Susan’s Book Talk: Winnings and an overdue Congrats


First for the overdue congratulations: to author Jeanne Marie Laskas, who was one of my non-fiction professors at Pitt once upon a time. This is SO overdue, I’m embarrassed. But I’m mentioning it anyway ’cause I once ran into Ms. Laskas at a metal show. I was all decked out in a pair of cute shorts, topped with a heavy metal t-shirt that Mitchell would try to wheedle away from me if he could. And there is my used-to-be prof, at her first show, sticking out like a sore thumb and friendly as everyone else in the place. I like Jeanne Marie Laskas.

WELL, way back in June, it was reported that her next book sold at auction. There’s no news of it yet on her website, but we can hope for word soon.

And for the winning part… I was thinking the other day that I never win anything, and my luck must be tied to my poor bamboo plant that’s struggling right now. Shows you what I know: I’ve won two online contests!

First was at Stacy’s Place on Earth, where I won a $10 Borders gift card. Can you say new Colleen Gleason next month?

And then the other was at Katrina’s Stone Soup. I won a copy of Nectar from a Stone, by Jane Guill, and some artwork from this very talented author. Cool!

Now if my luck can hold long enough to get Trevor some publishing love, the world will be a happier place. Or if Sid can heal fast. That would be a good thing, too.



  1. Breeni Books

    January 19, 2008 11:35 pm


  2. Nikki-ann

    January 20, 2008 9:30 am

    Congratulations on the winning streak! 😀

  3. Leigh in Atlanta

    January 20, 2008 10:26 am

    heavy metal…why I’m having problems putting that together here. Alright I’m going to go podner over my preconceived notions. Talk amongst yourself.BR/BR/Michele sent me to say hi.

  4. Pearl

    January 20, 2008 10:59 am

    Congrats on winning. Book card to just a person who’d make good use of it. 🙂

  5. Carmi

    January 20, 2008 11:27 am

    I love Ms. Laskas’s writing. I’ve read some of her columns – so personal and so human – and come away thinking that I need to raise my game big-time.BR/BR/How COOL that you were her student!BR/BR/Dropped by from Michele’s to see jus how small the writing world can be sometimes.

  6. No Nonsense Girl

    January 20, 2008 11:47 am

    Stopping by to say hello and I’ve missed reading you.. :)BR/BR/I’m back!!!! 😀

  7. gautami tripathy

    January 20, 2008 1:32 pm

    Congratulations! You know I won three books in the BAFAB week. I have already received two!BR/BR/Don’t worry, your work will get published soon. You are one goos writer.

  8. spyscribbler

    January 20, 2008 1:39 pm

    Oh cool! I bought a big old bamboo plant last month. I’m hoping it’ll change my prosperity. :-)BR/BR/Good teachers are a treasure. I don’t know her work, but I’ll keep my eye peeled for it!

  9. Mamacita (Mamacita)

    January 20, 2008 2:56 pm

    I love online contests, too! How cool that you’re winning some of them.BR/BR/I’m here from Michele’s. Good afternoon!

  10. David

    January 20, 2008 5:33 pm

    good fortune, or divine intervention is abundant, it seems:BR/Minerva also had a turn for the better. BR/BR/here from michele.

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