• Sera Rivers

What Symbol Follows You? Contest

"Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth." —Friedrich Nietzsche

Last week's contest winner is announced at the end of this post. Thank you to all who entered. Please enter this week's contest by commenting on this post. Details below: Happy Reading!

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the foofy, googly-eyed girl who sighs and melts over anything and everything romantic. I am not that girl. Puke.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am laughing right now at my own denial of wanting to feel these things. It just isn't me. I'm that girly-girl who isn't really, well, girly. Unfortunately, there's this thing called crying, and certain books (and movies) have that affect on me. This week's prize is one of them. But I digress.

I do believe in the power of symbols. Symbols come to us when we need them. I have had my share of symbols throughout my life. But there's one symbol that seems to follow me. And it's not like I'm looking for it. No, you can find signs easily when you're looking for them. But this certain symbol? I see it in the most unlikely places, at the most random times. And it jumps out at me, like it's staring at me, daring me to stare back.

That symbol is a heart.

Of course it is. How annoying, my non-romantic, "ew-gross" self says. But my deeper, "life has meaning" self think it's rather appropriate.

I find hearts everywhere. I've seen them half-buried in the sand, disguised as pink stones. I've seen them sitting atop enormous rocks at the edge of the bay, disguised as pieces of flint. And I've seen hearts in steam and smudges in mirrors and windows.

Friends have given me explanations.

"Someone's thinking of you."

"Someone loves you."

"A dead relative is contacting you."

I don't really know why I see them everywhere. I find it kind of ironic. But I don't feel the need to search for an explanation. I just accept the fact that these hearts find me. That they are my hearts. And that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy and wonderful. And I accept these feelings. I do.

The heart in the photo above is part of the asphalt, not added to it. It is surprisingly small. I zoomed in for a good pic. Here's the backstory. I was walking through my favorite park with my friend, Kevin—talking about relationships, actually. We had crossed a large grassy field and headed through the parking lot. I just happened to glance down at the right moment at the right place and Bam!

I jumped. I screamed. I said, "Oh my god! Look! A heart!"

Kevin said, "How did you even see that?" with a look of awe.

"They follow me," I said. Suffice to say he stared at me like I was a bit strange. But anyone who knows me knows that I am a bit strange (to put it lightly) so he just nodded, and we continued on our way after I snapped a photo of it with my phone.

This heart feels a little like a birthday gift from the secret heart giving faeries or spirits who hand them to me when they think I need them. What do you think?

Anyways, this specific heart is perfect for you, too, because I was trying to decide what to write about for this week's give-a-way contest! Which is:

You could win an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of Rainbow Rowell's LANDLINE (release date: July 8, 2014). It is a grownup book—one of the few that really ,really impressed me. Synopsis from the back of the book: "An achingly real love story of a marriage on the brink, and one woman's chance to get her future right."

I absolutely loved Landline! It was raw, honest and beautiful. Rowell knows how to delve into the human psyche to reveal the truth about human nature that we all feel, but are often too afraid to speak about. case you haven't guessed, there is a symbol in this novel—a yellow rotary phone (hence the title). But does this symbol have any real meaning? Read to find out!

Rainbow Rowell is one of my new favorite authors. If you haven't read her, go get copies of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl right now! They both make me *swoon* (I did not say that, lol.) And she delivers—again!—with Landline!

How do you win?

1. Leave a comment below that answers one of these questions: Do you have a symol that follows you around? Have you had a symbol at a specific time in your life when you really needed one? Or, do you have a symbol that represents you? If so, what do you believe is its meaning?

2. Please share a link to this blog post via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or your social media of choice. Copy the link to your post share and include it in your comment for extra brownie points. If it comes down to a tie, I will choose a comment with a link over one that does not have one.

When is the deadline to enter?

I will accept comments until I choose a winner on Thursday, June 19th (sometime in the early morning, so get your comments in by Wednesday night for your best bet!).

Can people outside the USA enter?

This contest is limited to US residents. I'm sorry postage is expensive.

How many times can I enter?

You can enter one time each week for a total of 4 entries. Winners may enter each week.

Have fun! And thanks for entering and sharing! Without further adieu, the winner of Caption This Photo! I Hunt Killers Give-A-Way contest is:

"The very dazed and confused caterpillar" by Kristen Myers! Kristen, please email me your mailing information so I can get your book out to you ASAP.

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