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Contest’s Over… Now What?

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Our most recent comment contest did a great job of pumping up readership; but we got our winner Thursday, and contest’s over, and, well… the tide is going out, as it were.

Now what’ll I do? Can’t run a comment contest all the time, it’ll lose its zing. I did try a “Cast the Bell Mountain Movie” contest, but only two or three readers actually tried to do it (although a lot of people read those few readers’ posts).

What to do, what to do… Should I try again with the movie contest? Maybe this time it’ll work better. Waddaya say, out there? I’m open to suggestions.

I’ll Be Back!

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I’ve always liked those little potted cacti. I should have one, but I’m afraid the cats would get curious and wind up sticking themselves.

Anyhow, the comment contest’s won (by SlimJim), it’s too early to start another, and there was that temporarily alarming development of Jeremy turning into a cactus–prematurely, I might add–so it seems wise to wait for 45,000 comments as the next milestone.

I have a lot of stuff I want to blog about today, but first we have to go grocery shopping, so please feel free to browse among the blog Archives until I get back. We want to go now, before it starts raining.

And the Winner Is….!

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Just in–“SlimJim” wins the comment contest! Yes, he will receive an autographed copy of The Temptation as soon as it’s published (which means he’ll be motivated to obtain the earlier books, hint-hint).

It is too bad that such deft skill in timing his last comment cannot be rewarded by being turned into a rodent, as originally planned. Everybody was pretty hot for that, but it just wasn’t to be.

So, Jim, sometime in the very near future, email me your mailing address and I’ll do the rest.

Thanks, everyone, for playing! We’ll do it again sometime.

Unbearable Suspense!

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Unless I’m very much mistaken, today will see a winner in our current comment contest. Yes, some enterprising reader will be the one to post Comment No. 40,000.

At the moment there are only 30 more comments to go!

Unfortunately, it looks like there’s no way I can arrange for the winner to become a rodent, as promised at first. The legal issues appear insurmountable. So the winner will receive an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, as soon as it’s published, which should be soon.

And then, with the contest over, we shall sadly watch the volume of comments drop way, way down. I know, you don’t mean for it to be that way. And if I had a contest going all the time, it wouldn’t be as exciting as it ought to be. I’ll probably call the next one as we approach No. 45,000.

And wouldn’t it be great if I actually sold some books?

200 Comments to Go!

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Wouldn’t you know it! With only 200 comments to go to the legendary (come on, be patient–how often do I get to use that word?) 40,000-comment milestone… we’ve got a problem with the prize.

The company that would normally manage the winner’s metamorphosis into a rodent has been sued by another party for allegedly turning someone into a potted cactus instead of a gerbil, as requested. Pending the outcome of the lawsuit, they have suspended all current business. “You can’t have much of a conversation with a cactus,” complains the plaintiff. So with a gerbil you can?

Anyway, the lucky reader who posts Comment No. 40,000, instead of being transformed into a rodent, will instead receive an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, when it’s published, which should be pretty soon.

The management apologizes for whatever unbearable disappointment has been caused by this change in plan.

Ooh-Ooh! Less Than 400 Comments to Go!

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Just letting you know–we are nearing the climax of our current Comment Contest, with only 326 more needed to reach the magic 40,000-comment mark.

Magic? What’s magical about it? Well, heck, don’t you remember? You get turned into a rodent if you win! That’s if I can swing it. Otherwise, the winner will have to settle for an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, when it comes out, which should be very soon.

Again, everyone can play and all comments are eligible, with just the following exceptions: comments abusive to anybody else on this site, those containing profanity or blasphemy, ads disguised as comments, and comments that are just too mutton-headed to bother with.

Comment Contest… Counting Down

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Would you believe it? In our quest to post 40,000 comments, we have a mere 600 to go! The readers here should be able to do that standing on their heads. Although it would be easier to do, sitting down.

Ah! And what’s the prize for posting Comment No. 40,000? Well, it was going to be an autographed copy of my new book, The Temptation, which should be published pretty soon. But now, if I can swing it…

From the picturesque fjords of Norway! a genuine, live baby Tyrannosaurus rex! Pictured above, and pictures don’t lie. Just ask any TV noozie. The little girl in the picture is actually someone famous, disguised as a little girl. I am not at liberty to reveal her identity, but you know famous people never lie.

All comments are eligible, except: those of abuse of anyone else on this site; any comments containing blasphemy or profanity; commercials disguised as comments; remarks too inane to bother with.


February: Let Slip the Dogs of… the Comment Contest!

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February is the shortest month, but it just may be long enough to find a winner in our latest comment contest.

Shooting for the milestone of Comment No. 40,000, we currently have 39,186, which means only 814 left to go. The tension, the drama, the excitement! And the winner gets to be a rodent!

Oops, didn’t mean to say that. The reader who posts No. 40,000 will win an autographed copy of Bell Mountain No. 11, The Temptation, which is just about ready to be released for publication. Everyone is eligible!

All comments are eligible, too, except for the following: comments abusive of anyone else on this site; comments containing profanity or blasphemy (I know that lets out a lot of liberals, but I can’t help it: let them clean up their act, if they can); commercials thinly disguised as comments; comments simply too inane to be published. Anything else goes.

Can I Go Play Now?

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All right! The laundry’s done, I’ve cranked out yet another Newswithviews column, I’ve updated this blog, and I’m pooped.

I want to have some fun! Somebody throw me a stick. I’ll bring it back, I promise. I would like to devise some way go attract more viewers, but how many contests can I run? We just finished the Christmas Carol Contest, and it’s too early for another comment contest.

I wonder if I ought to post one of my recipes for what my wife calls tasteless food.

And We Have a Winner!

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I had a feeling the comment contest would be won today, and next thing I knew, Erlene had won it: Comment No. 35,000. Time to celebrate!

Regrettably, I am unable to award the Eiffel Tower to the winner; so, Erlene, you’ll have to be contest with an autographed copy of one of my books, your choice (but do try not to pick Bell Mountain, because I’m temporarily out of those). Send me an email to give me your mailing address–oh, and be sure to say which book you want.

Next, starting the day after Thanksgiving, will be our first Christmas Carol Contest. I hope it’ll prove to be a big success and something we can enjoy every year, God willing.

To all of you whose comments made the contest fun, there will be another one by and by. So keep those comments coming!

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