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The Writer’s Desk ~ And The Winner Is . . . February 14, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Word Play, Writing & Writers.

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

7.  The Mists of Writing (90 words)

For me – writing is a little like that long forgotten actress’s footsteps as she moves into droplets of  perfume scented air.  I  hear her light step as I spray the mist of another world into the air before me and then I walk straight in, and I am gone there. The scents and stories settle around me and cling to my skin. The characters lurk about the desk, sitting on old books and sniffing at empty, long stemmed glasses. I sit at our desk for a while. Then I write.

For those of you who haven’t met Cecelia, you are in for a treat if you swing by her farm blog, The Kitchen’s Garden:

I am a New Zealander living in America. For ten years I was a High School Teacher of Drama in New Zealand. Then I travelled to work in Europe. Six years ago I relocated from my job in the film industry in London to the Midwest USA. Together my husband and I are developing our property into a small sustainable farm. We are passionate about good clean food and healthy animals and healthy land. Being frugal, and bucking the consumer trend sounds scary but is actually fun. It is simple. And we really love our simple life. It is a good life.

Celi shares the view from her window, the aromas of her kitchen, delicious recipes for onion jam and carrot cake, and the antics of the farm’s residents ~ cows, sheep, pigs, dogs, cats, chickens, roosters, peacocks, and peahens.

It’s a Full House . . . so they’re adding an addition ~ an outrageously wonderful granny flat/guest house/ writer’s retreat.

Congratulations, Celi!  I’ll contact you for your Snail Mail address so I can put your prize in the post!  In the meantime . . . here’s your crown!


Thanks to everyone who submitted, read, spread the word, commented, and voted!  You rock.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. Perfecting Motherhood - February 14, 2013

Darn it, if I had known there was a crown to win, I’d have entered this contest. 😦
Congrats to Cecelia!

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

I knew I should have advertised the unveiling of the crown sooner! Darn! 😉

2. viviankirkfield - February 14, 2013

Congratulations, Cecelia…I think we all love your view.:)
Thanks, Nancy, for hosting such a fun competition…it was a super way to meet other writers.:)

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

Thanks for playing along, Vivian! I loved your poem . . . and your writing space.

viviankirkfield - February 15, 2013

🙂 I’m having fun, that’s for sure.:)

3. Grannymar - February 14, 2013

Congratulations to Cecelia on winning the competition and the crown! Thank you Nancy. it was fun to take part, read and enjoy all the entries, see the spaces and places where others find inspiration!

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

Thanks for sharing your MUSE and writing space with us, Grannymar. 😀

4. Tom (Aquatom1968) - February 14, 2013

Well done Cecelia… it’s the one I voted for!
Thanks for hosting, Nancy!

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

Thanks for playing along, Tom . . . I loved getting a glimpse at your desk without a chair. 😀

5. vivinfrance - February 14, 2013

Hooray for Celie – when I read her contribution, I knew I hadn’t a chance! And I voted for her – no option!

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

Loved your recipe for writing, Viv. Thanks for playing along.

6. diannegray - February 14, 2013

Well done Cecelia! I love the crown (and the picture of the view from the window!) 😀

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

Who can resist a cat with a crown? Not me. 😉

Thanks for cheering along, Dianne.

7. cecilia - February 14, 2013

Thank you so MUCH! What a wonderful idea of yours to have a competition and I am very honoured to be granted the prize of this fabulous book. I was in such good company – the other entries were outstanding. Thank you again Nancy. I hope you and everyone reading have a wonderful valentines day, being involved in the blog world is a little like having a valentine every day. There are so many kind and wonderful people amongst our readers and writers! Have a lovely day! cecilia

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

Your entry was a favorite of many for good reason. Thanks so much for entering. Well done, Celi. Your blog is a pleasure to read, day after day ~ even when you’re “pimping out” your primping pig. :mrgreen:

I shot you an e-mail requesting your address so I can put your prize in the post post-haste.

8. colonialist - February 14, 2013

Congrats to her! Her misty desk had the edge from the outset, and then ran away with it comfortably.

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

It offered a bit of nostalgic romance, didn’t it?

9. ericjbaker - February 14, 2013

Good thing she doesn’t live in New Zealand anymore. Think of the postage to mail the prize.

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

I did check into the cost of mailing the prize overseas (since we had finalists from England, South Africa, and Australia) and found I could afford the postage without taking out a mortgage. 😉

But I also learned that some destinations require a Customs Form with a declaration of contents. Forms, forms, and more forms. Life is complicated.

10. sufilight - February 14, 2013

Congratulations to The Mists of Writing!

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

Thanks for reading, voting, and cheering on the entrants, Marie. I’ll be mailing Celi’s prize out tomorrow.

11. shreejacob - February 14, 2013

Congratulations 😀

nrhatch - February 14, 2013

Thanks for participating, shree!

12. kateshrewsday - February 15, 2013

Huzzah! Richly deserved, Nancy 🙂 I love visting Celi each day; hers is a truly individual take on life. Congrats to her, and thanks to you for such a cracking competition. Really lovely way to draw bloggers together.

nrhatch - February 15, 2013

Thanks for your stellar submission, Kate! It’s been great fun taking a voyeuristic peek into writing nooks around the world.

13. dearrosie - February 15, 2013

Congratulations to Celi – I also love her blog. And congratulations to you Nancy. What a great competition – all your finalists were so good I had a hard time choosing a winner.

PS I LOVE the photo of the rooster and the cat!

nrhatch - February 15, 2013

Thanks, Rosie. I love all the photos that Celi shares of her farm friends . . . but that photo caught my eye too.

14. bluebee - February 15, 2013

Congrats, Cecelia – well deserved 😀

nrhatch - February 15, 2013

Thanks for participating, BB . . . and sharing a glimpse into your no desk writing style. 😀

15. How to make wonky Beeswax Candles. | thekitchensgarden - February 15, 2013

[…] wonderful so I am very flattered. Thank’s to all of you who voted for me and  Thank You nrhatch. (This is how Nancy appears in our comments lounge, just so’s you know). Having a writing […]

16. Misky - February 15, 2013

Well done, and huge well deserved congratulations.

nrhatch - February 15, 2013

Thanks for swinging by, Misky. 😀

17. Three Well Beings - February 15, 2013

This has been such fun, Nancy! I wonder what Celi’s animal family will think of her new crown?

nrhatch - February 15, 2013

I bet that one of them will want to borrow it! 😉

18. sweetdaysundertheoaks - February 16, 2013

Congratulations Cecelia! You had my vote! Now it is going to be fun to visit your blog! It was fun Nancy!

nrhatch - February 16, 2013

Her blog is right up the Tiny Ten alley, Pix!

sweetdaysundertheoaks - February 16, 2013

Yeah.. 🙂 So I noticed! I love it!!

19. jannatwrites - February 16, 2013

Congrats to Cecelia! It was a fun contest to play along with, Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - February 16, 2013

Thank you, Janna. I got such a kick out of your entry . . . because it HIT HOME. Once I’m writing, I’m oblivious to all else, but getting starting amid numerous distractions provides a constant challenge.

20. Crowing Crone Joss - February 23, 2013

I am so behind on catching up! Congrats to Cecilia who has a marvelous blog and is well deserving of book and crown. Write on.

nrhatch - February 23, 2013

Thanks for your participation, Joss. I enjoyed seeing so many different approaches to writing and writing spaces.

Have you seen the four new lambs on Cecilia’s farm. They are precious.

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