Monday, December 7, 2009


First of all, for anyone who hasn't been to Kiersten White's blog - KierstenWrites, I urge you to go. NOW! I'll wait.

[Patiently twiddling thumbs...waiting...waiting...waiting]

Okay, so now, everyone is familiar with the sheer comedic genius of the soon to be uber famous author Kiersten White--her debut novel, Paranormalcy, is slated to release September 2010.

But, you're probably wondering why I'm plugging her blog. Well, for one, it's just that good. And, two, I do have an ulterior motive. My writing snippet was on the short list for her Give Away contest. Yeah, you heard me right. I ALMOST WON! YAY ME!

I was so excited, this weekend I even tried to find ways of subtly bringing my "ALMOST" victory into conversations with my friends and family.

It went something like this:

Ring. Ring. Ring.

Friend: Hello.

Me: Hey, it's Kim.

Friend: Oh, hey. How are you?

Me: GREAT! You?

Friend: I'm go...

Me: [excitedly interrupting] I ALMOST WON!

Friend: HUH?

Me: I entered this contest and my writing snippet got posted and I almost won!

Friend: Wait a minute. You're excited because you almost won a contest?

Me: Yeah...Isn't it great!

Friend: Umm...yeah.

Me: [Incessant, giddy school-girl laugher]

Friend: That's really good...I guess [she says in a hushed tone].

Me: [More incessant, giddy school-girl laughter] Yeah, I can't believe it.

Friend: Hey, can I call you back? I think my house is on fire.

Me: Sure! Call me back soon. I want to give you all the details.

Me: Friend? You still there? [Disconnected tone ringing in my ear]
Me: Wait a minute. She doesn't have a house...
Okay, so maybe I fibbed on the SUBTLE part. Can you blame me, though?

Now, that you've figured out why I'm talking about Kiersten Writes, you're probably wondering why I'm so exciting about ALMOST winning a contest. Am I right?

Well, maybe I'm just completely insane, which could very well be the case. But, I find it an incredible honor being one of the twelve snippets chosen, out of a total of 148 GREAT ENTRIES, to be on the "maybe" list. Plus, my snippet got posted on Kiersten's blog [cheerful shrieks of joy]. And, even though I didn't win, what's better than getting your work posted on a blog with over 337 followers? Nothing. Well, except finding an agent or getting published, but I haven't gotten to that point--yet. So, until that time comes, I will hang my hat in success for getting my WRITING SNIPPET posted on Kiersten's blog. Again, YAY ME!

What's that? You want to know what my "ALMOST WINNING SNIPPET" says? Okay, you've talked me into it. Below is my entry to the GIVE AWAY contest.

Kimberly Franklin's Entry:

It seems, to him, our love amounted to trash. No, wait, that's just what the break up note, stuck to my car window, was written on--old, empty candy wrapper. How special. If he really cared, he should've left the chocolate, too.

Response from the funny, cool, and soon to be uber famous author Kiersten

Amen, sister. He definitely should have left the chocolate.

So, if you're still undecided and wondering, "is this girl, Kimberly, really funny or embarrassingly lame?" Wonder, no more. The professionals (professional, actually, but it's all about the illusion) have made their decision--I'm one funny girl!

With that being said, I'm off to bask in the glory of soon to be published superstar Kiersten White, of KierstenWrites, thinking my writing snippet was funny (funny enough to be one of the 12 snippets posted on her blog, that is)!

Thanks Kiersten! You made my weekend. Heck, who am I kidding? You made my year!

Goodnight everyone!!!


  1. Oh, I'm so happy for you! There were so many fabulous entries, but I totally remember yours in the bunch!

    Congratulations :)

    (Also, I was lucky enough to be one of Paranormalcy's early readers, and you'll LOVE it.)

  2. I can't wait for Paranormalcy. But, I'm also looking forward to your book "Anna and the Boy Masterpiece". I love boys, and true love, and of course BOYS. Opps, did I already say that? LOL.

    This was kind of a 'toot your own horn' kind of a post...sometimes you just got to do it though!

    BTW - I love your site. That layout is AWESOME!!!

  3. Well it was a damn good snippet, I'd be proud too!

  4. Thanks! You guys have just inflated my head a few sizes. Great! Now I will have to buy a bunch of new hats. Wait, I don't have any hats.

    LOL - Thanks. I really do appreciate the compliments.

  5. Speaking of inflated head sizes, you clearly think much too highly of me : ) But I'm so glad you were excited! And that WAS an awesome snippet!! Brag away : )

  6. No, Kiersten, you're great! Your posts succeed in making me laugh at work every day, silently, of course (if I laugh too loud, I might snort, and then my coworkers would definitely think I was CRAZY).

    That alone proves your greatness. Believe me. Work sucks! : )

    Good luck on your sequel!

  7. Congrats Kimberly!!!

    That's so cool - and I LOVE the snippet! When do we get to see more?

    Going to check out Kiersten's site now too! Thanks for the info!

    Have a great day and bask away!!!

  8. Thanks Kristi!

    Hopefully I will be able to post a little more...soon! But, I've been having trouble finding free time to write lately. : (

    I'm hoping the Christmas trip to the in-laws will provide ample free time to write. : )

    Have a great day!

  9. Ooo, congrats! That one totally made me chuckle out loud.

  10. Thanks! I got really excited. I never win, or in this case, almost win anything...LOL.

    PS - I've been reading Twenty-Somewhere, starting with episode 1, and I'm lovin' it. I'm looking forward to catching up! : )

  11. I will second, third, fourth, fifth, etc that Kiersten's blog is fantastic! And your snippet is super fun!

  12. Thanks Daisy! You're so sweet. Kiersten's blog is FANTASTIC! But, I think you've got everyone beat with those fabulous videos!

    : )