* Note: NaNoWriMo has kind of hijacked my brain and I completely forgot about this giveaway. I know, completely stupid of me and I can’t apologize enough! Since it’s not likely that I’ll be done by Thanksgiving (in fact, I’ll most likely be writing until the very last minute, squeezing out enough words to get to the 50K,) I’ve decided to extend the deadline to the end of the year.
Thanks to everyone who has participated so far!
A lot has happened since I wrote a blog post thanking my 200 followers on Twitter. I went through a slump that made me angry at everything, right when I was in the middle of Camp NaNoWriMo, then slowly crawled my way back to everyday life and writing. Just as slowly, I started to be more active on Twitter – participating in fun events like #LoveLines, #2bitTues and #1lineWed, and more recently #WIPjoy, and also trying to interact more with others. I don’t know if you can tell, but I’ve really gotten more comfortable at putting myself out there and less self-conscious about my tweets. I’m still not at the point where I’d share a picture of me or reveal other personal things that aren’t writing-related, but I’m getting there!
It’s therefore kind of mindblowing and incredibly encouraging that after just three months, I’ve managed to interest over 800 people enough to follow me, and even more to like and retweet what I post about. I get a huge smile on my face with every notification on my phone!
Even so, I feel bad about being so closed-off. I don’t have a profile picture that shows you what I look like, I don’t tell you where I live or what my occupation is (and I don’t know when I could ever do that) and sometimes I feel like I keep so much distance between myself and all you lovely people that I’m not allowing real relationships to grow. I can’t just tweet a “thank you” whenever I reach a milestone of followers, that just doesn’t seem enough to truly let you how much I appreciate you and the way you encourage me, whether that’s by simply reading my words or liking, retweeting and/or following.
I’ve been thinking about how to adequately express my thanks for a long time, and there are so many things I wish I could do! Being a closet writer and one with such a paranoid insistence on privacy as me really limits my choices. I thought about a book giveaway, but how would that work when the stamp would reveal where it was sent from? I admit I was a little too lazy to figure out a way around that problem, but I think I’ve found a good alternative 🙂
AMA + Giveaway
- Ask me anything on Twitter!
Use the hashtag #askelyne and ask me about anything you want, whether it’s about me, my stories/characters, my writing process or something else. I don’t want to be restricted to less than 140 characters, so I’ll reply to the questions here on my blog. Please understand that I might take the liberty of not answering a question if I feel uncomfortable to and/or it might compromise my need for privacy. I promise I will try to answer everything and not just take the easy road of ignoring them!
- One $15, two $10, three $5 Amazon Gift Cards!
Leave me a comment* on how I can improve my Twitter and blog, as in what you would like me to post about OR what you enjoy about my Twitter/blog that I should keep doing. Simply put: why do you (or don’t you) follow me? I’ll choose winners among all participants, who will get either a $5, $10 or $15 gift card from Amazon! If the winners don’t get in touch with me within 24 hours, I’ll choose others. I should add that constructive criticism/ideas have a higher chance of winning. Since this is a giveaway meant to express my thanks, it will end on New Year’s Eve, December 31! The winners will be announced a week later on January 7. Note that this is a separate event from the AMA. You’re welcome to participate in both 🙂
You do not need to be following me to be eligible for the giveaway, but I naturally won’t complain if you do decide to follow me 🙂
I’m looking forward to your questions, suggestions and – most of all – to interacting more with you all!
* You can tweet or DM me, comment on this blog post or send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to participate.