Notes and Words Essay Contest Finalist!

Okay, friends and loyal blog followers also known as friends, I know I just posted. I know I was just wallowing in self-pity because my agent said “no” yesterday.


But as this world often does, mine just did a big 180-degree turn.

A few minutes ago, I received word that my essay had been selected as a “2012 Notes and Words” finalist.

This is big for me. BIG.

Michael Chabon, Anne Lamott, Kelly Corrigan, and John Hodgman BIG.

Random House/Ballantine senior editor BIG.

Top literary agent at ICM BIG.

Executive editor of “O Magazine” BIG.

Attending the performance and after-party at the Fox Theatre in Oakland with CAKE as entertainer BIG.

And most importantly, sharing my Gus story BIG.


Here’s the thing. The winner will be chosen based on Facebook “likes” and judges’  discretion. So here’s my request.

Please, please, pretty please with sugar and pinot noir and vodka shots on top — go vote for me.

Here’s how:

Go to the Notes and Words essay site via Facebook by clicking this link. THIS ONE RIGHT HERE.

Read my essay titled “Life Lesson”.

Click “like” at the bottom of the screen under the essay. Leave a comment if you’re so inclined.

Click “like” on the Notes and Words site, too, just because they’re awesome.

Then, please share this information with all your friends and family and ask them to do the same. They don’t have to “like” my essay if they really don’t like it. But I’m hoping they will.

And then accept my heartfelt gratitude and my undying devotion to each and every one of you for helping make this dream a reality. And someday, when I can afford to buy you all Thin Mints and a damn good bottle of Cabernet, I will.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

And then thank you again.


About Katrina Anne Willis

Professional copywriter, author, friend, lover, dreamer, drinker of red wine.
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9 Responses to Notes and Words Essay Contest Finalist!

  1. Sarah Harris says:

    Amazing story! I felt like I was right there with you! So glad it had a happy ending! Congrats!!

  2. Kelei D. Baker Waltz says:

    We are so proud of you!!

  3. Maria Zarif says:

    You are an amazing writer, and honestly I am not shocked to see what you have achieved [: And as much as you know I have always loved reading your post, they always inspired me in many ways ❤

    I have a request if there is any way you could follow me back. I would really appreciate that (:
    Maybe this time i can inspire you with something eh? 😀

  4. Hi Katrina-
    I just posted a comment on FB under your essay. I wish you very well for this contest. What a beautiful essay and what a teacher Gus has been to your family and to the rest of us about what’s important in our lives. Many wishes to you for the upcoming weeks…

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