Friday, December 19, 2008

I Almost Won a Contest

Oh, so close. I spend too much time at Verla's and I like to click on the writers' links to their blogs just to see who they are and whether or not they're published and, ya know, if they'd be willing to take a look at my manuscript and maybe tell their agent how awesome I am. I also like to read stuff that's funny. And one blog that I find rather amusing is Carrie Harris's blog. Go ahead, click the color-of-Michigan-winters words. It's called a "link" and through the magic of the Interwebs you will be transported to her little nook of the webosphere.

I found her blog because she was running a title contest and I'm a sucker for titles. And contests. So I entered. She was looking for punny titles having to do with the brain and did I mention that I'm a sucker for puns?

So I entered a couple of titles and thought, ya know, they weren't too b.a.d.

FAST FORWARD--> Forgot about the contest. Went to work. Wrote. Revised. Blah, blah, boring blah... and then, as I was once again checking out a blog I found via Verla's very helpful site, I ran across an entry in which the author, one Susan Sandmore (who, by the way, is mentioned in the "I want to thank the Academy" section of Linda Urban's A Crooked Kind of Perfect, a book which I had just finished reading (for the second time) earlier that same day---oh the tangled webs!) celebrated the fact that she had won the very contest I had forgotten about.

So of course I was at first chagrined that my very clever titles did not garner the much coveted prize, but I sucked it up and went back over to Carrie's to see what all she had to say. My hopes once again rose (only to be dashed?) as I saw that Ms. Harris had decided to hand out more awards than an end-of-year Little League banquet. And there, near the bottom, was my name. Well, almost. She got my last name wrong, but if you click on it you will be taken (could it possibly be true?) right here to this very blog. How 'bout that webosphere!

I was awarded one of two runners up recognitions and Ms. Harris had some very nice things to say (so I feel a little guilty about pointing out her typo, but not guilty enough to go back up and delete it). And so I thought it would be nice of me to mention her and her blog here so that all of my (zero) readers could check it out. That, and it gave me a great excuse to name drop, which might just drive a few more people to read the junk that travels from my brain to my finger tips and out to the world at large.

It's sort of like fishing, but not with a rod and reel. No, more like fishing with a net. An Internet.


Carrie Harris said...

Ahem. Yeah, can you tell that I wrote that entry REALLY early in the morning. Bad Carrie. Bad typo. Mea culpa.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Yeah, I'm not really offended. I've been called a lot worse, including Patti.

See here:

Plus, how could I be upset at the only person, other than Ben, my mom, and my wife, that reads my blog?

Paul Michael Murphy said...

Plus, I see you're a fellow Michigander, so you got that goin' for ya.