Contest Saturday (updated– prize info!)

It will remain at/near the top of the blog until Feb 10th.
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Almost a year ago I did a writing contest using the “I Am From” writing prompt. A ton of people submitted really great entries, and it was such fun to read them. I’m doing this again, but this year you have two options.

1. The original ‘I Am From’ format gives you a chance to write about the things and people around you that shaped you as a child. Here’s my last years’ ‘I Am From’.

2. The new ‘I Am’ format gives you a chance to write more specifically about yourself, and your progression from childhood to adulthood. Here’s my “I AM”.

Remember, these are helpful suggestions, not a set-in stone mold. I would like it if you chose one or the other of the two formats, though, just so I know which category to judge you in. A few other details.

— This contest will run two weeks. I’ll keep this post at the top so it will be easy to find.
–You have until Saturday noon February 10th, Pacific time, to post your “I Am” or “I Am From” on your blog, with a link back here.
–As soon as it’s posted, come sign in with Mr. Linky so we can all come visit you. Sign in with your EXACT post address, not just your main blog address. The sooner you get yours written and up, the more traffic you’ll be likely to get.

There will be three prizes:

— Best “I Am From”
— Best “I Am”
— Most referrals.

The first two prizes are the writing prizes–make it crisp and descriptive. Make every word count.

The final prize is for the person who refers the most people to my blog. When you mention the contest at your place, ask your readers to come over to Owlhaven and comment in the regular comments section of this post and say “Hi, I’m here from….” Whoever’s name is mentioned most by February 10th gets that third prize!

The winners of the contest will be able to choose one of the six books shown here in the picture (click on the picture for a larger version). They’re all gently used books that I’ve read and enjoyed, but don’t need anymore. The first winner to contact me will get first choice. I picked 6 so that everyone would be likely to find something they are actually interested in.

The books are:
Half a Heart
Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
Half Empty, Half Full
Chicken Soup for the Christian Family’s Soul
Fields of the Fatherless
Frugal Luxuries

A note about this Mr. Linky. It’s a beta version, made especially to work with WordPress blogs. The single solitary thing I don’t like about WordPress is that it doesn’t allow java. So I was thrilled on Friday when Mr. Linky himself emailed me a work-around for WP. This Mr. Linky opens a new page instead of posting your name directly on my post. From what I can tell, it should be a nice option for WordPress users.

Please use Mr. Linky ONLY for your contest entries. Use regular comments if you’re stopping in to visit from another blog or if you have any comments/questions about the contest.


  1. Hi! I left two links, one for my “I Am From” from March 06, and one for my “I Am,” from today. These are great exercises. It took me quite a while to do them, but it was worth it.

  2. Hello. Although this is contest formatted, may we all pray that it will glorify the One Who has secured in Himself the victory for the eternal contest and has seen fit by His grace to share that victory with all who believe!

  3. Anamara Ritt-Olson says:

    Your I am example just made me cry!! I am so going to try this.

  4. This is a wonderful writing exercise. A teacher friend of mine used it with her 11 grade English classes, and the results were amazing.

  5. This is a wonderful exercise. A teacher friend of mne used it with her 11th grade English class, and the results were amazing. By the way, I was referred here by Bozoette Mary.

  6. Okay, I’ve made a start but this is going to have to be done in parts … so my part one is done and posted and linky looed. I think. I’ll be back with more soon …

  7. Hi, I’m here through the link at MiKael’s Mania:
    Great idea!

  8. I forgot to do this part when I posted my link for the contest yesterday. I have to say this felt like an assignment for a therapy group. It’s fun to see that the comment about me is linked from my site, I didn’t really expect that. I thought I wasn’t getting all that many hits on my site and no one would really read it. I feel a little naked. Guess I’ll survive.

    Thanks for doing this. It’s a great idea.

  9. I thought I submitted a comment here earlier but guess I’ll try again since I forgot to leave a comment when I left my link for my “I am” piece.

    This was an interesting project. It felt like something that might be an assignment in a therapy group. I didn’t have much problem writing it but after I posted it I felt exposed. But then I told myself no one would read it anyway because I’m pretty new a blogging and not got a lot of hits to my site yet. Now I get here and find links from my blog – so now instead of feeling exposed, it’s more like naked.

    But it was still an interesting project and hopefully a great way to get traffic to your site.

  10. Hi, I’m here from MiKael’s Mania.

  11. I am here via Mikaels Mania. You should also check out her blog spot
    She is a great writer and knows how to draw you into her stories.
    I will do my own I Am as soon as I have a moment

  12. I wrote “I am”. It ended up being pretty long – sorry! And I just read it was maybe supposed to be in 3rd person….oops! I did it in and out! Not trying to be a rebel….just in a hurry w/ 3 little ones! : )

  13. I have an “I Am” that I posted a couple weeks ago without knowing about this – is it all right if I put a link to here on that post without re-posting it? I don’t want to be a pain – but I also don’t want to make too big of a deal about it on my own blog. Let me know! 🙂

  14. Hi there..I got here from Mikaels Mania – – who has a lot to say about horses, but I think non-horsey people would find her interesting also. I don’t think I’m up to writing my own “I Am”, but it’s fun to read other’s posts.

  15. Put mine on Mr. Linky a couple of days ago, now I have part two up – though number one was my entry.

    Wanted to let you know that I entered by way of Beth:

  16. I’ve found you through Straddling the Line and her I Am is here –

    I have my own here

  17. A referral for Shawnda – who submitted her I Am.

  18. Maybe I need to correct my comment… I am here from New Jersey, referred by Shawnda!

  19. I hope you feel better soon!

    Thanks for inspiring me to try my hand at writing one of these. I really enjoyed it … I used it for my 100th post!

  20. Hey – cool site….. Michelle from Heart of the Prairie sent me here from her blog. She submitted an “I Am” writing….

  21. Here from Lisa at

    And then I came from Shawnda at Spirit of Adoption

  22. Ack, I linked mine to the min bog url instead of directly to the post, that’s what I get for not reading the instructions clealry first, and being a fairly new blogger.


    Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.

    SusieJ sent me.

  23. And apparently I’m up too late and should spell check my comments.

    Alas pt. 2!

    min og=main blog.
    clealry = clearly

    shame shame.

  24. I’m here from Susie J.’s blog; the “I am from” is a lovely idea, I enjoyed reading hers and look forward to others.

  25. This is my first time checking out your blog. I was bored and checking out the links at Notes from the Trenches. Love the contest!

  26. Hi I am here from Cara’s blog(joyfulhousefarms). First time here and i have enjoyed reading your blog.

  27. That was harder than it looked!

  28. i so know your pain! my husband is a finish trim carpenter. he creates beautiful pillars, four piece crown moulding, etc, etc… our house… well…
    “the cobbler’s children wear no shoes” 🙂

    everytime i have wanted to just go out and buy more bookshelves he starts thinking what he could create even better/cheaper/more efficient.


    like you i also am and OB nurse… though taking a break from it right now. i

  29. I just found out about this, but I’ll give it a try! We seem to have much in common. I’m from northwest Arkansas (Eureka Springs is my favorite place in the entire world), I have 8 kids, homeschool, drive a 15-passenger van… I’m sure there’s more!

  30. I’m trying and trying the I Am format but I’m really having a hard time with it. I did the I AM From poem last summer. I’m linking that one.

  31. Hi, I’m here via Moomy Dearest. Cute contest!

  32. Wow. There are some really good ones here, Mary. You’re going to have a really, really hard time choosing.

    So….good luck with that!

  33. Hello, I was sent here through the blog She Lives.

  34. Hi there! I’m here from “Mommy Dearest’s” blog.

  35. Here’s mine – I wrote it back in June so hope it’s eligible, but only saw the contest just now!

    Couldn’t see anything Mr Linkyish to try so hope this counts.

  36. Hi, I was turned onto your great blog & your “I am” contest from another great blog – Spirit of Adoption
    I realize I ‘m officially a couple hours past the deadline, & that you have a bajillion of these to read & judge – so, though I would still love to be in the contest, I will not maliciously judge you for not including me in the contest at this point!!! 🙂
    Seriously, I am thankful that I did this just for the sake of pondering my life testimony and working on my writing skills (lack of?!) a bit. It was a good stretch & challange for me. And I am very thankful to you for that! The exercise itself was all the prize I needed. Thank you so much! God Bless you!

  37. Hi! I’m over here from Dandelion Momma. Shoot! I found out about this too late! it sounds so neat, I wanted to do it myself after only reading Dandelion Momma’s.

  38. I there! I am from Amy, Laughing Through The Tears blog! What a great contest this was!


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