Sunday, July 28, 2013

1000th Blog Post

It's hard to believe, but I've made it to 1000 blog posts!!!

Inspired by blogs like SouleMama and Angry Chicken, on November 18, 2007 I started Ninjawoman, a place to share my art, crafts, recipes, and stories of day-to-day like as an artist/author/mom.

A lot has happened in (nearly) six years.  I've published 3 books.  I've learned how to cook gluten-free, casein-free, sugar-free.  I no longer link people to my MySpace page.  (Ha!)  And Magoo has grown a ton.

When I saw that I was approaching my 1000th post, I figured I wanted to do something big: a prize bonanza to thank you all for stopping in, spending time with me, and leaving such wonderful, encouraging comments.  (Sidenote: It's crazy to think of the people I have met over the internet over that years.  It's truly a global community.  Wild.)  But this morning I had a better idea.  Instead of one BIG prize, I decided I would do a bunch of small prizes.  I want LOTS OF WINNERS!

Here are the prizes.  Rules are at the end.

Signed copy of MONKEY ONO.


You will receive 3 different packs of cards.  A Wink pack, a Monkey Ono pack, and a Fable pack.  Each pack has 4 blank cards in it.  Each card is different.

You will receive 3 different packs of cards.  A fish pack, a sumi-e bird pack, and a flower pack.  Each pack has 4 blank cards in it.  Each card is different.

(Remember my jewelry phase?)

One pair of celery green clay earrings with sterling silver hooks.

Silver plated pendant featuring a reproducing on my iris watercolor.

Matted 11 X 14" original collage of Master Zutsu (from the Wink books.)

Title: Brach Study #1.  Matted, 11 X 14" original watercolor painting.

I will critique either 1 picture book text or up to 10 pages (double-spaced, 12 pt font) of a YA or MG manuscript.
This is a great prize for beginning writers or someone who just wants a fresh set of eyes on something.
Turnaround time: 1 week.


I'm going to do a separate drawing for each prize.  If you want any of these little beauties, leave a comment on this post listing SPECIFICALLY what you'd like to win.

EXAMPLE:  Betty might say:  Enter me to win the ninja book pack and the earrings.  My email is

Then I'll enter Betty's name in the drawing for the ninja books and earrings.  

You can say "Enter me in everything."  Then I'll put your name in every drawing.  You can enter for one prize, three prizes, all prizes, five prizes, whatever you want, but YOU CANNOT WIN MORE THAN ONE PRIZE.  So if I pull Betty's name for the ninja book, and I also pull it for the earrings, she wins the first prize I pulled her name for and I'll pull a new name for the second prize.

Make sense?

Please be specific about which prizes you want and please leave your EMAIL in the comment so I don't have to track down a bunch of people.  I will send you an email notifying you of your prize and request a mailing address.  When I have everyone's mailing address, I will make a journey to the post office, tra la la.

I'll draw names in one week - on SUNDAY, August 4th.

GOOD LUCK and THANK YOU again for visiting my blog.  I really appreciate it!


Joan Paquette said...

I *REALLY* adore that original painting!!! I want to win it so bad! I would also love to be in the drawing for the watercolor cards, Monkey Ono, the Ninja twins. Thanks so much for doing this amazing giveaway, Julie! (And you know my email address :D)


Stefanie Kind said...

congratulations on your 1000th post and great success! You are such an inspiration!! I love the contest idea too -how fun! I'd love to win any of your prizes- I haven't written and books yet, so not ready for critique yet... thanks Julie! Keep on creating - you're awesome! ~stef

Anonymous said...

Omg, I want Master Zutsu!!! I think Joan means the other painting, right? Because surely I she is more flowery and I am more pointy. Pick me!!!

kathy said...

Congrats on ALL of your achievements in the last six years. Although all of the items you are offering are wonderful, I would really love to win the "Kids - cards" or the adorable earrings!
Kathy at

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway.Everything looks wonderful , so enter me in all of them. My email schriscoe at yahoo dot com

skywriter said...

Congratulations on your awesome achievements!

Thanks for letting me enter more than one drawing -- now I don't have to be uber-mature and choose between "wants" and "needs." Your watercolor painting would be PERFECT in my writing room (Joan, please don't be mad at me!), and I would appreciate your feedback on a recently completed pb. Please enter me in both drawings. Thanks!

-- Sarah Floyd (ButterflyGirl at Verla's)
SARAH8778 (at) aol (dot) com

Tammy said...

Enter me for the SUMI-E Watercolor. Awesome talent!

ctyear said...

Hi Julie - I'm Betty from Niantic. Enter me in the Sumi-e water color, the celery earrings and the water color card pack - I have all your books. thanks

Natalie Dias Lorenzi said...

Congratulations, Julie! Not to be greedy, but please enter me in all of the contests. :-) Since I'm moving to a new school this year, I can always have you sign the book(s) to my new school, and your art is amazing--whether in the form of earrings, notecards, paintings, etc. LOVE. THEM. ALL.

And, like, Joan, you have my email already. :-)

Leandra Wallace said...

Wow, congrats on 1000 posts- that's amazing! You have some great stuff you're giving away(thanks!), but I find I'm particularly lusting after the Ninja pack. =) My email is leandrawallace at

Sue G. said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts, Julie! How sweet of you to offer all these fun give-aways! Everthing is amazing! I'd love to be entered for the Monkey Ono book or the Kids Card pack.

Sue G. (Blue Boards :-)

AG said...

congrats! books, COLLAGE(!), sumi-e...oh, my! cheers to you and 1000 more... continued success in all your endeavors!

Mirka Breen said...

When you give prizes they are whopper- gazzoohs! (My way of saying, really great....)
Congratulations on the thousandth post, and three very productive years. You may enter me for any and all.

Sue Frye said...

Congratulations, Julie! I would love to have any of these prizes, especially the critique so enter me in everything please!
csdfrye at frontier dot com

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on ALL you accomplishments, Julie. Please enter me for the Ninja pack and the crit. Thanks!

Evelyn said...

Congratulations, Julie, on your books and on your 1000th blog post. You're an amazingly creative person. Please enter me for the books, the critique, the jewelry, the SUMI-E Watercolor Art, and the watercolor notecards. Thank you for your generosity in hosting this drawing. evelyn dot christensen at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

The prizes all look amazing! Please could I be entered for everything?

My email address is cfc36(at)cam (dot)ac(dot)uk

Chiêu said...

Hi Julie! Congratulations on your 1000th post! I love your arts and crafts! Please include me in the drawings for your books. I would love to have them for my daughter. If I'm so lucky to be a winner, please message me thru

Anonymous said...

Hi Julie, I love your blog! As a total beginner I have found loads of great stuff on here.

Can I please be entered into the critique draw? My email is

Thanks and good luck everyone!


Becky Shillington said...

Congratulations on 1000 posts, Julie! I love your blog, and would be happy to win anything. My email is


Lucia Sasaki said...

Hi Julie, congratulations for your 1000th post.
You are a example of entrepreneur for me.
A curiosity: do you indeed have a green long dress like you drawed yourself?
Well, as I followed almost all the process of Monkey Ono release, I think I would like to have it, if possible.
My email is

Jennifer said...

Many congratulations on six years of amazing achievements!! Please enter me in all the drawings. I can't pick just one! jennifer clark estes @

Anonymous said...

So many choices! Enter me for everything so I don't have to decide.:-) sarahtregay (at)

Anonymous said...


I would love any of the card packs or art!!!

musing manatee said...

Congrats Julie! Please enter me for the card sets. Thank you!

Cathy Ballou Mealey said...

Coming out of hiding/lurking to congratulate you on 1000 posts! Woot woot!

What an amazing giveaway. I'd love to win cards, books, or (if I am super duper lucky) the critique!

cathy 54321 (at) Hotmail (dot) com