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Ruby Holiday Survey Results

The results are in! I feel a little like Ryan Seacrest right now, holding the sealed envelope containing all the juicy info. Ha!

But before I reveal the responses, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who took the Ruby Holiday Survey. We had 43 people participate. Not too shabby, considering how busy everybody is at this time of year.

Now…let’s have a look at the data, shall we?

1. Which December movie do you most want to see?

The Hobbit – 38%

Cirque du Soleil – 5%

Les Miserables – 57%

2. Which TV series do you anticipate most in 2013?

Downton Abbey – 42%

The Walking Dead – 8%

Castle – 50%

Write-ins: none (2), Once Upon a Time (2), Sherlock (2), Justified, Touch, Scandal, Smash, Supernatural, Fringe, Arrow, Deadliest Catch

 3. Best holiday pie?

apple – 38%

pumpkin – 31%

chocolate cheesecake – 31%

4. Best holiday drink?

egg nog – 35%

champagne – 30%

double whip mocha – 35%

5. Who would you most like to meet under the mistletoe?

Mr. Darcy – 64%

Christian Grey – 4%

Jamie Fraser – 32%

Write-ins: Roarke(3), hubby (2), Wolverine/Hugh Jackman (2), JL Mealer, James Bond, Hawke, Izzy Zanella, Nathan Fillion, Matt Foster, Dallas Beaudine, Blade Tyburn, no one

6. Most likely to:

cook a feast – 44%

order in – 19%

head out to family’s or friend’s house – 37%

7. Would you rather…

hit the slopes – 12%

hit the mall – 0%

stay at home in front of the fire (with a book!) – 88%

 

 8. When it comes to wrapping presents, you’re most likely to…

use festive paper and matching bows – 55%

stick them in gift bags – 28%

bribe someone else to do it for you – 17%

9. Best Christmas cookie?

gingerbread man – 35%

cut out sugar cookies with sprinkles – 35%

snowball – 9%

chocolate chip – 21%

10. Where I stand on holiday shopping:

Presents are wrapped and ready to go – 12%

Mostly done; still need to wrap a few – 57%

Starting to panic – 24%

Will be at the mall on Dec. 24th – 7%

Analysis: The data suggests that we are a mall-averse, book-loving people. We take our pies, cookies, and drinks seriously. Our mistletoe preferences tend to be specific, understandably so.

Your turn! What do you take away from the numbers? Did anything surprise you?

Ugly Ornament Party (plus bonus survey & giveaway!)

Grab some eggnog, friends, and gather ‘round! Today, we celebrate…the ugly ornament.

They’re the unsung heroes of the Christmas tree. The macaroni angel you made in kindergarten. The evil nutcracker Aunt Phyllis gave you as a housewarming gift. The “hand blown glass” football that your husband got free with a tank of gas. (The same one that, defying all odds, survived the tree crash of 1998 and the cat attack of 2005.)

They come in all shapes and sizes and have all sorts of juicy history behind them. You know what? We think they need a little love too. So here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few ugly ornaments—courtesy of the Rubies.

2012 Golden Heart Survey: What are your plans?

What are your plans for the 2012 Golden Heart contest for unpublished romance manuscripts? Many members of our Ruby-Slippered Sister community are ineligible this year (congratulations to you — and you can still take the survey), but I know I’m not the only one still hunting for that book deal. So spill the beans!

Click here to take the anonymous survey

On Tuesday, 09/20, come back to the RSS blog and I’ll reveal what, if any, trends we can spot.

Now that you’ve taken the survey, what are your thoughts on it — or the Golden Heart contest in general? Do you think any categories will be added, deleted, or merged? Any predictions on which categories will receive the most entries?

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Pardon yet another interruption, Dear Readers, but here’s some more trivia about the Rubies that just might come in handy during our Birthday Bash on September 21! (Did someone say PRIZES??? ….Hmmm, we’ll never tell!!)

Shea Berkley is a kickboxer who trains with some serious MMA dudes.

2 Rubies are barrel racers

Katie Graykowski was deported from the Bahamas.

Gwyn MacKenzie had her own Professional Make-Up Artist and Dress Advisor business.

Vanessa Barneveld and a couple of friends hung out with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in the band’s hotel room.

Jamie Michele met Fabio when she was 15.

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2011 Golden Heart Survey Results!

Last Friday, I posted a link to a survey to gauge reader intentions for the 2011 Golden Heart contest for unpublished romance manuscripts. 29 individuals completed the survey. 25 respondents were from the US, 2 from Canada, 1 from Australia, and 1 from the United Kingdom.

The survey branched to different questions depending on each respondent’s individual answers, so I hope this report makes sense. It’s kind of like reading a “Choose Your Own Adventure” book from start to finish.

At any rate, here are the results.

Q&A Friday: Take the 2011 Golden Heart Survey

What are your plans for the 2011 Golden Heart contest for unpublished manuscripts? Sure, sure — several members of our Ruby-Slippered Sister community are ineligible this year, but I know I’m not the only one still hunting for that book deal. So spill the beans!

In a few weeks, I’ll gather the data together and reveal what, if any, trends we can spot.

Click here for the 2011 Golden Heart survey!

Now that you’ve taken the survey, what are your thoughts on it — or the 2011 Golden Heart contest in general? Do you think any categories will be added, deleted — or merged? Any predictions on which categories will receive the most entries?

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