a little help.

18 08 2010

did i ever tell you about the time that i was addicted to entering online sweepstakes? for like 5 or 6 months, i spent every second of my free time entering every contest i could get my hands on. instant wins were my preference (i’m impatient), but i wasn’t really that discriminating. i would throw down for whatever, from cash prizes to year supplies of beef jerky (this was in my pre-vegetarian days). after all of my insane efforts, my bounty equaled exactly one goldfish cracker shaped coin purse, and one unflattering orange lip gloss. it was a complete and utter bust. not only did i not win anything good, i didn’t actually want either of the things i did win. sweepstakes are cruel that way. i had wasted so much time, and it wasn’t worth it, not even a little.

but then i found couponing (i’m a fickle little bitch), and i realized that not only was sweepstakes entering a pitiful waste of time, but that i could have been entering awesome giveaways on blogs and actually winning stuff the whole time. maybe there are no million dollar prizes, but you can get some pretty kickin stuff, and the odds can’t be beat (usually less than 100 entrants per contest).

so about that favor i need… as i mentioned in the weekend pickthrough, i recently entered a writing contest over at one of my very favorite sites- red head writing. i actually have no idea what the prize is, or even if there is a prize at all (but rumor has it that her last winner got a $150 gift card), but it isn’t about that. after my crushing defeat at burlesque amateur night (still writing it up, but soon!), i require the glory of ultimate victory to reinflate my flaccid ego. or maybe i just like writing and wanted to see if i could win this shit. but anyhow, the way to win is to collect more positive comments (actual comments, not just hitting the “like” button) on your piece than all of the other story tellers. i’d like to believe that random strangers will wander in and be captivated by charming little tale of nosebleeds and mojitos, but that’s looking pretty unlikely at this moment in time.  instead, it’s going to be an exercise in how many of my friends i can sweet talk into voting for me regardless of whether they like my story or not.  are you sweet talked yet?

how about now?

but seriously, i would really love it if you would toddle on over to the contest, and check it out. you don’t have to vote for me, but it would be wonderful if you would vote for the person that you like the best. a bunch of really interesting people put a lot of love into their 300 words, and they deserve to get some feedback.

and if you’re horribly annoyed that i’m even asking you to do this at all, just ignore me for today, and i promise that i will not abuse the privilege again anytime soon. (but if i do win- IN YOUR FACE!).

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8 responses

19 08 2010
imogen flowers

Dude it was not a crushing defeat. You looked hot, you had a hot number, and I am utterly in awe at how cool you are. And being on roller skates is pretty much like cheating.

19 08 2010
bessmarvin

if nothing else, i fulfilled the supposed judging criteria better than she did, even if she was on rollerskates. still stings though…

19 08 2010
Erika Napoletano

Well, thanks for the pingback to the contest on the blog and way to get out there and encourage people to read your stuff 🙂

Look forward to seeing you around the Halls of Blogdom!

19 08 2010
bessmarvin

i’ve never tried the shameless self promotion thing, and it’s feeling a little weird. that said, i’m also feeling a semi-cutthroat desire to win this (even if it ends up less about the writing and more about how many people i can seduce into voting for me). either way, i was excited to have a reason to write something new, so thank you back!

19 08 2010
InfamousQBert

um, i’m having a stupid moment i guess. i searched for “bess” and “broke207” and can’t find a story by you that i know is by you. help?

19 08 2010
bessmarvin

bess is just my secret blog name (ripped off of nancy drew), my real name is alexandra munier (less exciting). but you could also find my post by using control + F and searching for “pity hand job”. thanks for checking it out! i’m trying out shamelessness this week.

19 08 2010
InfamousQBert

okay, thanks! i knew it was a blog handle, but i didn’t know your super secret real life identity. pity hand jobs for all!

19 08 2010
bessmarvin

thank you for commenting! i’m cleaning house. it’s sort of a hollow victory, but not hollow enough to keep myself from attempting to win!

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