Dec 26

Nose to the Grindstone & Contest

Posted: under contest, the writing life.
Tags: ,  December 26th, 2014

NewBook is growing nicely, at 210 pages, moving right along every time I sit down to it,  so I think we need a contest to end this year and start the next.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 30

And the Winners Are…

Posted: under ARC, contest.
Tags:  December 30th, 2013

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dec 29

Last Day to Enter for ARC

Posted: under ARC, contest.
Tags:  December 29th, 2013

OK, it’s less than 12 hours to the deadline.   Time for all who haven’t put their name in the hat for an ARC of Crown of Renewal to come up with a little “Midwinter Tale” (it can be short.  It’s not going to be judged on anything but its existence in the comments section of this post) and email it to the ARC Contest post by midnight tonight.

Each person who enters will have one chance to win one of two ARCs up for grabs, no matter how many tales you enter…though I admit a special glow of thanks to those who entered more than one.    A random number generator will toss me the numbers, and I will announce the winners tomorrow (if we don’t have a power outage or something else happens to prevent me…this is winter, after all, even in Texas.)    Winners will then have 48 hours to send me their package-mail address, and the books will go out by the end of the week (I’m not sure when our local post office will close, other than New Year’s Day, but it often has restricted hours around holidays.)

Ideas come not to those who wait, but those who set fingers to the keyboard and start.  9.5 hours is plenty of time for a couple of paragraphs.

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Dec 17

ARC Contest

Posted: under ARC.
Tags:  December 17th, 2013

The good news is that I heard from Editor that ARCs are on their way.   That’s right, plural.   We will have a contest & drawing for two ARCs of Crown of Renewal.    Here’s your challenge for this year… Read the rest of this entry »

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Jan 06

We Have a Winner

Posted: under ARC, contest.
Tags:  January 6th, 2013

And the winner is…#1, Jet.   I realize that random number generators of any type can indeed come up with the first or last number, but this is the first time in the ARC contests that it’s happened.  Congratulations to the winner!

So….I need a snail-mail address for the winner.    Email me from the contact form on the website with a subject line of ARC winner so if it happens to fall into a junk mail basket, I can find it easily.

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Jan 05

Need Some Help: Contest Related

Posted: under contest, Reader Help.
Tags: ,  January 5th, 2013

In case no one’s checking the comments in the contest thread…I’ve now read everything and made what I hope is an accurate list of unique contributors.

But, given that I’ve been sick and foggy-headed, I’d like someone else to count that too.  I get thirty unique contributors…is that what y’all think?    Once I have a check on the number, I can run the random number app and have a winner.

BTW…great entries.  I was so smart not to think I could pick a winner on merit because there were too many really good ones!

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Dec 18

Contest Topic

Posted: under contest.
Tags:  December 18th, 2012

Should have done this at once…this is the topic under which to post your poetic genius as a comment.    We already have one entry,  under the Good News header, but please repost as a comment here, for the benefit of your lazy hostess, so she can find them all in one place.

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Dec 17

The Good News

Posted: under ARC, contest, the writing life.
Tags: , ,  December 17th, 2012

…is I should be getting an ARC later this week, so the contest is just about ready.

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Oct 07

We Have a Winner!

Posted: under contest.
Tags:  October 7th, 2011

The random-number generator has kindly done its thing on the list it was given (pruned of duplicate entries, non-entry comments, and my bright ideas), and Richard (no initial, no last name) has won the ARC.

Richard, email me via the link on my website,, with a mailing address and I’ll ship it off.

Non-winners,  your enthusiasm, inventiveness, and humor win my undying gratitude for the pleasure you’ve given me, in what turned out to be a tougher several weeks than I expected.   There will be Snippet later today or tomorrow.

Thanks again, everyone.

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Sep 20

Contest for ARC

Posted: under contest.
Tags:  September 20th, 2011

Unable to decide which of the suggestions was best (sorry, all) I’ve fallen back on my own inadequate store of ideas and plucked out the one on top, which bears an unfortunate resemblance in some ways to last year’s.

Pick a character.   For the purpose of this game, characters will look the same and be the same size and have the same basic personality.  Now translate that character to 2011, and put her or him in a particular location (where?) and occupation (what?) with a hobby (what?)   Pretend, for the purpose of the contest, that these books have never been written, so (for instance) Paks-in-2011 can’t have as a hobby playing Paks-in-the-books at conventions.   The juxtaposition of character, place, occupation, and hobby can be “appropriate” or “humorous.”  It’s up to you.   I think we’d all enjoy seeing how you connect the character’s personality to the new occupation and hobby–so you don’t have to limit yourself to just listing the variables.  Play.  Show off your imagination.

Because next week is going to be super busy for me, you will have until midnight Saturday, October 1 (a date easy to remember) to make your entry.  As before, all entries will be given a number and the winner drawn through a random number thingie-whopper.

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