We had seventeen entries at the end, after I found John McDonald’s in the moderation queue. Alas for what I said in the comments to the previous post, I don’t really use hamsters to generate random numbers, and I used an online random number generator instead. I wish I had seventeen ARCs to hand out, because, folks, every one of you wrote something that made me chuckle, or cry, or just sit there feeling Paksworld around me. So in the midnight dark, I decided that three ARCs would find a new home in this thing.I had just done the random number thing last night when I checked email again and saw the notice that John’s entry was in moderation. So I ignored those results and ran the random number thing again this morning, with 17 rather than 16. (And yes, after another check just in case the internet, not the individual, had held something up and its time-stamp qualified it.) For those interested in the process, I ran it three times, once for each copy, against the full list of 17.
So, ahem, here are the winners, in order of their place on the list, not the order in which the numbers came up: #1 Lise, #6 Nadine Barter Bowles, #11 Daniel Glover. (And yes, I ran it a few more times to be sure it wasn’t just adding 5 each time, and it wasn’t. It was a random apparent regularity.)
Winners, please email me with the address at which you receive packages in the next 48 hours. I would like to mail these out by the end of the week, and if I don’t get response from one of you (or one of you doesn’t want the ARC) then I’ll run another random number thingie and hand it to someone else.
The rest of you–THANK YOU for a wonderful set of Midwinter Tales. I think there needs to be a little collection–and if you contributors agree, then I need to talk to my agent about giving formal permission for a few things that were used from the Paksworld books (character names of important characters, for instance) and we will need to see how many of you want your contribution in something more formal than a blogsite group or a privately distributed chapbook. (This could also allow the multiple contributions to be included.)