Spirit and Dust has been released from captivity in the US. Already there have been sightings.
For the next week (until May 23) if you TWEET a picture of Spirit and Dust in the wild (in a store, in your house, in your shopping bag, on a bus/train/plane) then you will go into a drawing to win a signed copy of the first Goodnight adventure, Texas Gothic. Here’s the deal, though. You MUST used the hashtag #SpiritandDust to be entered. (Because otherwise I won’t see your post.)
Not on Twitter? There will be other chances to win stuff coming soon.
I used to be one of those people who watched the
Superbowl The Big Game just for the ads. While I am capable of enjoying football if I have a horse in that race, mixed-metaphorically speaking, really I’m just there to see what a three million dollar commercial looks like.
But now, with the Internet, I don’t have to sit through all that sports to find out! I can just wait until Monday morning and watch them all on YouTube. Yay!
So, here’s my favorite, along with an analysis of what makes it great.
1. It features a goat. The beginning of Texas Gothic features a goat. It is not a coincidence that both these things are high-lair-ious.
2. Sound effects. And on a related note…
3. Goat Reaction Shot. Made funnier by the fact that goats in real life pretty much don’t react to anything. (Except for fainting goats.)
4. Showing, not telling. This is the kind of less-is-more visual storytelling that relies on the viewer to be smart enough to figure out the….
5. Circular humor.
What Superbowl ads were worth their super hype? Do you have a favorite from past or present years? (My all time favorite is probably still the Volkswagon/Darth Vader one.)
(Read all the way to the bottom for a chance to win a copy of Brimstone, which comes out next week!)
Whenever I go too long without Tweeting, my family and friends call or text to make sure I haven’t fallen down the stairs and/or been eaten by my dogs.
This says a lot about how often I tweet. It also says a lot about how I get distracted and forget to tweet. Or, you know, blog. My Friend Kate (this is an official title, because friendship with me incurs certain privileges and responsibilities) pointed out that I haven’t blogged in two months and since my last post concerned a Potentially Life Threatening Incident, maybe I should put up an entry to say I wasn’t dead yet.
(See how smart my friends are? They have to pass a test. Also, this is the kind of responsibility that falls to them: Remind me of the passage of time. Tell me when people think I’m dead. Dynamite me out of my cave now and then.)
So, here is the recap of my summer since I last posted:
- Did not die from idiopathic angioedema. (Or as we call it in my house: swelling up for no good reason. And also: take two Benedryl and cancel your plans for the day.)
- Did not die from bug bite that turned out not to be a bug bite but a staph infection. Did not die from humiliation that a clean freak like me got a staph infection. (Right after being in the hospital. Coincidence?)
- Had to cancel going to RWA National Conference and presenting the Golden Heart Award. Tragic because I had the most adorable dress. Also tragic because I was supposed to spend the week afterward hanging out with My Friend Kate.
- Turned in final revision of Spirit and Dust. (Yay!!!!!)
- Made a playlist and a Pinterest board for Spirit and Dust.
- Was called for Jury Duty. Was not picked, possibly because I write for teens (case concerned teenagers), or because I have a Twitter and blog, possibly because I’m a smart ass. (During the selection questions, the defense counsel asked what I did that I had a blog. I answered that I wrote books for teens. Counsel: So you tell lies for a living. Me: I’ll bet people say that about your job, too.)
- Celebrated the paperback release of Texas Gothic!!! (If you’re too cheap (like me) to buy it in hard cover, now is your chance.)
- Did not die from a recurrence of the not-bug-bite.
- Managed to keep my plants alive all through the summer! This is a record for me!
- Received a ginormous box of copies of BRIMSTONE which comes out on September 11th. That’s next week. OMG THAT’S NEXT WEEK!
Tell me in the comments what you did with YOUR summer vacation. It doesn’t even have to be true. I will randomly draw one name from the comments to win a copy of Brimstone for your very own.