Yearning for Wonderland

There is such a place as fairyland - but only children can find the way to it...until they have grown so old that they forget the way. Only a few, who remain children at heart, can ever find that fair, lost path again...The world calls them singers and poets and artists and story-tellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland. ~ L.M Montgomery

Who Won Dark Fairy Queen Midsummer’s Night Dream Contest?

WINNNNNNAAAAAARS!

For me, the hardest part of these contests is always the judging. One story, I love because of the lyrical writing. Another, because of the gorgeous imagery or the clever plot or the way it makes me feel at the end.

Ultimately, I could probably choose several sets of winners. Thank you to everyone who entered. Judging is very subjective, so I have to leave it to: who wrote a story for #DFQMND that encompasses the theme and does all of the above. I am very excited to announce these winners. I chose two, one for the Dreams package (Light) and one for the Nightmares Package.

So, without further ado, I present…your winners.
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WINNER, Dreams

Daniel Swensen, for Annabella of the Spring

Sheer gorgeousness. Daniel, your writing makes it totally worth having to revamp the prize package, since I’m not awarding you the book you wrote. Your story is delicate and yearning and a perfect drop of longing in 400 words. Well done. I will be in touch regarding other prize options.

 

Honorable Mentions, Dreams

J.T. Ellis, for January in Sunset

Dr. Pete Meyers, for Listen

Holly Kench, for Dreaming Just Enough

 

WINNER, Nightmares

Steven Marsden, for The Princess and the Whispering Pines

This is a fantastic surprise, for Steven put up a blog simply to enter this contest. He wasn’t even in the DFQ group before this. Of course, now he is doomed. #MOOGHOOHAH. Steven, your story was lovely and the tempo was classical fairytale, but there’s a dark underbelly that took my breath away. Brava! So glad you entered.

Honorable Mentions, Nightmares

Eric Martell, for Evidence of Things Not Seen

Lyndsey E. Gilbert, for Mother May I

K.J. Collard, for The Coming Winter

 

Again, thank you to all those who entered! You humble and honor me with your collective talent.

Love to all,

#DFQ

 

Dark Fairy Queen Midsummer Night’s Dream Prizes

DFQMNDFirst, I should say that I’m adding a week to the deadline, so for those of you palpitating over your stories, you have a bit extra. Linkup closes August 7, 11 pm EST.

You have all been so patient, waiting to hear about these magnificent prizes. We all know you do it for the guts and the glory, but it never hurts to win some snazzy prizes too!

There will be two winners to this contest. I’m doing a Dreams Prize Package (for the best light story) and a Nightmares Prize Package (for the best dark story).

So go on…make it difficult for me ;)

 

Dreams Prize Package

First chapter and/or 3000 words review from editor Miranda Kate

One digital copy of Beneath the Old Oak by Lisa Shambrook

One digital copy of Orison by Daniel Swensen

One digital copy of Edgar Wilde and the Lost Grimoire by Paul Ramey

Featured on CultNoise Magazine‘s website, an exciting cultural and lifestyle e-magazine in the UK

 

Nightmares Prize Package

First chapter and/or 3000 words review from editor Miranda Kate

One digital copy of Dead Sea Games by J. Whitworth Hazzard.

One copy of the Veil & Subdue rock opera deluxe edition by Paul Ramey and Anna Meade

Featured on CultNoise Magazine‘s website, an exciting cultural and lifestyle e-magazine in the UK

Bonus: Eric Martell has offered to do a fun, personalized TBD for the Nightmares Prize Package. Who knows what hijinks you will work out with him – stay tuned!

 

Thanks to all the kind creatives who offered prizes for this contest. I reserve the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value, if necessary. Prizes are giftable and transferrable, upon arrangement with me.

Dark Fairy Queen Midsummer Night’s Dream Writing Contest

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:

There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight;

– A Midsummer Night’s Dream, II.1

I was woken from a dream to a shocking realization. It has been nigh on two years since my last flash fiction contest (see Behind the Curtain). How can this be??

Clearly this must be rectified immediately. And, in classic DFQ fashion, in the midst of full-time job and life and…but if I waited for things to slow down, I would never do ANYTHING.

Thus it is my pleasure and privilege to announce my latest flash fiction writing contest, the Dark Fairy Queen Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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So here are the details:

It is summer, a faint breeze blows, and the leaves are rustling. As dusk falls, the fireflies glow in a distant meadow. Have you not felt the magic of a summer night? Your story should.

Let us celebrate a midsummer night by creating 400 words.

For your theme, your story must take place, at least in part, on a summer evening. Also, choose one from the following list:

  • Dreams
  • Fairytales
  • Myths

Your story should be posted on your personal blog or a friend’s and linked up below with the Inlinkz tool (which opens July 15).

Need more inspiration? Check out the Faerytaleish Pinterest Board. Our Twitter hashtag to talk about the contest is #DFQMND. If I feel so inspired, there may be another #FanFav contest on Twitter.

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No fan fiction (original worlds only) or erotica, please.

Prizes will be announced in a future post. You only have two weeks once the contest opens on July 15, what are you waiting for?

 

 

Need the code to link up on your blog? Here it is!

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12 Months of Stitch Fix

Although it doesn’t feel long ago, I’ve now had over a year of Stitch Fix boxes. A blessed year of not going to the mall. For women who are not shoppers and/or don’t have the time to shop, it’s a genius invention. I was skeptical at first, but I have really enjoyed receiving my fixes (it’s like Christmas!).

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So many style cards!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Stitch Fix?

For those unfamiliar, Stitch Fix is a subscription box service that sends you five items every month, based on your style preferences and requests. You set the budget for the kind of items you want. You are charged a $20 styling fee. If you keep any items, your fee is applied to your purchase. Shipping is free to and from – you can drop it in any post office box in the prepaid bag. In a year, I have only had one month where I didn’t care for anything and lost my styling fee. Every other month has had at least one item I loved <3

Stitch Fix does not require a membership fee or a monthly subscription. You can schedule as many or as few fixes as you like.

What kinds of clothes do you get?

They have a fantastic variety of styles: bohemian, glamorous, romantic, etc. They base your fix on the extensive style profile you fill out at the beginning. They offer sizes 0/XS – 14/XL and offer maternity and petite sizes.

What is the style profile like?

Here’s a glimpse of mine. I think it’s very thorough, so they get a great idea of your shape and size, style and how you like things to fit.

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Here’s a review of some of the highlights of my Stitch Fix boxes. Not all the photos are mine. (Note: if a photo is yours and you’d prefer me not use it, please comment below and I’ll take it down).

If you want to try it out, you can sign up here: Stitch Fix. I get a wee credit if you do, so thanks!

If you do sign up, just be aware it might be your new addiction.

 

STITCH FIX, MY YEAR IN REVIEW

Liverpool Mira Skinny Pull-On Pant

These are amazingly comfortable black pants. They are dressier than a legging, but fit beautifully. They are also long enough for tall ol’ me! I can dress them up or down.

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Market and Spruce Spencer Striped Jersey dress

I loved this dress on, super soft. The teal and navy stripes were a fun combo and even though I would not have picked it up in a store, it’s so cute – Stitch Fix is great for getting you out of your fashion comfort zone.

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Liverpool Raina Dark Denim Jacket

Fantastic black denim jacket, fits like a dream. Has a lot of style for a basic, feels expensive, but wasn’t. Clever interior details and super with dresses.

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Mystree Striped French Terry Asymmetrical Jacket

This is one of my very favorite Stitch Fix pieces. It’s so cute and sassy on, with its moto styling and French va-va-voom. The portrait collar is very flattering and, as you see, I love stripes.

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Pixley Analisse Anorak Jacket & Octavia Henry Birds on Branch Infinity Scarf & Sam Hi-Lo Tee

The anorak is the perfect spring weight and I love the 3/4 sleeves. The olive color goes with everything and it has a detachable hood. I wear the Henry scarf if I just want to toss on an accessory to dress up a plain tee, though the Sam Hi-Lo is lovely soft fabric and dressier than just a t-shirt.

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Kensie Jeans Angie Cropped Skinny Jean

This was in my first fix and I was totally shocked they were able to fit me, right off. I mean, we all know how hard it is to find jeans that are flattering. I love that they are rolled at the bottom, because cropped jeans can make me look like my pants shrunk. Goes with everything, great transition piece into spring and out of summer.

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Baggu Duck Bag (Dot Blue)

This bag is flat-out adorable. I am addicted to polka dots and, I mean, look at it! Heavy cotton and holds a ton, super inexpensive.

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41Hawthorn Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan

My favorite cardigan ever. Beautiful teal color, soft and drapey. It’s a very flattering fit and length and the perfect weight for air-conditioning.

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Pixley Monet Mini Facet Bib Necklace

I love statement necklaces and this one always gets compliments. Not expensive, but memorable.

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Pixley Ohara Faux Wrap Tie-Waist Dress

This is a very comfortable, easy faux-wrap dress. The belt is removable, but I like to knot it on one side. I love the multi-blue and purple chevron pattern and it can be dressed up or down with accessories.

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Margaret M Odela Houndstooth Pencil Skirt

This skirt is a curvy girl’s dream. Slightly stretchy and very comfortable, in a classic pencil skirt cut. The fabric has a very subtle black on black herringbone. Classy!


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Renee C Ventura Graphic Print Key Hole Detail Tank

This is one of the most fun pieces I’ve gotten in a fix. The keyhole is front and back, lightweight with a bright Ikat print. So fun.

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Pixley Kathy Fit and Flare Dress

Super sweet fit and flare dress, very Audrey Hepburn.

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Diana Kut From the Kloth Jeans

Of all the pieces I’ve gotten from Stitch Fix, this is my very favorite discovery. I LOVE these jeans to an almost unhealthy extent. They are comfortable and flattering. I loved them so much I requested them again and they sent me a different wash. WORTH EVERY PENNY.

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If you are intrigued, I highly recommend you check it out! Click on the link below or any of the photographs.

I love to hear your thoughts. Have you tried Stitch Fix? Loved it? Hated it? Curious? Questions? Comment away!

 

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Jamberry Spring Fling Giveaway

The giveaway is over – thank you to all who entered! Please see below for the winners :)

I will be contacting the winners by email. Please comment below if you haven’t received an email from me by the end of 4/19.

Denise Callaway – Mother’s Day Gift Set

Naomi Parrish – Love Connection Lacquer Gift Set

Kayla Black – Anna & Co. Storage Bin

Linda Trinklein – Anna & Co Storage Bin

Stephanie Fuller – Anna & Co Storage Bin

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For those who are unfamiliar with Jamberry nail wraps, they are non-toxic and waterproof, easy to apply, and have hundreds of designs. You can check them out here: ruanna3.jamberrynails.net.

They have been amazing for me, as I’ve never had pretty nails and, in fact, bit my nails and cuticles. I always say, if I can put them on, anyone can!

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Mermaid Tales Jamberry Nail Wraps

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Whisper (clear) + Grapefruit Jamberry Nail Wraps

 

Today through 4/17, we are hosting a super fun Rafflecopter giveaway. See the gorgeous prizes below the RC!

So you might wonder how you can enter?

1) You can post on your Facebook wall. Don’t mention the giveaway, as that’s against FB’s ToS, but talk about your Jamberry wraps experience and how you’ve enjoyed them. Basically, a short testimonial. Feel free to link to my Jamberry page or include photos. That nets you three entries, just be sure to tag me in!

2) Leaving a comment on this blog post gets you 2 entries

3) If you write a blog post about Jamberry, you get an amazing 5 entries! It doesn’t have to be long, again, just that you’re using them and enjoying them and include the code for the Rafflecopter. Be sure to let me know the link on social media!

4) Tweet about the giveaway. This gives you one entry and you can do it once a day till the giveaway is over!

5) Follow me on Twitter gives you one entry and also a freebie to those who already follow me :D

 

Any questions? Feel free to ask them in the comments, gets you two entries!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Prize Giveaway #1: Mother’s Day Ruby & Rose Gift Set (value $45)

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Mother’s Day wraps from Ruby & Rose gift set on hands

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Prize Giveaway #2: Love Connection Lacquer Gift Set (value $54 – now discontinued!)

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Lacquer from Love Connections gift set, including Design Dimensions sparkle appliques and top coat!

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Everyone needs a place to keep their nail stuff! You can win your very own Anna & Co. storage cubby. (3 available, $17 value, wraps and nail paraphernalia not included)