Monday, May 6, 2019

2022 Awards and Publications:

March: Any Other Way won a 2nd HM in the Dr. Lily Peter Memorial Award competition.
February: Scary Scarab won a first-place award in the Arkansas Writers' "Pen Us a Tale" contest. The poem Weather-Related Joy will be published in the summer issue of eMerge! The Young Adult Romance Coffee Date was published, as was the book of poetry Aha! and Ha-Ha. 
2021 Awards and Publications:

My article "The Barnum Forer Effect" was published in the February issue of psychology newsletter Cognito.

In the 2021 Norman Galaxy of Writers Contest, I won the following: 1st place, Short Story, Take My Word for It, Obvi; 2nd place, Novel, A Piece of the Puzzle; 3rd place, Children's Fiction, Close Call; 3rd place, Nostalgic Essay, Children of a Lesser Brand; and 3rd place, Nonfiction Feature Article, To Beep or Not to Beep.

My article on writing was published in the February issue of Writers Monthly. I was also on the cover of the magazine.

January: Story What Kind of Person Am I? was published in the OWFI publication The Report.
March: 5 haikus published in Pebbles magazine; Poem I Thought I'd Feel Older published in Writers Monthly.
April: Article What Do You Think of Life Coaches? published in Incognito; Book I Cooked; Therefore, They Ran featured in the  column Okie Writers in The Country Connection News. 
June: My poem "Heads Bowed, Eyes Down" appeared in Writers Monthly.

August: My poem "Ever So Gently" appears in the anthology Winning Writers' Waltz.

Arkansas Writers Contest: 1st place, Gimme the Creeps, Bringing Up Baby Tap; 1st place, Animal Perspective Award, Cat Goals; 3rd place, Heidelberg Memorial Award, The Threat; 1st HM, Who-Dunnit, You Are Beautiful; 2nd HM, Memoir, Every; 3rd HM, Peggy Vining Memorial Essay, So Be It.

September: Placements in White County Creative Writers Contest: 6) Mystic Pawn Contest, Honorable Mention, The Face of Misfortune; 8) Happiness Is Contest, 2nd place, No Brew For You; 10) Whodunnit? 2nd place, One Good Turn Deserves a Murder; 11) Granny Prewitt Award, 2nd Honorable Mention, I Did It Her Way; 13) Would You Believe?, 2nd Honorable Mention, Uno, Dos, Tre Leches; 15) Humorous Essay: You Really Had to Be There, 1st Honorable Mention, Who Wants In?; and 18) Del Garrett’s Gimme The Creeps, 2nd Honorable Mention, A Crash of Skeletons

OWFI Annual Contest: Unpublished Nonfiction Book, 2nd place, Marianne, Stop It!; Short, short, young adult story, 3rd place, The Magic of Music.

December: OKC Writers Annua Contest: 2nd place, Feature Article, Shallow Water Drowning; and Honorable Mention in Flash Fction, Azaleas of Hope.

December: Norman Galaxy of Writers: 
1st place, Short Story, Take My Word for It, Obvi
2nd place, Novel, A Piece of the Puzzle
3rd place, Children's Fiction, Close Call
3rd place, Nonfiction Feature Article, To Beep or Not To Beep
3rd place, Nostalgic Essay, Children of a Lesser Brand

Limerick published in The Mensa Bulletin as an Honorable Mention winner

2020 awards and publications:

Norman Galaxy of Writers
1st place, Unrhymed Poetry, Solstice
1st place, Nostalgia, Card Shark
2nd place, Children's Short Story, The Magic of Music
2nd place, Novel, Never Miss an Opportunity
2nd place, Flash Fiction, Go Ahead
2nd place, Feature Article, Shallow Water Blackout

OKC Writers Contest:
3rd place, Essay, No Brew for You
Honorable Mention, Nostalgia, The Magic of Music

Arkansas Writing Contest:
1st place, Pioneer Library Poetry Contest, Ever So Gently
3rd place, Whodunnit, That's All I'm Saying
2nd Honorable Mention, Prose Contest, Lumbering Love
2nd Honorable Mention, Essay Contest, The Magic of Music
3rd Honorable Mention, Gimme the Creeps Contest, Scary Scarab
3rd Honorable Mention, A Touch of Magic Contest, Conjuring Up Trouble

Oklahoma Writers' Federation, Inc. (OWFI):
1st place, Feature Article: What's The Appeal?
2nd place, Inspirational Article: Sweet World Beyond
3rd place, Blog: Oxford Commas for Sale
1st HM, Prose Humor: Love, Judge Zimmerman

Won an HM in Richard Lederer's Pun Contest, with my entry published in the April/May 2020 Mensa Bulletin

October: 3 haikus on the subject of sight published in Pebbles magazine.
November: Started a free, monthly newsletter available at:
December: 4 haikus published in Pebbles magazine.

2019 Contest Wins and Publicatons:

Red Wolf Journal: Poem, Goodbye

Visual Verse: Poem, Courting Nothingness

Story, A Ghost Has No Flesh and Bones, The Vault of Terror -- Tales to Tell, Del Garrett Anthology

Script, the Journal of Creative Writers: Poem, Union Between a Man and a Woman

Green Silk Journal: Poem, Beautiful Cold

Culture Cult Anthology, Nocturne: Poem, Dragged Into Nightmares

Guardian Angel Kids: My Brother is My Hero

Taco Bell Journal:  Poem, Aromas

Constellations: Poem, Thoughts to Banish

OKC Writers Contest: 3rd place, flash fiction, Card Shark; 3rd place, short story, Off The Menu; 3rd place, nostalgia, Greasy Spoon Boon; 2nd place, humor, Love, Judge Zimmerman; 2nd place, inspirational, Dreams of Sandy; and 1st place, juvenile, Wesley Whistled While Working

Chair of the Norman Galaxy of Writers Annual Writing Contest

The Report: That's a Riddle by Lisbeth L. McCarty (my puzzle contribution); continuing puzzle contributions to The WriteLine, The Choreography of Chlorophyll in The Wild Word, Flash Fiction Story in The Report

OWFI: 1st place in poetry for Heads Bowed, Eyes Down; 2nd place in Inspirational for Dreams of Sandy; 3rd place in adult short story for Peppers and Salt; and 1st Honorable Mention in Nonfiction Feature Article for When Genius Goes Wrong.

Arkansas Writer's Contest:
3rd HM, Gimme the Creeps Short Story, A Ghost Has No Flesh and Bones
2nd HM, Who-Dunnit Short Story, Off the Menu
1st Place, Prose Award, I Am Liza

July, 2019, The WriteLine, published "Epithet for a Would-Be Singer."


Norman Galaxy of Writers: Bonnie Speers Crème de la Crème winner and 1st place for Adult Short Story Peppers and Salt; 2nd place in Nostaligic Essay for Greasy Spoon Boon; 3rd place in Nonfiction Article for What's the Appeal?; 1st place in Rhymed Poetry for I Refuse; and 2nd place in juvenile fiction for I'll Have That!

OKC Writers Contest: 3rd place in Children's Literature for Eli Eats Eighty Eggs Every Evening; Honorable Mention in Poetry for The Choreography of Chlorophyll.

OWFI Contest: SHORT-SHORT STORY ADULT FICTION, Honorable Mention, "The Facially-Gifted Queen of Denial"; PLAY: 3rd place, "The Case of the Case Grocery Store"; TECHNICAL ARTICLE: 2nd place, "How to Keep Your Teeth"; JUVENILE SHORT STORY FICTION: 1st place, "Wesley Whistled While Working".

Acceptance into the prestigious World Literature Today intergenerational writing workshop, led by Cuban American writer Archy Obejas. Only four adult students were accepted into the program. (Unfortunately, I was unable to attend).

Oklahoma State Fair Online Photo Competition: Agriculture Category, 1st Place, "Photo of a steer" (Photo was exhibited in the Creative Arts Center at the fair).

PHOTOS: Three photos were published in mphoto.

May: American Bar Association Caption Contest, Lisbeth McCarty’s caption was one of 3 chosen from 115 entries for best cartoon caption. The caption eventually won and was published in The ABA Journal.

June:  Irregular conjugation,  published in The Mensa Bulletin (06/19); 

July FLASH FICTION CONTEST: Three-word flash fiction story, published in The Report (OWFI publication).  (07/18).

Online Prompt Contest: August: The Washington Post Style Invitational Weekly, Week 1285, First-Time Offender.

September:  SHORT STORY: "The  Facially-Gifted Queen of Denial," published in The Mensa Bulletin.

December: My photos were the front and back cover of Parnassus, and I had an article featured inside.

"December Justice" was published in the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System in Norman. 2888 The Oklahoma Bar Journal Vol. 79 — No. 33 — 12/13/2008

Saturday, January 12, 2019

If you are reading this, you are probably a fellow writer. Welcome! How many of you have blogs that you have allowed to stay idle for far too long? This blog has been idle for years at a time. My resolution is to post more often. Even if I have no audience, I have realized that this blog can work as a diary that will never be lost and will never die.

For 2018, I was pleased to win several writing awards, but the one dearest to my heart was winning the Bonnie Speer Crème de la Crème at the annual contest of the Norman Galaxy of Writers. Because my personal belief is that the winner of that award should sit out for a year, I volunteered to be the Contest Chair for next year. I've been the Contest Chair before, and one of the great advantages is that I get to read all the entries. Wow - we have some great writers in our club!

This is a place to store my list of some of the fantastic things that happened in my life in 2018:

Category: Technical or How-To Article, 2nd place, How to Keep Your Teeth
Category: Short, Short Story, 3rd Honorable Mention, The Facially Gifted Queen of Denial. This story was also later published in The Mensa Bulletin, which is the national publication of Mensa, the high IQ organization).
Category: Juvenile Short Story, 1st Place, Wesley Whistled While Working
Category: Play, Film, or TV Script, 3rd place, The Case of the Case Grocery Store

The Norman Galaxy of Writers:
Category: Short Story,  1st place, Peppers and Salt. This was also the Crème de la Crème winner.
Category: Rhymed Poetry,  1st place, I Refuse
Category: Unrhymed Poetry, 2nd place, The Choreography of Chlorophyll
Category: Juvenile Short Story, 2nd place, I'll Have That
Category: Nostalgia, 2nd Place, Greasy Spoon Boon
Category: Nonfiction Article, 3rd place, What's the Appeal?

OKC Writers:
Category: Unrhymed Poetry: The Choreography of Chlorophyll
Category: Juvenile Fiction, 3rd place, Eli Eats Eight Eggs Every Evening

KDP, Nonfiction Book, Pirate's Treasure: A Sunken Chest
The September Mensa Bulletin (the national publication of the high IQ society, Mensa: The Facially Gifted Queen of Denial
The June Mensa Bulletin, Best Conjugations
The February Mensa Bulletin, poem I Thought I'd Feel Older
The WriteLine: Monthly column, That's Puzzling
November mphoto: Vacation Tales (including publication of three of my photos)
March mphoto, three photos of signs published
Summer The Report (publication of OWFI, org), Terse Declaration of  Doubt
Newsletter editor for Central Oklahoma Mensa for January, 2018, and March, 2018, through August, 2018

Speaker Engagements:
February, Speech to Norman Newcomers' Club regarding The Norman Galaxy of Writers;
February, The Norman Galaxy of Writers, speech about my book Mental States of Murderesses

Event planner for Central Oklahoma Mensa for January, 2018, through August, 2018. Events were:
January: Tour of Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Lab
February: Norman Mardi Gras Parade watch from my office, Dog Sports Activity Speaker
March: Music Night
April: Dine and Draw, Dinner at 3Sixty, Attendance at a play, Attendance at Rumble (movie at the Sam Nobel Museum of Natural History), Visit to the Innovation Hub at OU, trip to see the play On The Town
May: A day at the Oklahoma 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse, Survivor to Success Speaker
June: Paint Party, On The Way to the World Championship of Public Speaking Speaker
July: Trip to the Understanding Cheese Lecture, Rosie the Riveter Crashed Granddad's Plane Speaker;
August: College Sports Official Speaker

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Alas, OU Sooners

Oh, my beloved Crimson and Cream. What happened? You started out ranked so high in football, then . . . well, let's just say three losses later and the dream is barely alive. Sammy, heal! Let the Mustache take-over. At least, as far as traditions go, a "Mustache Mafia" has to be pretty cool. And who can keep from smiling when you hear a line like "Fear the Stache!"?

Saturday, September 12, 2009

OU Football - the Fall

Nobody expected it. That made it all the sweeter for BYU. You gotta hand it to those boys from Utah. They did it. They beat OU. And they did it in the granddaddy of all stadiums, the new BIG DEAL in Texas. What happened, Sooners? Were you boys too busy checking out your mugs on the BIG SCREEN? Anyway, we true fans still bleed crimson and cream, so step it up a notch & start winning!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Carol from Pride of Pageantry?

Does anyone know if Pride of Pageantry (the magazine) still exists? Also, I am trying to find the e-mail address of Carol, the owner of that magazine. You can e-mail me at or just post below. Thanks so much!