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Terie
05-09-2013, 07:44 PM
...the OED -- yes, the freaking Oxford English Dictionary!! -- cites your work as an example of word usage. Ya know what I mean?

http://teriegarrison.com/crystal_gaze_OED_sm.gif

Rhoda Nightingale
05-09-2013, 07:47 PM
:Jaw: Whoa. I . . . Yeah, that's all I got.

Niti Newtfinger
05-09-2013, 07:50 PM
Oh man, that's awesome. Congrats!!

mirandashell
05-09-2013, 08:12 PM
Oh fantastic! The OED, no less!

Chris P
05-09-2013, 08:17 PM
Nice! Well done!

They have a picture of me at the entry: 2. Hack (noun): one who produces banal and mediocre work in the hope of gaining commercial success in the arts

LeslieB
05-09-2013, 08:22 PM
Wow, that's great. The best I've done is gotten one of my fanfics mentioned on TV Tropes.

Marian Perera
05-09-2013, 08:24 PM
The best I've done is gotten one of my fanfics mentioned on TV Tropes.

I think that's great too. :)

Medievalist
05-09-2013, 08:40 PM
Did you tell your editor/agent/publisher yet?

It's so very cool.

Chase
05-09-2013, 08:46 PM
I'm crystal-gazing and openly scrying as I write this. Congratulations, Terie. We have a celebrated big shot among us. :ty:

juniper
05-09-2013, 08:48 PM
Oh wow! :Hail:

How did you discover this? So very cool. Just - really great. Congratulations!

Cathy C
05-09-2013, 08:58 PM
VERY cool! :D

Scribhneoir
05-09-2013, 11:12 PM
That is the coolest thing ever! Congrats!:snoopy:

stormie
05-09-2013, 11:37 PM
That's fantastic! To be able to say you're in the dictionary (and not any ol' dictionary) is amazing.

folkchick
05-09-2013, 11:39 PM
Damn.

Susan Littlefield
05-09-2013, 11:46 PM
Yahoo! Good going. :D

ap123
05-09-2013, 11:55 PM
Impressive AND cool!

Congratulations!:partyguy:

Kyla Laufreyson
05-10-2013, 12:34 AM
Holy sheezus.

Nice going! :Jaw:

dangerousbill
05-10-2013, 12:48 AM
Some of us can only hope for immortality.

DancingMaenid
05-10-2013, 01:30 AM
Awesome! That's pretty cool. I imagine that was quite a surprise!

Diana_Rajchel
05-10-2013, 01:40 AM
SWEET!

Namatu
05-10-2013, 02:04 AM
Wow. That's super cool. :Clap:

Layla Nahar
05-10-2013, 03:27 AM
w00t!

elindsen
05-10-2013, 04:38 AM
So cool

SkyeOhWhy
05-10-2013, 04:53 AM
Wow, that's amazing! Congrats! :Clap:

lolchemist
05-10-2013, 05:43 AM
OMG HAHAHA! That is awesome!!! How did you find out??

Beachgirl
05-10-2013, 06:25 AM
Holy freakin' wow! :Hail:

ladybritches
05-10-2013, 06:50 AM
Oh, yeah, you've definitely made it. :)

Siri Kirpal
05-10-2013, 07:01 AM
Sat Nam! (Literally "Truth Name"--a Sikh greeting)

Wow, o wow!

Blessings,

Siri Kirpal

rwm4768
05-10-2013, 08:30 AM
That's pretty cool. I wish I could have something like that happen to me.

TNK
05-10-2013, 10:45 AM
That is pretty freaking cool. :fistpump

Purple Rose
05-10-2013, 12:06 PM
I'm crystal-gazing and openly scrying as I write this. Congratulations, Terie. We have a celebrated big shot among us. :ty:

This. ^^ Quoting Chase only because he typically says what I feel, but soooo much better.

This is just fabulous news, Terie! Congrats!!!!!

Terie
05-10-2013, 12:29 PM
Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments. :D

The way I found out (since a few out you have asked) was quite serendipitous. A bloke in one of my crit groups subscribes to the OED Word of the Day e-mail list, and a month or so back, 'crystal-gaze' was the chosen word. He spotted the citation, and forwarded the e-mail to the group. I am neither the best nor the best-published writer in the group, so I was wondering which of the other writers was cited. Imagine my shock that it was me!

I don't subscribe to the OED, so I couldn't check the listing for myself, and a screen capture of an e-mail doesn't really have the same oomph. Also, I'd just signed up for an online course at Oxford, and I guessed that I'd have access to the online OED during the course, so I only shared the WOTD e-mail with a few friends at the time. The course just started, and sure enough, we do have access. One of the first things I did was check the listing and behold!

shaldna
05-10-2013, 03:22 PM
Awesome Terie

Barbara R.
05-10-2013, 03:26 PM
Very cool!

LeslieB
05-12-2013, 07:27 AM
I think that's great too. :)

Thanks!

benbradley
05-12-2013, 08:05 AM
In the game of "who cites your work?" you've won the jackpot!

Oh wow! :Hail:

How did you discover this? So very cool. Just - really great. Congratulations!
Yes, this!