Thursday, August 31, 2006
Here's the deal: to help promote the good folks at Buy A Friend a Book Week, I've come up with a contest for you guys, my devoted groupies.
During the month of September, I want YOU to send ME a story of how music has touched your life. Maybe it was the first song you fell in love with. Maybe it was the first song you fell in love to. Maybe it was your first meet-and-greet. The night Prong's Tommy Victor told you that you were beautiful.
Hey, wait. That last is one of mine. No stealing!
What I'll do, during Buy A Friend a Book Week, coming up this first week of October, is Buy a Groupie a Book.
Seven of you lucky groupies will win a copy of a book -- no, not Trevor's Song, sad to say (I'm still revising it. Again. I know. You're eager. So am I.), but a book about music that has inspired me in some way and now sits on my shelves, immune to the huge and vast quantities of trading that I do.
E-mail me your stories -- you can reach me through the website, as always. And the seven of you who touch me the most deeply will win a copy of someone else's book. I'll announce the winners each day during BAFAB week, which is October 1-7 this year.
If you decide to go out and pay it forward and buy another friend a book during Buy a Friend a Book week, let me know. There might be a few special goodies in your package -- but be honest. Somehow, I have a bad habit of smelling out a lie. Also, be sure to scroll down this here page for the list of other blogs who are also running BAFAB contests and join some of them. Be sure to tell them West of Mars sent you!
Good luck, and here's to good stories!
(legal stuff: writing quality is less important than content, but spelling mistakes and text-speak are turn-offs. By submitting your story to me, you are hereby allowing me to in turn be inspired by it and use it in some way, shape, or form in future fiction writing that I may do. You will own no rights to any future work you've inspired, and no royalties will be due to you. But let's face it. The publishing industry being what it is, you'd only get about five cents anyway, and is THAT worth haggling over?)
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Daniel's most cherished moment with a fan
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Congratulations to all the winners and may you keep brightening our world with great art!
Hardcover: Stephan Martiniere for Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
Paperback: Tom Kidd for The Enchanter Completed edited by Harry Turtledove
Magazine: Donato Giancola for Prometheus on Asimov's
Interior: Brom for The Plucker by Brom
3D: James Christensen for Sleeper Lost in Dreams
Unpublished Color: Charles Vess for Companions to the Moon
Unpublished Monochromatic: Paul Bielaczyc for Nightmare
Product: Justin Sweet production design for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Gaming Related: Gabor Szikszai & Zoltan Boros for Blazing Archon, Magic The Gathering card for Ravnica: City of Guilds
Art Director: Irene Gallo
Contribution to ASFA: Julie Faith Rigby
Artistic Achievement: John Picacio
For a full list of the final nominees and links to their art, see Chesley Awards Final Ballot.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Let your vote count!
What Kerri most dreads
1. The inevitable return of her mother to her life
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
What Kerri most longs for
Monday, August 21, 2006
To further confuse an issue...
He's been trashed, at reputable places like this, among others.
BUT today, I got a mailing from the University of Pittsburgh's Contemporary Writers Series, detailing their upcoming events. On November 1, 2006, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize Reading and Award Ceremony will honor the winner...
One Todd James Pierce.
Chosen this year by Joan Didion, Mr. Pierce has won himself a $15,000 award.
Say what you will about the advice he gives (gave? It's an old bit of scandal now) new writers. But apparently none of that hoopla mattered to Ms. Didion and as Miss Snark insists time and again, good writing rises to the top every time.
Congratulations to Mr. Pierce. May this be the start of better days.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
What Trevor most hates to hear
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Karen! said: Pop quiz!
Backyard BBQ, what does everyone (Trev, Mitchell, Kerri, etc) want most to eat?
Kerri: Mitchell smothered in chocolate sauce
Trevor: Kerri, Heather, Diane, or any other willing woman
Daniel: steak, preferrably a filet, butterflied yet still perfectly medium rare
Eric: chicken breasts dripping in Bodacious (TM) Sauce, carefully scraped of the sauce before eating to prevent drips
Careful what you ask for...
What Trevor most loves to hear
(choose your context; most of them work)
Monday, August 14, 2006
What Mitchell loves to hear
Sunday, August 13, 2006
What Mitchell most hates to hear
Saturday, August 12, 2006
March/the other book with the long title
The Dark Queen
The Ruby Ring
The Serpent in the Garden
*** these are in rough order, but go for the book with the fewest steals and ask for a reveal (from anyone) if they're all on three.
Friday, August 11, 2006
Susan Speaks: Aug 11th
I'm not the type who can not be working on something original. While redoing Trevor, I had plenty of chances of that (it was a pretty extensive change I made. And so, so much better) original part. But now that I'm doing a quick once-over to make sure it's where I want it, I need to be writing again. NEED.
This is when I'm thankful I don't have a deadline or book on spec or anything like that. I'm considering this a luxury; having the time to muck around and figure out what wants to be written next.
I like the first page of what I've come up with so far...
Stay tuned. More fictional fun to follow.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
C'mon, help a lady out!
C'mon, folks! Help a lady out! Only 53 links as of August 3???
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Dream ShapeShifter Fan Club -- Dream Contest
Do your friends think it's okay to pee in the pool? That a poolside barbecue means dogs and burgers? That the hot chick in the floating lounge chair is for dumping into the deep end?
Four lucky Shifter Club members will win the right to bring a friend and make their way to Riverview, where they will join Daniel, Trevor, Eric, and Mitchell for an afternoon of fun in the sun. We'll bring in food from local favorite Big Buck's Best Barbecue, complete with world-famous Bodacious Sauce (TM), while we have all the fun in the sun that you can handle. And then we'll have more.
How to enter: Use the contest form on the Shifter's Club website. One entry per member. Winners may bring a single guest and are responsible for getting to Riverview, but we'll spring for two nights in a not-terribly roach-infested hotel and transportation to and from a private backyard pool that you are sure to love!
Anyone waiting half an hour between eating and swimming is guaranteed to be thrown in, head first. ShapeShifter is not responsible for any injuries that may occur from this practice, but if you're worried, get yourself in the pool before we heave your ass in.