I would like to thank all those of you that stirred yourselves to vote for me against an undoubted plethora of good reasons not to.
I’m not sure what anyone can do from this point onwards. Voting closed on 30th April; now I think the judges just cogitate and ruminate on the finalists before naming their champion of champions on the 22nd June.
I guess the last few weeks are up to me.
If I knew who to bribe and sleep with I’d be emptying my pockets in more ways than one and doing it. Alas, the most I could offer anyone is 39p and about 15 minutes (tops) of full-on pash. I’m not sure such gifts would at all be first prize-worthy so it’s just as well the judges are not known to me and are beyond my paltry reach.
All I can do is keep blogging and hope that the gods of blogdom eventually recognize my small votive offerings.
That and like the smell of the fatted calves that I regularly sacrifice on a stone altar for their vicarious blood-thirsty pleasure...
Was delighted to hear the news this week. I have always loved to read your blog and now you will pop up on other people's radars so they can enjoy you too.
You will need to bribe the judge for that category - Robin Harvie? Oh and you need a new badge which says 'Finalist' which apparently you can keep on your blog for ever and ever ;-)
Unless... surely not.... pucker up, Professor Buttkiss!
Well done, Steve, congratulations on the huge honour. No easy feat! Stoked for you.
Brilliant, well done for getting thus far.
Just keep posting your erudite ramblings and all good things will be yours in abundance.
( must get me one of those dancing buns one day )
You are so deserving of this Steve. I am standing behind you waving my pom poms as we speak. And I don't say these things unless I mean them. x
Gosh, well done! That's a mighty achievement, and well-deserved. Mind you, I'd offer considerably more than 39p to pass on the 15 minutes of pash; perhaps that's a potential strategy?
Trish: finalist badge duly acquired - thank you!
Being Me: if only you were the judge! Sadly I think Mr Harvie will not be up for a butt kissing. Even from me.
Keith: a bun dance? Is that like the Mashed Potato?
Gappy: I can feel your pom pom love from here... many thanks!
Brother Tobias: you don't fool me. I'd snog you for free.
Well done you for the shortlist! Now, keep it together until 22nd June!All my fingers and toes crossed for you! :)
Hannah: thank you muchly!
So well done. I'm absolutely chuffed that my literary hero has finally been recognised. (39p? Can we settle on 20p? And that's my final offer!)Vix x
Vix: 20p? You could buy a chocolate Freddo for that... it's not to be sniffed at!
Super and you deserve it - I'm dancing a jig in your honour (just metaphorically speaking you understand). I've been thinking of you a bit lately cos I have finally bought that shiny new computer I'd fantasised about and I know that you have been needing to upgrade too. If you haven't yet, what a difference to writing it makes - a real pleasure. Whether you come out as top blogger or not your writing is worth the best tools...
Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden: congratulations on the new hardware... I'd love to upgrade but can't really justify at the moment - my machine is ticking along OK and is good for another year or two... however, when I win the lottery I'll be getting a PC that'll make the Pentagon's look like an abacus.
I hope you're doing this for the honour of the award rather than the prize. What would you do with a year's supply of hand cream anyway?
All smart-ass comments aside, your writing is consistently read-worthy and original. Keep up the good work.
Excellent, Steve! Congratulations. And don't worry, I've already slept with all the judges. You're in like Flynn, babe!
Gorilla Bananas: to be honest I'm not even aware of there being any prizes.
English Rider: thank you.
Wanderlust: OK, you are seriously my employee of the month.
Yay...well done you!
Libby: ta! First time I've ever come close to winning anything!
Well done you! A worthy nominee!
Leon: thank you very much! Whether I'm deserving of anything more remains to be seen!
I picked up the news that you'd been short listed for the Nobel Prize for Literature on my Reuters feed. I queried it; suggesting that it should be either the Peace Prize or the Noddy Holder prize for living not quite in the Midlands.
I hear the local press have been to your house to interview you (or is the police?) and that the Mayor of your ancient and noble town has ordered a Blue Plaque to be placed on your house. (I think he said that or it could have been "A Plague on your House").
Anyway well done old bean. I'm sure you'll get what you deserve.
Marginalia: if I had a penny for every time someone has said that to me...
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