Freshly Pressed x 3 and What Became of Joe?

Life is good. I’ve got a song in my heart and the world on a string! Joy has come in and asked me to dance. Yes, if you ask me, everything’s coming up roses!  For, this past Friday, I was Freshly Pressed, which means my blog was featured on the homepage. And you know what they say—third time’s the charm.

Yes! I have been FP’d three times! The trifecta of all Freshly Pressed presses! First to receive FP notoriety was my On Notice post, which I wrote on account that I had a bone to pick with Mr. Stephen Colbert.  Then came one I wrote, in which I confessed to re-writing my family history by conjuring up The “Fake” Family Tree. And now, my Broken Hearts & The Road Not Taken post. Being pressed can be addictive, so I better put a reminder on my Outlook not to let this all go to my head.

What do you mean you can't take me out to pee because you've been Freshly Pressed and have to stick by your computer? What about me and my needs?

Best of all, I was pressed on a Friday, and that means my blog was in the spotlight ALL WEEKEND LONG! And that means I’m probably headed for my 15 minutes by now. Note to self: check out Wikipedia tonight and see if I’m in it, because, if you ask me, that’s the truest benchmark of recognition.

So how did I find out, you ask?  Well, I had just posted my story early Friday morning, and was getting ready for work.  I checked my emails for any messages about comments.  There were two from my regular readers.  Nothing unusual so far. Then, as I’m out walking Henry, my Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, on his morning constitutional, I check my email on my iPhone. Lo and behold there’s a message from Erica, the Story Wrangler at

“Congrats!” she says. Your post has been promoted to Freshly Pressed on Keep up the good work!”

That’s when I start jumping up and down and screaming like a clown who’s oversized foot has been run over by two Volkswagen Bugs.  My brain goes into hyper-drive and my heart skips into a state of complete apoplexy. Suddenly, I’m too excited to walk Henry and plead with him to hold it in. I run to my computer, leaving Henry downstairs, with his leash still on. I shout to him to close the front door, which in my haste I forgot to do. In typical fashion, he ignores my request.

So thank you, thank you.  Thank you, WordPress for seeing something good in my post. Thank you, too, to all my wonderful readers and fellow bloggers who contributed to my more than 9,000 views!  Thanks to the 140 of you who “liked” my post, and to the more than 130 of you who left comments on my blog, 74 of you who became subscribers on a whim–or perhaps on a bet–and 35 of you who took the leap of faith and decided to follow me on Twitter, thus assuming I have something important or even pithy things to say in 140 characters or less.

What Became of Joe?

I loved receiving all of your thoughtful comments and responding to each and everyone of you who wrote. Quite a few of you said you want to know what happened next, and I promise you, you will soon. Others wanted to know what became of Joe.

Well, after I moved to Seattle, I lost track of Joe, but, as a result of this post, I have rediscovered him on Facebook.  Joe’s a published author and a photographer, living in another part of the country and seems to be enjoying a very fulfilled life. I’m happy to say he read my Freshly Pressed post and hit the “like” button! So I’m pretty sure that means he liked my post and is glad we have reconnected. Better late than never, if you ask me. Oh, and Joe has a blog of his own, Long Tale Short.  Check it out! The man definitely has a way with words. But here’s the strangest part of this story: All these years, Joe also has kept a copy of The Washington Book Review (which was the name of the newspaper we worked on together), and had just happened to come across it again, barely a few days before I contacted him on Friday, out of the blue.  A bit freaky Friday-ish, I’d say.

She Writes Volunteer Coordinator

Well, this has been an amazing ride. Best of all, it happened on the same day that She Writes Founder/CEO, Kamy Wicoff, announced that I have been selected to serve as the first-ever Volunteer Coordinator for She Writes, along with Amber Medina West.  Yep, she’s a Medina too, but we’re not related. Just a happy coincidence. By the way, you can visit a post I wrote titled, She Writes! to find out what I think of this resource for writers.

So, if you ask me, it’s like I won the lottery. Fame, fortune and the paparazzi surely must be just around the corner!

39 thoughts on “Freshly Pressed x 3 and What Became of Joe?

  1. I’d probably just like to say that it was Broken Hearts and the Road Not Taken that got me to subscribe to your blog. Actually, a lot of your posts are lying in my read-this-later lists, but I promise you, I will read each and every one of them. You’re a terrific writer, and you surely deserve the Freshly Pressed honor. It’s only fitting that you’ve earned it three times.
    By the way, if you like, I can work on transforming your story into a free eBook…for people to read if they wish to. 🙂

  2. I’m just catching up with stuff over on She Writes and saw all your good news. Congratulations! Hope some day to reach your heights. And by the way, my sister is a Cavalier nut, too.

  3. Your wonderful blog is refreshing on this beautiful Spring morning and as a Cavalier King Charles owner, outdoors has become a priority with limited computer usage (when my Kirra is snoozing).

  4. I am so excited for you and so totally agree with Bella’s comment . For me, reading your blog is like sitting down to coffee with your BFF! Thank you and I am so glad I have found your wonderful blog. I learn so much from reading your posts.

    • Thanks, Wendy. Hope you make the time to join She Writes. It’s a great resource and I know that even though you’re slowing down a bit, you are still writing and will ALWAYS be a writer, and She Writes is a great resource. I’m also checking out your coincidence post! Thanks again, Wendy. You’re the best!

  5. Oh, and I forgot to mention that Henry would make the perfect companion for Roxy! I want to bring him home with me! 🙂 Great shot!

    • Your Roxy is a cutie-patootie and I just know Henry and she would hit it off. Maybe for now, they can be penpals? Let’s see how it goes. Wouldn’t it be cute if they had their own blog a sort of he said/she said? What a hoot, something every dog lover would come to read. Ha!

  6. Monica, congratulations!
    I’ve always said your writing speaks to the masses! Reading one of your
    posts is like connecting with a long time friend. I’m so happy that your
    post was “freshly pressed.” May there be a fourth, a fifth and a sixth
    time, amiga! I’m waiting with bated breath for the continuation of your story, by the way! 🙂

  7. Good for you! Sounds like a wonderful weekend. By the way, I love Henry’s picture — we thought of getting a Cavalier, but my heart belongs to Shelties!

    • I’m a sucker for Cavaliers, but I bet Shelties make nice pals, too. Yes, it was an amazing weekend! Thanks for your comment about Henry’s pic. I love that one too. Just got a new camera and that was one of the first pics I took with it, and I’m pleased as punch with it.

  8. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed! I’m looking forward to reading your three FP posts. Thanks for providing links. And, if I were you, I’d pay more attention to your canine pal because, when all others leave you, he’ll be sticking by. Most likely.

    • Of course, I recognize what a loyal pal I have in Henry. Unless, of course, my son is around. Apparently, spending guy time trumps being with “mom.” 😦

      Oh, and to find out what happened to Joe, you’ll have to read today’s post about being freshly pressed and finding Joe.

  9. Yay, Monica! What a great day and great weekend for you! I’m sure Henry completely understands your distraction.

    Looking forward to more fun stuff together on She Writes, too. I know you’ll be a fabulous volunteer coordinator.

    • Luckily, Henry doesn’t hold anything against me, especially all those hours I spend working at the computer. Yes, I’m looking forward to fun times with She Writes, too! Thanks, always, for your input!

  10. I am one of the “found you FP and became a subscriber” peeps. I was truly moved by a lot of what you said and couldn’t help becoming a subscriber! No bet needed. 🙂 You have a way with words and with making people feel truly connected to your stories. That’s a gift, and I hope to someday become FP myself. Until then, thanks for sharing your stories. You have probably lifted the spirits of more people than you know!

    • Well, allow me to shake your virtual hand. I applaud your insight and willingness to take the leap and subscribe. And I will make every effort not to let you down. 😉

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