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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Got Green? Blog O'Hop Winners are...

Photo Courtesy: Rick @ Scarlett's Tattoo 
Finally, just as everyone got tired of waiting for the paint to dry, or the fourth leaf to grow on the Shamrock, here are the winners of my inaugural Got Green? Blog O’hop.

But, before I announce the winners, in reverse order, as they do in the Eurovision Song Contest, I would like to say a simple THANK You to Evah-reyone who stepped up to the plate and supported me on this sweet, Oirish journey.

I got a kick out of all the responses and there was one point there where I gave the A-Z Linky List a right run for its money (for about 3.8 seconds :)

From a total of thirty-eight eligible entrants (my wife’s guest post doesn’t count for the contest – but I loved hers the most :) I and the wee Leprechauns whittled it down to the Final Seven.

Honorable mention for 6th runner up (formerly known as “seventh place”) is: Ashley Nixon
Honorable mention for 5th runner up (formerly known as “sixth place”) is: Mandi
In fifth place, the winner of the Regular Size Box of Lucky Charms is: Hunter

In Fourth Place, the winner of the Family Size Box of Lucky Charms (gasp!) is: David Powers King

In “Thurd” Place, the winner of the Query Critique (by me) is: Darci Cole
In Second Place, the winner of the Three Chapter Read and Critique (by me) is: Theresa

And the winner of the 2012 Got Green Blog O’hop, (sponsored in part, by Lucky Charms… not) is:

The. Red. Head.
Whoot O’hoot!!

 Morgan wins an all-expense paid trip for two to Hawaii, (which she must pay for herself :) and a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
Congrats to all the winners :) Please shoot me an email at mark.koopmans@yahoo.com and I’ll get your address, or figure out a timeframe for the critiques.
And now, the fun part… Morgan’s entry is below, or her full post is here.

(If you need the backstory on SIGGY, read this J )
The Ides of Ireland:
(By Morgan Shamy)
The crowd stood shoulder to shoulder, the early morning sun pounding down on our heads. The smell of sweat and unwashed bodies perforated the air and a baby wailed somewhere in the chaos. Hundreds surrounded the arena, some having been camped out for days.
I shifted my weight, my legs aching with the wait. But it was worth it. I’d stand here for another week to get a good look at Super Irish Guy, aka SIGGY.

Then he entered.

Face painted green, orange, and white, with parallel colors flowing from his back, he stood with his feet planted, one hand on hip, other clasping a mug of ale. His eyes scanned the crowd under his backwards baseball cap until they zeroed in on his opponent.

The small green man sat across the arena, one knee propped up, clover stuck between his teeth. His red hair was matted under his green top hat, an evil smile lurking at his lips.

“Do ye think he’ll win?” I asked the man next to me. “Lucky looks pretty smug.”
“Och, dinna fash, lassie. 'Course he’ll win. No one can stop the SIGGY.”

As if hearing our words, the SIGGY took one last swig of ale and tossed the mug to the ground. Lucky unfolded from his position and spit the clover from his teeth. The two faced each other in silence, as if waiting for the other to move.

Then Lucky charged. He pulled out a small dagger, the sun glinting dangerously off its shiny face. SIGGY grabbed the blade with one bare hand, unflinching, and ripped the weapon from Lucky’s grasp. But Lucky procured another blade and stuck it in SIGGY’s side, pinning him.

The crowd stopped. No one moved. But SIGGY smiled. He removed his cap. The sun bounced off SIGGY’s baldhead and burned Lucky like a magnifying glass to an ant, the heat sizzling him to a crisp.

The crowd erupted.

“Who's got yer Lucky Charms now!” SIGGY yelled. “Beware the Ides of Ireland!

Thanks Morgan, and everyone else. It was an O’blast.



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations to Morgan! How could anyone beat that photo alone?
And the A to Z list is over 1300 now. Whoa...

writing and living by Richard P Hughes said...

Congratulations, Morgan. You're perfect.

Theresa said...

What a way to start my morning! I'm so excited. Congrats to all the winners! Morgan you're awesome! And so are you Mark! I had a blast! I'll shoot you an email tonight :)

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Most impressive Morgan! Loved the ending.

Scarlett said...

Vera nice, Lassie! Vera nice!

"All expense paid trip for two to Hawaii"? Wha...? Ohhhh... "which she must pay for herself"! I see. The fine print revealed.

I'm in it to win it next year, SIGGY! And yes, I do realize I must actually SIGN UP next year. No late entries, you say? I'm working on my contribution as I write this.

I'm thinking... an expose (imagine a little thingie at the top of that 'e', if you will) on our super hero, SIGGY's, stay in the ER, as "the professionals" try to remove his cape. Full page spread of related photos, including but not limited to, SIGGY as a child (in his cape, of course) holding tightly to his wee box of Lucky Charms, while sucking his thumb. It'll be a bestseller!

Unknown said...

I am so honored to have placed!! Thank you so much, Mark! And very well deserved first place for Morgan!! :)

Morgan said...


*jumps up and down and does a jig*

*breathes before screaming again*

Hahaha! I'm beyond honored. Truly. And surprised! And what a fabulous prize!

Mark, it was an amazzzzzing hop and you were a faahbulous host... I'd participate in any of your future hops! (As long as I win *snicker*)

Seriously. Thank you so much. For the win, the shout out, the short sentences under the pic, and all of your humorous posts.

I'll be wearing me green and eating me Lucky Charms for a week at least ;)

Natalie Gonzales said...

Rigged. Anyone with a box of Lucky Charms could have won it.

M.J. Fifield said...

Congratulations to all the winners...

Honorable Mention for 6th runner up (formerly known as "seventh place")... hysterical.

Darci Cole said...

Wow! Congrats Morg! You TOTALLY deserve it with that snippet! This was my first EVER blog hop and I'm so surprised I actually placed! Haha!

Thanks Mark for hosting such a fun blog hop! I had a blast!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Congrats to all the winners and a huge Thanks to you, Mark, for putting on a fun blog hop!

Mark Koopmans said...

@ Everyone! Thanks for the kind words, but I couldn't have done any of this without the entrants...so congrats to Morgan, Theresa, Darci, David, Hunter, Mandi, Ashley and everyone else who participated.

It was a ton o'fun :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats Morgan, I think you had him at the lucky charm box pic

Kelley Lynn said...

yay to the winners!

Thanks again Mark :)

Rek Sesh said...

Congrats to the winners. I had fun joining in and a story to expand on.

PR said...

Congrats to everyone :)

Peaches Ledwidge said...

Congrats to the winners.

Leigh Covington said...

AWESOME! Congrats to the winners and especially Morgan. She deserved it! Totally hit the nail on the head. It fun a fun hop Mr. Oirishman!

Robyn Campbell said...

Congrads to all the winners. (Wish I had known about this!) Morgan, bodacious pic with the box of Lucky Charms! And excellent snip. Totally enjoyed reading. :-)

Jenny S. Morris said...

Yay, Morgan. A right better lass could not have won!

Congrats to everyone who placed!

Mark-You'll have to do it again next year.

Cassie Mae said...

Morgan is taking me on that trip! ;)

Congrats girl, knew you'd win it when I had to pause several times during your entry to wipe the tears from my eyeballs. Still laughing at your SIGGY story. :)

And thanks Mitchel for hosting such an awesome blog-o-hop!

David P. King said...

Congrats to all the winners, and I say this was a successful bloghop, Mark. Looking forward to another, if you plan to host another? Well done, and thanks for the charms! :)

A Beer for the Shower said...

Congratulations to the winners!

Nicole said...

Congrats to all! And thanks again to Mark for the fun hop idea. :)

Sarah Tokeley said...

Congratulations to all the winners. I loved Morgan's entry :-)

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the winners. That was a great piece from Morgan.

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