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Where Everyone Can’t Be a Winner

christmas decoration, christmas decorations, christmas ornament, christmas ornaments, literary suspense novel, literary suspense fiction, literary southern gothic suspense novel, literary southern gothic suspense fictionI wish everyone could win my Cootchie Contests, because yesterday’s commenters gave me lots of belly laughs. Your company brightened a hectic day.

We have two categories of winner: those who got really close to the mark without looking around online for the answer, and those who found the item online with the magic of Google. Because this item is a rather obscure architectural doo-dad produced and sold primarily in Japan, finding it on Google deserves some reward.

The winners who got close to the mark:

  1. Fiona (aka Speccy) 
  2. Ted Strutz

The winners who Googled:

  1. Kenneth Andrews
  2. Carnell

The item is from a Japanese series of architectural model accessories. Click here for a link, generously provided yesterday by Carnell. The whole site is worth a look. The dinosaur series is quite funny to me for some reason.

Now, for my conundrum. I only have two of the antlered ladies to give away. For the other winners, I have a lovely wood cut Finnish snowflake ornament.

Dear Readers, please help me assign the, um, booty. Who should get the antlered lady? The snowflake? Please help me decide by weighing in with your choice recipients in a comment.

And, for the winners, please message me with your mailing address so that I may get these out to you. I will mail them during the first week of the new year, and may they bring luck for all of 2013.

This post is part of the series Roll Out the Holly, about the stories Christmas ornaments can conjure. Click here to read the series from the beginning.

Click the Cootchie and Win a Sexy Prize

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The identity of today’s ornament is a Cootchie contest.

Answer this question in a comment: What is the red rectangle near the top of our little tree?

The winner will receive this lovely Finnish lady to give some cheer next holiday season.

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For previous Cootchie contests:

It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas

Show Me the Money!

It’s Weird. It’s Strange. It’s a Christmas Song?

This post is part of the series Roll Out the Holly, about the stories Christmas ornaments can conjure. Click here to read the series from the beginning.

Surcee Galore

Over the weekend, the Cootchie reached another little milestone: page views clicked from one six-figure number to the next. The last time that happened was right after the holidays 2011, and I gave away surcees to the people who commented around the time of the flip.

This year, reader Cheryl Smithem saw my urge to comment for a score, and she scored………….a bottle of Cootchie Hooch is on its way to her. I know where to send it, Cheryl.

Roxanne at The Good Luck Duck also commented. She and Annie are eligible for a bottle of Cootchie Hooch as well. Completely vegan and prepared with no harsh chemicals or preservatives……..other than Everclear.

Because Roxanne and Annie have no official mailing address (other than The Desert, USA), I will send a bottle of Cootchie Hooch to the reader who first guesses the origin of the title of today’s post.

Let the months of holidays begin!

America’s Next Author

As of this writing, I still sit in the number 3 position for this week in the America’s Next Author social writing competition. However it turns out, I wanted to take an opportunity to thank you.

I went out on a limb and started writing without a safety net. Without any real pedigree. Without much of a support structure for writing.

In truth, with a blurry dream and a handful of innate skills in my toolbox.

In an age where everyone is swamped with things pulling them in a thousand directions, I have been humbled by this contest. Many of you took precious minutes to share my writing multiple times, across various platforms. Some of you wrote detailed, lengthy, thoughtful reviews of my work for public consumption. Several of you got very creative in your ardent support of my work.

Whatever the outcome, I’ve learned a lot from entering this contest on a lark. Writing almost a thousand new words and editing parts of a story on a day I had a migraine wasn’t easy, but I met the deadline. I learned new things about the inner workings of social media. I made enough mistakes to know how I would execute a contest like this one should I ever do it again.

But.

If I don’t prevail, I won’t proceed another week. I have called in too many favors to start anew for a fresh week of the contest, and I am behind on my edits for my novel, a project with a looming deadline. I had specific things I wanted to learn from this experience, and I’ve learned them.

What I didn’t anticipate was how much so many people whom I have barely or never even met would be willing to do for me. You, Dear Readers, are some of the best people on earth.

I am lucky that a little blog brought you into my life. Thank you for being here.

A Vote You Won’t Regret

We interrupt this “All Roy, All the Time” program for an announcement. About me.

One of my stories has been accepted by the America’s Next Author competition. It is a social writing contest, and the winner receives $5,000 and connections for a book deal.

“Social writing” means the more my story gets talked about and shared in social media, the better my chances to get one of the eight  available nominations. I reworked my story about the Old Charleston Jail in honor of Halloween, and I hope you like it.

If you are so inclined, here’s how you can help me win a slot:

  1. Click this link and write a 5-star review. If you do not see the link on the words ‘click this link,’ here is the link in full: http://www.ebookmall.com/author/andra-watkins
  2. After you write your review, go to the buttons on the upper-right hand side of the page and share it. A whole host of sharing tools are available, but the ones that will help me most are Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and Tumblr. It only takes an extra click.
  3. Please do not kill me if I send you a personal message and ask you to do something small and specific.

I am willing to put some airline miles on the line for the person who tweets, shares and otherwise talks up this story the most. We’re having a party for reader Lou Mello on January 11, 2013, and I’d love to redeem some of my airline miles to bring a reader to Charleston for the party. Airline miles only, but still, airfare somewhere is better than an iPad any day, if you can stand to fly Delta.

Right?

Thank you so much for spending time with these words every day. You inspire me to keep trying, to never give up.

P.S. Two of my friends are also in the competition, and I won’t be offended at all if you look them up and cast a vote for them. In fact, I owe Cameron a word of thanks for getting me into this in the first place. Cameron Garriepy’s story is here and Lance Burson’s is here.

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