In June, 2012, I attended the International New Age Trade Show in Denver. I had attended this convention several times before, and always love the opportunity it presents to catch up with old friends and to see what's new in the New Age field. This year I was caught totally by surprise when I was awarded The COVR (Convention of Visionary Retailers) Award for the best divination book for 2012. This was for Spirit and Dream Animals. The only other writing award I've received also came as a huge surprise. In December 2008, at the New Zealand Magicians' Convention, I was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a lifetime dedicated to excellence in writing magical literature by Magic New Zealand. I feel incredibly honored and humbled by both of these awards.