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The Writer’s Desk ~ A Contest Giveaway!!! January 1, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.

In the process of tidying  my office for the advent of 2013, I came upon a slim book, The Writer’s Desk, by Jill Krementz,  which might interest more than a few of you.

So I’m going to auction it off to the highest bidder and use the proceeds to fuel my chocolate addiction for the coming year.  😉

Mmm . . . C~H~O~C~O~L~A~T~E!

Let the bidding war begin . . .

As indicated on Amazon, The Writer’s Desk is a sought after collector’s item ~ $100 for a new copy; 22 used copies from $36.

OK.  Now that I’ve got your attention, I’m actually going to GIVE my copy of The Writer’s Desk to the winner of The First Ever Annual SLTW Writer’s Desk Competition.

Contest Giveaway Rules:

1.  Write a short essay or poem (between 33 and 100 words) about your writing desk, your writing rituals, why you write, how you write, how you stop writing, or . . . surprise us with a tantalizing tidbit about your writing life.

Sample essays (from the book):

a.  I like to think of some scene, it doesn’t matter how crazy, and work backward and forward from it until eventually it becomes quite plausible and fits neatly into the story.  I’ve just finished another novel, in fact . . . It really is funny.  It’s worked out awfully well.  I’m rather worried about the next one.  It will be a letdown almost.  I don’t want to be like Bernard Shaw.  He turned out some awfully bad stuff in his nineties.  He said he knew the stuff was bad but he couldn’t stop writing.

~ Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (a/k/a P.G. Wodehouse)

b.  I don’t take notes.  I don’t outline.  I don’t do anything like that.  I just flail away at the goddamned thing .  .  . I’m a salami writer.  I try to write good salami, but salami is salami.  You can’t sell it as caviar.

~ Stephen King

c.  I surround myself with objects that carry with them a personal history ~ old books, bowls and boxes, splintering chairs and benches from Imperial China.  I imagine the people who once turned the pages or rubbed their palms on the surfaces.  While they were thinking ~ thinking what?  And then I hear my yappy little dog.  Bubba Zo is my distraction, my reminder to get up and go for a walk before he pees on the carpet.  I now include a lot of dog metaphors in my writing.

~ Amy Tan

d.  I prefer to get up very early in the morning and work.  I don’t want to speak to anybody or see anybody.  Perfect silence.  I work until the vein is out.  There’s something about the way you feel, you know when the well is dry, that you’ll have to wait till tomorrow and it’ll be full up again.

~ Katherine Anne Porter

e.  I don’t ask writers about their work habits.  I really don’t care.  Joyce Carol Oates says somewhere that when writers ask each other what time they start working and when they finish and how much time they take for lunch, they’re actually trying to find out, “Is he as crazy as I am?”  I don’t need that question answered.

~ Philip Roth

2.  Illustrate your essay or poem with a photo, drawing, or other visual depiction of your favorite writing space.


Summer 019b

Or out:

Summer 021b

Since a picture is worth one thousand words, that gives verbose sorts a fighting chance to win the contest. 

3.  Post the illustrated essay or poem on your blog.  No blog?  No problem:

* Start one.  I’m serious.  WordPress is always looking for new bloggers.
* Don’t want to start a blog?  Do a guest post on a friend’s blog.

4.  Link back to this post in your post . . . or post a link to your illustrated and illuminating essay or poem in the comment thread below.

5.  Invite your friends to play along.  If we get more than 25 entries, I may toss another prize into the pot for the 2nd place finisher ~ also, probably, a writing book of some sort.  If we get more than 50 entries, prizes might be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers.  If we get more than 100 entries, I might have to extend the judging time.

Additional prizes will be announced as and when added. 

6.  Contest link submissions must be posted by Robbie Burns’ Birthday.  If you don’t know who Robbie Burns is, think Haggis.  If you don’t know what Haggis is, count your blessings and eat a scone.

Wikipedia ~ Robbie Burns (in Public Domain)


7.  After I’m done toasting the greatest Scot of all time,” I’ll read through the contest entries and pick three (3) favorites using a 10-point scale:

Essay ~ 5 points + 2 bonus points if you make me laugh out loud
Photo ~ 2 points + 1 bonus point if I turn green with envy

I will do my best to be fair and impartial.  I will also do my best to narrow it down to three (3) finalists . . . but I reserve the right to pick up to seven (7) finalists if I’m feeling indecisive.   Judge’s decisions (and indecisions) FINAL.

8.  On Groundhog’s Day, I’ll post the top 3-7 essays and photos for you to vote on.   Mark your calendars.

If you don’t know when Groundhog’s Day is . . . ask Punxsutawny Phil.

9.  If you make the finals you may ask your friends to vote for you.  And you may, of course, vote for yourself.  But only once.  No stuffing the ballot box.

And don’t hang your hopes on hanging chads ~ they do NOT count.

10.  Voting will close at noon, EST (Eastern Standard Time), on Valentine’s Day (the day Sir Pelham Grenville Wodehouse died, at the ripe age of 93).

Vinegar Valentine, circa 1900 (in Public Domain)

11.  Sending me chocolates for Valentine’s Day will NOT increase your chance of winning, but it will make me smile . . . see above photo.

12.  No purchase necessary.

13.  Only one entry per person . . . even if you have more than one blog.

IMGP2049bThe final vote is in your hands, not mine . . . all ballots cast will be transparent to all concerned.

You’ll see.  😉

Once the contest closes and the votes are counted, the winner of The First Ever Annual SLTW Writer’s Desk Competition will receive my copy of The Writer’s Desk!



Great!  On your mark, get set . . . go sit at your writer’s desk, put on your writing cap, open a vein, and let the words flow, gush, or sputter as they will.

If you’re stumped about what to write and/or stymied by writer’s block, say “C~H~E~E~S~E!” . . . and take a photo of your frustration and/or confusion to illustrate your  poem or essay.

Aah . . . that’s better!

The VOTE is OPEN . . . click here!


1. seeker - January 1, 2013

Gee, I’m tempted. What If I win, how are you going to send that prize in the postal?

nrhatch - January 1, 2013

Yes, I’ll need the winner’s address so I can mail it out. If they live somewhere remote, without mail delivery, they’ll have to come here to get it. 😀

Patricia - January 1, 2013

If I entered and (gasp) won I do have mail delivery but I could come pick it up. 🙂

nrhatch - January 1, 2013

It’s a great place to visit mid-winter. 😀

2. Crowing Crone Joss - January 1, 2013

this is going to be a lot of fun. Most fun contest rules to begin with.

nrhatch - January 1, 2013

Thanks, Joss. The sky’s the limit in terms of creativity of entries, as long as the word count passes the minimum without exceeding the maximum.

nrhatch - January 1, 2013

I can’t get into my WP dashboard to edit my posts, my comments, or do anything else. I wonder if the Stats Helper Monkeys are to blame?

3. nuvofelt - January 1, 2013

P G Wodehouse sums up my writing style 🙂

A very generous offer, I won’t be entering the competition, but I’ll be reading those who do.

nrhatch - January 1, 2013

As Bartles and James used to say, “thank you for your support.” And plenty of time to change your mind and enter if you wish. The more the merrier.

4. diannegray - January 1, 2013

Can’t wait to read the entries! I’d enter if I wasn’t on a road trip 😀

Happy New Year 😀

nrhatch - January 1, 2013

I hope I have enough $’s in my piggy bank to cover the postage to Australia if you change your mind, enter, and win. 😯

5. Tori Nelson - January 1, 2013

Your timing is perfect. I decided just a few weeks ago that sitting on the play room floor with my laptop wasn’t cutting it. I’m decorating a real writery- writing nook now! Something about getting my own desk and pencils makes me feel fancy 🙂

nrhatch - January 1, 2013

Oh, good. Once you set up your fancy new writery writing nook, you’ll be able to share it with us!

6. sweetdaysundertheoaks - January 1, 2013

Hmmm, I am not a writer so I probably won’t be posting an essay but it sounds like fun and I will be reading the entries.. 🙂 Who knows I may get inspired! I love b. up there.

nrhatch - January 1, 2013

Yes . . . get inspired! I love Stephen King’s quote . . . better to be a salami writer than one full of bologna! 😀

7. kateshrewsday - January 1, 2013

Nancy, what a totally wonderfu idea. I’d love to know how other writer friends write. And to see where they write! In the mean time, let me show you the desk which I covet more than any other in the world. It is actually the one which belonged to one of George III’s stewards. If I ever win the lottery one just like it shall be mine. Here it is:http://www.flickr.com/photos/kateshrewsday/8334664628/in/photostream

nrhatch - January 1, 2013

Stunning desk, Kate! Much nicer than my writing desk. 😀

kateshrewsday - January 1, 2013

Or mine….

8. viviankirkfield - January 1, 2013

Hurray! This sounds like lots of fun, Nancy! Good thing I am ‘retired’ now and will have more time to participate in writing prompts and contests like this one.:)
In fact, I think I will add this link to the 2013 post I did today…the more the merrier.:) And the prize is a lovely one!
Happy New Year, Nancy…this is an awesome way to start 2013!

nrhatch - January 1, 2013

Yay! Enjoy your first FULL day of retirement. Woo hoo!

Glad you can participate. I’m looking forward to seeing where and hearing how people “write.” And thanks for linking up.

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nrhatch - January 2, 2013

Glad you plan to participate in the Writer’s Desk contest.

I’m having some computer issues (on WP, FB, and e-mail) at the moment, but hope to have them resolved in short order. Fingers crossed that I’ll be able to let the contest limp along until things get sorted out.

10. sufilight - January 1, 2013

I will be the audience watching this contest. 😀

nrhatch - January 1, 2013

I’m curious to see who decides to play along . . . and what they choose to share.

There’s plenty of time to change your mind. Robbie Burns was born nearer the end of the month than the beginning.

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nrhatch - January 2, 2013

Glad you plan to participate in the Writer’s Desk contest, Joss.

I’m having some computer issues (on WP, FB, and e-mail) at the moment, but hope to have them resolved in short order. Fingers crossed that I’ll be able to let the contest limp along until things get sorted out . . . etc. etc. etc. 😉

12. cecilia - January 2, 2013

What a stunning idea, OK.. noon on valentines day..blog then link, 33 to 100 words, wait … is the photo optional?, I had best check, ah yes, photo – good, chocolate – good, ballot stuffing – bad. procrastinating – very bad.. I think I am ready.. see you again soon! I hope you are having a lovely new years so far! c

nrhatch - January 2, 2013

Thanks, Cecelia. To clarify: submissions due by Robbie Burns birthday . . . semi-finalists announced and voting starts on Groundhog’s Day . . . voting closes and winner(s) announced on Valentine’s Day.

cecilia - January 3, 2013

I have loaded my wee entry as todays blog post and linked it back to here.. thank you, It is a fun challenge .. it is not often we actually sit down and think about how we do things.. and now out into the morning cold i must go – to milk my cow! take care.. c


nrhatch - January 3, 2013

Thanks, Cecilia. I’ll come round straight away. 😀

13. colonialist - January 2, 2013

Utterly inspired, I went to Word and dashed off my essay. Unfortunately, it won’t be eligible, although I may post and link it anyway. It ended up 322 words long, and I’m not going to prune it.

nrhatch - January 2, 2013

Yay! We must take inspiration where we can. I hope you will post it on your blog at some point, whether you enter the contest or not.

colonialist - January 2, 2013

It was fun to write, so I think I must put it in …

nrhatch - January 2, 2013


14. Perfecting Motherhood - January 2, 2013

What a great idea, Nancy! But I bet elections in Florida have less rules than this contest. 😉
I’ll have to check out that book, it looks very interesting.

nrhatch - January 2, 2013

Not really many “rules” . . . write a short illustrated essay and link back here. Then, if you want, vote for your favorites. The rest is more of a timetable.

For people who want to see how other writers write . . . it’s an interesting “backstage pass.”

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nrhatch - January 2, 2013

This is the best “non entry” I’ve ever read, Col. Your essay reminds me a bit (a small amount, not the thing you put in a horse’s mouth) of one sentence from P.G. Wodehouse’s comment in The Writer’s Desk:

I like to think of some scene, it doesn’t matter how crazy, and work backward and forward from it until eventually it becomes quite plausible and fits neatly into the story.

16. colonialist - January 2, 2013

The awful deed is done. Be incredibly afraid.

nrhatch - January 2, 2013

I’ll be around straight away . . . as long as my computer behaves. I’m having a tough time with WP, FB, and e-mail. Everything is a bit “off.” I’m afraid that Computer Gremlins have infiltrated and infested my writing machine.

Perhaps I shall revert back to writing on a typewriter. Or longhand. These techno gadgets are great . . . but only when they choose to work. When they don’t, it’s like having a devil in the inkwell. 😯

17. Tokeloshe - January 2, 2013

What a wonderful idea!

nrhatch - January 2, 2013

Thanks, Tok!

18. Three Well Beings - January 2, 2013

You’re a lot of fun, Nancy! Clever beginning to the new year. I’m not sure I’m feeling inspired enough to participate, but I really enjoy cheering others onward and forward! Happy New Year, my friend!

nrhatch - January 3, 2013

It seems that most people are signing up as cheerleaders rather than contestants. I wonder if that’s because the prize holds no appeal? Or, maybe, their writing desks are too secret to share . . . you know, like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

I guess that makes me the spy, 😯

Three Well Beings - January 3, 2013

I’ve been thinking about the contest, though, Nancy. That’s something! 🙂 It’s not the prize that had me thinking it not worth the time, certainly, but I don’t think my space or process is very interesting. Actually, I thought I might write about it if I can find a little time, only because it is so completely ordinary. Maybe the “lack of interesting” makes it more interesting? How’s that for abstract thinking.

nrhatch - January 3, 2013

The ordinary is often extraordinary. :mrgreen:

That’s why I limited the word count. I didn’t want people to write a dissertation explaining or encapsulating everything about their writing. Instead, I hope they’ll take one small facet, a tiny piece of the puzzle ~ like the examples from the authors in the book ~ and share it.

Just a nod or wink to a tip, a technique, a why, a where, a how, a when, a what, a pleasure, a joy, a challenge.

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nrhatch - January 4, 2013

Love your analogy, Cecilia . . . writers wading into droplets of inspiration to see what waits.

Enjoyed all the scenes from the farm. Thanks!

20. vivinfrance - January 3, 2013

What a lovely idea. I found you via Cecelia’s lovely blog at http://thekitchensgarden.wordpress.com/ , but be sure that I will return.

vivinfrance - January 3, 2013
nrhatch - January 3, 2013

Lovely recipe, Viv! Thanks for entering (and for tidying up your desk for the competition). 😉

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22. Pseu - January 3, 2013

Let me think a while and wait for a sunny day, for the photo! Nice idea.

nrhatch - January 3, 2013

Hope your horizons are filled with “sunny days.”

Pseu - January 3, 2013

Not much chance of that for the next few weeks! Not in UK…. but nice thought!

23. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen - January 3, 2013

What a wonderful idea.. I so look forward to reading what inspires and motivates those who write.. I’ve written “poetically” about this already on my blog.. and this post says it best:


Just stop at the part where the recipe comes in.. or.. maybe not and make a batch to eat while you read everyone’s entries:D

On a rare day, I will write poetry to a prompt/nudge.. I’m currently working on a series that go together. The first one was a “chain” prompt from a fellow blogger entitled “hope” and the newest one is “grace”. I hope to have poems for all of these virtues by the end.. Those sorts of words inspire me to think/feel on a deeper level..
xx Smidge

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen - January 3, 2013

I am not currently home to share a photo of my desk.. but if I were to be honest, my “desk” is a comfy couch where only my laptop, a cup of coffee, my pup and the early morning sunbeams keep me company.

nrhatch - January 3, 2013

Thanks, Smidge. I’ll check out your post . . . but I still want to see your writing desk. Especially if it’s your cozy couch with coffee and sunbeams for company.

Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen - January 3, 2013

Will do when I get back home:D

nrhatch - January 4, 2013

Yay! It’ll go perfect with your reflections.

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nrhatch - January 9, 2013

Yes! Lovely glimpse through the window of your writing life with an accompanying photo . . . perfect!

Thanks, Janna.

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29. Tom (Aquatom1968) - January 11, 2013

Hi Nancy… well, you asked, so I did!
I’m only entering for fun though, my Writer’s Desk post is here: http://wellheregoes.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/the-writers-desk/ at 99 words too! Thank you for the prompt! 😉

nrhatch - January 11, 2013

I love it, Tom! Especially:

At a desk without a chair
With papers, pens and boxes everywhere
Typing, tapping, amid the clutter
Recording any word I utter
Hoping they flow and work well together

And your image is perfect . . . it reeks of the magic we weave when it all comes together.


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31. kateshrewsday - January 12, 2013

Writer’s ‘desk’ entry here, Nancy 🙂 http://wp.me/pX1we-2zW

nrhatch - January 12, 2013

I love it! I have to dash out, but I’ll come over and read it again in due course. 😀

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33. Food,Photography & France - January 13, 2013

Kate Shrewsday has led me to your blog. Here’s a link to my writing desk – http://stowell.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/extra-postmy-writing-desk/

nrhatch - January 13, 2013

Thanks for sharing a slice of your writing life, Roger. Wonderful images too. 😀

34. bluebee - January 13, 2013

A great motivation to get back into writing for the new year!!

nrhatch - January 13, 2013

That was just my thought . . . 😀

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36. viviankirkfield - January 14, 2013

Got back last night. It was fun to spend time with my family…but it is definitely great to be back! Here’s my entry: http://viviankirkfield.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/sunday-post-goals-and-the-writers-desk-competition/
Hope you enjoy it, Nancy! Tomorrow I will visit all of the others who have posted their links…looks like there is another ‘Viv’.:)

nrhatch - January 14, 2013

Wonderful poem ~ beautiful cascade of words. Great contrasts between the three work spaces, but as you say, it’s motivation, inspiration, and perspiration that marks the writer.

nrhatch - January 14, 2013

Yes, there is another Viv . . . Viv In France.

37. Susanna Leonard Hill - January 14, 2013

Totally late to the party here, but what a great idea for a contest! I’m not sure I’ll pull it off, but I really enjoyed reading about it. LOVED those quotes! And I do know exactly when Groundhog Day is – ask Punxsutawney Phyllis! 🙂

nrhatch - January 14, 2013

Hi Susanna! Hope your find the time to toss a few lines this way. I’ll announce the semi-finalists on Punxsutawney Phyllis Day! 😀

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nrhatch - January 14, 2013

Your desk area is so cozy in contrast to the icy morn.

You’re going to get the “sympathy vote” for sure with all those chilly shots. Brrr! 😯

39. ramaink - January 14, 2013

I love your blog! You have such a wonderful, free flowing voice…!

I came across it while visiting Cecilia’s blog and I am glad that I did!

And although I do not own a writing desk, I am sorely tempted to submit something. Why? Why not? 🙂

No rules, just write, right?

Thank you for this fun opportunity!

Hope I am not too late.

nrhatch - January 14, 2013

You are NOT too late . . . entries will be accepted until Robbie Burns’ Birthday (1/25). Hope you decide to play along.

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41. dearrosie - January 17, 2013

I missed this post and only got here now. What a wonderful idea for the new yer Nancy.
I’m feeling overwhelmed right now so I will also be cheering. Sorry.

nrhatch - January 18, 2013

Thanks, Rosie. Cheering is good. Hope things ease up for you.

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43. 2e0mca - January 18, 2013
nrhatch - January 18, 2013

Yay! Martin’s decided to play. Wonderful reflection . . . and fabulous shots of your writing desk and library. Thanks, Martin.

2e0mca - January 18, 2013

Np – here’s to a wee dram on Burns night 🙂

nrhatch - January 18, 2013

Ach, mon! Now yer talkin’! 😀

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nrhatch - January 19, 2013

Yay! You decided to play! Your “desk” looks super comfy.

Martin (Tales from Finchley) is certain to covet a few of those Railroad books you have on display.

45. triciabertram - January 19, 2013

I discovered your blog via Debra at breathlighter. I live in Australia but I find your challenge so stimulating and thought provoking that I think I’ll make a contribution. For me the challenge is the prize.
I shall return at the end of the week with my response.

nrhatch - January 19, 2013

Wonderful! The more the merrier! 😀

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47. speccy - January 20, 2013

I finally remembered to do this (thanks, Debra). I am enjoying seeing where/ how people work 🙂 Great idea, Nancy

nrhatch - January 20, 2013

The bottom picture draws me in.
Coffee + Keyboard = Let’s Write!!!

Thanks for playing along, Speccy.

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49. Grannymar - January 20, 2013

I read about this on several blogs today, so in for a shilling – in for a pound! My first ever writing competition entry went live a few minutes ago! http://www.grannymar.com/blog/2013/01/20/writing-desk/

50. Grannymar - January 20, 2013

Oops! I think my comment has gone the long route (spam bucket).

I read about this on several blogs so decided to throw in my penny worth. I posted my entry on my blog, linking here and commenting here with my blog link too. http://www.grannymar.com/blog/2013/01/20/writing-desk/

Hope my desk was not too heavy! 😉

nrhatch - January 20, 2013

Yay! You found a writing contest that called for no more than 100 words . . . in the very first month of the year.

Thanks for playing along.

BTW: You were held captive in my spam folder . . . I set you free.

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52. bluebee - January 22, 2013
nrhatch - January 22, 2013

Wonderful marriage of images, BB! Your shots are inviting me to climb into those scenes!

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54. benedicte delachanal - January 22, 2013

From bluebee I got to know about this.
And thank you for the inspiration much needed !
my answer:

nrhatch - January 22, 2013

Love your illustration . . . well done!

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Pocket Perspectives - January 24, 2013

Uh oh…Pacific time or Eastern time?????…uh oh! it’s getting late!

Pocket Perspectives - January 24, 2013

Ah ha… did it! before midnight EST too… oh no…. I just looked at the rules and it seems that they aren’t due til Valentine’s Day???? I got it in early???? http://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/creating-pages-it-just-seems-to-happen/

nrhatch - January 25, 2013

I’m accepting submissions until NOON (my time) TODAY. So . . . just 4 hours from now. Semi-finalists posted next Saturday (Groundhog Day). Voting ends on Valentine’s Day.

56. Deadline « Crowing Crone Joss - January 24, 2013

[…] noon, is the deadline for The Writer’s Desk – A contest Giveaway sponsored by the delightful Nancy over at Spirit Lights the Way.  The challenge:  Write a short […]

nrhatch - January 25, 2013

Beautiful images, Joss!
Glad you beat the deadline. 😀

Love the sign your daughter gave you for your thotful spot.

57. Creating “pages”…it just seems to happen… | Pocket Perspectives - January 24, 2013

[…] at Spirit Lights the Way offered a challenge…for other bloggers to write about some aspect of their own writing.  I […]

nrhatch - January 25, 2013

I know just what you mean ~ when the words are FLOWING with ease. (The rest of the time, I have to drag them out kicking and screaming.) :mrgreen:

Thanks for entering, Kathy!

58. Competition: Why do I write? | catterel - January 25, 2013

[…] but when I saw this contest, it was like waving a cup of steaming coffee under my nose. Nancy at  Spirit Lights the Way has the details […]

59. catterel - January 25, 2013
nrhatch - January 25, 2013

You made it . . . with 3 hours to spare! Thanks for entering!

Love the image of the “seedpod about to burst.” I agree with you about writing and breathing. They seem to go hand in hand for many/most/all writers.

And THOSE PILLOWS! How inviting. :mrgreen:

60. thefolia - January 25, 2013

Thank you for the contest idea–always a thrill! http://thefolia.com/

61. The Writer’s Table | thefolia - January 25, 2013
nrhatch - January 25, 2013

Thanks for playing along . . . love your images and imagery. Especially those sweet owls (and the groggy boys tugging your thoughts to them).

62. nrhatch - January 25, 2013

CONTEST NOW CLOSED. Semi-finalists will be announced on Groundhog Day . . . 2/2/13.

Voting will run through Valentine’s Day.

Feel free to post additional links to your Writing Desks . . . even though they will not be eligible to receive The Writing Desk.

Thanks for playing along, following, and cheering from the sidelines!

63. Captured! | Sweet Planet Poems - January 26, 2013

[…] is my entry in Spirit Lights the Way’s Writer’s Desk Challenge, passed along by Bluebee.   Thanks, you two.  Nothing else would have possessed me to post that […]

nrhatch - January 26, 2013

This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us.

64. Elementary, My Dear Watson « Spirit Lights The Way - February 1, 2013

[…] Phil sees his shadow or not, I’ll announce the finalists of The Writer’s Desk Contest and open the […]

65. The Writer’s Desk ~ Let the Voting Begin! « Spirit Lights The Way - February 2, 2013

[…] The Writer’s Desk Challenge  elicited some illuminating entries.  Thanks to all who entered or cheered from the sidelines! […]

66. Grannymar » Two weeks ago - February 3, 2013

[…] . . in the very first month of the year! In for a penny, in for a pound, I decided to have a go at The Writer’s Desk Challenge. Just entering made me feel like a […]

nrhatch - February 3, 2013

Thanks so much for entering, grannymar! And for inviting folks round to check out the finalists and vote.

It’s great when our intentions come to fruition, eh?

67. Paula Tohline Calhoun - February 4, 2013

Oh, my dear Nancy! I consider it as just punishment that I read and hear about this wonderful contest idea of yours only now – today – February 4! Serves me write, but in my defense, I have been at my own writer’s desk, so I don’t feel as bad as if I would had I been being only lazy! 😆

My thanks to Col for informing me of the vote, though, because voting and then seeing the outcome here is definitely going to be the BEST part! Even if it isn’t me! If you’ve dropped by RFACM lately, you will see that I am having sort of a three-year blogoversary month-long celebration, but there are going to be some surprises along the way.

Anyway – I’ll be checking in at least frequently enough to see who wins. From what I have read so far, they are all in the running! How on earth did you narrow them down? Hard job.

Let me ask you once more for your snail-mail addy – don’t know if you saw my note to you anywhere that your Christmas card from me was returned with the no such address mark. I’d love to bet it to you buy Easter time! 😆 (send it to calhounpaula@ymail.com)

Can’t wait to hear. . . & cheers to you, hugs to Tigger and BFF and a quick “Cheerio!” to your Mom when next you speak with her. Tell her that people all over the world think about her every day. She’s famous – not the least for being the mother of such a great blog-friend and encourager.

Catch you on the flip-flop. . .
enough. . .

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

Sorry that you didn’t see this soon enough to participate more fully. It’s been lots of FUN, except for narrowing the field to seven finalists. That was difficult.

I just re-sent my address to your ymail account. Don’t know what happened to the previous e-mail. Must have gotten lost in the shuffle. I’ll check out your month long celebration shortly.

Paula Tohline Calhoun - February 4, 2013

As I said, the reading and voting are as much fun, and they will save a few fingernails on my part. I’ll be getting that card to you soon!

nrhatch - February 4, 2013

Thanks, PTC! Can’t wait to see what you have in store to celebrate your 3rd blogoversary. Mine’s on the horizon too . . . 3rd week in February. Of course, I can’t remember a time before blogging. 😉

68. The Writer’s Desk ~ And The Winner Is . . . « Spirit Lights The Way - February 14, 2013

[…] long last, the votes are in and tallied, and the winner of my copy of The Writer’s Desk is . . […]

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