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A Simply Stunning Surprise


I planned on writing something serious today about current events, but then I received wonderful news this morning that I want to share. It was the first email message I saw when I opened my mailbox.  Giggle, giggle.

First some background.  Are you familiar with the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie R. King? This is one of the few series that I keep up with. In a nutshell, in case you're not, Mary, the wife of Sherlock, is the main character in the series. Mary goes from being Sherlock's apprentice to his equal partner in marriage and detection.  Together, they resolve situations for clients and Sherlock's brother who is in the deepest of deep English intelligence, as well as for themselves. The time frame for their adventures is the late 1910s and 1920s. For more about the series, click here.

So, what's my news? 

Last month I entered that drawing above of Mary and Sherlock on a hillside in Laurie R. King recent fan art contest. It's my interpretation of Sherlock and Mary in their first years together. Sherlock and Mary discuss a case while the apprentice practices her juggling, a skill that she shall use when she is in disguise as a gypsy or other vagabond. Sherlock smoking his pipe is a sign that he is focused on making sense out of the clues that have revealed themselves.

Yes, the news.  I won First Runner Up in the Contest! The announcement is here. Whooo-hooo!

It's the first time I ever placed in an art contest. Wowza!

We're up to the letter S in ABC Wednesday, thank you very much ABCW team. To join in and/or check out the participants, please click here.


  1. That is sensational news! SO exciting for you! Congratulations and I love your picture!

    abcw team

  2. Hey Susie....Wowzer indeed! very well done, the Husband and Molly the Cat must
    be so proud of you and never forgetting The Mama who will be smiling down upon
    you in rapturous delight. I'm very proud of you too, so good to see your talent recognised and when one of the forthcoming books are published i hope your picture adorns the cover....
    Really great news, you've had such a sad and difficult year that it must be a word from above in recognising your talent....
    Love n hugs,
    Abcw team.

    1. Thanks, Di. My piece isn't for a book cover. I entered it into a fan art contest for Laurie King's Maryorama, which are artist depictions of scenes from her Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series. Wheww! That's a mouthful.

      I'm very happy. :-)

  3. Wow, that's brilliant news! The drawing is lovely, it's a happy drawing and makes me want to smile. Congratulations and well done! :)

  4. Completely Brilliant - Congratulations! Dance Around the Table, Sing LOUD - with Wild Abandon - This is Such Fun News - Oh, What a lot of JOY in my heart for YOU and ALL Your Endeavors . . . You So Rock!!!!

    1. Skip, skip, skip to my lou. Skip, skip, skip. . . Joy, joy, joy!
      Thanks, G!

  5. This is great news! I love your drawing because it feels so happy and evokes what the books put forth. This is great and congrats to you!

  6. Superb! Hearty congrats, Susie:)
    S is for Susie:)

  7. how wonderful for you, congratulations.
    I didn't hear of read about those series, hopefully they will air soon in Europe to for me to follow, being a sherlockfan already for many years

    Have a wonderful ABC-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

    1. Thanks, Melody. It's a book series by Laurie R. King. One movie was made years ago. I hope you check out the series.

  8. Congratulations, Susie! The Sherlock you mention is that Sherlock Holmes?

    1. Thanks, Wil! Yes, Sherlock Holmes. I avoided this series for years, but then I gave it a chance two years ago. I think there are 14 books thus far. I'm reading them out of order. The books work as stand alone's, but once you read one or two, you simply want more. At least I did.

  9. Wow! Congratulations ~ Love that series of Sherlock and Mary ~ Bravo to you! xox

    Wishing you a peaceful weekend ~ ^_^

  10. you are right abt California and Auckland. When I arrived in Auckland, I told myself, this is like San Francisco. I had spent a month in SF.

  11. What a great surprise, Susie! Congrats:):)
    Thank you for coming by. You said you wouldn't want to live in one of those big houses. Me neither. All I can think of is how much I would have to clean. Am not one who would like the hire someone cleaning my house either:):)

    1. Thanks, Jesh! :-)

      That, too. Cleaning. I'm a poor housekeeper. I can't even keep up with our house.

  12. The Mary Russell books are some of my favourite Sherlock-ian fiction. Bravo!!!


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