Wednesday, October 27, 2010


[erm... posted prematurely... always early to the party, I guess... this is THURSDAY'S blog]

Hallo, fine friends! It's Thursday and you know what that means!!! Everybody get Naked! NOW!

I thought additionally, we could throw a little Thursday party with lots of good news going around! (and there is oodles of it (or at least a few significant pieces...)

Cruella's Going Japanese!!!

Long time friend and fellow Burrower, Cruella, is finishing her Master's thesis within the month, but that's not done, so it isn't my news. BUT, she has had a couple job interviews of late... and she got a DREAM internship for someone wanting a life in international politics. She has been offered (and accepted) an Internship with the Norwegian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan!!! I am SO thrilled for her, and only a little sad that this venture to Japan will not include the teachings of Professor Wedgie.

[Digression in Cruella's honor: When she was in Japan as an exchange student she had an economics professor who talked OFTEN about wages... with his accent, it was wedgies... you can imagine about how equity of wedgies, and unhappiness with wedgies and wedgies satisfaction caused untold giggles for the semester she was in Japan the first time.]

Book Contract for Clarissa!

This one includes a groovy shout out to Karen, too. Karen Gowen hosted her series of 'lettuce' contests, remember? One of them, the Lettuce Write, asked for submissions [I think queries] for a publishing house-- 6 full manuscripts were requested and one, our very own Clarissa Draper [Clarissa Draper] has been offered a contract!

Congratulations, Clarissa!


You heard me. Holly Ruggiero had a Blogiversary and designed this FABULOUS little 'you were there' award for her readers, AND I LOVE IT!!!!

Tart X 2

Pucker up! My sister Tart, Jan, at Tartitude has passed on a specially designed award to MOI! YAY! I get presents at my own party! (love it when that happens!)



Cate Gardner at Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits had a book release contest a while back and I WON package B (seems to me I got to designate which I wanted). They arrived today!

Look at this! House of Fallen Trees is a novel that looks FABULOUS by Gina Ranalli, Glass Coffin Girls is a collection of spooky short stories by Paul Jessup, The Long Way is a standalone short story by Ramsey Campbell, the flowery book is blank, and perfectly sized to carry so I never have to lose ideas to be unprepared... and then finally, a very Halloweenish book of illustrations with 51 Fiendish Ways to Leave Your Lover that include ideas ranging from rude: “Ask her mother out when you are there visiting together,” to morbid: “shoot yourself at his wedding as they say, “I do,” screaming, “I did.” Some are pretty funny: “buying wax lips and lipstick and making kiss marks on your underwear.” Pretty darned amuzing, and as Mr. Tart is still being Underpants, I probably get more chuckle than I should...

Say... somebody else is curious...

This cracked me up. I had no idea the cat preferred certain genres... Apparently she likes horror. Who know!


Simon C. Larter said...

Ha! Congrats on winning Cate's contest, good lady! And hey, since I passed that award on to you, doesn't that mean you owe me an IPA or something? ;)

Happy, um, almost-Thursday!

sue said...

It's Thursday here, well last time I looked anyway. Congrats on the prizes, good on you - a big squeeee for Cruella. Loved the description of Prof Wedgie discussing wages - oh to have been a fly on the wall watching her keep a straight face.

gae polisner said...

always early for the naked Thursday. Congrats on the win. That looks like a fun basket. :)

Anonymous said...

congrats to all deserving hard working geniuses... why are they all friends of the Tart? she asks noone in particular

have my own news to impart in a day or two, she says cryptically, but can't say anything until I get confirmation........ lol ahem

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, so much good news! I am so thankful to Karen for her contest and yes, I'm looking forward to the process.

I didn't hear that about Cruella but I'm so excited for her. And congrats for all your wins and awards.


VR Barkowski said...

Wow, what a flood of awesome news! I'm smiling. And if it weren't 2:30 in the morning, I'd be tossing confetti and toasting with bubbly. Instead I think I'll just get naked. It is Thursday after all...

Cruella Collett said...

I now understand why you were so eager to "out" me (but I beat you - ha! :P) - you already had found the perfect Hello Kitty picture to use... (Oh, gawd, what have I done? I'm going back to the land of Hello Kitty?!? It is pure torture!!!)

Anyways - yay for all the wins (and congrats to them all)! Happy energy floating all about must be good for everyone :)

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww!!!! Congratulations on your fab books win!! And hello there to your very discernable kitty!

And Yay for Cruella - what a job offer - wedgies and all - fantastic!!

And WOO-HOO!! To fabulous Clarissa Draper!!! Yay!!!! She's just wonderful and I'm so so so pleased for her!!

Have a great citrusy Naked Thursday!

Take care

Hart Johnson said...

Simon, if you are I are ever in the same town, I'm happy to buy you an IPA!

Sue-I was on the line with her frequently at the time and sometimes seriously CRIED I was laughing so hard--you know she is good with a story!

Gae- Thanks! It is pretty cool!

Marian-now I am dying of curiosity! Thank you!

Clarissa-Cruella heard very recently herself and I had to bug her to let me out her.

VR-Glad to cheer you! You can throw the confetti when you get up!

Mari-teehee--I knew the Hello Kitty thing was your 'favorite' *snort*

Jenny-Yeah, I didn't even know Cali could read! teehee

Thanks everyone! And sorry about the typos--I was clearly only half here on a number of fronts last night.

Lisa said...

This is all great news! Congratulations to Clarissa and Cruella!

And what cool prizes and badges. This was a great way to start my day.

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like good things are happening all over blogdom. Congratulations on your award and on your win.

Congratulations to Cruella and Clarissa too.

Thoughts in Progress

Dawn said...

Wow, Hart, that's a whole lot of awesomeness going on. Happy naked Thursday!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great news and congratulations!
Don't be fooled - that cat is just seeking new evil ideas.

LTM said...

the cat! *snort* Wow!!! BIG congrats to CC--wedgies... wha? :D Digression: JRM's been saying "erection" instead of "election." It's... wrong. *snort*

and congrats to you on the wins! :o) naked.... NOW! <3

Ann said...

Congratulations on the wonderful book collection win and the award!!!

Congratulations all around and a big shout out to Clarrisa too!

I am not at all surprised at the cat's preferred genre.

Hart Johnson said...

Thanks so much, guys!

Alex *snort* Oh--so you've MET my cat! teehee--she hunts me, regularly--catches my ankles.

Leigh--that is one way to make this season more bearable! teehee

Holly Ruggiero said...

It’s so cute that the kitty prefers horror. I like the title of those books too. Congrats on all your wins. Thanks for the shout out too.

The Golden Eagle said...

Wow, that's a lot of awesome news! Congratulations!

Marjorie said...

*throws confetti* Always makes me happy to hear that good things are happening!

notesfromnadir said...

How wonderful to win a bunch of books all at once! Looks like your cat knows her reading preferences! :)

Cold As Heaven said...

Accents are fun. I've laughed many times of the Japanese and the French ... and I bet many English and Americans have got a good laugh of my accent too >:)

Cold As Heaven

David L Macaulay said...

Ecellent - you raise a good point about wedgies, although sadly some wedgies are more equal than others

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Awesomeness all around.
*throws confetti*