations to a gifted writer whom I’m proud to call a friend.

  4. Congratulations! πŸ™‚ That’s amazing!

  5. Congratulations, Christi! I don’t doubt you’ll receive many more wins, places, and shows! πŸ™‚

  6. Congratulations, Christi! It’s so wonderful when something positive happens when you really need some encouragement.


    I was so excited to read your post this morning, and not surprised at all. You have “it” … you always will.

    Congratulations and a big old hug from your #1 fan in Kentucky!

  8. Congratulations Christi! Will you be posting your winning story here or publishing it?

  9. Thanks so much, everyone, for your kind comments and for celebrating with me. And, Natasha, I would love to find a home for that story, so I think I will keep sending it out. I’ll let you know, though, if it makes it to print πŸ™‚

  10. well, you’ve done it again, missy. and I’m not surprised — and you so deserve the recognition. kudos to YOU!

  11. Awesome, Christi!!!!

  12. Second place is FANTASTIC!!! Congratulations. πŸ™‚

  13. Congratulations, Christi! Such wonderful news!

    Also, I’m looking forward to the interviews/guest posts to come on your blog. Lots going on!

  14. Belated, but no less sincere, congratulations!

  15. Thanks again, everyone. That news was definitely the boost I needed — at just the right time.

  16. I posted an update about the Second Place win here: Give it a read, please, and I’ll hold tight to these congratulations for another time.

    The rest of this post stays the same. Hope you’ll all be back for some great interviews.


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