Monday, December 24, 2012

Post-Apocalypse: Where's The Kaboom?! And Winners!

*Looks out from under his rock* ... Is it safe to come out yet?

Nice. Looks like those Doomsayers had it wrong after all! And that's very good news for the winners of my Build Me A Blog-Hop - on pop!

NO! You must NOT hop on pop!

(Sorry ... been reading to the kids a lot lately ...).

Thank you to all who participated and for sharing your imagination with us. The choice wasn't easy, so while some will have a prize and others may not, I want you to know that you're winners in my book.


And the winners are ...

Best Runner Up (A box of Hostess Cupcakes) = Nicole Singer!

Her concept of "an ancient, well-loved tome" opened before us with "the glow of imagination" spilling forth and "a ship, a dragon, a galaxy, maybe even a sword or wizard" coming out of it really tickled my fancy. That would be a most excellent banner. And for such a sweet entry, Nicole gets this rare box of Hostess Cupcakes!

Hopefully they're still edible, hopefully ...

3rd Place (Design by Tara Tyler) = L. G. Keltner!

In her own words: "These black items of clothing would be sprinkled with twinkling stars, like I’m actually wearing the universe." Let me ask you, who wouldn't want to see that? So congratulations, L.G.! I know Tara has the means to sprinkle you with more stardust than a supernova!

2nd Place (Design by Darren Hansen) = Robin Hall!

Her vision of a cool banner with an "old fashioned typewriter" and "brown paper packages tied with twine with tags for my pages" as well as "a coffee cup with letters that swirl [my] name when the mouse tracks over it" has a certain, nostalgic charm to it that I couldn't resist. Darren's the man for the job for this one!

And now, 1st Place (A full blog redesign) = Shell Flower!

She wants to "incorporate" her town of "Bellingham, WA" into her blog, while maintaining her shelltastic theme. Images would include "a nautilus opening up to a fun anime image of me standing in the opening" with "the mountain of Bellingham in the background," and a majestic image that like deserves to me seen. Congratulations!

Please contact me via dpowersking [at] gmail [dot] com so I can introduce you to your designer and also so I can get your address (Nicole) so I can send your package. If anyone would like to take up my offer to critique your query, use that same email and send it to me this Wednesday, the 26th. The volume of queries may have an impact on response time, but I will get to them as soon as I am able.

Thank you again, one and all, for participating, and for helping make this milestone a success! Let's see if we can trump this next time!

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Welcoming committee, I bestow upon you these fabulous bloggers, who took the risk and joined us before our very-near end:


Welcome to The Cosmic Laire! Enjoy your virtual cruller! :)

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Update: I survived Chuck and The Warrior Muse's Choose Your Own Apocalypse blogfest, which is worth celebrating. No more doom and gloom. Nothing but Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows from here on out! And so, life will be a celebration every day. Thanks, guys!

On the writing front? Humbug. BAH-Humbug! Can you believe that after last Monday's post I caught yet another cold, and that of this posting I still have it? Blasted bug won't go away. Since these things tend to hit me pretty hard I wasn't able to write diddly this week. Keeping up with the blogosphere was much more challenging than usual, too. That's why this will be my last post for the rest of this year. Need some time to recover and plan The Laire's schedule for 2013. Until then, you can enjoy this post from last year and this little video that is bound to usher the spirit of humanity into your home.

Merry Christmas, Everyone! See you in 2013! :)

I'm David, and only this guy is upset about our non-apocalypse ...


  1. Congratulations to the winners! I remember reading several of those posts and they had some great ideas for blog makeovers.
    No earth-shattering kaboom, although the blogfest was a blast.
    Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas, David!

  2. That's awesome! Tara always does fabulous work, so this is a perfect prize! Congratulations to the other winners as well! There are some great imaginations out there.

  3. Congratulations to the winners. I also thought that universe in the black suit thing was very good idea. :) Merry Christmas!

  4. All right! I remember saying when you first announced this that the Hostess cupcakes were worthy of even a first place prize. :) Thanks so much for the kind shout out and congrats to the winners!!

  5. Wow. Thank you SO much. I am thrilled with winning the blog makeover. What a great Christmas (eve) present. Now I'll be ready to rock the new era with visions of a future full of rainbows and sunshine, rather than a fractal mushroom cloud. Yay!
    P.S. I actually saw a rainbow on Friday :)

  6. Congrats to all the winners!! I loved the ones that won. :) I'll be looking forward to seeing everyone's new blogs.

    And Merry Christmas David! Thanks for hosting such a fun blogfest. :)

  7. Yay to the winners!!!

    I hope you have a very wonderful Christmas David!!! (I'm so glad we survived the end of the world):)

  8. Congratulations to the winners! They all had such wonderful ideas. :)

    Merry Christmas, David!

  9. Congrats and merry xmas, everyone! And thanks for the warm welcome, David. I still cannot believe you read a chapter of The Burning of Innocence, lol. One of my sleeping projects...

  10. Congratulations to the winners! Thanks for the mention, I enjoyed this blog hop.

    Great post and fun blog hop. Until next time... Happy New Year!

  11. Maybe the Mayans forgot to carry the 1?

  12. Nice! Love the Marvin meme. :)

    I'm sorry you have a cold. I'm currently caught with one, too. Hopefully it will go away soon, so you can enjoy the rest of the year (and life, now that it's not over) in peace and writing.

    Best Holiday wishes,


  13. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you for hosting this contest! Have a great holiday!

  14. Yeah, I almost feel sorry for Invader Zim, lol. But, I'm kinda caught in the excitement of still being here too.

    Congrats to the winners.

    That was a cool flashmob. I'd never seen one with musical instruments before.

    Have a Merry Christmas David. Hope you get to feeling better soon.


  15. CONGRATS to the winners!

    I hope you have an AMAZING HOLIDAY DAVID!!!!! ALL THE BEST!


  16. I hope you get feeling better, David, and congrats to the winners (among them, my awesome CP, Robin)!

  17. Congratulations winners. I have to admit I'm shocking and thrilled to be one of them! Thank you. I'll be sending you an email shortly.

  18. Congratulations to all the winners! I'm thrilled to see how you remake their blogs :)

  19. Congrats to the winners -- and I hope you get over that cold. Mine clung onto me like a fungus for a couple weeks before letting go.

  20. yay for the winners!! just finished LG's banner, she has a wonderful imagination! gave me tons of ideas to use!

    and MARVIN!

    see you next year!

  21. awesome and well deserved winners... hope you had a great holiday season, david! enjoy the new year...kaboooommm!!! just kidding.