Posts Tagged ‘Contest’

I’m sorry, there is no blog of the week this week.  Instead, after much thought, I’ve decided to hold a contest in honor of my hundred followers. Yes, most of them are on twitter. 🙂 The only thing is I’ve never held a contest before.  I’m a contest-holder-virgin. So, before I actually go through with it, I would like to hear what my humble followers have to say.

Would you like a new copy of the Duff? We’ll Always Have Summer?  Maybe you wouldn’t like a book at all, besides,  I don’t know how to go about getting signed copies or any of that…if you know feel free to let me know. Maybe you would like a doll of a dragon eating Rhinoceros, Idk, maybe my followers are crazy like that.

So let me know what you would like in the comments below, keeping in mind I’m poor. 🙂 And I’ll see if I can make it happen.  As for the rules of my contest, they’ll probably be like everyone else’s: Must be Subscribed to my blog (or twitter), blogging/tweeting about contest earns you extra points, etc..

So that’s all for today. I’ll let you know what I decide as soon as possible.  And thanks for subscribing and following, I heart you all. ;p



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Guess what? It’s a new blog of the week. You remember, that time when I pick a random blog I follow and love and write about it here. Then direct you all to go and immediately follow. 🙂

This blog of the week is long overdue, and not just because it’s been months since I’ve written one. No. This person has such an amazing blog that’s been on my list to highlight for so many months now I’m embarrassed I haven’t done it already.  Her blog is smart, funny, honest and informative, from her posts on navigating twitter to her priceless advice on plotting acts one through three. Not to mention she’s having an awesome 200 follower give-away. So who is this mystery blogger I haven’t revealed yet?

None other than Laura Pauling.

She’s sweet, loves MG and YA and is going to go far in her writing career. Overall, she’s awesome. So I suggest you go over and follow now because you know you want to be part of the awesomeness before everyone else knows about it. I mean how else do you gain bragging rights when she gets big?

Okay, so go check her out, but before you do, let me know of any great or fantastic writing blogs you’ve come across.

Now I’m off to hide my pencil. If I don’t, I won’t be able to find it later. ;p

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Road Trip Wednesday is a blog carnival hosted by YA Highway.  Today’s question is:

What are your favorite literary clichés?

Ah, the literary clichĂ©, the thing we are all told to stay as far away from as we possibly can.  But what of the clichĂ©s that have become clichĂ©s because they just work?  Among them are, the love triangle, dream sequences, and the dark and brooding male love interest.  There’s a reason these different clichĂ©s continue to pop up.  People can’t get enough of them and, if done right, they add the right amount of mystery, tension and character insight that keeps a reader turning the page.

But, not all author’s get this right.  The thing about clichĂ©s is writers really can use them, but they’re advised against it because most do not handle them correctly.  The trick to using these and any other clichĂ© is finding a new way to spin it and make it believe able.  Of course, any of the above-referenced clichĂ©s would keep me hooked enough to read toward the end, whether or not it was done well.  What can I say, I’m a sucker.

So tell me, what are you’re favorite clichĂ©s?  Let me know in the comment section below and don’t forget I’m accepting submissions to post short stories and poems on my site.  If you’re interested please e-mail me at ejeglin(at)yahoo(dot)com.

Well, I’m off to find my pencil.  Don’t forget to check back tomorrow where I name this week’s blog of the week.

Oh and before I forget, The Writer Side of Life is having a contest, so go and check that out.

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Okay, really quick, head over to Amie Borst’s blog by either clicking on the link to the right of this blog or here and enter in her contest to win a query critique, a bag of dove chocolates (I can probably just stop here), and a new copy of Mocking Jay.

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