Or Happy Bloggiversary. Or is it Bloggaversary? Either way, it sounds bad, so I’ll stick with Happy Birthday. But really, today is not BR’s birthday.
If you really want to know, this blog died and was just resurrected last year, January 7, 2011, with a comeback post regarding Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Apt enough since that is the first novel that I ever read. I think I should stick with that date as BR’s birthday because posts before that day have all been deleted, dating back to as far as October 2009. Those are a handful of posts regarding Death at Intervals and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.
But that’s not the point. In the spirit of goodwill and sharing, and in gratitude of the attention that you are indulging me by reading what I have to say on books that I’ve read and half-forgotten, I’m giving away a book and a gift cheque. Oops, with feelings now: I’m giving away a book and a gift cheque! Don’t try rereading that sentence because I am dead serious. Call it promotion or whatever, but I still am going to do it.
But I can only give these two goodies to one person. I’m not Santa Claus. I’m too thin to be him, and even if I were sickeningly obese, Christmas is over. So let’s settle this with a contest.
I won’t ask you to like a link or repost this somewhere or follow me on Twitter (because my Twitter account has long been deleted) or whatever similar to those. I’ll just ask you one thing. On the comments section, please post a memory when you were 12 years old.
Additional rules: entries should be between 100 to 300 words. Contest will run for 12 days, which means you can still submit your entries until January 19. If less than three participants join, the contest is nullified. Entries will not be published during the duration of the contest, just to avoid sneaking into the entries of others. But they will all be published afterward.
Everyone is invited to join. For participants not living in the Philippines, they can only vie for the book. For participants actually living, breathing, thrashing in the Philippines, they can vie for the book and the gift cheque worth Php500.00, either from National Book Store or Fully Booked or whichever book store. It’s your choice.
You must be thinking what the criteria are for judging. Well, the most striking and beautifully written memory wins the loot. That’s all. I’m not inviting any authorities on this. You just have to trust my judgment.
By the way, here’s the book that I am giving away:
Go figure why I’m asking you to wade through your 12-year old memories. Anyway, Black Swan Green is one of the twelve books from 2011 that I love. This is a trade paperback edition, but it’s almost as big as a hardbound edition. This is an extra copy that I bought brand new. Yes, it’s not from the sale bins, but after all these months, it experienced a little discoloration. Just a little, otherwise, it is unread and new. The copy that I read is a different edition, which I am keeping.
If this book doesn’t appeal to you, I think the gift cheque will. Oh, I’m sure it will. And please join, someone!