Monday, January 10, 2011

Oh Please Stay With Me Deanna!

You're so sweet, your words are gold
This, my darling, I've been told
No one's nicer on the net
No one's better, this I bet
Your comments are always good
Everyone loves you, as they should
Oh, please read with me, Deanna

Thrills I get when you read my stuff
Even when it's mostly fluff
You're always way too nice to me
Oh, Deanna, can't you see
You give to others with all your heart
And I hope we will never part
Oh, please stay with me, Deanna

Oh, the pen must be your lover
Because you write like there is no other
We all love you with our heart
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh
Only you can take our heart
Only you would never fart
When you hold us in your loving arms
We can feel you giving all your charms
Hold us, darling, ho-ho hold us tight
Be our friend with-a all your might
Oh, please read our stuff, Deanna
Oh, please, Deanna
Oh, please, Deanna
Oh, thank you, Deanna!

For those of you who haven't heard of Deanna Schrayer (you must have been under some big-assed rock), she is probably the nicest person on the #fridayflash circuit.
No matter how bad you know your story is, Deanna manages to see some good in it. Her comments are always nice, always enthusiastic, always most welcome and encouraged. I love it when she drops by.
Not just a cheerleader, though, Deanna is also a prolific and busy writer who writes wonderful flash fiction on The Other Side of Deanna as well as inspiring non-fiction on The Life of a Working Writer Mommy. On this site she writes inspiring stories about her battles with fibromyalgia, helping people understand what this awful havoc this disease plays on people's lives. She talks about her busy sons, her husband, her cooking, her life – she makes me dizzy just thinking about it! All this, and she still manages to infuse sunshine in the darkest corners of the internet. Feeling glum? Pay Deanna a call – she will make you feel better, I swear.
On top of this, she just invented a new blog award, called The Creative Genius Award where she honoured five fellow #fridayflash writers for their creative writing abilities including 
Oh, and me! (Deanna you must have been smoking something to add me to this list but hey, I'll take it!)
Deanna has no rules, per se; she only hopes that it will be passed on and that those who receive it will post the award on their blog.
OK Deanna, you're on!

I am pleased to pass this award on to seven of my favourite creative geniuses:

There are so many other people I'd love to nominate (pretty much everyone on my Blogroll) but I'm sure they will get their due in short order.
Thanks Deanna!


  1. What an ode to Deanna! It's all true though - she is everything you said. :) Congrats to you and your picks!

  2. Deanna is everything you've said - or sung here. :)

    Congrats on your well-deserved award, Cathy, and to the wonderful people on your list!

  3. Umm...where's your audio version of the Deanna Song? You know we all want to hear it! Many thanks for that Creative Genius Award, Miss Cathy! I'm please to have my name up there in such a list.

  4. Alan - Me? Sing? You want people to keel over?

    Marisa - I miss you SO much! Where have you been??? Waiting impatiently for your next flash. Your stories always are creative genius, by the way, always.

    Laura - I was going to pick you because you definitely are a creative genius but I knew someone else would. You're one of the most creative geniuses I know!

  5. Deanna is one of my favs! I'm humbled to share in homage that sprang from her generosity. I'm afraid however the only time I've ever heard my name in the same sentence as genius is when my wife is shouting: "What F*+"@@##!! genius left the seat up again??" So I must thank you Cath for recognizing some of my other "talents" ;-)

  6. I agree about Deanna. :) Loved the poem. Thank you for the award! Actually, I've been threatening to jump off the metaphorical cliff this week, I've been so frustrated with my writing. This is just what I needed to give it another week or so.

  7. I have to say I agree with your assessment of Deanna. In the short time I've known her she has been nothing but kind and posititve. Your assessment of your own talents is way too modest however. L.O.T.M.R. is a favorite stop of mine. I'm honored to be a recipient of this award, my first ever! Thank you so much Cathy!

  8. Michael- You leave the toilet seat up?

    GP - Don't give up! Yours is one of the best flash stories week after week after week. After week!

  9. Harry - I have initials! I have initials! I'm like L.O.T.R. plus an M! Woot! See? I knew you were a genius!

  10. Haha, I don't know about genius. I don't know how to post my lovely award. Do I just copy paste it? :)

  11. (This'll be the blind leading the blind) - you go to the Design tab on the top menu, click on it and on the new page you will see "Add a Gadget", likely on the right hand side. Click on "Add a Gadget" and in the pop-up menu, scroll down until you see Picture. Click on the plus sign and a Configure Image window comes up... You can add a title, caption and link, then select an image. You know what? I should have given you a bigger image to download -sorry! But if you go to Deanna's link, she has a bigger logo.. just download it to your desktop (I have a mac, so I just drag it), then choose it when you Choose File.. Oh gawd, I'm such a luddite... hope that helps!!!!

  12. Cool, I never knew how to do that. I'll give it a whirl!

  13. Love your tribute to Deanna, Cathy and I'm honored to be in your company!

  14. Love this! What a perfect tribute to Deanna.

  15. Deanna is a sweetheart and I love this tribute.

    Also love my award, which might make me blush if I actually had any inkling there was any for real genius going on in these parts. Regardless, you sure made my day -- ONCE AGAIN -- Ms. Cathy and I appreciate it so much.

    And what great company to be in, too!

  16. Cathy, your tribute to Deanna is very endearing. And thank you once again for the appreciation you show for me. This award helps make up for the Demented Fool Award I got last year.

  17. You got a Demented Fool Award? How come I didn't get one of those? (Now I'm jealous!)

  18. Ant and Rachel - Hey, I'm pretty honoured to be in YOUR company! Seriously.

    Lou - I've read your stories. I knows me some geeenius when I sees it.

  19. Oh Cathy! How embarrassed I am to be so late in getting here! I'm so sorry, (poor excuse, but I've been in bed most of the week w/ a fibro flare).
    What a beautiful (and truly overdone for lil' ole' me) tribute! You are such a sweetheart Cathy, and deserve this award hands down!

    I couldn't agree more with your choices of who to pass the award on to, (and am so glad you decided to do that). Congratulations to all you creative geniuses!

    And thanks to everyone who commented and lied about me too. :) You all are such a wonderful group of friends!

    Hugs and kisses Cathy!

  20. Hey Deanna, it's your party! You can be as late as you want as long as you show up! Sorry to hear you're not feeling well.. get well soon, OK? And thanks again for the wonderful award.


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