It’s been three years since I started blogging regularly.  Three years since I started really taking writing seriously. Well, it’s not that I didn’t take it seriously. I just decided that it was important enough to make time for it. Prior to that point, I’d written when I felt like it. Granted, I’d been in high school, university, and graduate school to that point in my writing life. But three years ago, I decided to make the time for writing. I wanted to be published, and I wanted to be serious about it.

This blog began in October 2008, the reason escapes me at the moment. It may have been for a class I was taking in graduate school at the time. I posted a couple of times, but I was timidly tapping the water’s surface with my big toe. In June of the following year, I was out of school, out of work, and out of sanity. So I jumped into blogging.

Some of you reading this (imagining hordes of people reading but not commenting) have been around since those early days. Some of you may have only just discovered my blog. I remember that thrill of excitement when I signed on to the computer one morning to discover I had a follower! Someone was reading my blog! Then I had two, and it’s grown quietly from there.

Is blogging on its way out? Maybe. I know that my reading habits have slacked off in that regard. Comments have certainly dropped here on the blog. But that’s okay. I think there’s really an ebb and flow to everything. This blog will stay put, riding those flows and currents. (How many cliches can I pack in to this paragraph, eh?)

With this post, I reach 500 total on the blog. To honor that, and thank all of you who have kept this tiny little blog on your reader, on your radar, I’m having a giveaway. Yep, a giveaway. It’s been a while.

Don’t worry, it’s totally easy to enter. You just have to comment on this post. I’ll draw random winners at the end of May. There are four prizes.

Grand Prize (1 Winner):

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Hereafter by Tara Hudson
A full manuscript beta read

First Prize (2 Winners):

A full manuscript beta read
A $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (or iTunes, if you want to use the card for ebooks)

Third Prize (1 Winner):
A partial manuscript read (50 pages or 5 chapters, whichever is longer. Also, round up if 50 is mid-chapter)

Thanks for being here, friends.

Contest rules: One entry per person. Leave a comment to enter. Please spread the word about this. If you’re not a writer please don’t hesitate to enter. Just let me know in your comment and I’ll re-award the manuscript critique from your prize package. Contest not necessarily limited to four winners. Manuscripts submitted for critique must not be erotic or overly steamy. Otherwise any genre is allowed.