Wow, life has definitely become crazy as of late. So many things to do and so little time to play Yahtzee on my I-touch. Seriously, what a complete waste of time that is, but for those that care, I scored 530 points in a single game the other day. Yeah, that pretty much rocks!
So, let us start with some news shall we? The official/unofficial release date of The Adventures of Hashbrown Winters and the Mashimoto Madness is set for January. Now that could definitely change, but for the moment you can scribble that on your dry erase calendars. Crazy huh? January! That's like ... (one... tahoo... um... carry the four... pi... oooh pie, yum!) Well, not that many months away. I'm not good with counting and I don't want to take my socks off to double my ability at the moment. I still feel Hashbrown is taking his baby steps and already another whipper-snapper is on the way.
I did get some somewhat disturbing news though in conjunction with the upcoming release. I'm going to have to do some serious cutting and editing. How serious? Let's put it this way, Hashbrown will be born in January but missing some major functionality in some of his body parts. Oh well, that's part of the industry I suppose.
We're less than a month away from the official school tour and I'm getting the jitters. I've been trying out some jokes on my kids and they have not done as well as I would hope. Basically, the jokes are lost on them, but when I make reference to poo or pee, I'm suddenly a huge hit. Hmmm, I wonder if teachers will like poo and pee references? Probably not... So back to the drawing board.
I've also been doing some author signings at Costcos and those rocked! We actually sold out at the Costco the other night and they had a pretty hefty stack of books. Of course, I've convinced customers that half of all proceeds go to the STF Foundation (Save the Frank).
Oh, and though I literally had to buy this dude lunch to do this and we're not talking extra value menu, but James Dashner (famous author of the 13th Reality series and the upcoming-sure-to-be-NY Times Bestseller novel, The Maze Runner) had some nice things to say about Hashbrown. Check it out HERE.
Okay, let's do a little contest. Now the last one went well, but I want more. So, this is how this one will go down. Pretty simple, I'm trying to boost the appeal of my blog. Meaning, I want to be able to look at it and think, wow, people like me! I know, it's egotistical, it's childish, it's so... the way this contest is going to go, so I don't care. :) We'll do another drawing, but I'm going to limit the prizes to just one. If you don't like this book, I apologize, but you can always give it to someone else as a gift. The prize is Fablehaven 4 by Brandon Mull and, the best part, it's signed! Yeah, I know, Frank is so generous, kind and handsome. Thank you. I'm blushing.
Wait a second, I didn't tell you what you had to do to partake in this generous, kind, handsome offering.
K... Here's the point breakdown:
1 entry for commenting on this post about this question: What is your all-time favorite children's picture book and why? It can be a short or long comment or one that just tells me how lame my contests are, whatever floats your boat. Think of it as a way to express yourself about the wonderful world of children's picture book literature and in the process give me some great ideas for ones I'll read with my kids.
2 entries for following this blog (those that are currently following, automatically get entered. How cool is that?)
Now, here's the catch... I want to see at least 15 comments (from at least 15 different people) on the post and 25 followers of the blog (there are already 14) for anyone to be able to qualify for the drawing. So, that means you may have to tell your friends and family to go on and comment on my blog, because I'm afraid there may not be 15 people that read this thing. I know I might have to do this drawing over the next couple of months, but that's okay, I'm patient (so not true.) We'll go for a week and see where we're standing after that.
In the words of the Joker from the Dark Knight:
"And here... we... go!"