January 23rd, 2012


May I have the envelope please?

Congratulations to  Beth Cato 
(aka celestialgldfsh) 

In what turned out to be the closest final in Puddle Awards' history, with just two votes separating the top three places. Beth Cato (aka celestialgldfsh) won this year's
Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line.

Here are the final results:

1st Place The goddamn robots were at it again
(Beth Cato aka celestialgldfsh)

2nd The first words Henry Woods heard after his execution were, “You took long enough to get here.”
(Elizabeth Hull aka darkspires)

3rd "Think of me as a time of year" whispered the raccoon, "like libraries in a late autumn afternoon."
(Adrian Sterling aka raisinbottom)

4th You're all alone here, alone among the dead.
(Phil Giunta aka pgiunta)

5th At the beginning, you see, Time had not yet come into being.
(Sue Stone aka knittingknots)

6th Last night, I dreamed of the drowned man again.
(Christine Lucas aka silverwerecat)

7th Miranda Lorensen was about to watch her brother die--again.
(Phil Giunta aka pgiunta)

8th Nobody knew how and nobody knew why, but everywhere that Renee went the rain followed.
(Angela De Groot aka angeladegroot)

As well as bragging rights, Beth wins a signed copy of Fur-Face and two of my I are a writer! pens, as well as an interview and/or guest spot here on An Englishman in New Jersey

Elizabeth and Adrian also win an interview here, where they can bask in the meager puddle of limelight my blog will provide. 

Links to the qualifying Heats
Heat one; Heat two; Heat three; Heat four; Heat fiveHeat six ; Heat seven
Heat eight;
Final Round

Congratulations to all the finalists, and a big 'Thank you' to everyone who took part.

Next up on the Puddles calendar? The Meager Puddle of Limelight for Best Short Story Title coming in the Spring.


An interview and Fur-Face giveway

My friend, Krista Magrowski (aka blood_of_winter), posted an interview with me today. 

If the thought of reading my thrilling answers to questions about my writing and what I like about living in America hasn't already got you champing at the bit, I'm hoping the news that Krista's giving away a copy of Fur-Face to a random commenter might just tip the scales in my favor.

If you'd care to visit Krista's blog and read the interview, please click here. Don't forget to leave a comment there, if you want to win a signed copy of Fur-Face.