And the winners are…

Posted: November 3, 2009 in Uncategorized, Writing
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First order of business:

Congratulations to Cat Woods. Her new ending to the short story “Guessing Game” is deliciously ambiguous. Cat, drop me a line with your snail mail address at and I’ll send Half-Minute Horrors your way!

Half minute horrors
I also have other winners to announce. Jemi Fraser (Just Jemi), a fellow writer and blog goddess, awarded Book Binge a “Kreativ Blogger” Award.

Cool, huh?


Of course with great power (giggle) comes great responsibility. I now have the pleasure of passing the award along to seven other Binge-worthy blogs.

I’m also required (by an eternally binding Kreativ Blogger blood pact) to share 7 things you might not know about me:

1.) In 2nd grade, I won a “Mother’s Day” writing contest. I scored a $25 checking account and dinner for my family at K-Bob’s Steakhouse. All because I plagiarized the lyrics from Mary Poppins’ “It’s a Jolly Hollyday with Mary” and scrawled them onto the entry form.

2.) I worked part time nursing homes during my college years. I now vow never to send anyone I love to a place which reeks of pee. Never.

3.) I grew up in a tiny town nestled in the armpit of Northwest Oklahoma. “It’s a great place to raise kids” = “There is a magical forcefield between our cattle feed lots and civilization which keeps us safe from new-fangled places like Starbucks.”

4.) I have a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas. They stamped my diploma as I crossed the stage. I’m sworn to secrecy regarding the mystical powers of Librarians. I’d tell you about it, but I’d have to “shush” you. Permanently.

5.) I moonlight as Scarlet Whisper, International Jewel Thief.

6.) I have a freaky phobia about food safety. If I see you lick the spoon or double-dip in the guacamole, I’m outta there. Potlucks make me break out in a cold sweat.

7.) I like (love/adore/fetishize) the Beatles. Yeah, you knew that, but did you know I enjoy jumping on the couch and shrieking the lyrics to “Helter Skelter” on Wii RockBand nights?

Enough about me…Here are my picks for the Kreativ Blogger Award.

Picking recipients was tough. There are a lot of wonderful established agent and writing blogs I love (Rachelle Gardner, Mary Kole, Janet Reid, etc.), but they don’t need accolades from me. Also, I’m intentionally not passing the award to my blogger friends who have already received this award. That knocks out a lot of cool blogs, but I’d like to give a shoutout to new folks whose writing I respect.

So…here goes:

1.) Ginny Martyn’s “Finding Humor in the Mess” at

If you like a good laugh, you’ll ADORE Ginny’s blog. Her posts and tweets resonate with a kind of wacky zen. I’ve often snorted in my coffee whilst reading her posts. Ginny’s a writer who brings the funny. (Plus, maybe I’m her evil twin? Maybe we’re even THE SAME PERSON! Jenny Martin = Ginny Martin). Just sayin…

2.) Jamie Harrington’s “Totally the Bomb” at

True confession. Jamie is a friend from DFW Writers’ Workshop and she is one of the most HILARIOUS, CRAZY fembots I know. And she can write. Although you fully bask in the glow of her raditude by reading her blog, (you’d have to go to IHOP with her for that…) you’ll want to skitter on over to her site  and congratulate her for signing with a LITERARY AGENT(!)

3.) Sonja Cole’s BOOK WINK book review podcast site at

I love Book Wink. It’s a wonderful site for YA and Kidlit fans to connect with books and get a feel for interesting titles. Check it out, you’ll be impressed.

4.) Jason A. Myers at

Jason is another DFW Writers’ Workshop regular. If you read his blog and follow his tweets, it won’t take long to figure out he knows good writing. His posts offer solid advice and he is a ninja critiquer. He’s on the short list of peeps whose advice I take to heart.

5.) Robert K. Lewis’ “Needle City” at

Robert is one of my Tweeter/AQ buddies. Watch him, folks; his star is rising. He an agented author of  thrillers, so expect to see his own unique brand of noir on a B&N shelf in the not so distant future. Robert K. (AKA “Thrownbones,” renegade assasin) gets extra props for being a guitar aficionado. Cool reads and hot licks. (psst, Robert: The AQ girls can’t wait to see the flowery Kreativ picture on your black on black blog.)

6.)  Peter Steinberg and Eric Mueller’s “Flashlight Worthy Books” at

I recently stumbled onto this gem through a mutual tweeter. FLW showcases reviews of exceptional books. The books are posted in categorized lists. You’ll never run out of inspiration for your next read at FLW.

7.) Karen Quah’s Modern Day Storyteller at

Karen Quah is a journalist, playwright, screenwriter and script editor. Who blogs. And tweets. And builds up the writing community. And starts thought provoking discussions on funny, cool, amazing and heartbreaking things. If you like storytelling in all its forms, visit Karen’s blog. You’ll thank me later…

Oh, my dears ones, there are so many more good blogs. What are your favorites?

  1. Jason Myers says:

    I made the list!!! Woohoo!!!!!


  2. Jason Myers says:

    Oh and hey. The Dewey Decimal system always confused me.

    • jmartinlibrarian says:

      Dewey’s sorta, kinda on the way out. And yes, it’s confusing. It’s one of our Masonic Librarian-y Mystical Wonders. The Lost Symbol ain’t got nothing on the The Lost Spine Label….Mwah, hah, hah, ha…..

  3. Jemi Fraser says:

    Good choices all the way around, Jenny!

    Can’t wait to see what rklewis does. It oughta be fun 🙂

    You’ve given me some new blogs to check out, although between the dreaded cold/virus thingy I’ve got and nano, it may take me a few days to check them all out.

    I love your Mary Poppins story – the things we remember from when we were litte 🙂

  4. Jamie says:

    awwww thanks!!!

    You’re the bombness as well 🙂

  5. Karen Quah says:

    Omg, I’d like to thank my dog, my cat, god and my lawyer – okay, haven’t got one, just trying to impress, but if I had one I’d thank him/her too. Look forward to checking out the other blogs. Mystical Librarians… out with Dewey, in with Fibonacci? You’re pretty damn funny y’self! Seriously, thank you. You made my day!

  6. Bookwink says:

    Wow! It’s great to be in such good company. Thanks for your kind words!

  7. Cat Woods says:

    Thanks so much for the Half Minute Horrors winners pick.

    Congrats on your wonderful blogger award. You are the bombdiggity and deserve it! I love the seven secrets of you.

    I’ll check out your favorite blogs when I get the chance. Pretty soon my social networking will take four hours every day!

  8. Hi, I have another Kreativ Blogger Award just for you! (it’s okay to have two, really!) Visit my blog… well you know what to do (if ya want). =)

  9. Anna Walls says:

    Woohoo – congrats. I got one too.

  10. Cool site! I wanted to say hello as I was just awarded the Kreative Blogger Award, too. That’s where I got your addy.

  11. Cat Woods says:


    I had to send a thank you for the wonderful book. Half Minute Horrors is the bomb. Even though I only got to read the first story, I know this because my non-reading, dyslexic son sat down and devoured it.

    He nabbed it right off the counter seconds after it arrived and sequestered himself away to read it. He could barely pull himself away from it to eat dinner and kept talking about it at the table.

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for inadvertantly giving him those precious hours with a book.


  12. jmartinlibrarian says:


    I’m so thrilled(!) you are both enjoying the book! Hearing about that kind of connection is awesome. It’s what librarians live for. *Grinning from ear to ear*

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