This is going to come across a bit acceptance-speechy I fear (which is weird, since I’m not accepting an award or anything), but I just wanted to toss a post up here and say a few things off-topic before I retire to “guest contributor” status.
1. It was a huge honor to participate in this. From the start, I was doing this explore my own writing and ideas, as well as my nerve to post it for Matt’s large fanbase. I’ve come to several conclusions: the best tree won, new friendships are awesome, I can actually pull this sort of thing off, and I’m definitely going to keep in touch.
2. I AM going to be starting a blog. There’s actually already one in the works, but it’s still in the “wrestle with the blog template” stage, so I’m not tossing it out just yet. However, Matt’s promised (threatened?) to alert you all and WI when it goes live. I might just flee in terror now.
3. I’m going to kinda miss the last-minute panic of trying to get a post up by the deadline. Matt can vouch for my sometimes very last minute turn-ins. Guest-Judge pointed out that my IDS post is really only half-done, so I’m definitely going to finish that sometime in the (fairly) near future.
4. I wanted to toss a special thank-you to everyone involved in the process. First to Matt and Wyn, who both started WoM and held this competition. Even when I don’t agree with y’all, I had a lot of fun. To Sydera, you did an awesome job throughout the competition, and your posts regularly blew me away. I look forward to seeing what you come up with in the future. To Jen, Vedela, Crutch, Tulani, and Rusco, I didn’t have a lot of interaction with some of you (which I look at as being a bad thing) but I hope that changes in the future. I’ll catch y’all around PlusHeal and keep poking around for your blogs. I hope those of you who don’t have blogs already will get up and do something about that (And Crutch, good luck in the interview I’m rooting for ya.)