Tuesday, May 31

Posted by Laurel Garver on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10 comments
Guest post interview
The lovely Yat Yee Chong interviewed me over on her blog--my very first interview! Find out about what I've been reading and my secret fantasy of being a jazz musician. You can check it out HERE.

Triplicity continues
I'm extending the deadline to enter my Triplicity drawing and contest, in celebration of reaching 333 followers. You now have until next Tuesday, June 7, to enter.

I'm giving away a $30 amazon gift certificate to one lucky entrant (U.S. only). You just have to leave a comment here, or on the original post. Additional entries are given as follows:

+5 Existing follower
+3 New follower
+2 Tweet contest
+2 Link contest on your blog sidebar
+5 Blog about the contest
+10 Pose an "Ask-the-editor" question on grammar, punctuation, critiquing
+1 Calculate your total number of entries

Microfiction contest
Groan-worthy similes and metaphors
Send up to three entries of original, groan-worthy metaphors or similes, just a sentence each, via e-mail as inline text to laurels (dot) leaves (at) gmail (dot) com.

A few examples:
~Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
~It came down the stairs looking very much like something no one had ever seen before.
~His cover was blown like a man with a neat comb-over turning a windy corner.
~Her eyes were the mesmerizing green of a moldy cucumber liquefying in the vegetable drawer.

Open to international contestants.

Prizes (winners may chose any one):
~a 10-page detailed critique
~10 pages of copy editing
~an editorial overview of up to 50 pages, outlining areas for growth
~a character naming consultation. I'll help you research and find/create up to three character names, any genre.

How would you have answered Yat Yee's question: "how would you want your work to be characterized--first three words that pop into your mind?"


  1. Hi Laurel,

    Congratulations on your big 3 3 3-- well, 339 now.

    I'll have to work on those similes!

    I am an existing follower, put your contest on my sidebar and calculate that I have 8 entries.

  2. Thanks for answering my Ask the Editor question. I'm off to check out your interview...

  3. Wow! Aren't you nice! Wish I could think of a smart metaphor or groaning pun, but all that comes out is a whimper...

  4. There's so much going on. I'm glad I stopped by!

  5. Love those metaphors and similies! Especially the third one. I would want my work to be characterized as contemporary, realistic, and inspiring. Off to read your interview now!

  6. Perri: Thanks for entering!

    Susan: Hope it was helpful. Sorry to hear about the blogger comment problems they day I posted.

    victoria: I realized that putting a contest so close to a holiday was not the smartest...so an extension seemed the way to undo my mistake.

    Theresa: Thanks for entering!

    Lynn: Hope you decide to throw a few entries in! Writing bad on purpose can be wonderfully freeing. Oh, and I love your descriptors of your work!

  7. A bit late, but yeah, congrats on hitting 333 :) I've got no clue how everyone manages to get so many followers!! It's insane!

    Anyway I'm not in the US so damn, no potential gift certificate for me.

  8. I'm off to check out your interview. :D

    LOL all my metaphors are groan worthy. :P

  9. John: Hi and thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll enter the metaphors contest! It's open internationally.

    Stina: Send 'em on over! You could win a cool prize!

  10. Congrats on the followers! That's a happy milestone, for sure. :)

    Great contest too, thanks for doing it! Okay, let's see I'm commenting (1), a follower (5), and I totaled my entries (1). That's 7. And if I'm wrong somehow I will blame it on the heat and the fact that it's Friday...

    Have a great weekend!