Tuesday, 1 July 2008

We Have A Winner

Tonight, a slow line of cars rolls down our little residential street as the local citizens take in the annual fireworks display at George Richardson Park. I used to climb on our roof to watch the show, but the trees have grown too high.

Usually, I'd join the exodus, but tonight I sit at my computer and tabulate the answers to my trivia questions about our lovely country. There were a couple of 'wild card' questions with several possible answers, and I received some really imaginative ones.

Travis, you seem to have a special place in your heart for our dear Pam Anderson, who is a real smart cookie besides being well endowed. You made me laugh with your attempts to upstage Bernard.

Stephen, you gave it a great run, and you might be right about the beer, since you live in a country where beer is probably stronger.

Wordtryst, you tried really hard, but living in Paradise probably affects your accuracy.

Barbara, as a fellow Canadian, you came close, oh so close.

Mlh, you get brownie points for sucking up.

But the one who got all the answers right (kudos for the aboriginal name for Niagara Falls) is...


Tell me how you'd like your electronic copy of Bad Ice. I can either email a pdf or burn it on a CD and snail mail it to you in the format of your choice.

Thank you all for dropping by. This was so much fun and I really appreciate your support. Don't forget, you have another chance to win at the end of July over at Book Roast.


Kanani said...

I'll send Al Martinez a note about your book. By the way, Gustavo Arellano --also a newspaper hound, has a book out now as well. It's called, "Ask A Mexican!" and it'll be on my blog on July 7.

I'm really happy for you!

Chumplet said...

Ooooh, Al Martinez! I remember your post about his writing room and checked out his profile. Has he updated his blog lately?

I'll drop by on the 7th.

laughingwolf said...

way to go, bernard! :)

mlh said...

Congrats, Bernard! Your knowledge about Canada was greater than mine. My Google page must have been on the fritz. I can't believe it gave me such answers, and I had to wing it for number 4.

BernardL said...

Thanks, the contest was fun, and the PDF version to my e-mail (already sent) would be great! I look forward to reading your book, Sandra. :)

Kanani said...

Yes, Al just updated his blog again. This time about the newspaper stand in Oakland that recently closed. His column in the paper again last week, though I think it'll be history soon given that we were told yesterday that the LA Times will be laying off 250 from both the newsroom and the printing facilities.

I still love sitting down and reading the paper. But have to admit, I'm finding the writing a bit thin at times.

And I LOVE Book Roast!

Chumplet said...

I went for a little visit and commented on my experience with community newspapers vs. the big dailies. Already got an email about it!

writtenwyrdd said...

Congrats to the winner!

wordtryst said...

Just dropped by to say I got your book yesterday, am a third of the way through and totally enjoying it. The cover photograph doesn't quite do it justice; it's even lovelier. Didn't realize before that you had worked on the cover design too, so congrats!

wordtryst said...

Um, now that you've got two books published I should clarify. I got The
Space Between.

Chumplet said...

Yeah, Wordtryst, I was gonna say...

I only had a small part in the design of the Bad Ice cover, but I drew all that little grassy stuff and the shadow for the sharktooth necklace for The Space Between.

Glad you're liking it so far!

Barbara Martin said...

Congratulations to Bernard!

lainey bancroft said...

Ooops! Sorry to be so totaly off topic, but just wanted to pop in and say: SMALL WORLD!

Ironic that I should find you from a blog that hails from
Germany (yeah, guess) when we write for the same publisher and I grew up five minutes down the street from you (Barrie, ON) (I'm in Niagara now)

(And, yeah, the Americans would have still won the trivia thingy...unless I enlisted my dad's help)

Chumplet said...

Hi Lainey, my fellow rose! Howzit goin' in the garden?

My sister in law lives in Barrie. I like the town. Cottage country is a few steps in any direction.

Kanani said...

In response to your "Ask A Canadian" column:

Dear Canadian,
What's with the aboot? Do Canadians say this because there's no other way to distinguish themselves from the slothful Americans, or to put a barrier between them and the rest of the Commonwealth? Or is this just some natural genetic flaw?

Chumplet said...

Dear Kanani:

I think it has something to do with the way we tighten our vowels when we talk. Maybe there's a post in this!