And the Winner IS…


I am not Thorn. I just don’t have his crazy storage of puns. But I am glad to say that I saw him yesterday at the book launch party (photos coming soon). He surprised the heck out of me when showed up, not quite walking his most cavalier way, in a Raw Man t-shirt and olive cargo pants.


His smile went all the way up to his hair when I screamed, “Oh my God!” and ran to him. So glad I was wearing flat shoes.

He told me I wasn’t allowed to look inside the envelope at the winner until I announced it, and he wasn’t feeling well enough to stay for that portion. He came to the book launch party to escape a fire in Moscow, and found one burning bright in Vista. He’s traveling now, so he said I could post the winner!!!

Teeheehee… naw, let me behave.

Our trophy for Beneath the Surface needs a mantle or an aquarium. Help him find a home
Our trophy for Beneath the Surface has a new home!

And so, if you haven’t seen the image, here’s our raised glass and merman flippers to Mike Stang, for his final entry The Coming.

From the towers, I sign off (like my hand didn’t get tired enough signing book copies at the party) and say a personal congratulations to Mike Stang, who is one of the reasons I published my book in the first place. Mike, it’s in part your fault. I am honored to give you this congratulation. Your writing has made me want to work harder, get more honest, and share more openly (calm down Thorn). You made the final round and your piece was up against some amazing submissions. Still, you won. KUDOS!

Thank you for all participants of the Beneath the Surface Contest, and stay tuned for further hijinks to enjoy.

30 thoughts on “And the Winner IS…

    • Michael Stang says:

      Nicole, your poetry leaves me breathless, the way you wind the tale to purpose. A talent, A creative. A force. Thank you for your kind comments. Yeah, okay, it was my turn in the bucket but I suspect you have something up your sleeve.
      All the best.

    • Michael Stang says:

      For all your support, your insight, and your down to earth, Parisanne, thank you. This win would not be the same without you.

      • Parisianne Modert says:

        Your words are most kind dear friend, but those thinking me Pearl Buck’s Good Earth muse, should label me Sylvia Plath’s coin being refused by Charon. Praise is due you alone Michael for such excellence in writing and richness shared from your heart. You write of love and its devotion onto the light of heaven that you clearly understand. I moan as a converted straight, jazz cat baby in heat lusting for her tom cat, wishing no more heart nor any woman’s scorn. Love conqueors all barriers in-between lives with coffee and biscuits, but I am just a crumb not worthy of a mouse. Praise to you Michael.

    • Michael Stang says:

      Guess not. Not sure what Bride and Groom are going to think about Merman. Gotta tell ya, hanging that icon on the wall will change forever the California Craftsman decor.

  1. Grant Laurence says:

    Well done, Mike!
    Exceptional piece of work.
    This was fun for sure, and has encouraged me to write again 🙂
    Thx to all of you!!

    • Michael Stang says:

      Grant, thank you so much for your comments. The best thing you said was you want to write here again. You are a tall piece of talent. Looking forward to it.

    • Michael Stang says:

      Monica, you are so gracious. Can I tell you enough how much I appreciate you, you who leaves the light on?
      Thank you.

    • Michael Stang says:

      Salvatore, I must tell you in private how your support drives my craft. Oh wait… Naw, everyone knows what a writer you are. I am blessed.
      Thank you.

      • Michael Stang says:

        Mac, the wordwithyoupress gods have been having fun with me. I was not able to comment at all for the last week. But now it seems I’m back. Thank you for all your support and commentary.

  2. kyle katz says:

    YIPPIE…YAHOO…OH MY. I havent been this passionate about an announcement in a long time. You are one of the best! A great mentor and a super loving , caring person to boot! You can write your arse off!!
    How bout that for a prompt?

    • Michael Stang says:

      Prompt is cool. Not sure my arse is big enough, however Betty may have a different opinion.
      Thank you Kyle. I so do look forward to your comments for direction.

  3. Michael Stang says:

    V, while Thorn is jet-setting, I could not be more pleased you posted the winner. I think Pay Pal will finally (after three weeks) allow me to receive your new book; still battling. But I know that soon I will hold it in my hands and open to the first new page.
    Thank you for your eloquence, break a leg.

  4. Michael Stang says:

    Want to thank everyone for your support and encouragement. There are NO other writer’s sites that offer this kind of family. Here we are primordial ooze, here we sashay and are able to create without the fear of a shotgun blast to the head. (I know I can use one every now and then but.) Within the parameters given by our Editor-in-Chief I have seen every one of us nourish. V, and our daughter Kirsty are sterling examples. Humbly I appreciate all of you, the new girls, the new guys, yeah you too. Let’s keep this going.

  5. Shawna says:

    Hey there!
    I wanted to congratulate you on a perfect vignette that left me feeling that lady-or-the-tiger thing that has always transfixed my brain when I experience it. I really enjoy your writing and wanted to say congratulations on a clean win.
    Your writing always move’s me, without fail or indeed delay.

    Regards, Shawna

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