Yearning for Wonderland
To stave off the inevitable post-writing contest letdown, I have decided to let you in on a little secret.
Most people don’t know this, despite me spelling out quite clearly that one of the prizes for #btcurtain is Veil & Subdue, a Gothic operatic project. Check it out here: www.veilandsubdue.com
Not only do I sing, I sing compulsively. I sing in the car, on the street, at my desk, on the beach.
Here’s me singing onstage!
It recently occurred to me that all this singing, which I do anyway, could be turned to good use (like my tiny Honeymoon fund).
Then I discovered Fiverr.com. For those unfamiliar, it allows people to offer any small service for only five dollars.
Well, I decided I could do a song. Or several. So I designed a couple of gigs (Fiverr term for jobs).
For only five dollars,
Although I say it is for your loved one, I certainly would be willing to record a song just for you! And only five dollars!
I’d love to hear some other ideas for gigs in the comments.
Some of the ones I have planned are: I will record a poem reading for you, I will record a lullaby for you.
Not all of them have to be recordings, but I do love using my voice to read or sing.
“Cheap” is such a scrungy word; let’s be gracious and say “less”.
Don’t you need an Annasong today?
WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR…
Shoot, sorry, Capslock.
This has been an extremely challenging contest to judge. I was able to winnow down our 62 entries to eight finalists with some difficulty, but picking the final four winners was arbitrary to an insane extent. I’ve lost the last little bit of my sanity (if it offends, plucketh it out), but I did finally decide.
So with no further ado, here are the WINNARS of the Behind the Curtain Flash Fiction Writing Contest (and no, that’s not a typo).
Be sure to go and read all the winners. And, for that matter, all the entries. Give out some of that author comment love.
In no particular order:
The Winner of the Dark Arts Package
Sophie Moss (@smosswrites) for Scarlett’s Rose Petal Revenge
Sophie offers us a perfectly plotted revenge tale, engrossing and chilling. She was also the winner of Twitter’s #FanFav contest!
The Winner of the Dark Veil Package
J. Whitworth Hazzard (@zombiemechanics) for his creepy, stalker story, Scopophiliac
Thanks, J., for making me check behind the curtains every time I come home at night.
The Winner of the Dark Romance Package
Jessica Marcarelli (@jmarcarelli) for her entry, Behind the Curtain
AND THE GRAND CHAMPION OF THE DARK FAIRY PRIZE PACKAGE
Congratulations to all of our entrants and thank you so much for giving me a peek of what resides behind the curtain.
I generally run a #FanFav contest on Twitter for my writing contests. It’s a great way to generate enthusiasm and it’s so fun to hear the feedback as writers compliment writers with their votes and other comments.
Friendships are made, in these petite mutual admiration societies, and so I never apologize for all the hooting and the hollering that I have to do to get people to vote for each other.
This #FanFav can be no surprise to anyone paying attention to the contest yesterday, as this lady writer garnished almost twice as many votes as anyone else.
The Winner and Twitter #FanFav Champion is:
MISS SOPHIE MOSS!
Remember, the winners of the Behind The Curtain Contest have yet to be announced. That announcement will be made early next week.
It comes time for another #Fanfav contest for the Behind the Curtain flash fiction contest. I can’t help it – they’re so much fun to run and it continues to spread the love. It’s a thrill when people vote for your story and also when you can let someone know that their story moved, scared or intrigued you.
Voting in #FanFav is easy. The #Fanfav contest will be held live on Twitter on Friday, October 19th from 12-8 pm EST. When you have read all the stories, narrow your choices to three favorites (good luck with that – 61 entries!). You can vote two ways.
1) On Twitter, tweet this format:
By tagging it with #Fanfav and @mentioning me, it ensures your vote is counted. Sometimes Tweetdeck eats tweets and I have to go back and hunt around.
2) For this #Fanfav, I am also allowing blog votes if you don’t have a Twitter account. Only ones left from 12-8 pm EST will be counted.
You can leave your votes in the comment section of this post, if you like.
PLEASE NOTE: This #Fanfav vote does NOT pick the winner of the Behind the Curtain contest. Only I pick that and determine prizes. This mini-contest is for fun and bragging rights and the pleasure of knowing you were Twitter’s favorite.
DARK VEIL PACKAGE UPDATE
Also, I wanted to share a few more details about the awesome Veil & Subdue libretto from the Dark Veil Package.
My co-creator Paul has been hand-crafting a completely unique libretto – this is the first of its kind. He has embellished the cover and created a one-of-a-kind book with all kinds of magnificent goodies. Here are some teaser photos.
Feel free to ooh and ahh. 😀