Monday, March 1, 2010


Exactly two months ago, on December 29, 2009, I nervously launched my blog. I had no idea how much I would love idea how many amazing people I would idea how rewarding it would be to hear other creative writers talk about their crafts. Here I am, still the giddy novice, reveling in the joy that comes with realizing people are actually reading what I have to say each day, when in the midst of this blissful, whirlwind experience I realize I've almost arrived at THE first major blogging milestone. So, in the grand tradition of celebrating one hundred "Significant" followers, I'm hosting a Give-Away!

In a drawing on March 15th, a lucky winner will receive:

A signed copy of The Writer's Bump Anthology, Volume One, in which my first published short story appears! (*does the goofy Arsenio Hall "woh-woh-woh" fist thing*)

In addition, I'll include a Barnes and Noble gift card worth $25!

You have to follow my blog to be entered in the Give-Away. Here's what to do to maximize your chances to win:

Leave a comment telling me you stopped by = 1 pt.
Sign up as a New Follower = 1 pt.
Current Follower = 2 pts.
Blog about this contest = 1 pt.
Add a link to this post on your sidebar = 1 pt.
In your comment, tell me which you prefer, Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate :) = 2 pts.

Bonus: For every 25 new followers that sign up before the Give-Away on March 15th, I'll include another cool prize!

Thank you, Significant Followers, for welcoming me with open arms, for encouraging me to be more diligent writer, and for inspiring me with your creative talent!


DL Hammons said...

Yeeee haaawwww!! Another contest. Your blog has bee such a pleasant addition to the community and I really enjoy stopping by to read your posts.

I'm a long time follower and I prefer Dark Chocolate. Yum Yum.

Summer said...

What DL said! I love your blog, and I especially like that you're my neighbor. Haha! :-)

Got your link in a sidebar, been following happily for a while, and will blog about your contest tomorrow!

And could you honestly ask a hormonal woman to choose between chocolates? How about: whichever one is closer.


Erin Kuhns said...

Nicole, you da best, woman!

Count me in on the draw. I'm an oooold follower (hehe) and I've posted it on my sidebar.

As for which kind of chocolate? Dark, baby! (Oh, but I love milk chocolate, but I'm trying to keep my sugar to a minimum!)

sarahjayne smythe said...

Hi, Nicole. Here's my comment; great minds think alike. I'm running a contest too, so stop by and enter. :)

I'll blog about this tomorrow, I'm a current follower and I like milk chocolate. That's 6 for me if I can still do basic math. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm an oldie as well :)

I'll take any kind of chocolate I can get - but dark is best!!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Woo hoo! You've only got five more to go to get to 100! Congrats!

I have a thing for dark chocolate. Hmmm. Now I have a craving for chocolate. Geez, thanks! :)

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Happy two years and 100 followers! :0)

Simon C. Larter said...

Whee! More contests! Current follower, commenting, and I like milk chocolate, thanks. Five, baby! :)

Also, if you want to add some points for general awesomeness, I won't mind... :)

Piedmont Writer said...

Hey Nicole, comments 1, milk chocolate 2, old follower 2, my blog mention 1. = 6. Congratulations!

Susan Fields said...

Congratulations - that's a lot of followers for such a new blog! Here's my tally: comment (1), old follower (2), sidebar link (1), and I like both, but I'll go with dark chocolate (2), for a total of 6. Good luck with your contest!

Christine Danek said...

Wow! Congrats on the 100 followers. I have been such a sucker for contests.

I am a current follower.

I will blog about this tomorrow.

I will put this in my sidebar.

The chocolate questions is tough. I normally just go for dark chocolate but I love Milka milk chocolate (German chocolate) yummy.

Good luck with your contest:)

Tiffany Neal said...

Yay for reaching 100 followers!

Dark Chocolate all the way!! :)

Kimberly Franklin said...

YAY for contests! I am faithful follower, I'm commenting and I love milk chocolate! YAY! ; )

Congrats, Nicole!!!

Jen said...

Yay for contests!! It's exciting to have so many followers so quickly! This blogging world is fantastic!

+1 for commenting of course!
+2 for being a faitful follower!
+1 for blogging about the contest
+1 for a link on my sidebar!
+2 for the love of milk chocolate!

Total +7

Mary Campbell said...

Congratulations on nearly reaching a 100 followers. Also congrats on having a story published.

Dominique said...

Hey, congrats. :)

I'll be posting about this contest on my blog.

Personally, I prefer milk chocolate. Which do you prefer?

arlee bird said...

I always like it when bloggers are approaching the first 100. I recall when I was there and the excitement I felt as I approached the magic number. I'll go ahead an help you get there especially since you did the earlier post about Venice Beach, which is not too far from me.
Dark Chocolate.
Good blogging!

Falen said...

Wooo Hoo! 100 followers is awesome!

I prefer dark chocolate (but only since i've become an adult) but 99% cacao is too dark...

so i guess that gives me 5 entries!

j.m. neeb said...

Dark chocolate all the way for this guy! Well, unless we're talking about chocolate-covered gummy bears. Then it has to be milk chocolate.

I'm going to update my Ducks Out Of A Row blog tonight and will be sure to mention the contest and include a link for you...

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh yes, sign me up! I'll try to blog about it. I've just added your contest to my sidebar as well.

Lola Sharp said...

Hi Nicole,

Thanks for finding me on my blog and leaving such a sweet message. What a treat to follow it back to your lovely blog. Pleased to meet you.

True confession: I don't know how to "follow", but you are so close to your 100 mark, that I will go now and figure it out. I will lose my following-virginity to you.
(I'm a writer and SO not a techie. *sigh*)
I DO know how to add people to my blogroll. So I will do that too.

DARK chocolate. Daily.

You don't have to enter me in the contest (less math for you)...I just want to help you reach your goal.


Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh, I totally forgot! Milk chocolate!

Except, I actually prefer white chocolate with Madagascan vanilla :)

Lola Sharp said...

I think I am following you now. You, but I don't see my little shoe picture in your followers. I hope I did it successfully.
(I practiced on myself/my blog first and I immediately got my shoe picture in my followers)

Anyway,it looks like you only need one more, so if I didn't successfully follow you, let me know what I did wrong and I'll try again.
You ARE successfully on my blog roll.

Peace out,

Tara said...

Does it count against me if I don't care much for chocolate? But, if I do eat it, it's milk. I'm an old follower, I blogged about you and I commented :)

Ashley Stone said...

I'm a new follower, stopping by to say hi.

And...dark chocolate!

Terresa said...

OK, here goes:

I'm a current follower.

I prefer Dark Chocolate. (mmmm)

What about putting a link to your blog contest on Twitter? (I'm off to do it right now...)

Sweet giveaway, girl!! ;)

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Prefer dark, but I'll eat any kind.

Dominique sent me over and I'm glad she did. Congrats on the followers! *fist pumping too*

M. Gray said...

Dark. All the way. The darker the better. I LOVE the colors/design of your blog!!

I can't believe you've only been blogging two months and you have this many followers! Go you!

laurel said...

Hi Nicole. Faithful existing follower here. And yes, another vote for dark chocolate.

In the YA I'm reading _Boy Minus Girl_, one of the characters has a theory about chocolate choice: romantic girls like milk chocolate and edgy, complicated girls like dark chocolate. Isn't that hilarious? I'd love to know this theory holds up in your survey!

Julie Dao said...

Congratulations Nicole!!!! You so deserve your hundred followers and I know you'll get another hundred in no time at all.

I am a proud follower and I prefer milk chocolate!

InABox said...

I love the different types of entries that you write. Character posts are fun!

+1 Comment
+1 New follower
+1 Blogged:
+1 Sidebar:

+2 Is this heresy?...I don't like chocolate. *gulp*

whatinabox at gmail dot com

Michelle McLean said...

Fun contest! I'm a new follower who is completely addicted to milk chocolate :D

Abby Annis said...

Cool contest! Congrats on reaching 101!

I am a current follower.

Blogged about it here:

Dark or milk chocolate? As long as it's good quality chocolate, I like both, just depends on my mood. :)

That's 6 entries for me. :)

Annika said...

Leave a comment telling me you stopped by = 1 pt.

Hi I stopped by!

Sign up as a New Follower = 1 pt.

Done it darlin'!

Add a link to this post on your sidebar = 1 pt.

check it out at

In your comment, tell me which you prefer, Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate :) = 2 pts.

Milk chocolate for sure, the sweeter the better!

Gracias for a fab giveaway I had 5 total!