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Friday, December 2, 2011

Tracy Hurley Contest

Yesterday was bitter sweet as cj and I remembered out dear friend and writing buddy, Tracy. She went to the great library one year ago yesterday. We would like to thank the Mobile Writers Guild for sponsoring the first annual Tracy Hurley Writing Contest for middle school and high school students. Five bright, young people received awards last night and we congratulate every one of them. Their smiles of achievement {and I have no doubt about this at all} sent Tracy skidding across a rainbow in her beautiful glistening white raiment.

Tracy was a great educator and kept all of her writing friends in constant amazement as she shot us emails and industry updates continually. cj says she still starts to send Tracy some writing info and remembers she can't, and that makes her sad. The same happens to me, so I still talk to Tracy as I read something new and interesting. I'm currently putting together a book of linked short stories, and in the process, I've read six new books that Tracy told me about. They are all set in New Hampshire or very close by and that brings Tracy and her New England roots to the forefront of my mind.

We miss you, girlfriend, and no doubt we always will. Tracy loved Christmas and I wish I had done a better job of taking her picture with her "Grinch" hat on as she read her touching story about a widower whose wife left him a very special gift.


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