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Pirate Week Contest at 50-Word Stories

I bet you love pirates. Everyone loves pirates!

If you aren’t a regular reader of FiftyWordStories.com, you may not have heard about the upcoming Pirate Week that will be happening there between February 20 and 24. It’s going to be awesome. I’m going to be posting tons of pirate-themed stories sent in to me from all over the place, along with a few that I’m going to write myself.

Plus there’s a contest! The authors of my three favourite stories are going to win some really cool prizes. Here’s the list:

Read up on the full contest rules and enter now! The deadline is February 17.

Vanessa Voth Anniversary Photoshoot Contest

I posted about the contest Larissa and I were taking part in to win a photoshoot from Vanessa Voth, the fantastic photographer who did our wedding.

Here’s the update: we won!

The final day of the contest was crazy. We were in the lead to start, and then our competitors put on a big push and took the lead by as many as 15 votes. We went into desperation mode, calling on our friends and family, our Twitter followers, and anyone we could think of to spread the word. We overtook them in the last couple of hours of the contest, and never slowed down after that, eventually winning by over 40 votes.

Thank you so much to everyone who Liked the post, shared the link on Twitter or Facebook, joined the Facebook event, and cheered us on. We couldn’t have done it without all of your help!

I especially want to thank my friends Kathleen DeVere, James Turner, Tally Heilke, and Mike Vardy, all of whom leveraged their own sizable online followings to help us out. I also want to give a shout-out to the LoadingReadyRun forums: the community there was very supportive.

I’m probably missing some other people who I ought to be thanking directly, but we received so much help that it was hard to keep track of it all! Thank you so much to everybody. We can’t wait to do this shoot and share all the beautiful pictures with everyone.

Thank you again to Vanessa for giving us this opportunity. I hope everyone takes a few minutes to look through Vanessa’s blog and appreciate her great work. If you’re in the Vancouver area, we highly recommend using her for your professional photography needs!

Help Us Win a Free Anniversary Photo Shoot

Vanessa Voth, the photographer who did such an amazing job on Larissa’s and my wedding, is holding a contest this month. She’s invited all of the couples whose weddings she shot in 2011 to compete to see who can get the most Facebook “Likes” on the appropriate post on her blog, and whoever has the most on December 31 gets a free one-year anniversary shoot!

We love Vanessa’s work, so that would be an awesome prize for us. What would make it extra special is that our baby will be almost a month old on our anniversary, so we could get some great pictures of Baby out of the deal, too!

Please help us win! All you have to do is go to the blog post, scroll down through all the pictures (and look at them, if you want!), and click Like at the bottom.

We’re doing pretty well so far, but we need a boost! We’re counting on all of you to help out.


Update: We’ve created a Facebook event now, too, to help organize things, so head over there and invite your friends to it!