February 17, 2012

100th Follower Giveaway

I've reached 100 followers and to celebrate I'm doing a giveaway! I owe all of you a gargantuan 'thank you' for taking the time to follow this blog and for leaving little bits of encouragement here in the form of comments.

So what exactly am I giving away?

A book of your choice (up to $15) from 
The Book Depository (anywhere TBD ships).
  
The giveaway runs from February 17th until March 1st (at midnight), at which time a winner will be chosen at random. It's open internationally and all you have to do is follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
"I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks."
-William Shakespeare-

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So it occurs to me that I've asked all of you for your favourite quotes and I haven't offered up my own. There are many that I love (some new ones, thanks to all of you) but this is my favourite:

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
it is the courage to continue that counts."
-Winston Churchill-

47 comments:

  1. Yay! I'd love to get Across the Universe :D

    My favorite quote is the Latin phrase "Ad Astra per Aspera," which means "To the stars, through difficulty."

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    1. I totally got chills when I read this comment because in the story I'm currently working on, I actually use the Latin phrase: "Per Ardua Ad Astra" (Through difficulty/struggle to the stars), which is almost identical in meaning to your quote. That's just crazy :D

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  2. Oh man...let's see...I'd probably want The Girl of Fire and Thorns. I keep thinking I've bought it already, because I've wanted to read it for so long...and then getting home and realizing that, nope, not yet!

    Awesome giveaway! And congrats on the milestone!

    I can never think of things like favorite quotes on the spur of the moment, so I'll leave you with this one from Godspell, which I've been listening to a lot lately:

    "When your trust is all but shattered
    When your faith is all but killed
    You can give up, bitter and battered
    Or you can slowly start to build."

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    1. What a great quote! I think I'm keeping that one handy :D

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  3. One of my favorite quotes is, "When I became a man I put away childish things, such as the fear of childishness and a desire to be very grown up." C.S. Lewis.
    Glad I found your blog!

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    1. I love C.S. Lewis and I like his twist on a familiar Bible verse :D

      P.S. Welcome!

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  4. I am reading Billy Collins poetry right now as research for my next WIP. And I read this last night:

    "It seems only yesterday I used to believe
    there was nothing under my skin but light.
    If you cut me I would shine.
    But now when I fall upon the sidewalks of life,
    I skin my knees. I bleed."
    From the poem 'On turning Ten'

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  5. Congrats!
    One of my favorite quotes is in Latin: Omnia quare cupio iam habeo, "Everything I want I already have." It's a good one to throw around in terms of writing/publication. :)

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    1. quare should be quae. Still caffeine-free and apparently I can't type because of it. :)

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    2. Oh, man. I so wish I could say that. Sadly, I still need to work on being content. Great quote, though. And a great reminder!

      P.S. I haven't had coffee yet today and I think I should remedy that. Don't know how you're doing it... :D

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  6. Congrats on reaching 100 followers! One of my favorite quotes is "life is what happens when making other plans." I should pay attention to that more.

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    1. Thanks, Alicia! That is a great quote/reminder :D I need to pay attention to that too. I think I sometimes let life pass me by while I'm wishing for something else, stressing over something, or just constantly saying "it'll be better when____________" <--not a good habit to get into.

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  7. Hmm I have a lot of favorite quotes... I'm currently doing a research paper on John Steinbeck right now so here's one of my favorite quotes by him.

    "It has always seemed strange to me... the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second." -John Steinbeck

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    1. Welcome!

      I have a ton of favourite quotes too and I'm always adding to them:D This quote couldn't be more true. Sad, but true.

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  8. MEGA HUGE CONGRATS! <3

    Here's one of my favorite quotes:

    "I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
    ~Bill Cosby

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    1. Thanks, Athena :) That's a great quote by Cosby and totally true. I'm totally a people pleaser and that's been a real source of stress for me.

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  9. For fun! I'll come back to this to add my favorite quote... yeah, I don't have any memorized... ;)

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    1. I have so many favourites, but most of them are only partly memorized. I'd probably end up morphing more than one into the same quote. Call it a chimera quote :)

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  10. Thanks for this Jaime :D
    One of my favorite quotes: "Nobody puts baby in the corner"
    I have more meaningful quotes somewhere in my mind but this one just got out first so I thought I´d stand by it :D

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    1. That's great! Makes me want to watch Dirty Dancing :)

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  11. One of my faves is from the movie Rocky Balboa (huge fan of the underdog!):

    "But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward."

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    1. Great quote! I have the Rocky theme song in my head right now, sort of mixed with Eye of the Tiger. Hahaha :)

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  12. Hmm... Favorite quote is hard. This is probably cheating, but can I piggy-back off Stephanie's? "Ad Astra per Aspera," or "To the stars, through difficulty." That's beautiful! I also love any snarky or funny quote from Friends or Sex and the City. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway, Jaime, and congrats on 100 followers!

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    1. Piggy back away! Like I told Stephanie, this quote is almost exactly the same in meaning to a quote in my current WiP. Eerie? A little :) I need to find some good Friends quotes now :)

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  13. I have too many favorite quotes. This one is on a sticky note on my wall: "Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones of genius." By Elbert Hubbard.

    Congrats and thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. I have lots too (especially now)! I like the quote you left here. Isn't that how most inventions came to be? By mistake? :D

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  14. Be not afraid of moving slowly, be afraid of standing still. - Chinese Proverb

    Well done on reaching 100 followers!

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

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    1. Great proverb and great words to live by :)

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  15. Congratulations! I love Elodie's quote :) Be obscure clearly. - E.B. White. One of my favorite writing advice quotes.

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    1. That is really good writing advice, especially when your story has suspense (mind kind of does). Thanks for sharing it :)

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  16. I ó'm gonna write a book quote: "Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled "This could change your life." It's so true!
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. Too true! One of the books I read almost a year ago changed my life--it prompted me to start writing my own stories. I'd say that's pretty big :)

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  17. Congrats on reaching 100 GFC members--and exceeding, now! Mmm... a quote. Here's a good one for someone as directionally-challenged as me: "A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting!"--The Third Doctor (Doctor Who: "The Time Warrior," Episode 1). I'm sure this has writing application too. :)

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    1. Thanks, Colin! It's nice having all of you guys as cheerleaders lol :) I should have guessed that you'd show up with Doctor Who in tow! And it definitely has writing application (if you stick to 'the plan' you may miss out on some interesting possibilities/diversions in your writing).

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  18. Aww yay, congrats! Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway too :)

    Favourite quote... hmm. Well, I have tons, but here's one I've always liked: "Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire." It's from Reggie Leach. Thanks again!

    Sonia

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  19. Oh congrats on your followers! My favourite quote is You can't force someone to see the truth, just like you can't force a blind man to see. - Marilyn Manson

    Natalia A.

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  20. Congrats on the followers, and thanks for celebrating with a giveaway!

    My favourite quote changes constantly. There are always ones that I remember more often and better than others, but I feel like every time I read a new book, I find a new quote. SO, keeping to that, I recently read The Fault in Our Stars and my current favourites are:
    "I love you present tense."
    and
    “‎Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

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    1. My favourite quotes are always changing too :)

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  21. You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life. #churchillsaidthat

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    1. Winston Churchill made the best quote-worthy statements. He was totally the man (you'll notice that my favourite quote is also by Churchill) :)

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  22. There are too many good ones to choose from. I'm in the mood for Dead Poets Society and a little Robert Herrick, so I'll go with:

    Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
    Old Time is still a-flying;
    And this same flower that smiles today,
    Tomorrow will be dying.

    And now you can imagine Mr. Keating saying "Carpe..." in that awesome, creepy voice :)

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    1. Better than a 'sweaty-toothed madman' saying it, am I right? Oh, and I may or may not have sounded a barbaric YAWP over the rooftops of Red Deer just now... :P

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  23. Major congrats! And yo, total high fives on being Canadian. *cue awkward fistbump* My favourite quote is part of a poem (called "Poem Without A Title", incidentally) by Charles Simic:

    "I say to the lead
    Why did you let yourself
    Be cast into a bullet?
    Have you forgotten the alchemists?
    Have you given up hope
    In turning into gold?"

    Hope that qualifies. :D

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    1. Total Canadian fistbumps back :D Visited your blog and noticed that you are a hockey fan too. We're big Oilers fans around here and just went to a game last night! Also, that quote is really cool. I've read it a couple of times now :D

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