Monday, December 12, 2011

We have a winner.

Wow. You guys make it really hard to judge a contest. I loved so many of these entries. I mean, from a Santa who yells, "Stay protected!" to an extra sock in every drawer to giving dances away to anyone who couldn't get a homecoming date to two mentions of a Delorean (one that delivers 70's and 80's toys), to "the creed of course is greed," to Millie who spreads joy with cheese in Boston to a watch that stops time to the UPS jumpsuit-clad Santa who flips the bird... a huge flying Dumpster, to the awesome ghost Santa who visits her sister, this was just a great bunch of 100 word stories.

Stephanie, your recruitment for teenage Santas was awesome! And Monica, your UN classified CLAUS division was great as was littlefluffycat's wicked good cat story and Sarah's story about Santa's daughter. And Rogue91101 your Evil Santa/John was completely out of the box. Loved it. And I loved your poem, Hugo.

Janet, your entry about "Just Read It" headquarters was the winner for me. Of COURSE I'd want to hang out with the Santa/s who give away books! Especially when you'd recommend The Book Thief to a person who needs to reconnect to his own humanity. Dude, that's such a perfect recommendation. And you've made it so easy to get gifts to everyone everywhere. Perfect solution.

(** Community hat on. . . ** I urge those buying e-reading devices to consider multi-platform devices which can read many different types of files and can also support your community bookshops through Indiebound ebooks.** Community hat off. **Who am I kidding? The hat never comes off.**)

THANK YOU ALL for your entries. Janet, I've sent you an email for mailing details, etc. and thank you again to all entrants. This is a time I wish I had ten more prizes to give away. I may stop in once more before the New Year, but if I don't, I hope you all have a great holiday no matter what you celebrate and none of you meet with Evil Santa. (<---soon everything will be his.)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Super Holiday Mega Giveaway Contest

I'm iffy at holiday time. It's because consumerism wigs me out. But I always dug Santa Claus because the dude is nice. Like, really nice. He's not really about buying stuff...he gives stuff away. Nicest dude ever, right?

So the thought of Santa made me feel like giving stuff away. Sure, Santa doesn't require any writing or thinking or anything. (But he does require one to be nice and not naughty, so that's some work, I guess.) But I'm not Santa. Or, well, I guess I am in the eyes of two little people who still think I'm Santa, but none of you think I'm Santa, so we're good.

The rules are simple.

1. Write me a 100 word (or less) story about alternative to Santa Claus...but who does the basic stuff that the traditional Santa does. (Gives stuff away and is nice.)

Inside the narrative (not in list form, please) answer these questions: How does this person/thing get around the world in just one night? What sorts of gifts does he/she/it bring? Any particular costume? Does he/she/it have a catch phrase? What is his/her name?

2. Remember a story has a beginning, middle and end. This alternative Santa is only a character. Your setting can be anywhere, any time, and your character can be anything.

3. The most imaginative story that makes me want to hang out with the new alternative Santa wins.

4. I've had to turn on comment moderation due to spam on this contest, so if your comment doesn't show up immediately, don't worry! I'm just weeding out the spam!

PRIZE: Signed copies of all of my books. (I can sign them to anyone you want me to.) That's THE DUST OF 100 DOGS, PLEASE IGNORE VERZ DIETZ and EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS.

DEADLINE: December 10th, 2011 11:59pm

BONUS: Open to entrants in any country. With that deadline, I may not be able to get it to you on time for the big day if you're overseas, but I'll try my best.