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I just learned that my YA novel, Sacrifice Area, took second place in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s Annual contest in the young adult/middle grade category.

Last year my MG novel, Stranded, took second place.

Thanks for stopping by.

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I’ve got a few awards to accept and pass on. Deb over at Ranch Girl Ramblings, gave me this one. Thanks, Deb!

I’m pretty happy today because I can actually use my computer. It was invaded by a nasty virus which I tried to fight, but my outdated weapons just drove it in deeper. So I called the guys at Dell and they nuked the sucker. I’m seriously happy about that. A few other things I’m happy for:

That I can breathe. Sounds simple but it’s true.

That the knee surgery I had last April didn’t actually make things worse.

I’d like to pass this award on to Tina Laura Lee at Watch Me Practice. Tina, please tell us a few things you are happy about when you are ready.

Alissa Grosso passed this award on to me. Thanks, Alissa! She has two blogs: Slightly More Than Dirt and one at her Author Website.  They are both cool.

I’m passing it on to Heather Kelly at Edit to Within an Inch of My Life. Heather has this cool thing going called Monday Meeting. It’s like standing around the Cyber Water Cooler at the beginning of the week and talking about what you hope to accomplish. Check it out.

Stephanie Thornton at Hatshepsut, a fellow Alaskan writer, gave me the Sunshine Award. Thanks, Stephanie!


The Sunshine Award didn’t come with specific requirements. I’m going to keep this one in the North Country and pass it on Terry Lynn Johnson, author, and driver of Sled Dogs in the wilds of Canada. Enjoy the returning sun.

Jill Kemerer passed this one on to me. Thanks, Jill! It’s supposed to say “You’re going places, baby,” across Bogart’s face but I couldn’t get that image to load so I just went for the Generic Bogart. I followed this award back several blogs and tried to upload the image but kept getting blocked. Another cyber-secret yet to unveiled to me. You can see the genuine image here. It’s pretty cool.

Requirements: Say where you’d like to be in ten years and pass it on. In ten years I’d like to be paddling my kayak next to a pod of Killer Whales, something I did on my first kayak trip twenty years ago. I seriously doubt that will even happen again, but it was amazing and humbling.

I’d like to pass this on to Ali Cross. Recently she’s started an Ask Ali Vlog on her blog. Check it out.

And finally, Roz Morris, across the pond at Nail Your Novel, gave me this:


Just for the record, I’ve never been called a Sugar Doll (at least to my face).  When I told my wife about the award, she looked at me, smiled, and said, Hey, Sugar Doll. The Sugar Doll is sort of like the Honest Scrap Award, only with a twist. Share a few things about yourself, except with the Sugar Doll, it specifies that those things be interesting. Interesting to whom, I’m not sure, but I’ll give it try.

1. My main responsibility in my first post-college job was counting Walrus on Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. I got paid three dollars a day. I know the wage is not impressive but it’s considerably more than I’ve made as a writer thus far.

2.  I’ve had WiFi for two years now, but have never owned a microwave oven.

3.  I bought my first computer in 1994 but did not have indoor plumbing until the year 2000.

4. For sixteen years I had a beard that hung down to the middle of my chest. I finally shaved it off three years after I got married because my wife really wanted to see my face.

I’m gonna sling this award across the Pacific, and south to Jade at Jade Hears Voices. Share a few interesting things about yourself, and pass it on.

 Today, I’m hosting Agent, Kendra Marcus of Bookstop Literary Agency for a question and answer session at College Coffee House from ten until noon. I met Kendra at a conference a couple years ago. I’m not sure what brings her to Fairbanks, but it’s very generous of her to offer this free session, open to all.

Afterwards, I hope to start my next rewrite of my YA adventure story. What are you working on this week?

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I’ve done a bad thing. I’ve received some Blog Awards over the past few months and am just now getting to them. And, I have a confession to make.

The first time I got an award I was totally clueless. I’d just started blogging, didn’t really know anything about the blogosphere besides the agent blogs I’d been reading. I just used the internet for agent and fact finding research, and to read the news.

 Facebook was a far away planet.

Twitter was something my Great Uncle Elmo did when he couldn’t find his suspenders.

 U-tube was a sock brand.I pretty much stayed in my writer’s cave until I accepted an offer of representation from Jennifer DeChiara.

My internet presence consisted of some race times for the handful of marathons and other road races I’ve run the past few years.

Once I started looking around, I saw all these blogs. Yeah, duh, Paul. There’s a lot of other writers out there and they’ve got an internet presence while it looks like you’re hiding from the law.

The week after I signed with Jennifer I had simple website and a blog. Talk about a learning curve!

So, back to the awards. I thanked these awesome writers on their blogs in their comments sections but never recognized them  on my blog. And, if I have left anyone out, it is my fault. I apologize.

Mary Campbell  over at Writer’s Butt does not apply to me gave me this one. Thanks, Mary.

I sure felt like a flake having no clue how to make the award magically appear on my blog.

I think this one was next.

Thanks, Lisa Desrochers and Dawn Simon. Lisa just got a three book deal! And Dawn is close to querying her novel. With this award, I think I’m supposed to confess to the crimes I’ve committed, which jails I’ve done time in, and my adventures skipping bail. We’ll save that for a future post.

ali Cross gave me this one. Thanks, ali.

I’ve just gotta say, ali’s blog is overflowing with poetry and music. She’s got a beautiful blog. I can’t wait to read one of her books.

Elana Johnson gave me this one. Thanks, Elana.

Talk about a blogging writer. I’m guessing she doesn’t sleep much. She’s managed to write, I don’t know how many novels, I think that’s a secret, (but I’m confident we’ll see one of them on the shelves soon,) and another book: From the Query to the Call.  Every time I find a new blog there’s a comment from Elana. She’s everywhere.  She’s like the definition of an Internet Presence. I’ve learned a ton reading her blog.

I know I’m supposed to pass these on, but I’ll save that for another post. This one is already twice as long as I’d like it to be. When I was teaching I always had a hard time giving out awards. I usually ended up giving at least one to each of my students at the end of the year.

Thank you for the awards, and thank you all for stopping by my blog.

Okay, now it’s back to work on my YA adventure/survival story. I’m hoping to rewrite at least one chapter per day. If you’re still with me, just tell me this: What are you working on this week? What do you hope to accomplish?

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