My reasons for doing this drawing were threefold:
- to help spread the word about the blog and my book,
- to encourage Dear Readers to comment,
- and to have a tangible way to say thank you because you Dear Readers are awesome.
What I did not realize was how affirming you would be in your comments. I am not by nature a super confident person. I am old enough and have enjoyed some small (but to me, enormous) successes with my writing so that I don't need to be all "gosh, I can't write, please argue with that." But Bill constantly encourages me to do more, and I constantly say I'm not ready for prime time. (And it isn't like I've got literary agents banging down the door, so there.)
But now when I'm feeling puny and insignificant and so unworthy, I can read through your ever so kind, generous, encouraging comments and I will feel brave and inspired.
Now, on to the ACTUAL drawing! First I made word document of all of the comment/entries, making each three lines. Then I used my handy dandy paper cutter to make them all the same size. I got Fat Charlie to check for uniformity:
Then I got a second opinion from Maria:
OK, Sam I Am?
Then I had Luciano and Lindy Loo check to see that they were all folded in half, and you couldn't see which entry was whose:
Under close supervision, I mixed and mixed and mixed the entries:
Lindy Loo couldn't wait to see who won!
Can you read it?
The winner is
Congratulations! Please email me with your address, Momma Phoenix. Thank you EVERYONE! We'll have to do this again.