>Happy Blogaversary to me,
Happy Blogaversary to me,
Happy Blogaversary, Happy Blogaversary,
Happy Blogaversery to me.
I can hardly believe it, particularly as it started as just a whim and I thought the fad would last, at best, 3 months. But here is my very first blog all those years ago.
So, what to do to celebrate? What to give away? What criteria to win?
Well, 2 weeks ago I published my first novel via Print on Demand. I’m not sure yet I’m going to continue down this route and I gave the book one last push at mainstream publishing before making my final decision.
I also still have galleys to check (the book lost some of its chapter formatting during publication and I need to iron that out), and, of course, there’s the small matter of the illegal dust jacket. I DO have an alternative artist lined up and this version WILL NOT be available for sale. However, I will give away one copy of this illegal, first edition, limited copy of Night Crawler.
Feels like a bit of a booby prize, actually … :o)
It is Easter 1996, and a young, homosexual junkie has been murdered. His boyfriend is arrested and charged. Marcie Craig, local DJ and good friend of the prime suspect, knows he didn’t do it and sets out to find out who did. Along the way Marcie is beaten up, another friend is murdered, and another is questioned until, in the end, Marcie’s own life is threatened.
All you have to do is leave a comment to this post, saying “happy blogaversary” and why you came/come along to the blog today/every day. BUT PLEASE REMEMBER TO LEAVE A NAME. Even if you choose “anonymous”, please put your name at the bottom, either your real name or one that I may know you by. IF YOU DON’T LEAVE A NAME I CAN’T PUT IT IN THE HAT.
I’ll put all the names in a hat, and draw the winning entry – so I’ll need a snail mail address if you win (but not yet), OR if the winner prefers, I can send an electronic version of the book via email. Please state which you would like with your comment/entry.
The closing date
I’m going to leave this “competition” open for 2 weeks, to catch anyone that’s on holiday or can’t get online, and to give me time to get a decent copy of the book in the post to me here that I can send out to the “winner”. (Ooh, all these substantial words feel very odd – competition, prize, winner, etc. I’m feeling very pompous.) So the closing date is Thursday 11 March 2010.
I had quite a busy day yesterday with all the articles finally coming in for the magazine (aside from the ones my boss is doing and another late one that should be here by Friday). I also had a session with the Smoggie snapper/deputy editor. He’s done some mugshots for the dust jacket of the book, but some of them are so good I may have to use them as my profile pictures elsewhere too.
Last night I should have gone to a Help for Heroes concert, but I was so busy and quite tired, by the time I finished working I dropped straight into bed for an early night.
It’s going to be another busy one today, even though I’m at home. I’m feeling quite a bit overwhelmed at the moment, so this is when I do a To Do list for today. Here’s what I’d like to get through today:
- launch 5 year blog contest
- do an hour on the gig list for March
- write #1 of Worsbrough Mill
- tidy kitchen
- write #2 of Catch the Rainbow Ch1
- send a reader’s letter to Slimming World
- prepare submission package for Country Walking
- check the bank (pay day today) and balance books
- go to the library
- hair appointment
Look, see, it’s not so bad when you write it out like that … although there are a couple of biggies on there. I’ve already had my Facebook fix.