I thought for a while about this blog entry, because when I say the first part, it's going to sound like I'm pretty proud of myself. But get past that part. It has to go first because otherwise you wouldn't know what the heck I was talking about.
I got notified that, in the 2005 Golden Clitorides, I won Best New Author, and my story "Tutor's Blues" won best Short Story, and took third place for Best Story by a New Author.
Now I have to say I'm thrilled to the core. It's an honor to be recognized that way.
However, it's important to understand that the key word in that last sentence was "recognized".
It's the people who read the stories, and like the stories, and vote for the authors who make these things happen. The readers recognize something they want to reward. It's you guys out there who made this happen.
So I want to thank you. Thank you for reading the stories in the first place. Thank you for treating me so nicely the majority of the time. Thank you for voting for me. Thank you for being out there so I can write stories and share them with you.
Before I started posting stories, I wrote them just for me. And that was fine, and I had a good time. But having someone to share them with, and getting pats on the back make it SO much more fun.
And another thing that Celtic Cowboy reminded me of is that, before I started writing stories, I read a lot of them, some good and some not so great. But I learned something from all of them, and little bits and pieces of various authors, both professional and amateur seeped into me and ooze back out into my writing. I owe a debt of thanks to all those authors who have affected the way I look at life and the eroticism that can be in most of life.
So thanks, to all of you who read. I'll keep writing. In the meantime, whenever you read a story that tugs at something in you, no matter who writes it, surf on over to
That's where you can nominate a story or an author for recognition for the monthly best story in the Silver Clitorides.
Or you can email a nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org
And explore the site, because there are a LOT of good authors listed there, and names of great stories that you should look up and read.
To see the "awards banquet" for this year, go to
You'll find good writers, and some of their stories listed there. And, sometime later, that address will have the nomination form you can use for all the different categories.
Again, thanks so much for all the support you folks give me. It makes the difference and it motivates me to write stories like "Tutor's Blues".