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It's been quite a week. I just spent the last several days at an educator's conference, where I had the opportunity to present on the use of interactive mapping tools in a classroom environment. Although it was a fantastic experience, it did disrupt my usual schedule somewhat. I want my blogging family to know that I was still keeping up with all of their posts, but I pretty much just had to lurk.

However, I couldn't let the week escape me without posting. So I saved me a good one.

Tomorrow my wife and I are celebrating our fourth wedding anniversary. We had a roller coaster courtship, almost eloped, and got married at sea -- where there can be no backing out, unless you feel like dealing with sharks and other things with sharp teeth. My wife and I, not much has been standard issue in our time together, and that's how we like it.

We decided to get married before I actually proposed, so when the time came I knew that I would have to be creative. There would be no going down to the beach, sitting on the pier and slowly setting her up. She was already a lock, and more than likely I could have done nothing and probably still would have stolen the prize.

But you should know me better by now. That's not how I roll.

Being a writer, I did the writer thing and wrote her a story -- with the proposal at the end. If you're going to have a punch line, make it a big one. I lied to her and told her it was a competition entry -- would she please proofread it? Then I waited for the awesomeness.

Was it the greatest piece of writing I have ever crafted? Hell to the yeah it was. I'm freaking happily married. And now this story, only seen by a select handful, is available to the reading public. Cue marching band! It features bad weather, a post office, and a mysterious package!

The fine folks over at The Write Place at the Write Time (a great online lit-mag), accepted the story for their -- amazing coincidence -- fourth anniversary issue, which just hit the virtual stands on the 22nd. I'd love it if you cruised over there and checked it out. Here's the link, you have to scroll down a bit past halfway to get to the story, as it's a Web 1.0 kind of site.

Also, for all of my writer friends out there -- I took second place in the last issue's writing competition. My prize was that I earn the right to create the prompt for this issue's writer's challenge. I invite you to submit an entry, there are a number of fantastic writers on the site, and you will be in very good company indeed.