"It was a Dark & Stormy Night…." Giveaway!!


The names in this post have been changed to protect the guilty.

Okay. I don’t really know the names, but I wouldn’t want anyone’s feeling to get hurt.

I follow a lot of agent & publisher blogs and catch random facebook posts & tweets as well. A trend lately seems to be the old “It was a dark & stormy night” beginning. I always thought the line was a joke. Snoopy immediately came to mind. Like many of us, (okay, maybe just me…) that was my 1st exposure to the phrase.


When it started to pop up here & there, of course I had to turn to the ‘all knowing’ Wikipedia:
“It was a dark and stormy night” is an infamous phrase written by Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton at the beginning of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford.


Most of my friends know I like to cuss at, I mean, dabble with my embroidery machine. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I never tried to go at it as a money maker, but I do enjoy making one of a kind things for my friends and their kids. Towels are usually my thing. A website I struggled over keeping is http://www.wishiniwasstitchin.com/ I threw it together in a hurry and never went back to make it look better. I let it lapse then hurried to keep my domain a week later. Yes, I’m very wishy-washy with it.

I belong to a lot of different embroidery sites and receive e-mails with new patterns quite frequently. When I got the “Lost in literature” e-mail, my love of my machine was renewed. I made a few things for myself right away.

The picture above is my favorite in the set. I was bored yesterday and my daughter was tired of me bugging her while she drew her latest creation. “Why don’t you go embroider something?” she said to me. I already had enough computer time & didn’t want to boot up to download a patten. I found this on a memory card & decided it was my new project after just giggling over a post about yet another submission with this line.

So here it is, writers. You can have your very own “It was a dark & stormy night” towel to remind you not to start of your WIP that way & end up immediately in the ‘reject’ pile! (Non-writers just get a very cool towel!!) Yes, I put $30 worth of stitching on a $10 towel. I have been called a freak for much less! 😉

If you want in on the drawing, just post a comment on my facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/JuneKramin If you don’t facebook, go ahead and comment here. As a matter of fact, I’ll put you in for the drawing if you post here & there – just to give you more chances! If you know someone who would get a giggle out of it – send them my way & let me know you sent them. I’ll give you another chance. I’ll send to US or Canada just ’cause I’m that kinda gal. 😉

If you comment on facebook, I can message you if you win. If not & you comment here, please make sure you give me a contact addy for you if I can’t get to your info my clicking your name. (Be sure to use [at] & [dot] to avoid spam bots!!!) I’ll run this for a week just to see how many giggles we can get!

It’s silly, but fun & I just felt like playing on a Monday! 1,2,3 Go!


30 thoughts on “"It was a Dark & Stormy Night…." Giveaway!!

  1. Okay, I am totally down with everything here. I too loved Snoopy’s book. I even had the official copy. “It was a dark and stormy night. A shot ran out. The maid screamed. . .” And I too love to embroider on my machine! I cuss a lot at it as well. No time to sew. No time to write. Sigh. I need that towel. Very fun!!!

  2. I spent a couple of days getting rid of the “filter” words, including “it was” in my latest WIP, which was 75% completed already. It was hard. It was tedious. It was…never mind.

  3. I love that phrase, “it was a dark and stormy night”, and thank you so much for telling me its origins. Never knew that.
    And I also never knew you could embroidery with a machine! I thought it was all hand-done. Cool.
    I’ll go to your FB page now.

  4. I crochet or knit, but since it takes me several years to make anything…. Well you get the picture.
    Besides, I’d rather play at my computer.

    However, I love the Dark and Stormy Night contest.
    Followed it for a couple of years. And, yep, a terrible beginning.

  5. Snoopy…my favorite character to draw when I was a girl and the name of my beloved cat who used to turn a door knob to let himself in.
    A hand made item is always treasured no matter the price tag because it is made with pride and love. Even better when its made in the USA!

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