Wednesday, October 13, 2010

More Updates and Random Randomness!!! :D

Ok, so I've received another entry for the "first chapter" contest!  It will be up on the contest page within the next few days.  That makes 3.  That's not very many and the submission deadline is coming up fast, so don't wait any longer.  Send me those chapters before it's too late!

On another note, I have some unfortunate news concerning the third prize, "Watership Down": my younger sister decided it was a coloring book.  I couldn't believe it!  It's one of my favorite stories ever and she decides to use a pen on it!

Fortunately for me I have another, not-drawn in copy.  Unfortunately it's in very bad repair and, though still very readable, it is quite literally falling apart.  I don't want to give away a scribbled up copy of anything as a prize, nor do I want to give away something that's falling apart, so until I can find another copy in decent shape that is not scribbled in, I'm going to have to pull that prize from the contest.  I will say, though, that I'm searching frantically for another copy.  And if another copy can't be found, I will find another interesting book to replace the third prize with... hopefully something everybody thinks is cool and exciting.

So the good news is that, even though I don't exactly have a third prize right now, there WILL BE a third prize... the third place winner may just have to wait a little while for it.  Sorry!

On another note entirely, I have just received some good news!  That good news is that I just found out I won a copy of Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper's new book "Venom and Song".  And to make things even more amazing, the authors will be in Champaign Illinois this Saturday: I live only 1 and 1/2 hours away from Champaign, so I will definitely be there!  *so excited.  does happy dance*

Currently I'm reading through WTB's first pirate adventure book "Isle of Swords".  Let me just say now, I literally cannot put it down.  It's wonderful!  Now I read  "The Door Within" trilogy and found it encouraging... if a little young.  I thought the story lines of those books were good, and the ideas behind the plot, while done many times before, shown in a new light.  However, my own opinion was that the writing in itself needed a little work, and I HATE... absolutely LOATH... thinking that sort of thing about other authors; especially authors who are already published while I only have my rejection letters to keep me company.  (and no, I haven't received an answer yet from the publisher who's looking at my book... I'll be sure to keep you posted, so keep your fingers crossed and pray! :D )

However, "Isle of Swords" is nothing like "The Door Within" trilogy.  It's WAY better!  It's amazing!  The writing's refreshing and its kept me on the edge of my seat with every page.  I just sit for hours (usually hours when I'm supposed to be doing something else... *sheepish grin*) reading it, and I can't stop!  I think about it as I drive to school, and when I do my chores, and (what really gets me in trouble) when I'm supposed to be doing homework.  I HAVE TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!  Now, I haven't finished reading it yet, but when I do you can bet I'll have a good review of it to post here.  So keep an eye out for that as well.

Now I'd better get going.  I'm in the Christmas Musical our church is putting on (for some reason we've always done big musical numbers... it's just so much fun!).  Practice starts soon so I have to get.

C y'all around.

With pen in hand,



Jake said...

IoS is a great book. :) I'm reading it again right now...

YOU'RE GOING TO THE CHAMPAIGN IL PARTY?!? Lucky!!!! I wish I could go so very much...:P

Gillian said...

Oh I can't wait to read the next entry!

Oh yes, the pirate series are some of my favorites! Yeah, I bought the first one, planning to save it for a road trip and started glancing through it the night before we left... haha, needless I didn't have much left to read on the trip.

Squeaks said...

I LOVE IoS and IoF XD They're amazing; I think I like IoF better than IoS though. It's more "intense"

@Jake, I think somewhere on this strange internet you asked if anyone remembered the "question" from IoF...hehe *cackles* Oh I remember that XD Cat was HILARIOUS. I nearly rolled off the chair laughing XD


Christopher Hopper said...

Look forward to meeting you, Nichole! See you in two days! ch:

Star-Dreamer said...

Jake, Gil, and Squeaks: yeah, I'm enjoying IOS very much! I'm already on chapter 31, and if things keep going on like this, I'll be finished with the book by tomorrow! Already can't wait to get my hands on book 2.

Chris: Looking forward to meeting you too. :) I haven't read any of the books yet, but they've been on my wish list for so very long... it's getting rather pathetic. *LOL* But now I have one and I can't wait to read it.

See you Saturday! :D


Anonymous said...

I TOTALLY agree on the Door Within/Isle of Swords thing.
~ Ëarwen

Anonymous said...

Um, how do I enter the Amazing First Chapter contest?
~ Ëarwen

Star-Dreamer said...

Earwen: Yeah, a third IOS book would be amazing! I just got the second one yesterday: I went to the signing in Champaign and bought it there. It was so amazing! But more about that later when I have more time to post... and there will be pictures! W mustn't forget pictures!

You can read more about the Amazing First Chapter Contest at these two posts: "In Honor of" and "Questions, answers, and the prizes". Basically you just send me your first chapter (with your prologue, if you have one). I will post it on the blog, and after 10/25 a pole will be set up for people to vote on which entry they like the best. There aren't a whole lot of entries yet, so it would be amazing if you did enter! :D

Nice to meet you!


Vrenith said...

I just finished Isle of Swords... Its a great book! Hey, Star-Dreamer, this is Vrenith, but my Google account name is Elizabeth. My profile picture is a pinto horse with an ocean background... I think.

Gillian said...

Wow. I can't believe there's only four entries in the Amazing First Chapter Contest right now!

Come on... let's see some more entries! That's it. Step right up! A chance to win an awesome book, have your work critiqued, share your masterpiece with the world, and all for the amazing price of no dollars! You heard me right, absolutely free! ;) haha, lol.

I want to read some more "Amazing First Chapters!" ;)

Star-Dreamer said...

LOL! Yeah, I want to read some more too! Only 4 days left... people need to get crackin'. :D