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Monday
Feb012010

Contest Time!

Time to give away another galley of The One That I Want! Thanks to everyone who entered over on my Facebook Fan page last week. If you didn't win (and only one of you did), now's your second chance.

In the Facebook contest, I asked you to post whether or not, like my heroine, you'd want to have the ability (or in Tilly's case, be granted the ability) to see into the future. So many fun replies and good food for thought. Since I already asked that one, how about this: where would you like to see yourself five years from now?

Answer that question in the comments section below to enter to win the galley! I'll leave the contest open until Thursday night and will announce the winner here on Friday.

Oh, since I've asked, I guess I should share where I would like to see myself five years from now. Hmmm, I think I'd like to be living in California (I've had enough of NYC and we're considering a move), still writing a book or so a year, add another dog (not child!) to our family, having more time to relax and focus on ME once my kids are a bit older. I think my five-year goal was probably a bit more lofty five years ago - now, in my 30s, I feel like I've been able to take the reins of my life and steer it more or less where I want it to go, but then again, who knows what the future brings (well, Tilly does!), so we'll just see what happens from here. :)

SO, READY - GO! POST BELOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST!

Reader Comments (79)

I made a big announcement on my blog today, so in five years I'd like to be living with my husband and hopefully raising a family. And being a published author wouldn't be so bad either. :)

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

In five years, I'd like to be reflecting back on that time I won a galley of Allison Winn Scotch's book. Ahhhh, those were truly the salad days, I'll say to myself.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThat Neil Guy

Um, let's see. In five years I'll be on the cusp of turning 55. I'd like to be fit, and I'd like to be helping needy people on a daily basis. It'd be nice to have several successful book projects launched and in the works, too.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Callahan

In this year of change (getting married, turning thirty, getting my master's degree), I have a hard time imagining my life in five years. I'd love to sneak a peek, but truthfully, I just want to be as happy with my life as I am now.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternomadreader

OH boy, is this a loaded question. I'm bad at this sort of long-range life plans - life takes its own turns and has a mind of its own....In five years, I'll have one son half-way through college and the other half-way through H.S. In other words, I'll be broke and worried most of the time, so I'm going to say that in five years, I simply want to look back and say, "Those were a pretty good couple of years, not as difficult as I thought they were going to be; everyone in my family is in good shape and somehow I've learned something that will get me through the next five!"

I'll need a lot of absorbing reading material to get me there!

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Romeo

1. I am happy happy happy
2. I get paid to write
3. I own a home (err. well a condo. I live in NYC)
4. Maybe back living in CA?
5. Strong and fit!
6. One big adventure (3+ weeks) a year

Am I too greedy?

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Where would I like to be in five years?
Alive.
I received a cancer diagnosis at age 37.
To me, doing just what I'm doing today---
sitting at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee reading things that interest me, doing some writing---
well, that's about as good as it gets.
Yes, of course, I have the "book wish" as many do, but my future happiness is not tied to it.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Adams

I'd love to be living in a bigger house with a good yard (our house seems to be shrinking as our three boys grow bigger!)
I'd love to be writing a book a year with my same editor
I'll have more time for exercise and long walks with my dog Bella (I'm sticking with just one dog for now)
Definitely a big travel adventure at least once a year with my whole family!
Oh - and I'll still be reading this blog!

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersarah Pekkanen

In 5 years I hope I have found a way to make money doing something I enjoy. I don't want to be in a job I dislike, as I am now. Other than that, I don't want to look too far ahead. I hope I am doing exactly what I'm meant to be doing. Thanks for this lovely give-away. And good luck with your 5 year goals :-)

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

LOL to That Neil Guy.

And wow, to Lisa Adams. I'll be sending good vibes your way.

In 5 years, I'd like to be happily married to my current BF, with a house and a yard for our dog, and of course I'd like to be a published author with at least 1 book on shelves and several more on the way. :)

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristan

Where I'd Like to Be in Five Years
At this stage in my life (at 53) I feel like certain doors are just beginning to open. I want to walk through one of the doors, which is to become an entrepreneur. In five my new business will be well established and well respected. I will have written a book on the subject, something that I've coined "Holistic SEO". Companies far and wide will want to use the services my company offers. My already 'wired' wife and kids will also be contributing along the way. One of my main customers will be my wife, because by then her event management business will have taken off and her website will need some help in the rankings.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScott

I'd love to be holding a grandchild in 5 years. Or maybe two grandchildren. I'm hoping we are all happy and healthy.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ward

Allison, I love your answer to where you'd like to be in five years! Sounds warm and fuzzy! I'm not one to look in the future too much because I've found life to be so fragile and anything can happen in a split moment that can completely change your life. But...if I had to say... I'd like to be working on my 2nd or 3rd book (whether or not my first ones have been published) in a house overlooking a river while looking outside and seeing my son and hubby enjoying 'boy time' together.(OMG in 5 years I'll have to teach mini-me how to drive!) I'll hope to have learned more about myself and life in general. I don't see anymore kids in my future, but maybe a dog for my dear hubby who proclaimed a few weeks ago that he has always dreamed about having a dog. I think allowing someone's dreams to be realized is one of the best gifts you can give.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

You guys! These are amazing and touching and hilarious and honest. Thank you for taking the time to post them! I'm reading them all. :)

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllison Winn Scotch

Ok, 5 years ago I never would have guessed I'd be living the writer life in Switzerland, but 5 years from now I hope to have my memoir published about life abroad and continue to be the only boss in charge of my career.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChantal

In 5 years, I'd like to be living in a slightly bigger house on a lot more land, and have at least one more child. That's about it. I'm a simple girl.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

In five years, my dream would be to have already published at least two wildly popular bestsellers. I'd use the money to pay off my mom's home, buy her a new car, and send her a monthly check big enough that she can live comfortably. I would offer to put my nephew through college. He's smart with excellent grades and likes to read, but his parents don't have the money to send him to college.

If there's any money left, I'd start a Surprise-a-Hobo charity. A "secret shopper" would go to homeless shelters and unemployment lines and look for the ideal down-and-out people to clean up, provide a home and basic necessities, and find meaningful employment.

After that, I'd need to think about it... ;-D

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCindy A

Hmmm.... In five years. I'd like to own a freestanding home (my own!) and have a guest room so I can actually have guests and a big stocked pantry (for me this is a sign of success, don't know why!)! I'd like to be married with children and making a comfortable living writing and teaching. And I'd like to share all the joy with my extended family so I hope they're all still around, healthy and happy!

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAimee C

I just left my dream job to move cross country with my husband. Looking for a job is hard. So in five years I hope to be in a successful career. Author, Admin Assistant. Manager. Dog Walker, frankly I don't care.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharlotte

In five years I'd like to be married with a 3 year old NOT living in my ugly apartment in the ugliest house on the block. I'd like to have my hamster Rex still running marathons on his wheel and have my cat Gizmo NOT try in every way to kill me and my (by that time) husband. I'd like to NOT be working retail anymore and have a job I can pretend to like. I'd also like to have my own laptop so I can begin my journey into writing the novel I always said I would. Oh and being rich by that point would be a huge bonus.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTara Hicks

I'd love to be still happily married, with a bouncing set of three year old twins. I'd like to have the same job I have now, but to have progressed forward so that I have more skills and feel more confident in what I'm doing. And I'd like to just plain be happy, with myself, with others, and with where I'm going. Self-acceptance in all forms.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenP

Five years from now I hope to be working from home doing something book-related, whether it is actually making a living from my review blog (instead of basically treating it as a second, unpaid job), doing some sort of publicity/marketing, or maybe doing social media for a bookstore/publisher/whatever. That way I can do what most interests me, avoid babysitter costs, and play with my little one (maybe a second one by then?)

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen - Devourer of Books

Five years from now I hope to be as happy and fortunate as I am today.
Oh, and it would be dreamy if I had finally caught up on the laundry and housekeeping by then!

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKarla

My children are 13, 9, and 3 right now, so I'm thinking 5 years is going to make a huge difference in my life - 18, 14, and 8....can't imagine it! But I'm thinking that somewhere in there I may finally have a little more time to do the things I love - reading, writing, and knitting. Maybe get a little more land and grow vegetables. Mostly, though, having turned 40 this year I've really come to appreciate my own health and that of my family. We are lucky in so many ways and I really appreciate that!

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

What I hope to see in five years is a mirror of my life now. More of the same is the most I could ever ask.

February 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate M.

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