Read it, write it

By Mir
July 19, 2008
Category Contests

Regulars here know that in addition to writing for approximately eleventy (it is so a number) websites and clients, I’m an avid reader. I just finished reading Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits by Samara O’Shea, and I think I’ve developed a bona fide girl crush. It’s a fast, fun read, particularly for anyone who’s ever journaled or blogged.

I liked it so much, I’m giving away two brand-new copies. Share the love, says I. (As does the rep at Harper Collins who sent them to me, apparently.)

Want to win one? Just leave a comment on this post by 3:00 p.m. Eastern (noon Pacific) on Monday, July 21st, 2008. Valid email address! One comment per person! Use your nice words! Winners to be determined by random number generation and words per minute! Two of you will receive the book, and the rest of you will… ummm… probably complain about not winning. (Erm. You’re looking very pretty today, by the way.)



  1. Sounds like a great read!! Thanks for your wonderful contests, Mir!

  2. Pick me, please? I could use a pleasant distraction.

  3. You are looking pretty today too. And that color is perfect on you. Does that help me get picked?

  4. pick me!

  5. That sounds like a fun read for sure, especially because of your recommendation. Wish I could get it, but I am never so lucky 🙁

  6. I’m an avid reader too and would LOVE to read this book!

  7. That sounds like a fun book!

  8. I am always looking for something good to read. Please pick me!

  9. I just graduated and now I have lots of time for reading! I want one.

  10. Sounds lovely!

  11. I LOVE to read. Can’t get enough. Ever.

  12. I would love this but secretly fear my journal would be fouund and used against me in a court of law! BAHA!

  13. Awesome! Sign me up!!!

  14. Me, too!

  15. I just finished my last book, I’d love to win please!!!

  16. journals… like blogging, but old school?! Sign me up!

  17. I’m always looking for a good book, please choose me?!?

  18. Ooh pick me!

  19. Oooh, I’m always looking for new books.


  20. Pretty please, pretty Mir!!

  21. sure, I’ll take a free book!

  22. Fabulous!

  23. Love to read…Pick Me.

  24. I would love to win this, but I’m not going to hold my breath. I never win anything. (I need to come up with a “bitter” font.)

  25. Love to read & love contests! Pick me oh random number generator 🙂

  26. This sounds awesome!

  27. I’m not a blogger or a journaler and I’m not sure it’s in me. I thank those who are, tho.

  28. Ooh – I love to read as well. 🙂 Sounds like an interesting book.

  29. Sweet, count me in!

  30. Love reading, sounds great! Thanks again Mir!

  31. I faithfully journaled daily until college. Then I faithfully journaled whenever I felt that quintessential need until I became a mom. I can count on one hand the number of entries I’ve made since my two kids were born. I would love a good read and the inspiration to boldly journal this phase of my life!

  32. DEFINITELY I want to enter this one.

  33. Sounds cool.

  34. Hoping for lucky number 34!

  35. Oh that totally looks fantastic!

  36. I love book recommdendations!

  37. Cool…I’m always looking for something good to read!

  38. Sounds wonderful…

  39. If I win, I’d love to review it!

  40. The eternal optimist in me keeps me entering!

  41. I have just begun to blog myself, after unsuccessful attempts to scrapbook. so much easier! I would love to read the book.

  42. Books are good!

  43. I love to read and write…been doing it for years…writing right now…well, typing right now, but that’s vicarious writing…right?
    Oh pick me, pretty generator.

  44. Please can I have one? I know you love me.

  45. oh, fun!

  46. I could use a new book! Great!

  47. Mir, I get anxious if I don’t have several books in my to-be-read list. Please help relieve my anxiety! 😉

    Oh, and you’re pretty and have excellent taste in decor.

  48. Oohhh…. ooohhhh….. like I don’t have enough “Dangerous Pursuits” going right now….

    Pretty please?!?!

  49. That books sounds lovely. I love to read…and I’m working on the writing part (I love to write, I just don’t).

  50. That sounds like a really good read. Maybe I will be so lucky!?

  51. I’d love it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  52. I love to read and would be thrilled to win!

  53. Sounds like a great book. I’ll try it.

  54. Me me!

  55. Always in the mood for a good book. Thanks!!! Pick me, Pick me!!!

  56. Sounds interesting!

  57. Please enter me!

  58. entering myself for this, knowing the number generator hates me. Fingers crossed anyway.

  59. I would love to read this book! Thanks for hosting the contest!

  60. I’d love to read it!

  61. Nice words? Um, chocolate. Coffee. Swimming. Blueberries. Basil. Girls night out. (sorry, that was 3). Movies. Snuggles. Toddler grins. Sweaty boy hugs. Ice cream. That’s all I got right now! 🙂

  62. Sounds great! Thanks for another fabulous contest!

  63. I aspire to dangerous pursuits so this sounds like a very fun read. And Mir, you look pretty today. I love your shoes!

  64. Pick me. I want to win. I love new books!

  65. Would love a chance to read this book. Thanks!!!

  66. yes please! lucky number 68!!

  67. Love to read. Love your blog. Love to read your blog! Hope I win!

  68. You are looking pretty too! I’m am trying to type fast since you said “words per minute” plays into this :)! I’d like to win!

  69. Woo hoo!

  70. books! i love books! books about writing are even better. i’ve added the title to my book wish list (which is very long) in case i don’t win. pffft….who am i kidding…i never win. but hope still springs eternal….


  72. Oh, I’d love to read this!

  73. Is there some sort of rule about previous winners not being able to enter? Because this sounds so awesome, and yet I feel bad about entering yet another contest. Yet…this sounds like such a good book. I may have to just go buy it, instead.

  74. If you like it, Mir, I wanna read it too!! Thanks for the chance!

  75. I need some inspiration to continue with the journals I’m writing for my kids… pretty please??? 🙂

  76. I’ll take a book recommended by Mir any day! Thanks for the contest!

  77. I’d like to win–pick me, please!

  78. me me me – pick me please ! pretty please. thanks !

  79. Heh…tried to leave a comment with my blackberry…didn’t work so well….so here I am again! Would love a book!

  80. Always love a good book!

  81. I’ve been needing a new book! 🙂

  82. I love books!

  83. Oh you are so pretty and very nice to give away Books , Please pick me

  84. Proud to be a bookworm, count me in. Thanks.

  85. something to read in the bathtub!

  86. Love to read and journal! Please pick me pretty, pretty Mir.

  87. book = fun!

  88. pick me please.

  89. I could use something to get my nose out of trashy romance novels…

  90. Please enter me!

  91. Me, please?!

  92. Sounds great! Thanks for all of the fabulous contests.

  93. If I don’t win this, it’s going on my library list!

  94. Count me in, too!

  95. I wonder what kind of bribes the number generator would take…..


    pick me!

  96. Books are yummy.

  97. I’d love a new book to read!

  98. pick me, i love to read!!

  99. Sign me up!!

  100. Sounds great!

  101. I want a girl crush, so pick me!

  102. Always looking for a good read!

  103. I’ve recently joined a women’s writing group, and this book would be perfect.

  104. You’ve got me sold…I’d love this and you can’t beat FREE!

  105. Your random number generator is the prettiest one on the whole internets. 🙂

  106. Thanks for all the great contests… now if only that pretty number generator of yours would pull my number, we’d be set! 🙂

  107. you have great hair! and you’re very pretty too 😉

  108. You and your random number generator are simply mah-vel-ous dahling 😉

  109. hmm…i love a good book!

  110. Books… books

  111. I’m in! 🙂

  112. Oooh, great contest, Mir! And thanks to Harper Collins!

    Please pick me, O Random Number Generator! 😀

  113. I need more words in my life

  114. You even read about writing?? THAT’S dedication right there.

  115. This would be awesome!

  116. I love books. Free books are even better!

  117. Commenting now.

  118. Thanks, Mir.

  119. Oh, I so need a good read to take on vacation in August!!

  120. I’d love to win this one – it could motivate me to start a new career 🙂
    FIngers crossed!!!

  121. Pretty Mir, you have the best contests ever! I love checking out what’s new and in store each day. Please pick me! I love new books! You’re so awesome!

  122. Sounds great!

  123. sounds good!

  124. I could use a good book!

  125. okay!pick me

  126. Sounds great! Thanks!

  127. Sounds like a fun read, count me in.

  128. Love a good book, or 3. 🙂

  129. Love to read – pick me.

  130. ooh! sounds inspiring.

  131. I’m in on this one. LOVE me a good book.

  132. Fun, Fun! And I promise not to complain for not winning!

  133. pick me – love reading

  134. Ohh, I love to read!!

  135. what a cool idea!
    I will still check the book out even if I don’t win – it sounds like it’s right up my alley!

  136. Would love to give that book a read. Something light and fun sounds great! Hope to win.

  137. I would love a copy! Maybe I would understand why we journal (is that proper use of the word?) after reading it.

  138. A great book might be enough to get me out of my writing slump!

  139. Book, please. Thanks!

  140. I really appreciate the contests, nice job! Even though I haven’t won, when someone does I bet it makes their day.

    PS Should my losing streak end here, that would be cool too!

  141. Definitely need another book!

  142. I promise I won’t complain, even if I don’t win.

  143. Sounds like a great read!

  144. fun, fast reads are right up my alley.

  145. This one is for me!!! Please pick me

  146. I’m one of those writers that doesn’t write. Hate to say it, but there you go. I’d love a book that might spark my desire to embark on blogging…

  147. A fun, fast, interesting read would be perfect right now, thank you!

  148. Pick me! I always love a good read 🙂

  149. I was just thinking that I needed something new to read.

  150. Oh me, me, me….

  151. I am involved in a book challenge, and I my goal is 60 books this year. This book sounds like a great read and another “notch” towards my goal!

  152. purty please…

  153. I love reading! Thanks for the contest.

  154. Books!

  155. Should I just complain about not winning and now and cut out the middle part?

    Count me in!

  156. Sounds great!

  157. That one’s right up my ally!

  158. Hello Mir,
    Sounds wonderful!!!

  159. I just started journaling and love it.

  160. Love to read!

  161. I’m up for a good read!

  162. Hope I win!

  163. Pretty please! Today is my birthday, and it has kinda sucked….it started by playing racquetball with my husband and being slammed in the face with a high speed ball between the eyes. It went downhill from there.

    A good book might be necessary since I will probably NOT be going out in public until the huge round bruise disappears from my face.

  164. a new book sounds good!

  165. mmm… books!

  166. me! me! pick me, random number generator!

  167. I totally need a new book for the pool!

  168. this looks like something that would actually be good for me (as opposed to all those games and stuff I really want)

  169. Nice words? Ummmm, please?

  170. I love your site and all of the great giveaways… The book sounds great! Thanks for giving it away!

  171. It sounds quite interesting. I’d love to have a copy!

  172. I need another book to add to my pile on the back of the couch. I don’t get whacked in the head enough with only 4 books perched up there.

    Come on, lucky number generator. I’m feeling lucky.

  173. I’m a huge fan of journaling. Sounds like it would be fun to check out!

  174. Thanks for the recommendation!

  175. Would love to read it!

  176. it just so happens i’m out of reading material. thanks, mir! 🙂

  177. Count me in. That’s a book I’d love to read.

  178. I could use a book 🙂

  179. Count me in! Thanks for another great contest!

  180. Here are my NICE words:
    Pretty Mir, Please!

  181. Book sounds great! Hope to win it!!

  182. I could use a new good book for those ‘fishing’ trips.

  183. One of my goals is to read a book this summer — this one sounds great! Thanks!

  184. You are so very pretty and kind with all your free stuff giveaways. Thank you 🙂

  185. Oh, this sounds like a good book. Thanks for running the contest.

  186. mmmm….I love books!

  187. Sounds like something I’d like! Count me in, please!

  188. Sounds like a perfect “closing summer” book! Here is to hoping!!! =)

  189. Yea books! Or book. Whatever. I just like to read.

  190. Patience is not a virtue, it is a waste of time.

    Thanks for another great contest!

  191. I can always use an excuse to avoid cleaning house, paying bills, folding laundry, etc….a great read sounds like just the ticket!

  192. Pick me!

  193. You’re looking lovely yourself. My fingers are crossed.

  194. I journal in my head. I wonder if that counts.

  195. I’d love a copy!

  196. That sounds wonderful! I’d love to read it.

  197. Oh pretty number generator, please pick me!

  198. I’d love to win this.

  199. Sounds great, and I could always use another book despite what my husband says about making new bookshelves.

  200. Yeah! Sounds like a great book!

  201. Count me in!

  202. Oh count me in!! I love journaling…is that even a word?

  203. I used to journal, but my employer has this unreasonable expectation that I actually work during the day now. (But I still make time to visit you because you’re pretty.)

  204. Thanks for sharing the love, your contests rock!
    Would love a new read that will re-inspire me to write.

  205. I heart contests! I had a fab journal in my early 20
    s man I wish I could find it! This is a book I would enjoy!

  206. Officially leaving a comment:)

  207. Please consider me even though I gave a less-than-flattering review of the soy bars I won ages ago.

  208. ooh!! pick me! 🙂

  209. Ahhh, gotta love a book give away!

  210. Pretty please, oh pretty Mir!

  211. Sounds wonderful – I’ve been journaling since my teen years, and that’s a … er, longer than I’m going to admit.

  212. Pick me!

  213. Pick me – Please!

  214. I read your blog everyday lovely Mir…. I need a roadmap for my journaling and this sounds perfect.

  215. I need a new read right about now. I’ve actually started reading an old journal of my hubby’s which is pretty interesting, but I want another on the side. Pick me!

  216. Me want, pretty plz!

  217. How positively providential! I just started a blog. Sort of. But I bet it would be a REAL blog if I read the book. Which I promise I would do if I were lucky enough to win it. Pinky swear.


  219. Hoping this is the lucky number.

  220. I would LOVE to win! Please, please pick me!!

  221. I need as much help as I can get!
    Pick me!!

  222. you are smart, lovely and well-read…
    now pick me so I can be too!
    I heart want not!

  223. Did you do something with your hair?

    Pick me!

  224. I am too tired to do the time conversion math, so I hope I made it in by 3:00 Eastern time.

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