Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A winner and a new contest!

Can anyone guess--by looking at the seahorse-riding girl I put on this post--who won a copy of THE STOLEN ONE by Suzanne Crowley?

I chose the winner in a random drawing, but when I saw who it was, I just had to do something sea-whimsical. Anyone who follows her blog can probably guess:

Email me your snail-mail address, Karen, and happy reading!

Monday's Spreading the Awesome blog event was an incredible way to start this week, which is my anniversary of becoming a blogger and starting Talespinning. What a year it has been!

The best part has been meeting so many wonderful writer/bloggers. From each of you I have learned something or enjoyed a laugh or a celebration. I thank everyone who has become a follower or left a comment. You're all amazing!
But enough of the speeches and on with the celebratory contest. I will choose three winners. First randomly-picked name gets first choice of one prize, second gets second, etc.
Because people have different desires I want to leave it open which type of prize suits you. So here are the choices:

* $20 gift card for Amazon, Borders, Barnes&Noble or Powell's.

* A critique of first 15 pages or opening chapter of your work-in-progress.

* Choose any two of the following books:
DULL BOY (Sarah Cross)

EYES LIKE STARS (Lisa Mantchev)

ETERNAL (Cynthia Leitich Smith)

BLUE MOON (Alyson Noel)

THE DEAD & THE GONE (Susan Beth Pfeffer)

+1 comment
+2 new follower
+3 already following
+4 blog, tweet, sidebar, whatever
+5 write me a haiku and put it in the comments
Add 'em up with your comment, and put your email if I'm not going to find it by clicking your name. I'm going to leave this contest up until midnight Saturday, May 8.


Those of you who've been visiting me awhile know I love haiku--the three-line, five-seven-five-count Japanese poetry that distills a moment in nature. They go something like this:

dawn tide washes in

angel-wing shells and remnants

of forgotten dreams


So what's the tide washing in for you lately?


Unknown said...

Yay another contest! I love contests. Count me in!

I'm an old follower. +3 and I'm commenting (in case you hadn't figured that out yourself) +1


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Unknown said...

EEEEEEKKKKKK!!! I almost spit out my chocolate cake.

YAY!!! I'm so excited. And I LOVE the seahorse picture. *blushes*

Happy Anniversary to one of my favorite bloggers! :)

Karen Jones Gowen said...

Okay, I'm in! I'll put you on my sidebar +4, I'm an old follower +3, and this is my comment +1. Prize choice would be the Amazon gift certificate. Yes!!

Point count is 8. I know I'd better my chances with a haiku but I just can't make myself do it. Sorry :)

Happy Anniversary!!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Karen Amanda: Not the chocolate cake! I'm glad it was only "almost." The feeling is mutual. :)

Julie Dao said...

YAY Karen!!! And oooh another contest, how can I resist? :)

+1 comment
+3 already following
+5 a haiku

Here goes:

Sun on daffodils
Spring has danced in at long last
Please go away, snow


Jemi Fraser said...

Wow - another great contest :) You're awesome! I'm an old follower and my brain is too tired to haiku today!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi Stina, KarenG and Jemi--sooo glad you're entering. :D

Julie: Oh, that haiku is just the right spirit!

Melissa Hurst said...

Awesome contest!

Okay here goes - +1 for commenting
I'm an old follower - +3
I'll tweet about the contest - +4

Total 8

Yat-Yee said...
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Yat-Yee said...

Like Julie's, my haiku is spring related:

Petals in the breeze
Phlox brims over stoic rock
Spring and hope collide

haiku 5
comment 1
old follower 3
will blog 4

Janet Johnson said...

Yay! Contests are fabulous!

Science fair tonight
Chaos in the school hallways
Lost my sanity

Does that count? It's not beautiful, but true to life.

haiku 5
old follower 3
comment 1

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi Melissa!

Yat-Yee: I love "spring and hope collide"

Janet: Oh, yes, that counts--it's got me laughing. :D

Stephanie Thornton said...

Happy Anniversary! I do love your haikus, but am not so good at writing them myself.

I'm an old follower and I'm leaving a comment!

+4 Yahoo!

storyqueen said...

I think that is my favorite haiku yet.

So beautiful.


Claire Dawn said...

Streams of melted snow
A rainbow of flowers bloom
Spring is come at last

So that's everything but new follower. 13 points.

-Claire Dawn

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi Stephanie!

Shelley, thank you!

Claire: Oh, I love the image of streams of melted snow--I can feel the icy freshness.

Sena said...

+1 comment : Yay! Thank you for an awesome contest!
+3 already following
+4 tweet:

Total: 8
sena.sagani [at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!


+1 comment
+3 already following
+4 Blogged (and tweeted too but don't know if that's a separate plus four)

I can't write haiku to save myself :(

~The Book Pixie said...

This is a great contest and happy blogoversary!

Well, I think I could do better but here it goes:

Spring brings color and warmth
Now winter is in the past
Roses bloom to life.

+1 Comment
+3 Aleady following
+4 Sidebar:
+5 Haiku

Total= 13


Unknown said...

Congratulations, Karen! Awesome!

Beautiful morning
Floating on resplendent words
Of children and friends

*blush* Here's my confession. I haven't done a haiku since high school. Hope I did it right! (and I figured the beautiful morning counted as the nature part...)

old follower, comment, haiku = 9

Hope you're having a great week!

Liza said...

I'm game:

Writing brings on joy
A seahorse carried by tide
Tricia celebrates

Comment +1
Current Follower +3
Haiku +5
Total 9

Congratulations on one year Tricia!

Jackee said...

Congrats to Karen Amanda!

And I love the haiku! The picture to go with it as well. I'll have to think of my own when my brain is not morning mush. In the mean time, seven point for me!

Lisa Aldin said...

Congrats to Karen!

Enter moi!

+1 comment
+3 already following!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Thanks, Sena!

Wen: Ah, but you sure can write stories--don't sweat haiku. And thanks for the linkage!

Briana: Thanks for the haiku and links, yay!

Nisa: That was lovely--I can hear the voices on the spring breeze. :)

Liza: Thank you! I feel like I'm riding on a sea horse, really, it's kind of magical.

Jackee, I'll love a haiku if you get inspired, and thank you!

Thanks Lisa!

Anna Staniszewski said...

Fun contest! Let's see, I'm an old follower (+3) and I'm commenting (+1). Sadly, I don't think I have a haiku in me today. :-)


Unknown said...

Congrats on a year of blogging!! Thanks for the awesome contest :)

+13 points total:

My comment = +1
Already a follower = +3
Sidebar = +4
My Haiku = +5

Fragile Spring flowers
See the sun but hear the snip
Glass vase life sentence

Sorry! Dang, I have got to cheer up!

Have a great day!!

Donna said...

Congrats on all of this. Here is a haiku in honor of your blog and our back porch creature.
(comment+old follower+haiku=9 pts.)

Spider spins a tale
that sparkles in the light.
Sad ending for the fly.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi, Anna, thanks!

Nicole: Ha! I love that haiku and that you worked a little conflict in. ;)

Donna: Oh, that haiku is amazing--it's got a tale spinning theme and is like a miniature story!!! Thank you so much.

kathrynjankowski said...

Congrats to Karen Amanda and thanks for a new contest!

Comment +1
Old Follower +3
Total = +4

Jon Paul said...

Tricia--First, congrats to you on your first year down. I must humbly say that it is we who have learned much from you, and not the other way around. Thanks for all the good work.

Congrats also to Karen for her win, and also love the haiku.

With this comment, plus the post in about ten minutes, I think that brings my point total to 332, but I've never been good at math.


Here's to a second year as good as the first!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi Kathryn, thanks!

Jon Paul: Ah, shucks, thanks! And as for your astounding, outstanding point total, I want to be on your team, whatever it is! :D

Lydia Kang said...

Hi There!
I'm a new follower +2
Comment here +1
And I'm going to post on my sidebar on my blog +4
So +7

Wonderful poem, and nice to meet you!

Gail said...

Wow, Happy Anniversary! I'm a new follower though I've seen you comment on many of the same blogs that I follow. What does the tide hold for me? I'm not much of a haiu-er, but I'll try...then go add you to my blog post!

Summer conference
Brings nerves, joy, and excitement,
First timer I'll be.

OK, new follower +2, comment +1, haiku +5 and blog you +4 = 12!!!!

Come on over to my blog for my contest giveaway :-)

PJ Hoover said...

Here ya go with a haiku:

A busy spring brings
hope, wishes, miracles, dreams
We can reach our peak.

okay, I was never much one for the serious poems. Oy.

I think that's 9.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Hi Lydia, welcome! It's so nice to meet you, too, and thank you.

Hi Gail: Thanks for coming over and writing haiku. Is that the SCBWI conference? I can sure understand your excitement. I've gone to smaller ones but never the biggie.

PJ: Thank you for being a trooper. I meant not to cause you pain. :D And I love that you are cheering us on!

Angela Ackerman said...

Congrats on the milestone. I sure am glad you did get into blogging. :)

And since Forest of Hands and Teeth is up there, I give you:

Tonight's dinner is
a healthy brain selection
zombie happy meal

Talli Roland said...

Congrats to the winner, and congrats on your anniversary!I won't enter your contest since I'm overseas and I hate to make people send things my way, but it looks like a cool contest!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Angela: Zombie happy meal! You just gave me the smile of the day. Thank you.

Talli: Thanks! (there's always the gift card...) ;)

Donna said...

Too funny. I love the "zombie happy meal."

Judy Croome | @judy_croome said...

COngratulations on your 1 year blog anniversary, Tricia!

+1 comment
+3 already following
+5 a haiku about lightning:

Suddenly the sky
Is furious, and lets loose
A finger of fire.

Wishing you many more happy years blogging!


Lisa said...

Grats on your year!

New follower +2
Comment +1
Bad attempt at Haiku +5 (there is contention in the house on how many syllables breathe has!).

The morning sings light
Birds rise to breathe in sunlight
Apprecation of life!

[ormali(at)xtra (dot)co (dot) nz]

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Judy: Oooooo, that's a smashing haiku. Love that fire!

Lisa: *waves* Nice to meet you. Haiku is all about appreciation of the moment, so thank you!

Unknown said...

Eep! I think my last post didn't go through. Anyway, I wanted to let you know that I think the contest is awesome, but I won't enter since I already own those books. And I love the last pic--those are my fave things on the beach!