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She Whose Name Must Not Be Written (Contest!)

I currently feel like scooping my eyeballs out with a spoon. Which means it’s the perfect time for me to write a potentially angry and controversial post, right? (You see why I cultivate this “I’m so stupid” persona? Perhaps it’s not a persona, in fact. What if it’s true? Well that’d be crushing and I don’t want to think about it.) Side note: if you ever want to read one of my posts that isn’t crazy rambling all over the place, go find me at Heroes and Heartbreakers. There, I’m edited. Here, I’ve just got me. And I won’t tell you how very much that’s not going to happen.

There has been a lot of grumpiness on the internet lately, and well, socially. In various areas. In romance world, most notably the Susan G Komen gaffe, and then the former MTM contest. No need to discuss that here as elsewhere they’ve been covered [possibly ad nauseum]  – but I do think it’s quite healthy to “vent one’s spleen.” So I’m giving us a venue here, and in all good fun.

Remember when I whined about people not “using my name” in correspondence? Well, first of all – I’m not going to change my name. I actually thought long and hard about when I chose Limecello, and I’ve been using it for ~six years. It’s staying, come hell or high water, and people can just fucking deal. (Or not deal with me. That’s perfectly fine too.)

I’m not saying everyone has to be “formal” all the time or use polite address and all. I think it’s an issue when one is trying to be (or attempting, regardless of success, to be) professional. I mean there are multiple options. “To Whom It May Concern.” “Dear owner of Limecello/A Little Bit Tart, A Little Bit Sweet.” You know. “Dear Limecello – incidentally, what is your name?” And that’s only based on the initiation. I mean, people don’t always sign or start emails with “an address” – that’s fine. You know how sometimes you can just tell a person has a problem with you/doesn’t like you/thinks they’re superior? Yeah. That.

Megan Hart said I could just ask these persons if they have a problem with my name. I could. That’d be reasonable.

But I don’t feel like being reasonable. I feel like being young/acting my age [possibly younger!], a brat, and whatever. I think part of it is that these people are approaching me. In person, at conferences, and so on when it’s more “random” – I do give options. I actually introduce myself as Limecello, but based on a person’s reaction I give them options. I can’t see someone’s initial reactions via email. I can, however, based on continued correspondence, see if someone is a twat. (And I’m applying this to both females and males.)

So I’m going to make fun of them. And you know, myself in a way. (That makes it more fair, right?)

I want to hear reasons why someone has a problem with the name “Limecello” or addressing a person [me, obviously in this case] as Limecello. Do you think there was a mafioso named Limecello who came in destroyed this person’s family? An alien visitation wherein the extraterrestrial identified him/herself/itself as Limecello?

A horrible case of food or alcohol poisoning that somehow was traced to a batch of Limecello?

What? Entertain me! What’s the most convincing yet entertaining reason someone might refuse to address me as Limecello?

This is a continuation of the previous contest – so I’ve already got entries from Jen B., Cheryl aka inneedofvodka, Paula, Pam, Liz, June M., kiwi1124, Jane, myrandaroyann, Cathy P, Mary Kirkland, and Raonaid Luckwell. The best/most entertaining comments wins!

p.s. – If I was really clever/had the time and inclination I’d photoshop (and assuming I had that program/capability) a photo of Voldemort but make him a lime 😀

What’s In a Name (or with, in my case!) + Winners

First of all… if you follow me on twitter you know I’ve been a crazy ass Ranty McRanterpants. (Yes it’s been so bad that the capitalization is needed. It’s a proper bloody name in my case.) Part of it is… well a shit ton of stuff. And some of it, is the name. Or lack thereof.

We all know I go by “Limecello” or “Lime.” That’s how it is, and that’s how it will be. Perhaps in some unforeseeable future that’ll change. But… well, I’ve carried on this way for almost six years (if not longer) and… I don’t see why I wouldn’t continue to do so.

Recently, however, I have noticed there are a veritable spate – yes a spate – of people who refuse to address me as such! They’ll sign their names to every email, message, what have you. And I’ll sign mine. And address said person with his/her name. And yet they won’t return the courtesy. It’s just “Hi.”

Now, I wouldn’t be so unreasonable as to expect every correspondence to be formal. If a person stops signing their emails, well it’s perfectly natural for them to not use an “address”/name for me. But these persons don’t do that.

They don’t ask my name… and I’m bratty and bitchy and fed up enough that I haven’t asked “why not” or “what’s the deal?” either. I do, however, determinedly continue to sign each message “Limecello” in the hopes that said persons will pick up the hint. (Incidentally, none have.)

So my friends, I’ll give it up to you to help me sort out this conundrum. What should I do?

And for more fun – and what interests me more – give me reasons. Why will these individuals not call me Limecello? Or ask for an alternative name? Some people call me Limecello. Some call me Lime. Jennifer Haymore calls me “Limey.” Angela James refuses to call me Limecello, so she calls me “LC.” (Remember, I’ve wondered why she won’t just go with “Elle”…)

You’re free to come up with a new special – yet fitting – name for me. Give advice, or a reason why so many people now wish to contact me, yet refuse to call me Limecello. Or Elle. (It’s not as if I make it a state secret…)

And that’s my question and my contest. The person who comes up with the best answer gets a prize. To be determined, but I hope it’ll be something good.

Now for the winners. Courtesy of randomizer.org as usual…

The lucky winner of Abigail Barnette’s fabulous post is vanillaorchids69. (Incidentally, if you haven’t read this post yet, you really must.)

Remember when Michelle Beattie came to visit with us and talk about games? She very kindly offered up two prizes! So her winners are myrandaroyann and Mary Kirkland.

And last but not least – the fantastic excerpt that Megan Hart shared from Pleasure and Purpose. The winner is willaful!

Winners! You have until Thursday, February 2 to contact me with your information. It is your responsibility to send me your email or mailing address, depending on what the prize is. Which should be easy, because I’d like for you to include your prize in the email please. (That makes it easier for everyone, and guarantees you’ll get the prize you’re supposed to.)

If you didn’t win this time… well no worries. There are always plenty of other giveaways going on. In fact there are a few still open on this very blog! If you would like more certainty… well I can’t tell you anything but that you might try making a few sacrifices to the randomizer.org gods. 😉 Or the developers. Whichever you think will work best for you.

#SongStalker Game and Giveaway!

Yes, that’s right – what you see there is a hashtag! And a giveaway! What I want you to do is share the most creepy/stalkertastic song lyrics you can think of! You can tweet them (making sure you use the hashtag – and tag me too if you want to ensure I see it…) or leave them in the comments here. I’ll use randomizer.org to draw a winner.

Anyone and everyone is welcome to enter! Readers – I’ll give away a book, or a swag pack – whichever you want. (The swag pack might also have books… we’ll see.)

Authors – you can win your choice of the above, or if you want to use or see this as a promo opportunity, I can give away a copy of your book… or we can schedule a guest spot for you here! (Cuz um, that’s such a prize? :P)

Ready? Set? Go!

To start us off… I’ll share what I’ve already gotten.

Courtesy of author Jeannie Lin,

Come to my window. Crawl inside, wait by the light of the moon.” #songstalker or rather stalker-invite

Now I’ve got you in my sights. I’ve got hungry eyes. One look at you and I can’t disguise” #songstalker”

And from poor SonomaLass who is such a good sport, playing around (with excellent contributions) even while recovering from surgery

I love you/You love me/We’re as happy as can be…Won’t you say you love me too?” #songstalker #scarypurpledinosaur

And from Raonaid Luckwell

Working late in diner Citylight, I see that you get home alright Make sure that you can’t see me, #songstalker

And from myself?

“It is useless to resist it…He’s handling the money/He’s serving the food/He knows about your party/He is calling you” #songstalker

I also love “you can run, you can hide, but you can’t escape my love” #songstalker

“So come to me my love/I’ll tap into your strength and drain it dry/Can never have enough/ For youu I’d burn the length and breadth of sky” #songstalker

“Inside the labyrinth walls/There lies a tiny child who sleeps alone…this child I would destroy/If you tried to set her free” #songstalker

“I wanna be there when you’re feeling high/ I wanna be there when you wanna die…I wanna be there when you go insane” #stalkersong

And the tweet that started it all…

Up for a silly game? Tweet most stalkertastic song lyrics. #songstalker ? e.g. “If I was invisible then I could just watch you in your room”

Got questions? Leave them in the comments. I’ll keep this open for a few days. (Possibly until next Tuesday? If so then if you tweet me, please @reply me because Twitter clears out hashtag results pretty quickly. Thanks!)

Oh – and … this one is explained by one of the artists herself…

ETA: Oh right- and of course, I’m also doing this giveaway because it’s one of my most favoritest people’s birthday every… JenB! So everyone ALSO please wish JenB a very happy birthday! <3

ETA2: I changed it to leaving a comment to enter because I can’t keep track of twitter. The hashtag results vary too much, and the @reply goes haywire too easily. :X