This week’s writing advice is short and to the point. If you’re writing for anything other than grades, don’t hesitate to promote the ever-loving crap out of yourself.
The salesman in me ain’t dead yet after all.
That said, allow me to make a plug or 20.
You see, polls are currently open for the coveted “Best of Boise” awards sponsored by the Boise Weekly. This year the title is up for grabs in 95 different categories. I figure I and/or SB are eligible in at least three of them: “Best Living Idaho Writer,” “Best Local Blogger” and “Best Local Website.” What’s more, the rules don’t prohibit shamelessly campaigning for myself.
In other words if Andrade’s down the street can do it, dammit, so can I.
However, the rules do say you have to vote in at least 20 categories for your vote to count. Fair enough. The following is my ballot. I didn’t just pick these at random to get my 20 categories in. I support, endorse and patronize whenever possible all of these Boise institutions. I’d really like to see all of them win their respective categories.
Best Local Hotel: Modern Hotel and Bar
Best Local Car Wash: Metro Express Car Wash
Best Local CD/Record Store: The Record Exchange
Best Local Gym: Planet Fitness (Orchard)
Best Local Bank: D. L. Evans Bank
Best Local Wine Shop: Boise Co-op
Best Local Secondhand Store: Re-Style
Best Local Cultural Attraction or Museum: Discovery Center of Idaho
Best Local Band: Phantahex
Best Local Musician (include band name.): Grant Olsen (Phantahex)
Best Living Idaho Writer: W. Lane Startin (although Travis Hill and G. S. Wright are perfectly good choices too)
Best Local Bar: McCleary’s Pub
Best Local Sports Bar: Crescent “No Lawyers” Bar & Grill
Best Local Politician: Branden Durst
Best Local Blogger: W. Lane Startin (but of course!)
Best Local Website: Superfluous Bloviations (lanestartin.org)
Best Local Frozen Treat: Potato Ice Cream at Westside Drive-in
Best Local Breakfast: Eddie’s
Best Local South of the Border Restaurant: Andrade’s Restaurant
Best Local Pizza: Flying Pie Pizzaria
Best Local Indian Food: Madhuban Indian Cuisine
Best Local Burger: Big Jud’s
Best Local Italian Food: Papa Joe’s Casual Italian
Best Local Sports Team: Idaho Steelheads
Seriously. D. L. Evans Bank is awesome.
So click here to vote for me, SB and your other Boise favorites. Voting remains open until 11:59 p.m. Mountain time on 1 September. Feel free to use any (or all) of my suggestions.
If I win, I’ll let y’all know. 😉