Monday, 2 May 2011

A to Z Reflections & 300 Followers Competition Winner

Thank you to Elizabeth Mueller for the award.

The A to Z Challenge has come to an end and I shall miss it. I've made lots of new blogging friends and gained over a hundred followers. I've read posts that brought tears to my eyes, others that made me laugh, even spitting out my coffee on a few occasions. I pondered topics such as beginning of the Universe and whether a Kindle could really replace my beloved books. I learnt about other bloggers lives and even more about the life of writing.

If there was one negative point about the challenge, it was that due to the large number taking part, I didn't get around to visiting every entrants blog. I feel truly sad about this and if you were one of the blogs I never visited, please accept my apologies.

To my fellow A to Z'ers, Arlee Bird, and the other bloggers who helped to run the challenge, I salute you.

Now for the big prize announcement. Using, the winner of my 300 Followers Competition and a prize of $40 (£30) in Amazon vouchers is:

Old Kitty.

As you may have noticed I also passed 400 followers during the challenge and so it seems only fitting that I should offer another prize to celebrate. But what? I asked myself. After much thought I decided the prize should be a copy of the 2013: The Aftermath anthology in which my piece of flash fiction, Hometown, appears.

Using again, the winner is:

Simon Kewin.

Congratulations to you both. I will contact you shortly to arrange your prizes.

Don't forget to visit my blog on Wednesday, I have some exciting news to share with you.


  1. Thanks for the opportunity Ellie. And yes, was hard getting around even a fraction of them.

  2. Congrats to the winners! And congrats on breaking 400!

    Yeah it was almost too bad that there were so many of us participating, just because it was impossible to get around to everyone. But it seems like it was a positive experience overall.

    I'm looking forward to Wednesday's news! :)

  3. YAYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYAY for me!! LOL!! Awwww wow!! How lovely, thank you lovely Ellie!! Wow!!!

    And yay for finishing the Challenge!! And I so love that Zebra button from fab Elizabeth Mueller!! Yay again!!!

    Take care and thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Cognrats to Simon too!!!! :-) x

  4. Congrats to the winners!

    I have to be honest, the A-Z Challenge kept me away from most blogs. It was just too much.

  5. congratulations, winners. *kicks dirt* I never win anything =(
    just kidding! I had fun and it was great meeting you!

  6. Congrats to you Ellie and the winners,
    You deserver it,

  7. Congratulations, winners. Enjoy your prizes :-)

  8. Congrats Ellis on hitting 400 and making it through the challenge, and congrats to the winners of your contests

  9. Exciting news, huh? Can't wait to hear what it is! Congratulations on gaining so many new followers.

  10. Looking forward to your exciting news on Wednesday. And Congrats! on the 400 followers. Its been a great month.

  11. Congrads to the winners. I loved getting to know you better. You crazy woman you! :-)

    And may I say how calm and reserved Old Kitty was in reaction to her prize. hehe Loved it!

  12. Congrats on 400 & finishing the challenge!!

  13. Congrats Ellie and to the winners! It was fun to be part of the challenge with YOU! You n' I do have a few things in common, the nickname Ellie, love of
    Mr. Darcy and Captain Kirk. Oh and the written word~
    I will be stopping by to see how you are doing!
    I laughed a lot visiting you~xXx

  14. Hurrah for Old Kitty and Simon! And congratulations on 400 - that's incredible...

    I agree with you about the only negative point, but absolutely loved the rest of the experience.

  15. Exciting news? I wonder what it could be?

    Glad that you enjoyed the challenge. I might just take it up next year, if they do it again. There's just too much going on to participate this time. Great job on all your followers. :)

  16. Congratulations on passing 400! Well deserved. And congratulations to Kitty.
    Don't worry - I didn't visit everyone either.

  17. Congrats on finishing the challenge- I enjoyed taking part with you and many others. I agree that the down side was so many blogs and not enough time. Have a terrific day!

  18. Woo!

    First up, many congrats for completing the challenge. I'm in awe. I veered between regret at not doing it myself and relief when I thought about the workload!

    Secondly, a thousand thanks for the prize, which is just wonderful. I really look forward to reading it.

    And as to the announcement - how exciting! What can it be?

  19. Yay, Kitty!!! That's awesome, and LOL! You went up by another 100! You go girl~ <3

  20. congrats to the winners!!

    congrats on your 400+ followers too :)

  21. Congratulations Ellie. Blog long and Prosper.

  22. Congrats on your numbers and to the winners! It was an awesome experience which I will gladly repeat next year!

  23. Big congrats to the winners!

  24. Congrats to the winners. And a bigger congrats to you for making it past 400 followers that is awesome!!

  25. Hi Ellie,

    Congratulations! I'm so happy that I got to know you; but truly I can't remember if it was from Lisa's BBF or from A-Z? It was all around the same time. You are great, and are a treasure.

    God bless,

    Kathy M.

  26. Yep, the toughest part of the Challenge was getting around to all the blogs. Luckily, I have a defeatist attitude, and knew from the start I'd never make it. But I did give it the ol' college try (a phrase I've never quite understood).

    And hey, have you installed a sneeze guard on your monitor yet, to protect against future coffee spitting incidents? (Or at least a camera, to capture such events?)

  27. Yes, I agree - reaching all the other blogs took major effort and a huge time commitment. I'm going back now to those blogs I found early on and never made it back to. I am so tired....

  28. Congrats on making it through to the end and congrats to your prize winners too! Also love the award. I never made it even close to visiting all the participants but did visit lots. Hope to still see you around the blogsphere :-)

  29. Congrats on completing the A-Z, and hi to another UK writer. I live near Manchester and my romance novel comes out next month. Good luck with your novels.
    Paula Martin’s Potpourri

  30. Wow! 300, 400, and onward! You did an excellent job in completing the Challenge and a valiant effort in trying to get through the list-- I didn't make it through either, but I found a ton of great blogs to which I will be returning and I'm going to continue on through that list.
    Thank you for joining us in 2011.
    Now write that book!

    Don't forget to pick up your Winner's Badge at my site.
    Tossing It Out


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