Monday, January 24, 2011

Award and The First Cosmic Laire Contest!

First up, I would like to thank Ali Cross for thinking I'm cool enough to be given a stylish award. Thank you, Ali! The rules for accepting this award are as follows:

1: Thank and link the person who gave you this award.
2: Share 7 things about yourself.
3: Award (up to) 15 recently discovered great bloggers.
4: Contact these bloggers about their award.

Looks like I got my work cut out for me - and it's worth it! As for seven things, I'll divulge a few secrets.

1: I sport novelty-tees 85% of the time (I'm currently wearing a 1UP mushroom shirt - got to love Mario).
2: I've never been on a cruise and I don't plan to (that is to say, I won't make the plan, but I'll go if invited).
3: My car has a name, and that name is Sarah.
4: I've always wanted to live in a Hobbit Hole.
5: I make a pretty dang good James Bond in a tux.
6: I can never get enough of the show Psych.
7: I love exercising - and I should do it more often.

This is where I pass on the torch to some stellar bloggers that I've met in the last couple of weeks.

Gabi at Iggi and Gabi
Morgan Lee at FantasyFairy
I'd give one to Lindz, but she already has one.
The same goes to Ali Cross
Matthew Rush at Questionable Query
Abby Minard at Above Water
Julie Dao has one too . . .
Jen Knox at Jen Knox
Damyanti at Writing on Writing

Congratulations you guys! Your blogs are styl'n!

And thank you, Kulsuma, for following :)


To celebrate The Laire's 50 followers, I'm holding my very first contest! The best part is, everyone's a winner! (Hey, why not? 50 followers is manageable - everyone should get something, right?) Since I am short on cash, I'm offering my time and writing know-how. Here's how it works. The prize is a full chapter critique (up to 3K words), one for old followers (before 50) and one for new followers (after 50). Here are the rules to enter!

1: You must be a follower.
2: Comment on this post.
3: Mention and link this contest on your blog sometime between now and the 31st of January (one week).
4: On Tuesday, Feb 1st, I'll do a drawing.
5: I will announce the winners and provide an email for you to send me your sample for a full critique. For everyone else, you can email me up to 250 words or a query letter for a critique. How does that sound?
Note: I will not open files. Paste your prose, please :)

And they're off! Good luck to everyone

Update: a working draft of chapter 15 is DONE! Only one word seems suitable for that statement - Hallelujah! That, and I have uncovered my block. The story is flowing again at full speed! I think the bananas helped.

Phew! That was a monster post! Awesome sauce. Head back later this week for another awe-Aspiring Advice.

I'm David, and my car is named Sarah.


  1. Dude! D! Thanks so much for the award!

    I have to be honest by saying that I don't put them on my blog or re-distribute them, but only because I'm not organized enough, and I worry about leaving someone out. But I really do appreciate them so much. So thanks for thinking of me man!

  2. Thanks for the award, and for the comment on my blog. I think I am already following you. If I am not, I'll remedy the situation now :)

  3. I'm thrilled. Thank you! And thanks for reading my story. You rock, as evidenced by the picture to the right of this comment. That is awesome!

  4. Thanks so much for the award and thinking of me! I LOVE mario- my husband is a video game nerd- gotta love the classics.

  5. Thanks for the shout out :D
    And I must say I like your choice of abode. I think I'd like a Hobbit Hole of my own one day