Unbagging the Cats 1

Unbagging the Cats 1

Friday, December 9, 2011

We Interrupt Your Regularly-Scheduled Blog-Reading Routine to Bring You This Special Horn-Tooting Announcement

Anybody here old enough to remember the Imperial Margarine jingle? Da da-da daaaaaa! "Fit for a king!" It happensed every time somebody took a bite of Imperial Margarine. I'm not hawking margarine, though. I just want to steal their little fanfare ditty. And I'm pretty sure they're not using it anymore.


The official announcement of my 89th place win in the 80th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition, Memoir Division is out. Right here. It's proof. I didn't just make it up.


irishoma said...

Wonderful news!
Congratulations on your impressive accomplishment, especially considering how many entries Writer's Digest receives.

Linda O'Connell said...

yay for you, way to go!

Sioux said...

I'm going to echo Donna's comment. That is awesome,when you consider how many entries you beat out.

You have a right to toot your horn for all to hear. But keep the momentum going. Go on the Chicken Soup for the Soul website and see what stories are being sought. Do you have a local paper that would accept some feature articles? Check out the magazines...Your win is marvelous because it validates you, Val, but it can also be used in queries to make editors seriously consider your submission.

Again, congratulations. I am very impressed.

Val Thevictorian said...

Thank you. I am planning to frame my Honorable Mention certificate, even though my 13-year-old son scoffed at the idea. And I didn't even roll my eyes when he announced that he was the winner of his 8th grade English class spelling bee, and will once again participate in the middle school bee for a chance to compete in the 11-school conference spelling bee. Because I'm supportive like that.

Thanks. I am milking this accomplishment for all the attention I can get. Don't be surprised if I have a special post to commemorate the occasion each year on its anniversary. Oh, who am I kidding? Everybody celebrates MONTHLY anniversaries, don't they?

I submitted a couple of stories to Chicken Soup already, but they didn't make the cut. I haven't found one of their topics yet that I have a strong emotional connection to. Or maybe it's that I use prepositions to end too many sentences with.

We have a local paper that is shrinking in size daily, while its online version takes longer to load due to a plethora of advertising. It used to have a humor column, but I don't know whether it was dropped because the writer wanted to pursue other options, or they needed the space for other stories. I don't think I would be good at that on a local level, because I would censor myself too much, and lose my voice. Not that I'm so cutting edge that I can't tame my snark. But I'm not a rainbows-and-unicorn kind of Val. Which might provide insight into my Chicken Soup conundrum. When I try to be nice, my writing is sometimes boring and unremarkable. But I am definitely going to send out some magazine submissions.

Thanks for the support!

BECKY said...

Zoweeee! Congratulations, Val! That really is an amazing accomplishment! So proud of you...and so proud to know you!

Val Thevictorian said...

Thank you very much. I value your input. I only regret that I am now Public Spammer #1 on your comment section. Do you think you can unSpam me? Or maybe I shall change my name to Anonymous.