Friday, May 20, 2011

Friday Five and My First Contest

Ok, I thought I'd get in on the whole Friday Five thing, so we can get to know each other better! This week's addition is past lives. So I'll tell you five things from my past, and you can share your own past life with me!

1. I'm married to my high school sweetheart, so when people criticize YA writers for the whole teens can't be in true love thing, it makes me crazy!

2. We got married at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. The hotel that inspired The Shining and where they filmed the tv version!

3. I got a full ride scholarship to undergrad, but only because someone else turned theirs down. I have no idea who that person is, but thank you!

4. My undergraduate thesis was on marriage in Shakespeare, and it was titled Much Ado about Matrimony!

5. For two years I owned and ran a business selling car seat safe blankets called the Baby Bloak.


Ok, calming down now. I'm giving away a writer's survival kit, which is guaranteed to keep you sane if not on track.

What's in it? (or tea, if you're a weirdo)
An awesome Starbucks mug
A Barnes and Noble gift card
A selection of summer reading materials
AND a query and 10 page critique by yours truly. I'll even talk with you on the phone if you'd prefer.

So how do you win all this loot? I'm giving you a couple of ways to enter. Please leave a comment for each method you complete!

1. Leave a comment telling me something awesome about your past life.
2. Follow me on twitter (@GenniferAlbin )
3. Friend me on Facebook.
4. Follow this blog.

Easy enough, right? One entry for each, leave a comment for each entry. I'll run this contest through June 2, 2011. Entries will close at 11:59 CST. Good luck!


  1. What is epic is you getting married at the Stanley Hotel.....its so epic it's righteous.....

  2. 1) Ooooo something ridiculous and awesome about my life:
    I broke my tailbone while riding on a boat that was on dry land. (true story)

    Follow you on Twitter: Check
    Friend you on FB: Gonna go do that
    Follow your blog: Check

  3. 1. I follow via GFC.
    2. Past life story? I have a scar above my right eye because I got hit by a wooden baby swing.

    lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

  4. 1. Follow you on Twitter
    2. Friend requested you on Facebook
    3. Tried to follow your blog, but for some reason blogger keeps giving me an invalid warning. So I'm currently following by email.

    A past life story?....While in high school (many many moons ago) I won the Scholastic Writing Award and even still have a copy that was run in the local paper. Oh that and the tiny pin they gave me.

  5. - followed on twitter (reallizf)
    - followed the blog via RSS
    - past life experience: I was paid to train ponies when I was in eighth grade. I once hitchhiked in an on-duty army tank in a foreign country. Stupidest scar: tripped over a box full of eggplant. Yep.

  6. Following on twitter.
    Following your blog.
    In my past life, I made a fashion suggestion to a woman named Gabrielle Chanel.

    Oh, wait... my CURRENT life? Oh.

    Um... I met Zach Braff at a pub in Hollywood about two years ago. I got a picture taken with him. He's very nice, and his sweater was very soft. :D

  7. @Liz

    LoL... I'm sorry, Liz. It's really not that funny, but it is... :D I LoL-ed.

  8. Twitter. FB. Follow.

    Past life: now-husband was the singer at my first wedding. Yikes, that's weird, isn't it?

  9. I married someone I met in high school, too. It took him 1o years to convince me that he was the one though.

    I follow on twitter and facebook. I follow your blog through my email. does that count?

    also, if I'm allergic to caffeine and win, is there a coffee substitute?

  10. Argh, I thought I commented last night. Okay, I'm a fb friend and a twitter and blog follower. Here's my fun fact: in my past life (oooo, b/c an 18 y/o has such a past) I was a swimmer ranked 4th in the nation. But then I quite a couple months ago.

    So it counts!

  11. I met my husband on a blogging site. He emigrated to Australia to be with me. I think I'll keep him.

    As for the rest - done, done and done.

  12. I have the shivers over THE SHINING hotel. Did you, ah, see anything that no one else did while you were there?

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  14. I tried to follow this blog but get a weird message from Google!

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  16. Sorry about those messy posts -
    I friend requested you on FB...

    Story - I went through the most awesome squall in the British Virgin Islands that tore our sail almost in half!

  17. And I followed this blog.

    Story - If we are talking PAST LIVES, I was once told by a palm reader in New Orleans that I was an Empress and my husband was an Emperor! Can't prove that one, though...

  18. For my past life I'll say that at the age of nineteen, I drove a city bus route in San Jose, CA.

  19. Finally, I sent you a friend request on Facebook.

  20. Something about my past life - I played the alto saxophone and piano during my middle school and high school years. :)

  21. I'm following you on Twitter.

  22. I sent you a Facebook friend request.

  23. I'm following your blog. :)

  24. I guess the most awesome thing about my past life is that I don't remember any of it! It couldn't have been very good, right?
    Digicat {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  25. I follow you on Twitter (Cezovski)
    Digicat {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

    (I would love to win this prize pack, but I have nothing to critique. Can I still enter???)

  26. I like you on Facebook:
    Name: Carol Anderson
    Digicats @ (my FB e-mail)
    Digicat @ (my regular e-mail)

  27. I am a public follower of yours on Google Friends Connect (Carolsue)
    digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  28. my past life - worked at starbucks for 3 years and loved it. met Scott there, he was working at the store where I was hired.