twitter contest!

I currently have 796* followers on Twitter. I’ll give away a free, personalized, paperback copy of my book, Harlan County Horrors to the 800th (legitimate) follower.

– absolutely no bots
– absolutely no spam

The end-date of this contest is open and will remain open until I reach 800 (legitimate) followers.

Good luck!

* this number updated daily

[[please note: i tend to follow back only those people who want to engage in genuine communication with me. to me, twitter is about the interaction. those who follow me and don’t interact with me, i dump from my feed. i’m under no obligation or desire to follow everyone who follows me.]]


i got a letter

Sorry she’s a little fuzzy. I’m having one of those horrible “shaky hands” days.

Mailman knocked on the door and said, “Very large package for you this morning!” And indeed – the box doesn’t fit in our trashcan!

Painting created by TL Trevaskis.

What a surprise! Preston said I looked like I was ready to cry, and he’s right.

I can’t wait to get this framed and up on the wall!

Here is a picture of the original statue / headstone at the Lexington Cemetery.

facebook fail day

A lot of us will probably (not) remember Thursday, September 23, 2010, as “Facebook Fail Day”. Here are some tweets I snagged off Twitter before Facebook found itself again that afternoon:

@southboundcat Facebook down and you’re not on Twitter. Options? What is the cost of a US postage stamp?

@brevitymag Facebook is down, so open a window and shout your status update to the people outside. If they ‘like’ your status, they’ll hold up a thumb.

@jasonpinter With Facebook down, my guess is editors will be receiving tons of late manuscripts tomorrow from authors who could no longer procrastinate.

@postsecret BREAKING NEWS: Facebook is down. Worker productivity rises. U.S. climbs out of recession. @OPB

@thedollsays Facebook users are roaming the streets in tears, shoving photos of themselves in people’s faces and screaming ‘DO YOU LIKE THIS? DO YOU??’

@keeganfrank How am I supposed to keep up with people I haven’t seen in 10 years without the friggin’ Facebook?

@billyeichner Facebook is still down!!! If anyone knows that weird girl I went to camp with, please tell her I said Happy Birthday!!!

@celticcycle FaceBook down! Billions friendless! Humans entering outdoor enviroments! Global panic takes over!

@quantumparticle Facebook is down, and I couldn’t care less.

@southboundcat Imagine a real crisis: No electricity, no shelter, no food and no faceBook. Wait a minute, did I say food? No TUNA? Help!

@Disalmanac: UPDATE: Facebook is still down; millions of Americans moving to Farmville, Kansas.

the world equestrian games

I’m so proud of Kentucky right now. I’ve sat here watching the opening ceremony of the World Equestrian Games. I don’t think I’ve ever been this proud of Kentucky before. I’ve cried, I’ve laughed. It’s been awesome. I stood and sang My Old Kentucky Home, because as a Kentuckian, that’s what you do. I even stood and applauded (I’m home alone) when Muhammed Ali came out. He was in a classic car with his family and waving and looked so proud. People in the stands stood up and screamed and yelled and applauded and chanted ALI ALI ALI!

I know nothing about this kind of horse showing. But to have it here in our backyard is amazing. This is a first for the US and a first for KY. We’ve been looking forward to this for five years now. Come the end of October, we’re all going to feel a little empty I think.

st jude

So I was walking through Kroger doing my grocery shopping yesterday morning and looked to my right and was in the Hispanic section. I bent down to see which labeled candles they had in stock – it seems to rotate – and saw St Jude. My mind went ping! It’s like I told Preston when he got home, my metaphysics moves in mysterious ways. If something jumps out at me and says, “hey look!” then it’s something I’m supposed to do. This has never let me down.

I tweeted this yesterday, “I just lit a candle to St Jude.” It raised quite a few eyebrows.

But it has to mean something that I saw the candle at the store and just happened to remember that St Jude is the patron saint of lost causes, right?