A few months back, I posted a poem, one of the many point-earning activities, that I submitted for the Merlin Spiral Contest. After procuring 13,600 points, I was tied with another contestant for first place. To break the tie, the consulted rafflecopter decided I should rank second. Since there are two remaining contests for books 2 and 3, I still have a chance to win first place and/or the grand prize. Take that rafflecopter! My contest spoils include an Apple Ipod Shuffle and a Merlin's Blade T-Shirt.