Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Congratulations Winners of Tour de Writing! Woo-hoo and Huzzah!

Thanks to everyone who made the Tour de Writing an awesome success! I am so impressed with the progress that everyone made in a short amount of time.  And I know how fickle writing and muses can be.  One thing that I have learned this year is that if I sit down with an open word document, then I will make progress.  I may call it The Practice Room, or unplugging, or ignoring the kids, but it is all forward motion.  And I have also learned that taking breaks and having fresh eyes is just as important.  Thanks R, for the reminder!!

And I am so thankful to be writing in kidlit, where community (writeoncon!) is everything.  If you want to see some writers starting the conversation about hard topics, check out Jon's interview with Marybeth over at Know Diversity.  We are a gifted and empathetic group of people--kidlit is wonderful.

On to the business at hand.  I have some PRIZES to give out!!

Drum roll...

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the YELLOW JERSEY is TOM with 61,844 points!

He wins the Tour de Writing!!  Woo-hoo!  Champagne and applauds under the Arc de Triumph for Tom!!

Krystey Belle has won the GREEN JERSEY for most DRAFTED words, with a total of 57,053 points.

Awesome drafting, KB!!

Patricia has won the POLKA DOT, revising jersey, with a total of 56,353 points!

Yay, Patricia, you blew me out of the water!!

And the winner of the WHITE JERSEY, signifying highest points in revising and drafting is Taffy, with 46,606!!

Congrats Taffy!

Congrats to all the participants--Dianne, Marisa, Lily Cate, Jon, Robert, Sarah, Kate, and Tina, and all others who cheered and lurked.  It was an extremely close race, and I'm excited for the atmosphere of writing energy around here.  Thanks for participating!  Please let me know if I didn't tally things up correctly, and I'll make changes.  What a convoluted system I created for my game... (it's been a challenge to get the standings in the correct order.)  I'm already trying to come up with a more straightforward system for the next contest.  :)

Thanks everyone!  Winners, please email me with your address and top two prize choices, and I'll get them in the mail!!

I encourage everyone, in the spirit of writerly community, to go to the winners blogs and get to know them.      Follow them.  Congratulate them!

Check back Friday, where I have a special, where-are-they-now addition of my Friday Feature interviews!

And, how's everyone doing?  I apologize for my spotty posting during my vacation/writeoncon/summer-black-hole-that-I've-fallen-into.  I'm looking forward to September and getting back to my regular posting/commenting schedule!


  1. Thanks for the shout-out! Those are some massive points up there. Well done everyone. When's the next competition, H? I think I'll be ready next time.

  2. I'm floored. Really.

    (and i'd trade all of those written and edited words in for a really great, polished query, though!)

    Thanks for running such a fun contest.

    -- Tom

  3. Congrats all & thanks for the shout-out!

    I assume those of us who didn't place can still enjoy an extra lap. Oh, the wind, the cheers, and being part of something as cool as the Tour de Writing.

  4. Congrats to all! The very act of putting words on a page deserves three cheers. Huzzah!

  5. J--It was a great interview!! I think I'll plan one for the long winter--since so many people do NANO in the fall. So, maybe January? :)

    Congrats, Tom!! I know what you mean about the query. Argh!!

    Robert-- :) It was fun, wasn't it?!

    Kris-- I agree--a great job was done by all! Huzzah!!

  6. Congratulations to all the winners! Of course, everyone who accomplished something because of this contest is a winner! Thanks for hosting the contest, Heather! I figure I owe you for about 30,000 words!

  7. Congrats, everyone! There was some major writing and revising going on!

  8. Heather,
    You are awesome for hosting this! Congrats. to all the winners. Here's to the end of summer and (for some) more time to write.

  9. Holy cow! I had no idea I was any near the top.
    Thanks, Heather, for the push to write and revise.

  10. Yee Haw! Congrats all around - to the winners and to those who kicked thir writing into high gear.

    Great contest!

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  12. Such an amazing competition Heather! You totally rock for inspiring others to write in a fun way. Congrats to the winners!

  13. YAY, winners! Congrats to all of you! and YAY Heather for inspiring so many people to slog through the summer and get their words written and drafts revised!

  14. Congrats to the winners!! And many thanks to you Heather for pushing us to work!
    I had never kept a tally before and it's totally inspiring. Yay. Missed you while you were on vacation and then I was on my own. Now can we get back to normal?

  15. Wow! I'm so excited that I won!

    Thank you for hosting such a great contest. It really pushed me to finish my revisions (which I finally did over the weekend).

    Thank you so much again. I hope you put on this contest again next year!


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