Thursday Thirteen #Awarded Dreaming


The most excellent Alice Audrey awarded me the I Love You This Much award — for Roadie Poet! He’s got a groupie! (and yes, Trevor’s jealous. After all, RP is crew. Trevor’s band. We all know how much cooler it is to be band.)

I’m touched and flattered. And encouraged; I’ve been in a funk lately. I’m expecting a discussion about the Trevor man and it’s been two months and I’m still waiting and going nuts as I wait. I hate to wait, but the reality is that sometimes, the best things in life are the ones that are the hardest to get. And I’m putting the time to best advantage — I hope — by working on another full-length work that I know you guys will dig, and then some.

At the same time, I’m MONTHS overdue in acknowledging this one:
… E is for Excellent!

Gwen, She Writes Poetry, and Marcia all think I’m pretty excellent.

I think you guys are, too.

SO. Ready for Thirteen things?

Thirteen Awards we all dream of winning. C’mon. Admit it. You do.

1. The Stanley Cup.
Okay, so it’s on my mind. Go figure. Sue me. Whatever; just help root the Penguins on to an improbable victory. And no, their winning isn’t the same as MY winning. *I* want to win it and hold it and hoist it over my head… Did you know I am a certified coach and that I used to play ice hockey? It was the last Stanley Cup craze in Pittsburgh that encouraged me to learn all that.

2. An Oscar. What can I say? Maybe I’m shallow, but I’d love to walk the red carpet and watch my band win. Yes, for a movie version of Trevor. Or something else I’ve created. I’m not terribly picky.

3. An Emmy. ShapeShifter hits your TV. Could be fun.

4. A Grammy. For writing the music behind ShapeShifter. Nevermind that I’m about as musical as a door, I’ve got a really good ear for what’s hot and what’ll be popular. Or so I learned during my years as a college radio DJ.

5. A Tony Award. Yep, for writing a musical.

6. The Nobel Prize. Not because I want to write heavy literature that changes the world (quite the contrary; I want to entertain the world), but because it’s awarded for an entire body of work, and to win it, you have to get an entire body of work published. No small feat in today’s day and age.

7. Best new writer. From anyone. From everyone. ‘Cause, you know, it’ll mean there’s a book in your hands.

8. Community service awards. I have plans in mind. My good friend Bridget and I will be working on them over the summer. Stay tuned.

9. Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hey, why not? If there are songwriters in there (Lieber and Stoller come immediately to mind), there can be novelists, too. (What? You don’t know who Lieber and Stoller are? Google them as you sing “Hound Dog,” okay?)

10. How about an MTV Music Award? Or an American Music Award? Yeah, so what if they don’t mean what they meant back in the late eighties, I still dreamed of winning them for something I’d written. Like that makes sense, I know. Music awards for writing. But this is me. I like breaking rules.

11. Maybe I’ll start a new award. The Trevor Award. I’ll be the first person to get it, and I’ll give it to people who are rebels like me and Trev… hmmm…. that’s not a bad idea…

12. Every blog award that’s out there. Not because I’m greedy so much as because it’s how I know you guys love what I do.

13. A published novel that you can buy in any bookstore and that gets reviewed in all sorts of great places. To nothing but praise, of course. What other reward could there be in life beyond the gratification of sharing your vision with the world? All that comes before in this list pales next to that.

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  1. Chelle Y.

    June 4, 2008 6:43 pm

    I would love to see the Sharks win the Stanley Cup! 🙂

  2. Sue

    June 4, 2008 6:52 pm

    Hell ya I want to win Lord Stanley’s Cup!!! I am Canadian after all 🙂 Great TT idea Susan :)BR/BR/My list is up here: BR/BR/A HREF=”″ REL=”nofollow”My Life In The Urban Zoo/A

  3. spyscribbler

    June 4, 2008 7:01 pm

    I like the “Trevor Award!” And I already think you deserve the Community Service Award, at least the Writing Community Service Award.

  4. On a limb with Claudia

    June 4, 2008 7:27 pm

    What about a quill? That would be fun! BR/BR/Happy TT!

  5. kay

    June 4, 2008 7:30 pm

    Yes, I guess you are right; we all covet awards. The Tony would be my dream–the theatre–that’s where the real talent is, I think!

  6. Karen Izso

    June 4, 2008 8:02 pm

    I want one from People Magazine. They needs to change it to the “Sexiest Person Alive” and award it to me. LOL!

  7. Cheryl

    June 4, 2008 8:05 pm

    Here’s to the Penguins. As an Avalanche fan, I HATE the Red Wings!

  8. Buck Naked Politics

    June 4, 2008 8:35 pm

    Yes, you’re right: they’re cool awards. Though, I’ve never really thought about the Stanley Cup.BR/BR/Happy TT.

  9. Wylie Kinson

    June 4, 2008 9:01 pm

    I’m an award show junky and I’d love to see you on those carpets!!

  10. aliceaudrey

    June 4, 2008 9:05 pm

    Poor Trevor. *shaking head knowingly.* Sometimes crew is cooler than band.

  11. Cheerio

    June 4, 2008 9:08 pm

    Gee those lists are great.

  12. Winter

    June 4, 2008 9:28 pm

    For the moment, I’d be happy to win this year’s Zanctuary Writing Contest. I was 2nd last year. That’s how I got the first 2 JR Ward books autographed. This year… I have a plan. *EG*


    June 4, 2008 10:15 pm

    I’m watching the Pens RIGHT NOW! GO PENS! Haha! Pittsburgh pride here!! BR/BR/And wow would I love to win a Nobel Peace Prize! What an award that would be. BR/BR/Great list :)BR/BR/Happy TT!

  14. Adelle

    June 4, 2008 10:39 pm

    I like the way you think. I’ll take one large #13 please. Happy T13!

  15. Wylie Kinson

    June 4, 2008 10:47 pm

    SHG — I just saw the game — those last few seconds!!!! Wow. Exciting, disappointing…BR/I was looking for you in the crowd. That was you in white, wasn’t it? 😉

  16. pussreboots

    June 4, 2008 10:56 pm

    Good luck with your awards. Happy TT.

  17. Lori

    June 4, 2008 11:06 pm

    Great list…my man is so pissed that he missed the Stanley Cup tonight. Id love to see that in person. Happy TT my friend. I hope all is well in your world:)

  18. shaunesay

    June 4, 2008 11:24 pm

    Trevor the Musical… oh my… that’s frightening in it’s implications…BR/BR/No TT for me this week, I decided to take the night off and do housework! I know, WHAT?! HeeheeBR/BR/*hugs*

  19. Ann

    June 5, 2008 12:07 am

    How ’bout a Pulitzer? Or perhaps the World Cup? You and Trevor will hit the world and leave your mark, I’ve no doubt, just don’t dent the Saturn (I’m just sayin’). :)BR/P.S. Speaking of hitting, summer hit us today, and is going to do it again tomorrow- 98 degrees- this is insane).

  20. Julia Smith

    June 5, 2008 12:09 am

    Oscar? Did somebody say Oscar…?BR/BR/(Psst – check this out, Susan:BR/BR/A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”My Fleeting Moment With Oscar/A )BR/BR/I’ve got to cheer myself up somehow – my little heart is in shreds for Sidney Crosby.

  21. marcia

    June 5, 2008 2:19 am

    I’ll take the Nobel and the Pulitzer

  22. Julia

    June 5, 2008 3:10 am

    Hey Susan, but you already won an award in my eyes…so no need to dream 🙂 You are generous and friendly blogger :)BR/BR/Hey can you imagine Trevor win award on Broadway musical? *chuckle* let watch him tap dancing in his bad boy image outfit to the musical of “Grease” hehehe

  23. Thomma Lyn

    June 5, 2008 3:22 am

    I think Blogger ate my comment, so I’ll try again.BR/BR/Congratulations on your well-deserved awards!BR/BR/And I love your Thursday Thirteen. Many of those are things I dream about, too. Especially #13… *dreamy sigh*! 😉

  24. Robin

    June 5, 2008 5:42 am

    I think it’s great that you dream big – that’s how big dreams are achieved.BR/BR/As for the Cup win though – I was definitely cheering on the Wings since you guys knocked us out of the running!

  25. Darla

    June 5, 2008 7:23 am

    … and then you could get an award for having the most awards! 🙂 BR/BR/Really hoping that #13 comes true sooner rather than later (because I have faith that it WILL come true–I’m just not all that patient).

  26. Toni

    June 5, 2008 7:38 am

    Okay, always wanted to do the red carpet at the Oscars and thank the little people. BR/BR/And when the bands song that you wrote for the movie that wins the Oscar goes #1 why wouldn’t you win a Grammy, AMA and MTV music award?

  27. storyteller

    June 5, 2008 8:32 am

    Congratulations on your awards! They’re certainly well-deserved … and I wish for you all the awards on your list at some point in the future! ;–)BR/Hugs and blessings,

  28. auria cortes

    June 5, 2008 9:04 am

    “How about an MTV Music Award?”BR/BR/Yes! I would like one for best kiss. 🙂

  29. Starrlight

    June 5, 2008 12:15 pm

    ooh..Pulitzer…..BR/BR/BR/Happy TT!

  30. Chris

    June 5, 2008 12:22 pm

    Great idea. Any of those awards would be great! Happy TT

  31. Tempest Knight

    June 5, 2008 12:51 pm

    The Trevor Award… Hahaha!!!

  32. Ivette

    June 5, 2008 2:23 pm

    Happy Thursday 13! Love the list. Hope to see you at my 4th edition about A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Kerrelyn Sparks/A at A HREF=”” REL=”nofollow”Talk About My Favorite Authors/A blog.

  33. Celticlibrarian

    June 5, 2008 3:50 pm

    Actually…I’m a Roadie Poet groupie, too. 🙂 (But then, my nickname *is* Calliope, so that shouldn’t be too surprising.)BR/BR/I’ve always wanted to win an Oscar. Mostly because I have a speech ready. I plan to thank the little people…like the smurfs.BR/BR/Here’s hoping that I someday win a Trevor (award)!

  34. Denise Patrick

    June 5, 2008 4:10 pm

    I want to win Wimbledon, the US Open, the Australian Open, the French Open, and an Olympic gold medal in Tennis. Nice dream, huh?BR/BR/Happy TT!

  35. L^2

    June 5, 2008 5:47 pm

    Congrats on the awards Susan! I’m sure there are many more in your future. BR/BR/A Nobel Prize would be awesome or a Pulitzer Prize (for Photography, in my case). And really, who doesn’t want an Oscar, Emmy or Grammy?!

  36. ~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~

    June 5, 2008 7:27 pm

    Fun list – we all dream of winning something!

  37. Shelley Munro

    June 5, 2008 9:33 pm

    LOL – I imagined myself on a red carpet for a moment there and promptly tripped over. Not a good look. It would be just my luck for that to happen in real life. Great topic for a TT

  38. Jill

    June 5, 2008 9:44 pm

    And what about one because we are just too beautiful?

  39. Joy Renee

    June 6, 2008 12:32 am

    awards do glimmer and sparkle in the mind.BR/BR/thanx for visiting my moods of water TTBR/BR/…speaking of glimmer and sparkle 🙂

  40. Lesley

    June 6, 2008 12:00 pm

    *HUGS* Hang in there, hun! You’re gonna do it! I’d like to win a Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Award. For what? I dunno, but dang it that has to be the coolest award ever. 😀

  41. Malcolm

    June 7, 2008 3:58 pm

    The ones on your list that I would want the most are an Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy. BR/BR/I didn’t realize you were such a hockey fan until about a week or so ago. As you can imagine, many of us in MI are thrilled that the Detroit Red Wings have brought the Stanley Cup back to Hockeytown. The Pens have a bright future so I wouldn’t be surprised if they face off against the Red Wings again in the Stanley Cup finals.

  42. Marcia

    December 18, 2008 11:31 pm

    Thank you, Susan! I don’t watch award shows, but I will when you are up on that stage! (Bring Roadie Poet with you, too, please…) A rock chick, a hockey player, a mother, a writer, and song writer and who knows what else. What a great combination.

    I’d be happy just to have one poem or story remembered, but I figure I still have time, grin.

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