It's extremely pleasant to check the mail on a Monday morning and find it full of wisecracks in response to the contest. There aren't enough round tables at the Algonquin to accommodate your collective wit.
I'm closing the entries as of now, so I'll have time to review them all tonight and announce the winner tomorrow.
The prize, which was created specially over the weekend, is this little sketch.
I've put it into an 8x10 mat so it seems all arty and prize-like.
New Photo Portfolio
Over on my Web site, the "Architecture and Interiors" portfolio is almost complete. You are most cordially invited to view it while it's in progress. If my schedule works out, the beginnings of the "Children" portfolio will also show up in the next day or so.
And I've got another design for the shop about 80% of the way to complete, too. It's another knitting perversion of a cherished work of art.
The Dreadful Correspondent
I owe about 2,000 of you a response of some kind. I dearly wish that Blogger, which otherwise serves me well (and, might I add, gratis) made it easier to shoot back an e-mail to comments that indicate a response is required, but it doesn't.
My feeble excuse is that a sudden surge in readership, combined with the double whammy of sickness and overtime, has caught me quite unexpectedly. And I'm not the most organized person at the best of times (ask my parents). I'll be devoting several hours this week to catching up, so if you are expecting to hear from me and haven't, I beg your indulgence.
Especially from the darling lady from Mary Thomas's hometown who wrote me such a beautiful and informative letter about my heroine that I printed it out and saved it to read while soaking in a hot bath. It was that good.
And before I forget, reader Jen made a cute "Panopticon" button, which she has displayed on her blog. I'm not one for using graphic buttons as links, but she did a nice job and I give the design my blessing should you care to steal it from her. Just no stealing her bandwidth, okay?