Among my favorite offerings were:
Chocolate (notice nearly all of the chocolate offers came from my male readers. They clearly have it figured out)
Natalie's offer of an internal organ transplant (I'll let you see the comments for the specific organ, since I already get enough google search hits for it. I was both touched and creeped out)
Lindsey's offers of things that were going to happen anyway
TAMN of Seriously So Blessed's offer to let me pick the gender of her unborn twins, OR one of her great t-shirts
Cindy Pon's offer of one of her Chinese Brush paintings
Not to mention all of the other great things (Dr Pepper! Naming puppies! Partially used gift cards!) people were willing to contribute in an effort to win the contest to give me a prize. After my initial excitement I started feeling bad--I mean, come on, am I really going to make James mail me Smarties all the way from Australia, much as I would love to try them? I may be ridiculous, but I try hard not to be a jerk. So I was going to magnanimously turn them down in some grand gesture, saying something along the lines of having your love and readership is the greatest gift of all.
And then I was like, wait a second, what am I thinking?? I've been coveting Cindy's artwork since I very first saw it! So I officially declare Cindy the winner of the giving Kiersten a prize contest! (Everyone else breathes a huge sigh of relief, while Cindy ponders what on earth she was thinking.)
As far as the poetry contest--well, honestly, I didn't expect you all to be such great poets! Seriously. I'm going to have to deliberate and announce the winner a little later.
Speaking of winners, I've got one other announcement.
For a while, querying felt like this:
Then that whole pregnancy-nearly-killing me thing I tried out in September gave me some perspective, so querying felt like this:
Then, out of the blue, I got the BEST PHONECALL OF MY LIFE last Thursday:
Now, thanks to Michelle Wolfson, my agent, I look like this most of the time (it's true--Michelle got me to smile showing my teeth!):
(Coming tomorrow: my very long thank-you list, gushing about Michelle, and more fun details!)