First, it appears I’m one of the winners of the flashfiction contest I entered this week.

The results are posted here, and that page links to the story, which awaits your perusal.

Thanks to all those who provided feedback. Readers have the serious responsibility of being able to enjoy what they read without tripping over sloppy writing. I appreciate all the comments and suggestions.

Secondly, I’m going on a short texting and chatting hiatus. I feel like I’m losing touch with a lot of you, and sometimes my compulsive texting gets in the way of true, personal contact. Chatting isn’t as bad, but I have to reconcile with some of its grating aspects.  Mostly, it’s my way of dealing with being so far away from so many of you. I need to be more okay with not seeing or hearing from you as often as I’d like. This is the wonkiest logic that will ever hit your brain, but it makes perfect sense to me.

So, I’ll try calling more, if that’s okay.

I’ll respond to emails, and I’ll return phone calls.

Good News Instructions vol 2

1. Check out this post. Sars is about to start a ice cream bracket to determine the winner of all ice creams. (She helped host a cheese bracket not too long ago. British cheddar won.) This specific post asks what the difference is between Rocky Road and Heavenly Hash. Three random commenters will win a free pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

2. Perform a text search (Ctrl+F) for triple. Note in whose comment this word belongs.

3. Check out the email message I found waiting for me today:
That’s right, my sweets — your next B&J pint is on me.

I have to wait for Ben and/or Jerry to send me the coupons, and then I’ll send them along to you, so in the meantime, please send me your mailing addresses (I don’t sell them to anyone, don’t worry).

If you’re not in the U.S., I’m not sure the coupon is valid, so I can send you some stickers or magnets instead.

Thanks for commenting on the thread!


PS Just hit reply, not reply-all. Thankee.

4. Pretend you’re me.

5. Jump up and down for winning a free pint of ice cream.