Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tra La, It's May, the Lovely Month of May

Every year during the month of May, I think of the lyrics "Tra La It's May, the lovely month of May" from Camelot--one of my favorite musicals.

Like the song in Camelot, May is a month full of hope and promise.

For me, May is already starting off on a happy note.

This morning I opened an e-mail from Linda Fisher, editor of Mozark Press. Linda is attending a conference, but she took time to notify me that my short story, "Look Back, But Don't Stare," has been accepted for possible inclusion in "A Shaker of Margaritas: Cougars on the Prowl."

Thanks to members of my critique group for their suggestions and comments when I brought portions of the story in for critique. Special thanks to Marcia and Alice for detailed edits on the full story. I need to tweek the story a bit to adjust the characters' ages, but that should be an easy fix.

So, I just wanted to share my news before I go off and enjoy this beautiful day.

Wishing you a month full of hope and promises--and lovely surprises!


  1. How wonderful about your story. Congratulations! Indeed, this is a wonderful way to start the lovely month of May.

    I love all the songs from Camelot. It's one of my favorite stories. I especially like the dramatic version, First Knight.

    Hope and promise, that's what May brings to many though sadly not all of us today. I have imagined what it would feel like to have everything you owned taken away. That is a REAL test of faith, a test of endurance.

    But I have learned to live in the moment, and enjoy the good things that I have. So I take pleasure with you this May Sunday morning, and wish YOU a month of lovely surprises, too!
    Ann Best, Memoir Author

  2. Hi Ann,

    Thanks for your thought-provoling comment.

    How right you are about living in the moment. As someone who has had her share of joys and sorrow, I've learned to treasure the good times and happy moments and trust that everything--good and bad--happens for a reason.


  3. I think you and I have some kind of mind-meld - I have been singing Tra La it's May in my head all morning! And yesterday you had "the cruelest month" quote...Congratulations on another wonderful success - you are inspiring!

  4. Hi Melissa,
    Thanks for your kind words.

    It is strange coincidence.


  5. Congratulations, Donna! Best wishes, too. I'm going out to enjoy this beautiful day here in Ne PA !

  6. Hi Clara,
    Thanks. Glad to hear you're having a beautiful day in PA as well.


  7. Congratulations! I love the title of the book...LOL.

  8. Great news about your story. I think the same thing in May, especially on lovely days like today, "It's May, it's May..." I'm a big "Camelot" fan.

  9. Hi MsALWalker,

    Thanks. It is a catchy title.

    Hi Buttercup,
    Thanks. The lyrics to that song grow on you. Now I can't get it out of my mind.


  10. Great news - another story in the "Shaker" series! Congrats.

  11. Glad you got some good news to start May! May you soon hear the rain is over too,ha-ha.

  12. Congratulations and happy May Day!

  13. Way to go Donna, what a great start to the month. It does the heart good to get a "Yes!" Have a great week. Blessings.

  14. And weren't you the one who wasn't sure you could write a cougar story? Clearly, you have a winning imagination (read your other accomplishments, too!).

    Oh. And now I won't be able to sleep till I listen to Julie sing from "Camelot." Thank goodness I LOVE Julie. ;-)

  15. Hi Marcia,
    Thanks, and thanks for your help with the edits.

    Hi Claudia,
    We had a couple nice days, but it rained again today.

    Hi Tammy,
    Thanks, and back at ya!

    Hi Sally,
    You are so right. Thanks and blessings to you and your family.

    Hi Cathy,
    This one definitely was a stretch for me. Are you in this one?

    Sorry if you can't get the song out of your head, but at least it's a good one.


  16. Great news, Donna! Congratulations on all your successes - and on being an April Witch for W1s1! :)


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