Wednesday, April 14, 2010

CONTEST and random photo

Told ya.

Okay, everyone, this is the LAST DAY to enter my contest! For those who might be new here because a fellow blogger or Twitterer sent you over: I'm Carrie, a recovering attorney / former child actor / mom of a three-year-old who wrote a women's lit novel. Feel free to check out my writing online, and see what work I did as an actress. I'm two degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon. That about covers it.

Okay! Here is a recap of the contest details:

What are the rules? Well, this one's gonna be easy. No genre-blending, worst first lines, or flash fiction writing requirements. This time, I'm going for the followers. You know how it goes: you get points for following me on this blog and/or on Twitter, extra points for referring people directly and/or for passing on word about my contest on your own blog or Twitter account. I'll put the specific details at the bottom of the post.

What's the occasion? On April 15th (TOMORROW), it will be the one-year anniversary of the day I sent out my first-ever query letter for my novel.

What's the prize? I will be giving away a copy of Steve Almond's amazing self-published chapbook, This Won't Take But A Minute, Honey. Thirty flash fiction stories on one side, then you flip the book over and get thirty short essays on the craft of writing on the other side. The stories are good, no question... but these essays, people, are GENIUS. It's an MFA program in the palm of your hand. You need this book. I will ALSO be giving away my amazing secret fudge recipe, which has only ever been shared with winners of charity auctions and/or my blog contests.

Please also note that the book that I'm giving away has been SIGNED by the author. He doesn't know your name, but he knows what you need to hear, and he inscribed it just for you.

  • You must comment on THE CONTEST blog post to be entered. That gets you +1 point.
  • You get +2 points for being a blog follower.
  • You get +1 point for having commented on my blog at any point before today. (I wanted to reward those who've been with me for a while, but was afraid I'd lose track of which people are new blog followers and which are already following as of this writing. So, I'm rewarding participation instead.)
  • You get +1 point for following me on Twitter.
  • You get +1 point if you've retweeted me or my blog at any point before today.
  • You get +1 point for Tweeting about this contest/retweeting this post.
  • You get +2 points for blogging about this contest.
  • You get +1 point if someone writes in their comment that YOU are the reason they found out about this blog/contest. (Please do give credit if you were referred here by someone! It doesn't lower your chances that much, really.) You can get unlimited extra points this way.
  • You can obviously un-follow me again at the close of the contest, but I'm really quite amusing, and I'm sure you'll want to stick around.
And you don't need to provide links as proof -- just tell me how many points you get and how you calculated it when you post your comment. I will check up on the winner to make sure that person's points were all honestly claimed; if I find out you didn't really earn one of the points that you said you did, you will be disqualified, and I'll pick another winner.

Please, please, go blog & tweet and all that good stuff.


  1. Cara, I'd like to win this book thing you've got. I like winning. I'll tweet it. I'll go blog about it in a bit as well.

    I am already a follower and I have our names etched in a tree in the backyard. Even got your name right! Sadly, I cannot say the same for the tattoo I got on my ass.

  2. Why didn't I know about this contest until today? GAH! I feel so far behind on things. I definitely RTd to help spread the word.

  3. Thanks, Jenny! Thanks, Hillary Mae!

  4. Greg aka Juice = Greg LucidApril 14, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    P.S. Greg aka Juice is Greg Lucid (me)

  5. oops...redundancy ^

  6. Oh, goody! Contests are fun!

    Let's see...

    I know I've commented before now, so 1 point for that.

    For some reason I never signed up to follow your blog before, so 2 points for doing that now.

    I already follow you on Twitter (1 point) and I just retweeted the contest link (1 point).

    I can't actually remember if I've retweeted you in the past, but it seems likely. You say some funny stuff!

    Love the blog!


  7. I'm in--and I just followed you. :)

  8. OH!!!! Now I see the fudge recipe. LOL. Oops.

  9. I never win anything. Well, actually I've won lotsa stuff.

  10. Hey thanks for the heads up about the contest! Boy, that's quite a list of ways to wrack up the points!! Good luck calculating all of that! Guess you're back in practice, though, after taking your big GRE, right?

  11. A book AND a secret fudge recipe? I'm in. This is so fun Carrie because tomorrow is my 1 year query anniversary too.

    And I didn't realize you were such a cool child star. I actually SAW those movies and remember you. You're pretty much awesome.

    I'll be retweeting.