I’m so thrilled to announce “The Wrench and the Hammer” swept the “Heart of the Author” Contest on the Wyrmrest Accord Forums with the Grand Prize Winner!
Here’s the full winner list:
The Grand Prize Winners! (Heart of the Aspects Mount)
The Wrench and The Hammer, by Lyssinna
A Steamy Romance Novel : Passionate Lies, by Fedjeen
Congratulations, guys. I hope you’ll let me post your stories somewhere, or take the initiative to do so yourselves.
The “Sinphonii’s Choice” Winners! (Heart of the Aspects Mount)
The Old Ones, by Taldin
Unforgiven, Unforgotten, by Arkturas
As I was winding down and fretting about my inability to really narrow things down, my friend Sinphonii stepped in to offer another Heart of the Aspects mount to the prize pool. Well, I sent along my submissions folder and she was unable to pick just one, too, and decided to remedy that by offering two additional mounts. Congratulations, guys.
First Place Runner Up! (Blizzard Store Pet)
Water and Fire : Past and Present, by Ashtivar
Second Place Runner Up! (Valorous Point Item and Magic Lamp)
Heavy is the Head, by Oyam
Third Place Runner Up! (Four Inferno Rubies and Magic Lamp)
Choices Made, by Araindwen
EVERYONE who participated will receive a Magic Lamp non-combat pet, so you’ll always have a reading light handy as you delve into the tales of Azeroth, and have a shining stalwart companion at your side as you live and write your own stories.
Turning Away, by Zaeshural
Mercy, by Siennamae
A Burst of Static, by Markin
The Forsaken Offensive, by Reddwyn
Warstomp, by Lomahnko
Family Matters, by Chazelios
Untitled, by Riparian
I’m completely thrilled to have won. You see, I have some writing confidence issues. The Honorable Mention in the 2011 Blizzard Global Writing Contest was an enormous boost to my confidence and this has sent me even higher. You see, I’ve always had that little voice in the back of my head saying that I’m a terrible author. And now I can say “SHOVE IT!” to that voice and then kick it down the stairs. Then probably nuke it from orbit. Go big or go home, right?
This story was a bit of a rushed job. I still feel like there’s a ton of polish the story needs and a good amount of reworking in the beginning parts, but apparently these folks think I’ve nailed it. I’ve even received several accolades from the various forum-goers including a very well thought-out review by one of the judges.
Your story of Geblin Mekkatorque blew me away. In a stroke, you managed to capture his ingenuity, thoughtfulness, Muradin’s humor, and the political tenseness of Ironforge “under Moira’s rule”. I’ve been slightly inspired to roll gnome several times after reading a snippet here and there, but your tale and integrity have spurred me more effectively than anything I’ve ever heard, read, or seen before.
During Blizzard’s Annual Writing competition, I encourage and implore you to write and submit a piece because I truly believe that you have a hell of a shot at winning.
You’re unlike other humans.
You bleed ink.
Keep it up,
I’ll be very proud to ride this new mount around in World of Warcraft. I think I’ll call her “Authoryna.” Okay, that was just terrible. *Whacks self with ACME Mallet* But my biggest thank you is to the judges and hosts, Aibreann, Thokk and Sinphonii. This kind of thing is hard to pull off and it requires real-world money. I’m honored by their selection and am even more honored by my fellow contest runners who struggled so hard. And to be honest, I’m totally jealous of them having their own READING LAMPS in-game. Seriously, how sweet is that?
James Shepard has returned from the Omega-4 Relay with his entire team and his entire crew, blowing the Collectors into oblivion. And when you see the Reapers at the end of it…I only have two words:
Seriously, is it March 6 yet? And Bioware really should be PAYING me for talking about Mass Effect this much.
I talked to our wonderful Baby Stalkers all night at their house about it. Caitlyn wore her N7 Onsie while Laura and I sported our N7 Hoodies. Good time. Ended the night with Mass Effect 1 and reading Mass Effect: Revelation.
I’m not obsessed. You can’t prove a darn thing.
Oh yeah…and found a hysterical Mass Effect rap that you just must enjoy. Especially because the guy has an awesome British accent.
Stay until the very ending. Trust me on this.
Anyway, it’s been a great day waking up to that email message and reading through the various comments on the forums. I think I love this server in WoW. I’ll be sad to ignore them for a few weeks as I play Mass Effect 3. Well, I’ll be sad after, because during, I won’t even realize it. 😉
Until next time.