31 December 2012

countdown to new year's: bring out the champagne

First of all, thank you to all those who have participated in this month's "Countdown to New Year's" ... This was such a fun experience, and I'm glad to have shared it with you.

And now the moment we've all been waiting for ... The winner of the 2012 Countdown to New Year's. Drum roll, please ...

And the Winner Is ...
A New Year's Kiss from me to Mr. Pablo Neruda
From the very beginning Pablo Neruda was the Pittsburgh Steelers or New York Yankees of this competition ... Already known as one of the greatest poets of all time in any language, it seemed he would be hard to beat. Yet it was by no means a sure bet, and there were some debates as to whether, had he matched up with a different set of poets, he would still have come out on top. But all the maybes and what-ifs and wonderings don't mean anything now, because your votes have spoken! It's Pablo Neruda for the win!

But that's not the only winner who needs to be announced tonight! Earlier today I took the names of everyone who left comments between yesterday and 3pm ET (12pm PT) today and put them into what seemed like the most appropriate receptacle for the the ocassion:

Winner selection ... Goes great with wine.

A "Room with a View"
... and then I picked one ...
So exciting!

Holding the winner in my hands! (That, by the way,
was my New Year's nail color of choice)
And the winner is:

S.E. Ingraham

Congratulations! I'll be in touch soon.

And thank you, all, again for making this such a fun project! Happy New Year!


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  1. Yay!!! There couldn't be anyone else in my mind other than Neruda. Everytime I read his poetry I feel moved to tears. (especially his ode to the atom) :)

  2. Thank you both! This was a ton of fun; if I didn't already have plans for February it might have had to happen again for Valentine's Day.

  3. I thought he'd win.

    And congrats to Sharon.

    1. He definitely had the "X Factor" from the starting gate, Linda! Thanks for all your participation in this challenge; I've so enjoyed engaging with you and your thoughts throughout.

  4. I love it. I'm sweet on Neruda. Cheers!


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