You guys continue to amaze me with your awesomeness, and for that, I'd like to thank you all for joining me on this cosmic writing journey. Because we're inching towards 800 members (I want to give this enough time for exposure), I figured, hey, why not announce my octennial-member giveaway now? But then I wondered, how am I going to do it this time? I considered what I've done before:
Free Books? ... Nah.
Gift Cards? ... Nah-huh.
A piggy-back ride at the next writer's conference?
Tempting, but ... *shakes head* nope!
Then it occurred to me, as I looked at my blog, what I'd do. When it comes to designing, I have a hard time putting images to paper so people can see what I see, but a few talented people have helped The Cosmic Laire become a visually fun place to visit that frames what I do best - write, and the results are stupendous! Instead of another giveaway, and to say thank you to all, we're holding this contest:
Welcome to Build Me A Blog - Hop!
Here's how this monkey's going to swing:
- Join this blog (if you already have, that's one less step!).
- Copy the button. Post it on your blog (link back to this post).
- Sign the Linky at the end of this post (closes Dec 19th).
- On December 20th, by 8 AM MST, include in your post a 200 word description of your dream blog/site/banner/avatar/etc. What would it look like? I'll read all the entries and select three winners who wowed me so much that I want to see their description come to life!
Winners will be announced December 24th, and the prizes are:
3rd place: a banner/icon/avatar designed by Tara Tyler.
2nd place: a banner/icon/avatar designed by Darren Hansen.
1st place: a blog background designed by Lisa Campbell ($50 value).
The best Runner Up will receive a rare box of Hostess cupcakes!
(Yes, it's real. No, it hasn't expired yet)
As a followup prize, my inbox will be open to query critics to anyone who wants one (all day, Wednesday 26th). This is a great opportunity to whip your NaNoWriMo query into shape before agencies open their doors for submissions after the holidays (or before the end of the world, whichever happens first), so please, take advantage. Those agents will greatly appreciate it. Details to come on the 26th.
Here's some background info on our master-designers:
Tara Tyler is amibicerebral with an alter ego as a high school math teacher - proving math is not so terrible and anyone can do it! She's had a hand at many jobs from waitressing to rocket engineering and has lived up and down the East Coast, currently rooted with three active boys and Coach husband in Ohio. Her sci fi thriller Pop Travel will be published by Curiosity Quills in 2013.
All three of these wonderful people have touched this blog and turned it into gold, and they can do the same for you! So how about it?
If you have any questions, please ask in the comments below.