Onward, Upward, and ForeWord

Posted on 05 April 2012

I just made what I affectionately refer to as a “stress list” to better outline all the projects, responsibilities and events I somehow have to handle between now and mid-May. There’s a little bit of everything on this list: work responsibilities, writing-related tasks and deadlines, travel, freelance work, multiple Living Arrangements events, bridesmaid duties … you name it. To top it off, I’m embarking on a very time-consuming project in my personal life that could easily take over my every free moment if I let it. Clearly it’s a “stress list” for a reason.

But there’s nothing like a little good news to make a dent in stress. This week, I learned Living Arrangements was named a finalist in ForeWord‘s Book of the Year Awards in the Short Fiction category. From their site: “ForeWord Reviews‘ Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors.”

Here are the finalists in my category (as you can see, I’m in some very good company) and here’s ForeWord‘s original review of Living Arrangements. I’m also proud to report that BkMk Press has three finalists in this category alone, plus another in poetry.

I love how this finalist announcement also serves as a suggested reading list for short story collections published in 2011 — that’s much better than a stress list, right?

What’s on your to-do list?

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15 responses to Onward, Upward, and ForeWord

  • Sarah W says:

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news!

    My to do list has post-it note additions all over it . . . I might need to scale down a bit.

    • I leave myself mini stress lists on post-it notes everywhere. Seriously, everywhere. In my desk at work, at home, in the kitchen drawers, etc. One recently got stuck to Saucy and she carried around my stress for a little while. Good cat.

  • Downith says:

    Congratulations Laura!

    The most pressing thing is sewing labels on the summer uniforms – but it keeps getting bumped. I have a feeling it will be a night before thing…..again.

    • My brain translated “sewing labels into uniforms” into a bunch of Charlie Brown teacher words (wah wah wah wah) mixed in with a little domestic terror. I tried to sew buttons on a coat a few weeks ago and they popped off again the first time I wore it. My skills are better applied to the eating of cookies and the tending of cats.

  • Susan says:

    Terrific news!

  • Deb says:

    Yay! Congratulations, Laura. Well deserved.

    Today is a to do denial day. Lalalala.

  • Lyra says:

    “…time-consuming project in my personal life” Oh boy, oh boy (rubbing hands together), the intrigue!

    Congratulations on the finalist nomination! Did I mention I LOVED you book? Yeah? Once or twice? Well, I have impeccable taste.

  • Averil Dean says:

    Congratulations, Laura! You’re the bomb!

    My to-do list: Try to sell a book, graduate my daughter, get my son settled at his new college in Seattle, pack up the house, get a new job in Portland, find a new house. Unpack. Head count on the children.

    Yeah. I know.

  • Catherine says:

    Congratulations! I’ve just ordered your book finally and am looking forward to reading stories after a stretch of novels. Perhaps a review on a great UK site I follow?

    As for stress lists they help enormously. Only if I put them on a computer or iPad I never even look at them again. Instead my head keeps unravelling at night, endlessly! Good luck with all your projects.

  • Tricia says:

    Just catching up on your blog and coming across this–that will teach me not to stay away so long. Big, wonderful news–I’m very happy to belatedly share and celebrate it.

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