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January 13, 2013

Me as a versatile blogger

Yesterday, Slepsnor of Legends of Windemere nominated me for this Versatile Blogger award.

I’ve been following his posts almost since I began blogging again and I’ve truly enjoyed his Beginning of a Hero posts. My many thanks to him for this award, but also for his encouragement, his kindness and particularly for his engaging writing.


Versatile Blogger Rules  (If you choose to obey them)

  • Display the Award Certificate on your website
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself.

Like Slepsnor, I often get caught up reading other people’s blogs, including his own. I check my WordPress reader several times a day for updates from my favorite bloggers. May I just say I’m glad I can pass this on to fifteen people? There’s no way I could narrow it down to one or two.

For the most part, I’ve chosen my list of fifteen bloggers for their insight, for the broad topics they write about and simply because I love the things they write. I wish I could spend more time on their sites than I do.

Here are the fifteen bloggers that I choose to present this award to, in no particular order:

  1. Michelle Proulx Some exciting things are happening on this web site! Come see!
  2. logosconcarne, by Wyrd Smythe. His posts leave me pensive and grateful for all that I have.
  3. Cristian Mihai Have you seen his magazine yet?
  4. thejournalfiles, by Liz Bell. She is one prolific writer.
  5. Lots of food for thought here.
  6. Bottledworder I know she’s been nominated more than once, but I can’t help it. She’s great.
  7. expeditionsofelise I can’t even remember how I stumbled across her blog, but I find it inspiring.
  8. booksnlibraries I’m still thinking about the question she asked in her last post.
  9. fiction favorites, by John Howell–another very thought-provoking blog, especially in regards to writing, from a talented man
  10. The Garret, by A.J.  I love the tone of this blog.
  11. The Write Transition A great writer who immediately puts readers at ease. Lots of good topics, too.
  12.  Innovictor Writes Informative and friendly
  13. The Monster in Your Closet  I relate very well to this blog–it’s a perfect mix of real life and writing and how how real life impacts writing
  14. jessicaschaubbooks A great writer, a supportive friend and an all-around wonderful person. I enjoy every interaction I have with this lady.
  15. shannonathompson This site is organized and easy to maneuver, and the ideas here are intriguing. Very enjoyable!

Well. Now that I’ve thought about my fifteen, I’m wishing I had at least a few more spots. There are lots of really great blogs out there.

Now for seven things about myself:

  1. When I was five I punched my best friend in the nose to show him how tough I was. He wasn’t my best friend after that.
  2. I make up songs about tractors and dump trucks to help my toddler son go to sleep–and then the songs, which are really weird, get stuck in my head and I find myself singing them all day long the next day. “Tractors are like rainbows…”
  3. I love bitter chocolate. Well, really, I love most kinds of chocolate–but if I’m craving it, I can eat a square or two of bitter baking chocolate and thoroughly enjoy it. How odd is that?
  4. Nearly two years ago, I read that if you want to become an expert at something, you have to dedicate 1000 hours of time to it. This idea deeply impacted my life. I made a list of things I want to learn to be really good at. I started reading about these topics and finding ways to practice them, and I’ve started counting the hours I spend doing that. While this type of education doesn’t result in credentials, I’m happy with the things I’m learning and VERY happy that they fit so well into my family’s budget.
  5. I’m enthralled by Thomas Kincade paintings. Read more about this on my Amazon Author Page.
  6. I’m proud to say I’m a Wolf Den leader here in Utah. I love the cub scout and boy scout programs. Also I love girl scout cookies. (I never actually got to be a girl scout. I only eat the cookies.)
  7. I didn’t like cheese until I got married. I also didn’t wear glasses until I got married. Oh, the way he changed me! (For the better, mostly. I’m still in love with him after nineteen years.)

That’s that! Thanks again to everyone who blogs so well, and thanks to Slepsnor for passing this on.

January 13, 2013

Enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card

The Night Ones Legacy book cover--Ruby Rift is the most most recent draft of a possible sequel.

The Night Ones Legacy, available on Amazon Kindle and other outlets

Beginning on January 15th, 2013, you have a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card for reading and answering three questions about The Night Ones Legacy.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Read The Night Ones Legacy, by Gwen Bristol–you can get a copy here.
  2. Send me (Gwen Bristol) an e-mail with the word CONTEST in the subject box, at this e-mail address:
  3. In the body of your e-mail, answer these three questions:
    1. What did you like best about this book?
    2. What would improve this book?
    3. Who would you recommend this book to, and why?
  4. Also, please include your mailing address so that I can ship the gift cards to the winners. I’ll keep your information private.
  5. Wait to see if you’ve won! Contest updates will be posted periodically on

The first 100 e-mails I receive will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Amazon gift card. The winner will be contacted immediately and the gift card will be shipped the following business day. All other participants for that round will be contacted when the gift card ships.

HERE’S SOMETHING IMPORTANT: This contest doesn’t end with the first 100 e-mails. I’ll hold a drawing for a second $25 Amazon gift card when I receive a second set of 100 e-mails (e-mails 101-200 will be eligible for this drawing). I intend to hold drawings for at least five sets of 100 e-mails.

If I receive a big enough response, I’ll continue holding drawings all the way through the month of February. The deadline for all e-mail drawing sets is February 28, 2013. If there are more than five drawings but the last set is incomplete, I’ll hold the drawing as if that set is complete.

E-mails are only eligible for this drawing if all three questions are answered, and they’re only eligible for the drawing within the 100 e-mail set.

ONE MORE THING TO NOTE: I’m considering this contest as a ‘marketing lab’ that will count toward my personal 1000 hours of marketing education campaign.

I intend to keep practicing. With that in mind, please look for future contests, give-aways and free stuff on this blog site. I’ll be adding a ‘Contests and other cool stuff’ page to this blog site soon so these things will be easier to find.


I’m looking forward to giving these $25 Amazon gift cards away!


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