Congratulations to all the winners and to all of you who voted for me in the recent You Want Blood Awards …. I just want to say …
While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave.
These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America’s military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.
A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier’s family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited.
A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with him in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the solider when he was killed.
According to tradition, the money left at graves in national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries is eventually collected, and the funds are put toward maintaining the cemetery or paying burial costs for indigent veterans.
In the US, this practice became common during the Vietnam war, due to the political divide in the country over the war; leaving a coin was seen as a more practical way to communicate that you had visited the grave than contacting the soldier’s family, which could devolve into an uncomfortable argument over politics relating to the war.
Some Vietnam veterans would leave coins as a “down payment” to buy their fallen comrades a beer or play a hand of cards when they would finally be reunited.
The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced to as far back as the Roman Empire.
The lovely Magsmacdonald nominated me for
I am super sick but I did want to at least say
The rest will have to wait.
Going back to bed now.
The winner for Banner 2 is
The Better To Love You With by California Kat
The Winner for Banner 3 is
FauX by idream3223
There were no entries for Banner 1 so that Banner goes to California Kat for the Promo story
My Valkyrie by California Kat
The most wanted to see continued was a very tight race and even ended with a tie so there are 4 stories in that category so in no specific order they are
FauX by idream3223
The Right Bride by Magsmacdonald
Crashed by Kleannhouse
Wings Upon Your Thorns by California Kat
As you all know last challenge I gave a banner to one reviewer, this time there are so many
who reviewed each and every story with kind words and encouragement that there is no clear winner, so
give me a day or two and those that commented on each story will be getting a little token of my appreciation in their email.
I want to Thank each and every one of you that took the time to write a story or stories, those that came to read and comment, and those that reblogged my posts and talked about the challenge helping me get the word out.
I Feel I must say something profound to this next person but words fail me. …. This lady has encouraged me, championed me, taken time out of her busy schedule to write Promo Stories, and has entered a story for each banner in both challenges and is looking forward to the Winter Challenge.
So A Great Big Heartfelt THANK YOU to California Kat.
Today is the last day for voting so if you have read the stories but haven’t voted. Head on over and cast your vote. One of the categories is a real toss up the leader is ahead by one vote, so that one will be a photo finish I’m sure. I’ll stop rambling so you can head over to the stories and the voting booth.
The winners will be announced Oct. 10th.
Have you seen the banners?
Have you read the stories starting here?
After reading all 11 stories did you vote?
If you answered yes to these questions then I would like to thank you on behalf of the authors. I know some of them are chomping at the bit to be able to thank you for your kind words.
If your answer is no then what are you waiting for? There is still time to read all the stories and vote for the story you think best fits the banner it was written for as well as voting for three of the stories that left you wanting (needing) more.
Voting closes on the 8th and the winners will be announced on the 10th … that is also the date that the authors’ names will be revealed.
Once you have read all the stories, it’s time to vote. Step inside, close the curtain and cast your vote for the story you think best matches the banner it was written for. After you have done that please choose 3 of the stories you would most like to see continued.
The authors have done their part, now it is your turn … all the stories are in and posted… here. Unfortunately there were no takers for the Viking Banner so that one will be going to California Kat since she wrote the Promo story for it.
The voting booth will be open on October 1 so once you read the stories you can vote …. there won’t be any waiting.
Please be sure to leave a comment for the author after you have read the story and PLEASE keep in mind that there are some 1st time authors in this challenge. Mean comments will be removed. The authors will not be able to reply until after the voting is finished.
There are some really great stories in this challenge, I know there are several I would like to see continued.
There is still time to enter the challenge but you must act quickly …Tonight at 11:59 is the deadline for submitting your story. Some stories have already been submitted but there is always room for more. So if one of the banners grabbed your attention and it just won’t stay out of your head you still have time to write a one shot or the beginning of a multi chapter story and to submit it.
I look forward to reading your story.