Non-fiction Contest – Midlife Collage

I love contests, especially ones that are reader-driven.

Several months ago I found this great site, Midlife Collage, that accepts short vignettes of true stories from individuals over 40.  Each week, 5 of these vignettes appear and readers are encouraged to stop by, read all of them and then vote.  The one with the most number of votes and the highest rating wins the prize.  I like to call it a ‘readers choice award’ though the website doesn’t have a name for the award.

I was lucky enough to find out last week that one of my submissions:  From Traps to Talons:  A Mouse’s Ironic Twist of Fate, was accepted for the contest.  It is currently on the website and is up for review and voting.  The voting is open through Sunday, March 11, 2012.

Thank you for participating and enjoy all the vignettes.  I have read them all and liked them.

I encourage all of you to visit the site and cast your vote for the best story.  Don’t forget to click on the little yellow stars to vote!  You will have to sign up with an e-mail and password to vote, but it’s harmless and no one bugs you or sends you unsolicited junk.  Also, if you are a writer over 40, you may want to think about submitting some non-fiction works to the site for a future contest.  There is no fee to enter the contests and it’s all in good fun.

Enjoy your day and happy reading!!

Happy Leap Day!

 Happy Leap Day everyone, especially you Leap Year babies!  By the way, what day to you celebrate your birthdays, usually…February 28 or March 1?


I was talking to my twelve year-old neighbor today and he asked me why we even had a leap year, and that got me thinking, how many other people (especially kids) don’t know why we have a leap year?

Simply put, the Earth doesn’t take exactly 365 days to orbit the sun. It’s closer to 365.242 days, and while that doesn’t seem like a whole lot of time, when you add it up, it amounts to almost six extra hours a year.  Without ‘leap year’, there would be a  shift in our calendars because of the extra hours and our calendar would eventually fall out of sync with the weather.   Without it, we would eventually see winter-like conditions in July and warm, sunny days in December.  (Of course, if you live in Florida, you pretty much have warm, sunny days year round.)

So who was the clever genius who invented leap day?  Why, it was none other than the Roman leader, Julius Caesar.  And while it was a brilliant plan, it wasn’t perfect.  The leap day threw the calendar off by one day every 128 years.  It wasn’t until 1582 with the introduction of the Gregorian calendar (what we use today), that the problem was remedied.

But who cares about all the historical mumbo jumbo?  How about you just enjoy your day and have fun.  I know I am.  Why?  I found out today my non-fiction short story, From Traps to Talons, has been accepted for a reader’s choice competition at Midlife Collage!  Whoo Hoo!  The story will post on Sunday, March 5, and readers can pop over between March 5 and March 11 to vote for their favorite story (hopefully mine – *wink* *wink*).  I hope you all will take a peek and participate in the voting process.  Maybe even take the plunge someday and enter  your own short story for a contest.

See you later.  Have some blog leaping to do.




I did it! I actually did it!

I won the readers’ choice award at Midlife Collage!  I’ve never won anything in my life for my writing.  I’m all tingles and smiles!  I can’t believe it!  I really can’t believe it.  *Squeal*  *jumping up and down*

Wow.  I would like to take a minute to thank everyone who voted for my non-fiction short story, Baby.  She was truly a special dog and she is still missed by our family.  I would also like to give a very warm ‘thank you’ to Donna Balon, Editor at Midlife Collage, for hosting these weekly contests and opening the door to many writers and authors.

In celebration of my first ever contest win, I would like to share some virtual goodies.  I hope you enjoy them.  I know I would if I really had them!!!!  🙂

If you are interested in reading my winning story about Baby, please head on over to my short stories tab.

Whoo hoo!!!!

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