And the winner is…


We ended up not choosing any of the suggested blog names (although I did quite enjoy them!) None of them felt right, so we’re continuing to consider our options. Samantha won in a random drawing

Sam, since you’re local, the prize options are a little more open than they would be otherwise. Let me know if there’s something in particular you’re interested in. 🙂 I’ll make sure I blog the finished result, with pictures.

Contest update

Sorry, folks. I was out of commission there for a while, and I’ve been desperately trying to get caught up with life.

Rand and I will have to confer on the blog name possibilities. I will make an effort to do that this weekend. If we don’t choose one, I will draw a random winner on Monday, May 18. (Oh, and if there’s anyone out there who still wants to participate, let me know. I could probably be persuaded to accept some late entries.)

I have lots of things to say, and very little energy/motivation to say them. So on that note…onward to Friday!

Name that Blog! (deadline extended)

Thanks to those of you who have entered my Name that Blog! contest.

I’ve decided to extend the entry deadline until the end of this week–midnight on May 8th. I’ve also decided that in the event that we don’t choose any of the entries, I will select a random winner from all the participants.

Please leave entries on the original post, linked above. Thanks!

Name that blog! (a contest)


deadline extended to this Friday, May 8

As you may recall (or may have noticed), I’ve been having a bit of a blog identity crisis for a while now.

I’m not closing up shop, but I do have a new blog project in mind…something that I hope will get my blogging juices flowing again. Rand and I have been talking for quite some time about starting a pop culture/entertainment blog. We’ve got lots of ideas. What we lack, however, is a name.

I am notoriously terrible at naming/titling things.

So I am turning to you, dear readers. Can you help me name this new blog? If you provide us with a name we like, I’ll send you a prize!

Here are my options for prizes:

1. I just discovered that I have an extra copy of On Writing

2. If that doesn’t do it for you, how about baked goods? I have a few options of things I think will mail well, which I will offer the winner.

That’s it! Contest starts now, and ends…let’s say May 4. 😀

Dead of Winter contest open

Dead of Winter
The 2008 contest is now OPEN.

Dead of Winter is a fiction contest (any genre) for stories with supernatural elements or themes. Ideally, stories should be set in autumn or winter. The most original, most haunting stories will be chosen for publication.

Details, including specific theme and length, are announced November 1.

The deadline for submissions is December 21.

Entries are blind-judged by Baker & Billiard. Decisions are final. Winners are announced January 31.

Winning stories are published in the March issue of Toasted Cheese. Winners receive Amazon gift certificates: $20 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third.

Stories submitted to the 8th Annual Dead of Winter contest (December 2008) should follow one* of the following themes:

* Alaska
* Alternative Santa
* Blood River Bridge
* Ventriloquist

The word limit is 4,500 words.

The contest opens on November 1, 2008 and the deadline for submission is December 21, 2008. E-mail entries to Your subject line must read: Dead of Winter Contest Entry.

Post any questions you have about the contest in our DOW thread at the forums. Please do not post any part of your entry in the thread.

You may post your work for feedback at one of the critique forums but please title your post “DOW entry for feedback” or similar so that the judges don’t read it.

Be sure to (1) set your story in winter (2) write using supernatural elements or motifs (make our spines tingle, make us hesitate to turn out the lights, etc.) and (3) use one* of the themes provided.

*You are welcome to use more than one of the themes in your story (for example, you could write a story about a ventriloquist and set it in Alaska) but you must use at least one of them and make it strong enough so that we know which theme you’re focusing on.

Only ONE entry PER AUTHOR, not one entry per theme.