My friend and ANWA* Sister, Lara Niedermeyer, lured me to her blog by posting a giveaway. All I had to do was comment and post my favorite color and I would receive a home-made prize from her some time in the next six months.
Lara writes beautiful poetry. Gorgeous, image-dripping, deep, moving poetry. When I read about the promise of a home-made prize, I thought maybe she would give me a poem, so I posted a comment and told her my favorite color was red.
Too late, I learned that there's a second part. I have to then offer a prize to the first 5 commenters on my own blog. Lara said "do likewise". Does that mean it has to be home-made? If so, both I and anyone who comments are is trouble. I don't do home-made any more. And what if I don't have 5 people read this blog, much less comment? This is really getting stressful.
So, I'm changing the rules. Here are Lara's rules (we will not follow them):
The item will be my choice made just for you!
Restrictions and Limitations:
1. I have complete creative freedom.
2. What I create will be just for you.
3. It will be done within the next 6 months.
4. You have no clue what it will be.
Here are my rules:
1. Forget the home-made. You're getting a book.
2. You may choose any of the following:
- The Lodger
- After Goliath
-Using Family History in Fiction (pamphlet)
All you have to do is comment on this posting, telling me which of your ancestor's stories you'd like to tell and which book you want me to send you. For instance you could say, "I love all your books, Liz. Your writing is fabulous. I'd like to tell the story of my Uncle Luke. Did I mention you're my favorite author? Send me Snakewater Affair. That's my favorite Spider Latham book."
Or, you could just say, "Uncle Luke. Snakewater."
Either one will do the job.
Then, if you're one of the first five to comment, you will need to email me your address at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you the book you requested.
If you're commentor #6 and beyond, your name goes in a drawing for a book. I'll do the drawing this coming Sunday, so you'll need to check back and see who won.
But--and here's the catch--if you have a blog, you have to post a giveaway on your blog. You can do like Lara and offer something home made and with a long lead time. If you don't have a blog, go to www.blogger.com/start and begin one. It's dead easy. If I can do it, anyone can.
However, if you don't have a blog, who is going to know that you didn't post a giveaway? I mean, are there blog police that go around and check? It doesn't matter to me. What matters is that people comment, because this is going to be sooooo embarrassing if no one responds.
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*ANWA stands for American Night Writers Association. It's a writers' group made up of Latter-day Saint women. You don't have to be a writer to join. It's a great place to learn. Go to http://www.anwa-lds.com/ and check it out.