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And The Winners Are...

I'd like to thank all of you who took part in Follow Fest - my first blogfest to host, ever. The hop went better than I ever expected, and the response was overwhelming! Not in an unmanageable sort of way, but in an unexpected-number-of-participants sort of way.

Once word got out, people just kept signing up!

There were some speed bumps: the Linky Tools site went down for a while the very first day (*gasp!* I about died. LOL), and a few posts were hindered by technical difficulties, family emergencies, and newbornsboth human and feline. But, all in all, things went swimmingly well.

And that's thanks to YOU.
I wish I could give you all prizes. You're all winners, that's for sure.

It was a fun, busy week and I'm exhausted, but I'm already toying with the idea of doing a repeat next year. So if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them. :)

Ready to find out who the prize winners are?

Chosen randomly by Rafflecopter,
          the winner of the $15 gift certificate

to your choice of or Barnes & Noble is...

And the winner of the $30 coupon

to Carrie Butler's new business, Forward Authority Design Services, is...

Congratulations to you both!!!

Thank you again for participating.
Y'all are the best! :D

(I hate this stuff, but I gotta say it... 
 Contest winners were selected randomly from 
all eligible entries. Winners were contacted via email; they will  
forfeit their prize if they do not respond within 7 days.)

And now for the faithful followers who've stayed with me through the recent changes in programming, I'll end with GPM. (GPM stands for Grammar Police Monday, the weekly blog series I usually do.)

Sayings people sometimes get wrong...

Dire straits

Ever since he lost his job, Bob's been in dire straits.

This saying refers to working your way through troubles as if you were crossing a narrow, dangerous path or strait (n.): a narrow passage of water connecting two larger bodies of water. Some people who don't understand that distinction write it dire straights.

(Confession... Before preparing this lesson, I probably did that a few times myself. It's easy to misunderstand something one has only heard and not read.)

Curb your appetite

This saying is sometimes said or written curve your appetite, but the proper verb is curb. In it's verb form, curb means to restrain or hold in check. I'm not sure how one would go about curving an appetite.

It's a moot point
This one gets butchered all the time. If I had a dollar for every time something was a mute point ...I digress. *grin* One may choose to remain mute when confronted with a moot point, but the point itself is still moot—meaning it's either irrelevant or could not be resolved with further debate.


That's all for today.
Thanks for visiting, 
and thanks for taking part in 
Follow Fest! :)


  1. I didn't realize that the Follow Fest was your very first bloghop ever. Now I am even more impressed!

    Seriously great event. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Congratulations to the winners! Linky Tools does go down sometimes. I've dealt with it enough that it no longer worries me. Glad your first blogfest was such a success.
    And good to know I've not messed up any of those says.

  3. Congratulations to the winners! Your follow fest was one of the best hops I've ever participated in, glad it was a big hit. :)

  4. Once upon a time I was guilty of the moot vs mute points! Congrats to the winners!

  5. Congratulations to the winners -- and thanks again for a fine fest, Melissa!

  6. Thanks for the fun fest and congratulations to the raffle winners. Enjoyed the grammar lesson today. Those are 3 of my favorite sayings! I probably only get Dire Straits right because of a certain 80s band ( :

  7. Congratulations on a successful blog hop, Melissa! :) And congratulations to the winners!

  8. The fest really took off! Congrats. :)

    I've never heard or read "curve your appetite" or "mute point", so I must have had a lucky escape!

  9. Congrats to winners!

    So happy to hear the blog hop was a success. I know I met a few new people and even bumped into a few people I'm already connected to. :-)

  10. Melissa, congratulations on your first blogfest. It seemed to be a HUGE success. I saw the big party over on Mike Swift's blog. It looked like loads of fun. If I weren't so busy at my blog being on hiatus (hiding), I might have participated. Kudos to you for your success.

    Also, congrats to all winners.

  11. congrats to the winners.
    It's a mute point (giggle).

  12. Congrats to the winners, and to YOU, Miss Melissa, for a fantastic event!!

    Also... I hate it when people say it's a mute point. It gets me all in a twist. So thanks for including that one :)

  13. Congrats to the winners! And love the correct sayings--I think I've been writing dire straights myself :)

  14. This was such a fun hop--thanks again for organizing it! Can't wait to do it again next year! :)

  15. Thanks for hosting the hop Melissa, it was fun. And congrats to the winners!

  16. Good reminders, Melissa. Thanks again for hosting the hop. It was good to be part of it.

  17. Congrats to the winners!! This Follow Fest is such a great thing. But now I have to go and visit all the blogs I haven't visited yet. ;)

  18. I'm still recovering from the fest and can't believe I missed you GPM and the winner announcement. Congrats to Skye and Christine.

    I loved the fest, had a few difficulties, but nothing major and was able to visit each one with them spread out the way they were. It wasn't taxing on any of the days.

    I saw where you're going on hiatus. I'm slowing down and getting back into my creative writing. I've not been doing much in that respect and that's what this is all about. Hope to see you around, though!

    M.L. Swift, Writer

  19. Loved being part of Follow Fest! I had a great time.

  20. Follow Fest was a superb idea, thanks! Congrats to the winners and as always, Grammar Police is as enlightening as ever.


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