Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oh, if only there were a better word than WINNER...

I have exactly six winners to announce here today. But, even as I type this, I'm suddenly not crazy about the word "winner". Alternatively, "prize-taker-homer" doesn't sound very sharp or official, or even literate. I think I prefer the way the Oscars® do it, acknowledging in advance that they are all, each of them winners, but the prize ultimately can only go to one person. --Oh, wait, and since this is about Christmas, we'll call them gifts:
First, a used copy of the original 1978 book PLUS a copy of my new edition, as mentioned in this post, goes to: (I'm opening the envelope, but not wearing a glitter gown) my new friend Shari, of Think, Dream, Inspire.

Second, a set of six notecards from the book PLUS a copy of the book, as mentioned in this post, goes to my friend Kate, of Walking Kateastrophe fame. (Rumor has it she tripped on the red carpet on her way in tonight!)

On Day 3 I offered two books instead of one — one to each of two lucky commenters — to commemorate the two paintings a day I mentioned in this post. The two books go to my friend LisAway, of Away From It All (please just tell me I don't have to ship the book to Poland!) and my friend Heather, from...um, around the corner from my house? :)

Next, we have another set of six notecards AND a copy of the book, as mentioned in this post, all of which go to: (drum roll please) my friend Rachel, of Shoes—and Ships—and Sealing-wax.

And now the moment we've all been waiting for: The art print (giclée) and one copy of the book as announced on this post (no, don't start the music — I haven't announced the winner, er, um recipient yet!) The art print (giclée) and one copy of the book go to my friend Mary Ellen, whose blog is private.

Even though the awards were selected by random.org, I'm quite pleased with its selection of winners, all people I know and love. You celebs have until Sunday night (Nov. 21) at midnight to claim your gifts (by emailing me your mailing address and your card/art selection, if applicable). Any gift not claimed will be tossed into another drawing and a new prize-taker-homer announced on Monday, the 22nd.

More good news? Well, I have one more giveaway left, here. A big one. A book for everyone on your Christmas gift list (up to ten). Just leave your list in the comments. I also have book reviews and giveaways scheduled to appear on some of my favorite blogs from now until Christmas, so check back often. In fact, right this minute there's a giveaway up at One Wild and Precious Life by my friend Jessica, in Ohio. She and I started blogging within days of each other, never having met, but with a similar sense of mission. It only took the universe a few short weeks to make our worlds collide. (Thank you, Heather of the EO.) Total kindred spirits. You can read what she has to say about the book (and maybe win a copy) here.

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments, your interest in my book and my art, and your friendship, which means the world to me! I'd also like to thank my— *static white noise*

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Please leave congratulations and acceptance speeches below. I promise I won't cut you off after 30 seconds!

16 comments:

LisAway said...

Woooohoooo!~ I claim, I claim!

You don't have to mail it to Poland. :) As a matter of fact, if you don't want to you don't have to mail it at all! Instead of packaging it for shipment you can wrap it in wrapping paper and drop it off/have it dropped off at the HBL library for my mom. . . :) (although maybe I should pay extra for personal delivery.)

Barbaloot said...

Sigh...I guess I'll cross my fingers for the Christmas list prize:)

Kateastrophe said...

I'd like to thank Anne for introducing us. I'd also like to thank the Fitzgerald family for selling their house to you so that Anne could meet you. I'd like to thank the church for existing so that you and Anne could be in the same ward so she could meet you and introduce you to me...

And I totally tripped on the red carpet coming in. It's my signature move!

Kimberly said...

Yay! So glad to see some familiar names on the winners list! And especially glad that your beautiful work will be shared with them!

Shari said...

I do have Winesse! Thanks, Jana. I am doing a happy dance at my win. Can't wait to see them both. You are the awesome-est.

Thank you!

Come visit me at my blog any time.

ME said...

Oh, WOW. Thank you, thank you! I'm thrilled to add another magnificent piece of your artwork to my collection! How about I pick it up in person and take you to lunch?

--H said...

Woot!!

I'll pick up!

And I managed to figure out how to link you to theloneread.

I can't wait!

Dedee said...

Awesome! I'm loving the acceptance speeches.

I'd like to thank the little people. And I'd like to thank the amazing Jana Parkin for the artwork that makes me not want to put her book down after I pick it up.

Love you to pieces!

Heidi said...

Delightful post, in every way!

L.T. Elliot said...

Congratulations to the winners! All wonderful people, all wonderful prizes! Hooray!

Cari said...

The acceptance speeches are totally worth reading...along with your post, of course :) Funny readership, they.

Allison said...

Wow wow wow. I went to my google reader after weeks of neglect and saw hundreds (literally) of posts that I had to read. Since yours are always the best and most rewarding, I saved them for last, and now I'm sorry I did (only because I couldn't win your art - but it's going to Mary Ellen, so I'm okay with it. :)

I will compile my gift list and leave it on your other post, but even if I don't win, this book is going onto the shelves of some VIPs in my life.

What a labor of love. Incredible.

Shari said...

Jana -- I have sent three e-mails. One came back as undeliverable, so I'm not sure if you have received any of them. Will you let me know if you have received any of them, so I don't continue to stalk you? Thanks!

The Words Crafter said...

I came over here from L.T. Elliot's blog and I'm so glad I did! I'm a brand new follower and I just purchased two of your books, autographed. I'm getting one for myself (I think...) and the other to offer as a giveaway on my blog for Christmas, after nano.

Your art is amazing, stirring in me a sense of nostalgic yesteryear...delish!

Kazzy said...

I hope your sweet book keeps getting into the hands of people who want to know the real meaning behind so many traditions. Love ya tons.

Rachel said...

Thanks so much! I'm thrilled to have more beauty in my home. We can always use all the peace we can get here.