This year, I had mixed feelings about May 1. Jim and I had our first date twenty-seven years ago today. We always celebrated May Day rather than Valentine's Day because this was our day. In some ways, it was a harder day to get through than his birthday. I even sold his motorbike, and it was taken away today.
So, it somehow seems fitting that my blog helped me get through it. This is the spot Jim chose for his final epitaph. And, now all of you have celebrated the blog.
I found out this morning I won the 2010 Spinetingler Award for Best Reviewer. That's two years in a row that you've voted for me to win this award, since it's an award given by readers' votes. So, thank you. You can check out the awards at Spinetinglermag.com.
Bill Crider also made my day. My sister, Christie, called last night to tell me there was a column in the July issue of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine that mentioned my blog. So, I ran around last night, and failed to find the July issue. Would you believe I finally found it today at one of our libraries? (Yay, libraries!)
Bill Crider's column is Blog Bytes. He discusses three blogs in the July issue. The Stiletto Gang's blog is covered. That's written by Evelyn David, Marilyn Meredith, Maggie Barbieri, Rachel Brady, Misa Ramirez, and Susan McBride. He also discussed Mysterious Matters, an anonymous blog.
I hope Bill doesn't mind that I'm quoting his paragraph about my blog. Thank you, Bill, for your kind words.
"If you're looking for fine, thoughtful reviews, you should be aware of Lesa's Book Critiques (http://lesasbookcritiques.blogspot.com), with Lesa Holstine, a librarian in Glendale, Arizona. Lesa's the winner of the 2009 Spinetingler Award for Best Reviewer, just in case you were wondering if you could trust her taste. She occasionally writes other kinds of posts, including those touting the "hot titles" for some particular month. Or she might write about her library's brown-bag luncheons, quarterly events where she talks to library patrons about her favorite books from the preceding three months. Lesa recently lost her husband, Jim, to cancer, and her personal posts on that occasion are both insightful and moving. They're well worth looking for among the reviews."
Bill Crider blogs at http://billcrider.blogspot.com
I really have to thank Bill for summing up May Day perfectly, including Jim in the discussion of my blog.
So, thank you to Susan for buying the bike. I know how much she loved Jim, and she'll ride it with those memories. Thank you to everyone who voted for me for the Spinetingler Award. Christie, thanks for calling to let me know about the article. And, one more thank you to Bill Crider for summarizing the day.