An Asteroid

We writers sometimes talk about “pellets”–little rewards that keep us–like rats–happily running around our writerly treadmills. A good review is a pellet. An email from an enthusiastic reader is a pellet.

Last week, I got something so far beyond a pellet that one of my writing buddies called it an “asteroid.” And indeed, it is cosmic and out there, and really wonderful, too.

I live in Iowa City, which is known as a literary town–the world-renowned Iowa Writers Workshop is here, and we have this Literary Walk, which is a line-up of beautiful brass plaques with quotations from the works of authors associated with Iowa and Iowa City, writers like Kurt Vonnegut and Flannery O’Connor, and John Irving. Here is the website describing it.

My asteroid is that the Literary Walk has been expanded, and I’m one of the authors represented.

Usually you don’t get a brass plaque until you’re dead (in case you can’t see it, this is a quotation from The Magic Thief.)

“The old man was a wizard, clear as clear, and what kind of fool sits down to eat dinner with a wizard?”

And look, this is me: still alive, with my asteroid!

(photos by Kellye Crocker)

Pretty sweet, huh?

Posted in News on 10/11/2011 11:51 am


  1. Oh wow, Sarah!

    This is really awesome!
    Very happy for you :)))

  2. Wonderful! Congratulations!

  3. That is great! Congratulations!!!

  4. Very sweet indeed!

  5. That is unbelievably awesome!

  6. Dude! That is AWESOME!! Congrats, you.

  7. avatar Anne Nesbet

    Wow!! That is absolutely gorgeous! Wouldn’t you like to take home a little mini version of it for your desk? :)

    (What a great choice of quote, too!)

  8. That is the coolest thing EVER.

  9. avatar Raina Barnes

    This is so great, and I think it’s extra-great that it happened while you’re still alive and able to enjoy it!

  10. Ooooh!

    I’ll have to look for that the next time I’m downtown. Congrats!

    (Though I have to admit, reading the tweet I thought you’d somehow gotten an actual asteroid named after you, which would have turned my jealousy up to eleven. Million. Roughly. 😛 )

  11. How utterly cool! So glad you didn’t have to die to get one. :-) Much more fun to enjoy it, all smiley and breathing. Congrats, Sarah! That rocks!

  12. avatar Dina Hussain

    That is really great! Congratulations! You deserve it for the Magic Thief series, it is just awesome! :)

  13. That is one shiny wonderful asteroid! Congratulations!

  14. avatar Rio Bolivar

    That is so awesome! Congratulations!

  15. When I’m in Iowa City next summer I’ll seek out your asteroid. How wonderful, Sarah! Congratulations!

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