Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Blog Miscellany - Contest, Award, & More

I've been given a free copy of the eBook of Emily Casey's novel The Fairy Tale Trap to give away to one of my readers. If you're interested in possibly receiving this eBook then, in honor of the season, please leave a comment below with a favorite winter memory. I'll pick one of the winter-memory commenters to receive the code for downloading the free eBook.

[Edited to add: Deadline for this contest is 11:59 PM Eastern US Time on 12/27. I'll announce the winner in my 12/28 post.]

In other bloggish news, I'd like to thank one of the other #writemotivation people, jaggedwriter, who has bestowed upon me the Versatile Blogger Award. This award calls for the following:
  1. In a post on your, blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.
  2. In the same post, Add the Versatile Blogger Award.
  3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.
  4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.
  5. In the same post, include this set of rules.
  6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.
I've been fortunate enough to have people present me with this award in the past as well. You can see my random facts and bloggers who I thought were worth passing the award along to in my September 11, 2011 Sunday Links post and my September 28th post which touched on several topics. Between those two pages you can find 17 random facts about me to thrill and amaze. (Or, well, something like that...)

You can also find links to a total of eight bloggers to whom I passed along one or more awards. Today I'm going to add four more bloggers to the rolls. Linking to 15 at once seems a bit overwhelming, so I'll just say I'm doing this part of the award requirements on the installment plan.
One more bloggy bit -- I received (and deleted) my first spam comment today. Umm.... Yay?

Finally, just a reminder that I'm taking a Christmas hiatus from blogging. I'll be back a week from today with a new post. I hope that all of my readers who are traveling this time of year have safe journeys.


  1. Hi Michael!

    Congratulations on receiving the Versatile Blogger Award!

    Favorite winter memory? It has to be my second winter in college, when I went sledding with my boyfriend. We had a cheap little sled, and a sad little hill, and we ended up wet and cold by the end of it, but it was a great two hours of sledding and being in total love.

  2. Hey Michael. Congrats on your blog award. You keep this blog rolling with great information and interactive opportunities.

    Not commenting for the contest. Wishing all entrants good luck.

    But I wonder if the spammers are feeling ripe. I didn't have a spammer until this month and I truly had to delete it.

    Hope your Christmas is joyous and filled with family love and fun.

  3. Marlena, what a fun memory! "A sad little hill" makes me think of where I went to college. My wife, who also went there for a year, always complained about how flat it was.

    Thanks for your comments, Angela! I'm very glad that you enjoy stopping by my blog. I hope that you have a wonderful Christmas as well.

  4. Thanks for mentioning we Micheal. have to be honest, I use my blog as a repository of stuff and don't read many others (bad, bad RJ) as I would just end up doing nothing,as opposed to very little...

  5. Congrats on your first spam message. I remember when I got my first one. It felt as if I arrived.

    Now I get super annoyed,since I get over a hundred a week. :-)

    Merry Christmas

  6. Congratulations on your blog award.

    Have a Merry Christmas.
    Oh Misha...shoo

  7. Thanks to those who have stopped by recently! And thanks for the Christmas greetings, Misha and Michael!

  8. Marlena,

    Looks like you're the winner of the free eBook!

    I'll email you that code. I hope you enjoy the book.