500 Posts! Week-long Contest!

Five Hundred Posts! I can't believe it's been that long, and I wouldn't even have noticed, if Zan Marie hadn't also been celebrating a milestone this past week.

Prize rules are very simple - I'll do a prize draw every day that this post is up, counting those who have commented that day. So commenting each day gets you into a new draw! Then I'll do an overall draw as well, with every name, at the end of the week. Links to your blog and to Facebook will earn an extra draw in the overall (but please let me know in the comments that you've done it. Also, if you Tweet, please link to Facebook as I don't Tweet - yet).

So here goes. I've done a recap of some of my odd/interesting/weird/silly posts from the start of the blog, back in 2007, to now:

In the beginning...
Here's me at the very start, so simplistic!
Here's the blog name explained, and how I started writing. Leading to... a story I wrote when I was 12.

My favourite pen! Also, why I write longhand.

I've been lamenting the fact that I don't have a story set in Wales for a long long time.

There's always my abject ignorance when it comes to flora.

And some fun:
I need an intern!
The longest sentence I can write using World Wide Words' weird words.
A limerick about me.

The Face of A Lion, my MG
Seeking a title for Austin's story
Still seeking a title
Found a title for Austin's story!
Explaining the title, The Face of A Lion

Naming characters part I and naming characters part II

Slow work on The Face of A Lion

In which I find a photo of Austin!
A meme on Austin

The Face of A Lion is complete!

Out of the Water, my historical romance
Oh! I thought I'd started her story in the summer of 2009, but look, it was earlier than that! I have on record almost the exact moment when Rosa came into my head!

And here's me finally getting some research done
One year on, I hard hardly learned anything about her
Look! An outtake! This scene isn't even in the novel anymore.
Isabella and Ferdinand (the pub where I took this photo has now been demolished. Oh, how I miss the trivia nights!)
Four months later, I'd only achieved 10,000 words more
A meme about Rosa
And we have a title!

That's when things began to heat up...
The writers' houseparty that started it all
Outtakes from Rosa and the Earl of Rochester's romance

Some inspirational images, here, here, and here, as well as fooling around with old masters, and more fun with Picasa

What is a houseparty, anyway? Guest posting at Kait Nolan's, with an explanation

All houseparties all the time
Party like its 1493
Would you like to travel in time to...
I'm in Constantinople
Constantinople houseparty in figures
A love letter to Lord Rochester

Out of the Water 2010 year end look back

Research and accountability
Learning the oddest things while reading – not even doing research
Learning the oddest things II – while doing research ("Joanna Bourne's hilarious comment about Tolkien"?? What does that refer to??)
More research weirdness, unusual research topics, and researching historicals

Who remembers Sven?

The beginning of A Round of Words in 80 Days

An October in Istanbul (also the start of Mission: Accountability)

Promoting others
Carol Spradling releases her first book!
Joanna Bourne is the greatest!
Scholastic's Dear Canada series
Helene Boudreau's Acadian Star is released!
Books by members of the Compuserve Books and Writers' Community!
Zan Marie Steadham is nominated for an award!

Promoting myself, and learning from others
I'm on Evil Editor!
Critique of the first page of The Face of A Lion by Roni!
Fifteen minutes of fame for The Face of A Lion!
Out of the Water chapter critique at Clarissa's!

Canadian musicians and what they read
Vince Ditrich (Spirit of the West)'s picks!

Me on Nathan Bransford's blog
Here's my paragraph
Comment number 543
Be an agent for a day
Be an agent for a day continues
Now it can be revealed... I was query 43

Postcards from Jill Murray and Tessa!

I host a contest featuring Jo Bourne's The Forbidden Rose

I host a contest to thank my 100 followers!

Requiescat in pace
Peg Bracken
Pauline Baynes
Norma Fox Mazer
J D Salinger
Alan Sillitoe
Brian Jacques

Some more fun
My first cat-related post
Things to do in Istanbul on a weekend (also the oldest saved email I have)
The Book Buying Ban!
One night I drempt that I was a snail...
Wordle for me, wordle for the blog
Dr Horrible!
Jamie and Claire WC signs at the pub
All Agatha Christie all the time
Eddie Izzard's Death Star Canteen
Why Tahereh Mafi should read The Lord of the Rings
HMS Sofa
If your desk could talk

Quoting Nora Ephron and Somerset Maugham and C S Lewis and Dorothy Sayers and Mark Twain

Can you identify this bottle?
Can you identify this item/tool/instrument?

Books I've read and reviews
Finally starting to keep track of the books I read
Still tracking, plus a review of Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death
A review of Diana Gabaldon's Brotherhood of the Blade
A review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera
A review of D H Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover
A review of Marsha Moore's 24 Hours London
A review of Nicky Schmidt's Naked in Knightsbridge (and here also)
A review of Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog
A review of Kait Nolan's Forsaken by Shadow
A review of Susan Bischoff's Hush Money
A review of Marte Brengle's Closed Circuit
A review of Linda Gerber's Trance
Authors from my neighbourhood!
A review of Alan Silberberg's Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze
Dear Lucky Agent contest and another Dear Lucky Agent contest
A review of Regina Brooks' Writing Great Books for Young Adults
A review of Kait Nolan's Devil's Eye
A review of Jill Murray's Break on Through
Congratulations to Talli Roland on The Hating Game and Helene Boudreau on Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings
A review of Kate Kaynak's Legacy
A review of Deborah Kerbel's Lure
A link to the 100 Romances Project, where I have a number of reviews
A review of Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key
A review of Steve Fuller's The Sickness
A review of Lisa Hendrix's Immortal Champion

Books read in 2008, 2008 addendum, 2008 addendum II, 2009, 2009 addendum, and 2010

The Whisky Trench Riders' music

And that's my nearly four years of blogging! Thank you to everyone that's been part of the journey!

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