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

Annasongs: Less than a Latte

To stave off the inevitable post-writing contest letdown, I have decided to let you in on a little secret.

I sing.

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,

1) I will record a classic jazz song for your loved one

2) I will record a traditional/folk song for your loved one

3) I will record a special occasion song for your loved one

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.

My friend Paul (@paulramey), co-conspirator in Veil & Subdue, bust out laughing when I told him. He said, “You’re cheaper than a latte!”

“Cheap” is such a scrungy word; let’s be gracious and say “less”.

Annasongs: Less than a Latte

Don’t you need an Annasong today?

Behind the Curtain: Reveal

AND SO IT IS TIME…

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.

As a reminder, this will be my last contest till Spring 2013 and oh, was it a doozy.

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!

Sophie wins an original canvas by artist/writer Angie Richmond, personalized with a quote from her winning story.


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.

J. wins a copy of the Veil and Subdue album, plus a handmade one-of-a-kind libretto book by composer Paul Ramey (which I seriously almost kept) with behind the scenes goodies, autographed by myself and Paul.

The Winner of the Dark Romance Package

Jessica Marcarelli (@jmarcarelli) for her entry, Behind the Curtain

So glad Jessica revived my long-dormant childhood fear of clowns. I didn’t need that sleep anyway.
Jessica wins a digital copy of Sophie Moss’ newest release, The Selkie Enchantress.
If you didn’t win a copy of Sophie’s wonderful book, you can get it here.


THE DARK FAIRY
GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE
The wondrous prizes include:
* A copy of Veil & Subdue.
* A magnificent writing notebook by Ruth Long aka @bullishink.
* The winning author will be featured on Yearning for Wonderland in an in-depth interview. This interview will highlight your book, blog, or any other artistic project of your choosing. Anna will then promote this interview heavily on Twitter/Facebook and G+.
*The winning author’s story will be recorded by Anna in a creative/theatrical recording of your Behind the Curtain entry.
* The winning author will be Anna’s partner in her next flash fiction contest (in Spring 2013).
*DRUMROLL PLEASE*

AND THE GRAND CHAMPION OF THE DARK FAIRY PRIZE PACKAGE

 

Melanie Conklin

@MLConklin

WOOOOOOOOOO! Go forth to her website and pour out congratulations and love, as it was a mightily hard-fought battle but her story prevailed.
Melanie’s entry, The Catch, is a pithy bite of dark flash fiction with a crunch at the end. I was filled with dread the entire time I read it and she built the suspense to the unbearable climax. Well done, Melanie! I look forward to collaborating with you on my next flash fiction contest in 2013!
When the audio recording of The Catch is posted, I will let everyone know!

Congratulations to all of our entrants and thank you so much for giving me a peek of what resides behind the curtain.

Behind the Curtain: #FanFav Winner

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 went surprisingly smoothly (probably because I have run two others now). You might recall earlier #FanFav winners Ruth Long and Cory Eadson.

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.

*drumroll please*

The Winner and Twitter #FanFav Champion is:

 

MISS SOPHIE MOSS!

Sophie wrote a humdinger of a revenge tale called Scarlet’s Rose Petal Revenge. Please go read it if you haven’t and give Sophie some comment love. Be sure to congratulate her on her #FanFav win.

Remember, the winners of the Behind The Curtain Contest have yet to be announced. That announcement will be made early next week.

#FanFav for Behind the Curtain & Minutae

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:

#Fanfav @ruanna3

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. 😀