HOLY EXPLETIVE! I AM FRESHLY PRESSED!

Congrats, you’ve been Freshly Pressed!

That was the subject of the email and it was addressed to me. I was stunned into speechlessness and that doesn’t happen very often. What can I say except “WOW.”

I’ve written 1850 posts, gotten 120,200 hits. I have 1350 WordPress followers. But never Freshly Pressed. I figured I had pissed off the editors. I’m good at pissing people off. I do it all the time with followers, friends, family and total strangers. Why not the editors of WordPress? After a while, I gave up hoping it would happen. I stopped waiting, figured okay, it’s not so important. If there’s one thing I know, absolutely 100% I can do, it’s write. I have a body of work and a résumé. I don’t need external validation.

Mass Broadcasters 12Except, it wasn’t true. I may not need it, but … okay, I’m human. I crave recognition. Writers — all artists, really — want recognition, whether or not we are ready to admit it. Apparently the trick was to stop brooding about how come it never happened and just … write.

The piece which got the nod is GONZO GEORDI HAD AN AX, a piece of writing so different from my usual style I’m not sure how I feel about it. I know I wrote it … but it was like someone else wrote it too and I was a conduit. I hope I’m not channeling serial killers. I know I’m odd, but that’s more odd than I want to be.

Garry was disappointed when I explained Freshly Pressed doesn’t come with a statuette or even a plaque. He wanted to know if I can create one. I can try. There’s no end to what you can do with Photoshop.

Garry has awards all over the house. Plaques and statuettes abound to such a degree that the last two — from the Massachusetts’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame and Hofstra University’s radio station WRHU Broadcasting Hall of Fame — are on the fireplace mantel. There’s no room on the walls. Let me say up front that Garry deserved every one of those awards, but he feels I should have awards of my own, preferably including something tangible. I didn’t work in an industry that gives awards. If you got a regular paycheck, that was the award …. these days, even more so. I’ll think about it. Anything to make my guy happy and I suppose I wouldn’t mind either.

For my friends who are unFreshly dePressed and yearning for recognition, all I can say is — sometimes, after you stop expecting it, the thing you want happens.

Thanks everyone for sticking with me. You are the best!



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  1. Ah, Congratulations my friend. Well deserved and no surprise to me, other than the long over due arrival.
    It was a good piece of writing and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Good writer that you are, whether storied or off the cuff musings, your works are often thought provoking, amusing, interesting and entertaining. Writing is what you do, and what you do well. Continued best wishes from a fan and your buddy, love ya’.

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  2. Thank you for visiting site. I hope you come again. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

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  3. Super news- your post notice was in the spam folder, though and I am so glad I looked today. What is that about I wonder? So happy for you being FP!!

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    • Askimet goes into hyper protective mode sometimes and spams half my followers. Then it recovers and lets them back in. I always check the folders, though, just in case. Thanks for visiting! It’s been a while 🙂

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  4. Congratulations!!! Now I can say with certainty that you REALLY are deserving of being FPd! Never give up, that is great advice. 🙂

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    • Thank you! I didn’t give up blogging, but I did give up expecting to be recognized. I also gave up being angry. Because holding on to anger is bad for the angry one (and really messes with my mind) while leaving the object of my anger unscathed. I decided I wouldn’t let the lack of recognition ruin blogging for me. I’m glad I kept writing and didn’t keep doing it to win a prize, but because I really love to write.

      In a way, that’s probably the moral of the tale — do what you love. Maybe the rest will follow. Maybe not. But at least you’re doing what you love.

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  5. Congratulations on the Freshly Pressed! And thank you for visiting my site 🙂 I’ve skimmed over some of your recent posts and I do think I’m going have to follow your blog 🙂 You have some great topics here!

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  6. No surprise to me… A well-deserved CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU, Marilyn! 🙂

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  7. Haha big big Congrats My dear lady that’s quite a big achievement we all crave for 🙂 Loved that article of your’s !

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  8. Congratulations!!! Those serial killers will make you popular every time….

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  9. Congratulations on being freshly pressed! 🙂

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