Category Archives: Contest

And the winner is…

I know, I know.  The contest ended two days ago, but I’ve finally made my decision.  It was a toughie.  Lorrie’s story of learning to love reading is very touching.  I enjoy hearing about people’s first introductions into the wonderful world of books.  Mad shared her connection with the main character of her favorite book.  I had no idea she had so much in common with Jo.  I don’t think I’ve ever found a character who was so me.

Still, I can only pick one winner, so I decided to award the prize to the reader who best described why her go-to book was her favorite: Madhousewife.  Congratulations, Mad!  Choose your new book from this list.  And thank you for entering, Lorrie, and sharing your story with us.


Just a reminder and a QotD

The deadline for the Again! Again! Again! contest is 12:00 pm, October 1.  Click on the link, and tell us what your go-to book is and why it’s special to you.

After re-reading the original post, I realized that I never told you what my go-to book is.  As I’m not officially entering this contest, I don’t have to limit my answer to one – ha!  I have different go-to books, depending on what mood I’m in.

If I want something that completely pulls me in, I read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.  There’s one particular passage in that book when Ender and his team are psyched up to fight their first battle.  As they’re running to the game room, Ender occasionally jumps up to touch a spot on the low ceiling of the hallway, and each team member jumps up to touch that same spot.  The first time I read it, I wanted to jump, too.  There are other books that draw me in, but none of them has ever made me jump the way that book does.

If I need cheering up, I read a children’s book — usually one with very few words but pictures that make me smile.  Mercer Mayer’s books, such as Hiccup or A Boy, A Dog, and a Frog, are good for this.  I also like David Wiesner’s Tuesday.  If you haven’t read that one, you are seriously missing out.

If I’m feeling romantic, I read Jane Austen.  Persuasion is my favorite of her books.

Now for the Question of the Day…

What have you always wanted to do but never did because you were too scared?  This could be an adventure, a goofy act, speaking your mind to someone about something that drives you crazy, a performance….  Is it a matter of guts, or are you afraid you’d fail?

For me, I’d have to say that I’d love to craft for a living, but that just ain’t gonna happen.  (Please pardon my poor grammar.)  I am no entrepeneur, and I don’t think my stuff is professional quality — although I’d love to learn how to improve my skills.  Most of what I do is self-taught, though some of that self-teaching builds on basics that I learned from others.  So what’s your pipe dream?

Once more, with feeling!

As I am currently rereading (or is that “re-reading”? — whatever) one of my all-time favorite books: Watership Down, I thought it might be fun to find out what everyone else’s favorite books are.  So I’m having another contest!  Because they’re fun.

I’m naming the contest after my favorites bookshelf on Goodreads: “Again! Again! Again!”  (Okay, it’s actually “again-again-again”, but that’s because Goodreads wouldn’t let me do it my way.)

Entering is very simple.  Just post a comment telling me your favorite book (one book, not an author or series — though it can be part of a series.) that you love to read over and over and over again, and explain why it’s so awesome.  The winner will be judged solely on their post, not their chosen book.  So don’t be afraid to admit that your favorite go-to is some steamy bodice ripper or even Hop on Pop.

The winner will receive a paperback copy of any book on my again-again-again shelf*, provided that it’s still in print — which I think they all are.  Entry comments must be submitted to this post before 12:00 am, October 1, 2011.

*Prize choices exclude book compilations (e.g., Winnie the Pooh Treasury)/collections.

Winner of the 2011 Artistic Genius Contest!

I had intended to wait until tomorrow to announce the contest winner; however, since I only had one submission (sad, people — really sad), I’m announcing it now.


The winner of the 2011 Artistic Genius Contest is…


*yay! applause!*

As the one and only winner (and entrant) of the contest, she gets to name her own prize.  She’s opted for gooey chocolate chip cookies.  To see BratzBasher’s winning entry, visit the contest page above.

Friendly Reminder and Junk

This is your last chance to enter the 2011 Artistic Genius Contest.  So far, I have one entrant.  I’m not sure if this says more about me or about my readers.  Remember, I use the term “genius” loosely.  Very loosely.

On a happier note: I’ve got my Readers & Stitchers group tomorrow morning.  I have no idea what project I’m taking.  I’m sort of out of projects at the moment.  At least, I’m out of portable ones.  I’ll have to come up with a new one.

BratzBasher and I dyed eggs tonight.  It was fun.  We tried out the “magic crayon”, double-dipped, and even used stickers to make polka dots.  In case you were wondering, vinegar works so much better than plain water it’s not even funny.  BB did a very pretty green egg with white butterflies on it (courtesy of some cheap butterfly stickers)  I think that one turned out the best.  I’ll try to get a picture before she eats it.  Don’t know when I’ll be able to upload it, but I’ll have it.

Listening to Oingo Boingo’s Dead Man’s Party right now.  The album, not the song.  I haven’t decided yet how Oingo Boingo affects my mood.  I think I need to do more research.

It’s 10 pm, and I have to get up early tomorrow.  I’ll let you know what my new project turns out to be.

Just five days left!

BratzBasher has submitted an entry for the 2011 Artistic Genius contest.  You can view it on the contest page.

I have updated the submission info to include an email address where you can send your submissions, since I have no clue how or if you can put anything besides words/video links in that comment doohickey thing.

Contest ends 9pm (CST), on April 23rd, 2011.

No Foolin’

Only 22 more days to enter the 2011 Artistic Genius Contest. Click on the corresponding page for details.