The Sully Award Winner!

Dear Writers: Lookie! The results of the Sully Award are in!!!

heylookawriterfellow

First things first: I owe everyone an apology.

I was supposed to announce the winner of The Sully Award for Excellence in Writerishness last week, but the days got away from me.

The reason: Easter Week.

For many, many years I have avoided hosting holiday family gatherings. This is primarily because my home is “Entertaining Hostile.” That is to say the rooms are small and have no flow, there isn’t enough seating, and I own only one, small TV.

Another reason for never hosting  family gatherings is because, well, I didn’t wanna.

Things tend to break and get messy when people come over. And the more people who come over, the messier and break-ier things get.

Allegra holiday family gatherings average about 13 people. That’s a potentially huge amount of messiness and breakiness.

Normally the Easter Saturday gathering is the responsibility of my aunt and uncle (who owned a huge house and approximately 92…

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Clover, A Literary Rag ~ a reading at Village Books Today!

Dear Writers:

I’m wildly delighted to be a part of the Clover reading today at Village Books in gorgeous Fairhaven WA. Authors from Clover 11 will present excerpts of their work and Clover editors Mary Gillilan and Norman Green will host the event that always fills the house. Come by the Readings Gallery at 4 p.m. to join the fun!

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There’s also this going on — a secret a brewing that will come to light at today’s reading. Here’s the clues:

Mike Allegra in natural habitatMike Allegra Salamander Doodle

 

 

 

 

I defy anyone to guess in advance, but I will totally buy you lunch if you do.

XO Laurel Leigh

“A Poem for My Friend Luther”

Dear Writers:

 

My friend Luther says we should all write a poem

And then read it to some kids.

But I’m not really a poet, I say.

I write mainly stories for grown-ups, you know.

Plus I don’t have any kids

Just some nieces living far away

And a dog that’s a German Shepherd.

I’m sorry, but I don’t feel I meet

The minimum qualifications for this project. Continue reading

“My Sister Was the Seemly One,” Says I, In Reply (to Mr. Allegra a.k.a. heylookawriterfellow)

Dear Writers:

I love this picture of my beautiful mom and sis, looking like some glam 1950s socialite and mini me. Two beauties!

No such similar picture exists of Mom and me. That is, no such picture of me looking that darling in a dress exists. My older sister could just pull it off. Continue reading