the highway scribe awoke this morning to learn "The Sidewalk Smokers Club" received an honorable mention from the DIY (Do It Yourself) Book Festival/Los Angeles edition. DIY is one in a handful of outfits helping sort out the quality from the slop in the print-on-demand/self-publishing universe. You pony-up anywhere from $50 to $100 bucks and as many as five copies of your own book and see what happens. It is a first run for "The Smokers" and the relative success basically means the scribe must now spend a few hundred more dollars on similar contests. That's fine. the scribe has scrolled down through lists of winners and honorably mentioneds before, heart contracting as his title failed to pop up. It's a grim and lonely moment. Here's the list for DIY. If you scroll down to the "Fiction" category, you will see that "The Sidewalk Smokers Club" is right beneath the winner. The litany's not being alphabetized is a fairly good sign the book came in second. highwayscribery titles have been at the end of such lists and, in those instances, there was no denying what it meant... so please, raise a glass to the scribe, or the muse, or to "The Smokers" themselves.