Saturday, July 16, 2011


Today's the big day - you know - where I announce the winners of my blog-o-versary celebration! Gihugic thank yous to all who blogged, tweeted, particpated . . . GAH! I heart you all. I'm so glad to know all of you!


Okay - so now for the WINNERS of my superfabulistic blog-o-versary contest!

The winner of a $15 Amazon Gift Card...

Ishta Mercurio

Congrats, Ishta! Please email me at alisonmiller20 (at) gmail (dot) com, and I'll have Amazon email you your gift card!

And the winners of these fab-o books...

Meredith McCardle

Jessica Love

Catherine Johnson

Lisa Potts

Alicia Gregoire

Sophia Richardson

Alicia Caldwell

JE Fritz

YAY! Congrats to the winners!

*throws confetti*

Book winners - please email me at alisonmiller20 (at) gmail (dot) com with your address and top three choices on books - first come, first choice!

Thank you again to all who participated and for all the well wishes. I truly feel very loved.

And now, in conclusion of my blog-o-versary fest (sniff), my last oldie, but goodie.

PS - one of my Calculus students discovered this one and proceeded to read it to my entire class. He's now a loyal fan, but geez. I'm surprised I haven't been fired yet.

(Published January, 2011)

One of my critique partners, Margo, published this amazeballs post the other day entitled Drunk On Writing. I was inspired and am, uh... creatively stealing from her.

In her post she described her excitement of jumping out of bed knowing that she’d be able to write and how she didn’t want to crawl out from under the covers when she knew her to-do list wouldn’t warrant efficient writing time. And she offered up this Ray Bradbury quote:

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

Drunk on writing.


How I wish I were thoroughly inebriated.

Oh how I long for the good ol' days when I was drunk on writing. Days when I’d force myself to shut down my computer at midnight and would spring out of bed at four A.M. to write some more. When my mind would be deliriously dizzy and I couldn’t spit out my words fast enough. Stories spun in my head. It was like a movie playing in my mind. And my to-do list was a hazy fog I’d later sober up to. Writing stories was a high I never wanted to come down from. And when I did, a fabulously wonderful hangover lingered until I could jump off the reality wagon again.

But I haven’t gotten hammered like that for well over a year.

And that sucks.

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’ve had a little buzz going here and there, but nothing, NOTHING like the welcomed delirium when I wrote my first two projects.

Why? Well it has a little something to do with that veritable time suck called life. I mean, I’ve always been a busy bee before, but the past year I've found myself with less quality chunks of time to write.

Frankly, reality's been destroying me. And I need some writing intoxication. Bad.

And sadly, I’ve not been in the zone lately. Ideas are there, but I’m not cultivating them. Sometimes I'm afraid that as soon as I start writing, I’ll have to stop. Sometimes I’m afraid I won’t be able to start.

But just the other day, I had one of those two A.M. epiphanies—one that set my brain mixer to whirl. Five days later, my head’s still spinning with characters and plot lines.

And bonus—this weekend I have been afforded an opportunity to write… hours and hours—just me and my netbook. I can just feel the words surfacing at the tips of my fingers, awaiting the chance to be vomited onto the page. You say ew? I say HEAVEN!

So I’m crazy excited about my weekend. Because I plan to get rip-roaring smashed. Not with alcohol, peeps. But with writing. And I hope I have legendary stories worth telling and a massive hangover that lasts for days.

How about YOU? You going to get drunk this weekend . . . on writing?

PS - thanks again for all the love this week!


  1. Ahh, I won a book! How excellent. And now I rush off to email you. . .

  2. Congratulations to all! Great books! And if I'm not drunk on writing, then I'm drunk on reading...

  3. YAY! Thank you so much! I just emailed you. :-)

  4. Congratulations to all the winners!! Yay!

  5. Congrats to all the winners! Good luck for another wonderful year of blogging, Alison!

  6. Oh my gosh. I totally needed the DRUNK ON WRITING reminder ... I may just print out your version and tape it to my wall. I need to get smashed again. THANKS.

  7. Woo hoo thank you so much Alison! Congrats to all the book winners. Stay drunk everyone!


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