Thursday, April 4, 2013

Birthday Gift Winners!

First of all -- this was hard!  I so love to see the other sides of writers' creativity.  The non-writing stuff that is yet another beautiful extension of people's hearts and souls.

So the first thing I want to do is to THANK EACH ONE OF YOU who sent something in.  Each gift was a delight to receive, and I treasure them all.

I am awarding the following prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place:

1st place:  A 3-chapter critique from Authoress and a TINY RED HAT
2nd place: A 1-chapter critique from Authoress and a TINY RED HAT
3rd place:  A TINY RED HAT

(The TINY RED HATS are Barbie-sized and hand-crocheted by Jodi Meadows.  A perfect memento of MSFV.  So perfect, in fact, that I've begged Jodi to make one for me, too.)

Here are my choices:

HONORABLE MENTION: Patricia Moussatche 

This is so beautiful that I wish I could hold it in my hands and caress it.  I am an absolute sucker for gorgeous, homemade cards, and this one is exceptionally pretty.

Thank you, Patchi!

THIRD PLACE: Heather Hawke

The unusual, artistic flair of this one grabbed me.  I love the different textiles -- and the music in the bubble by the bird is HAPPY BIRTHDAY.  Perfect, right?

Thank you, Heather!

SECOND PLACE: Rebecca Thompson

This is SO CLEVER; I just keep looking at it over and over again.  Rebecca spent a lot of time sifting through the blog to find those pictures, that's for sure.  And I love the composition!  My favorite?  "Read the post that started it all!"  The ultimate inside joke.

Thank you, Rebecca!

FIRST PLACE:  Charlie Holmberg

Bestill my heart -- Charlie has WRITTEN ME A SONG!  I can't tell you how many times I've listened to this over the past few days.  I LOVE THIS!  I love this so much that there are no words.  Listen for yourself.  I've included the lyrics below (so you can, yanno, sing along).

Verse 1:

Once when I was stalking agents
trying to pawn off a book
I found a blog called "MSFV"
and decided to take a look

The woman there, she had no face
and wore a red hat to hide her hair
and I tell you, I never thought
I'd still be reading five years later


Five years at Miss Snark's First Victim
Five years of contest entries
Five years of Baker's Dozen
Five years of extra coffee
Five years chocolate donations
Five years of group critiques
Five years of chances to win
her next success story

Verse 2:

I love the posts by Authoress
though I doubt I'll ever meet her
I don't even mind it when she
floods my Google Reader

I have to confess
I think she works for the FBI
How else could she have written
Agent Demystified?



Every month a secret agent
Every week a fricassee
Authoress on your next contest
I'm begging you--please choose me.
And hey, by the way,
Did you know your blog and I share a birthday?


Thank you, Charlie!  And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Winners:  Please email me your mailing addresses AND, if you've won a critique, to receive submission instructions at facelesswords(at)

Thanks again to everyone who submitted something!


  1. Congrats winners! So much talent on this blog.

  2. Congrats to the winners and thanks for the honorable mention :)

    If you send me the address of your third cousin twice removed, I can send her the card with double postage so she can forward it to you ;)

    Happy Birthday!

  3. OOOO, really? In which case I will ask Jodi Meadows! :)

  4. Woooooooo!! Great way to start the morning! Thanks so much and happy birthday to MSFV!

  5. Wow, that song is pretty cool, Charlie. Way to go. Happy Birthday!

  6. I can send Jodi a card too for being so nice ;)

  7. Wow! Absolutely amazing! And I Luuurve the song! Props to Charlie!
    Congrats to all!

  8. I love all the other entries! I'm rocking out with the song. Patchi, do you have any of your cards online? Looking forward to my tiny hat! *beams*

  9. All of the winners did a fabulous job - so much creativity!

    And Charlie, what an awesome job - and great song!

    Congratulations to all - and Happy 5 Years,'s to SO many more!!!!

  10. Amazing, impressive, heartfelt. Congratulations, winners!

  11. Eee! Thank you! Also, wow, that song was amazing Charlie! I totally have it stuck in my head now :D

  12. Love the creativity~ all of the entries were wonderful!

    Congrats to the beautiful and talented Charlie for her catchy tune (I think we're all singing it) and Happy Birthday to her, too, as it turns out today is Charlie's birthday!
    (No big surprise that she's an Aries, just like MSFV!)

  13. What an awesome celebration! I loved looking at these entries & listening to Charlie's song! Happy birthday!