Contest Results and a Book Meme

Drumroll please…

The winner of the free Worderella critique contest is: Jaye Patrick! 

Congratulations! E-mail your first three chapters/first 50 double-spaced pages to worderella at gmail dot com by Thursday Aug 7, along with information about your word processor so I know how to submit my critique.

Now, I rarely do these things, but this meme had questions I’d like to read from other writers as well. And after last week’s intense editing, I thought we could all use a break and do something quick and fun.

Post your answers in the comments or on your blog (but make sure to comment and let me know where to look!).

Hardcover or paperback, and why?
Hardcover, because my hands don’t cramp as much when I read for long periods of time. That, and there’s something delicious about picking up a well-done hardcover book. Especially if it’s fabric-covered.

If I were to own a book shop I would call it…
Bookmark. I agonized over this longer than necessary… about three hours.

My favorite quote from a book (mention the title) is…
“[Anne Elliot] had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.” From Persuasion by Jane Austen

The author (alive or deceased) I would love to have lunch with would be…
Jane Austen. Have you read her letters? The woman is hilarious.

If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except from the SAS survival guide, it would be…
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I think I’d just dream about Mr Thornton all the time. As long as Mr Thornton actually had Richard Armitage’s face, demeanor… everything.

I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that…
Records a list of every book I’ve ever read, as well as my thoughts about it (without me having to do any work), so I’d know which books shaped my awareness of the world.

The smell of an old book reminds me of…
My childhood. Safety. Companionship. Well-weathered friends. Reading late in bed.

If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be…
Margaret Hale from Gaskell’s North and South (see above). Or Mary Smith from Gaskell’s Cranford.

The most overestimated book of all times is…
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown.

I hate it when a book…
Says “Had it been under other circumstances, she might have found the hero attractive…”

Let’s face it. She still finds him attractive, he’s just ticking her off right now, so just say that. We all know she’s probably going to end up with him by the end of the book. It’s okay if he annoys her. Annoying people are attractive too… which makes them more annoying, of course.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Editing Week here at Worderella Writes. The response was positive and enthusiastic, which was all I could ask for.

A reminder to my commenters: I’m always interested in a guest blogger, so feel free to contact me. The same goes for linking in the blogroll, which I finally organized. Use my contact form to send your URL, blog/website name, and a pithy description and I’ll add you to the list.

20 thoughts on “Contest Results and a Book Meme

  1. Hey Belinda! Thx for stopping by. I miss blogging, but even more, I miss reading other blogs! So much good information out there. Speaking of which, I see some great posts I'm off to read here…

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  2. Hey Belinda! Thx for stopping by. I miss blogging, but even more, I miss reading other blogs! So much good information out there. Speaking of which, I see some great posts I’m off to read here…

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  3. Nienke – Beware getting sucked into the blogosphere again… I'm so far in I can never get out!

    Eliza – You know, I've looked at Shelfari, but everytime I run away because I know I'll want to put every single book I've ever read in it…which would take me a steady week of work, I suspect. I just don't have that kind of time. So I just keep a living list in a paper journal and update it here on the blog.

    😦

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  4. Nienke – Beware getting sucked into the blogosphere again… I’m so far in I can never get out!

    Eliza – You know, I’ve looked at Shelfari, but everytime I run away because I know I’ll want to put every single book I’ve ever read in it…which would take me a steady week of work, I suspect. I just don’t have that kind of time. So I just keep a living list in a paper journal and update it here on the blog.
    😦

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  5. Oh, shit!!! Really??? I just felt that rush of hot/cold when I read I'd won – I'm guessing it's abject fear… or panic…

    I'll get right on it.

    Thanks, Belinda

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  6. Oh, shit!!! Really??? I just felt that rush of hot/cold when I read I’d won – I’m guessing it’s abject fear… or panic…

    I’ll get right on it.

    Thanks, Belinda

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  7. Jaye – Haha yes, really. If it helps to know, I'll be kind, but honest. It's always scary to have someone else read your work.

    Laughingwolf – Excellent! I'll hop over to your blog right now.

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  8. Jaye – Haha yes, really. If it helps to know, I’ll be kind, but honest. It’s always scary to have someone else read your work.

    Laughingwolf – Excellent! I’ll hop over to your blog right now.

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  9. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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  10. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

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  11. Thank you, Alex! Feel free to dig into the archives. I’ve got a couple years’ worth of information here just waiting to be rediscovered.

    And make sure to check out my friends in the blogroll. They’re even more helpful than I am.

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  12. Thank you, Alex! Feel free to dig into the archives. I’ve got a couple years’ worth of information here just waiting to be rediscovered.

    And make sure to check out my friends in the blogroll. They’re even more helpful than I am.

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