She reminded me that the original purpose of having these little Pewter editions of Nonny’s Fox Doll from Between, Georgia cast was to give them to people at my publishing house and the booksellers who had been hand-selling my work. The dolls were a thank you for their evangelism, which was and is how I got to keep having a career doing what I love best.
I will keep this open until THE END OF JUNE, so there is PLENTY OF TIME to think of something. And now here is where I get all flustered and dumb and expose my pink underbelly, and you are going to LOOK FAST and then LOOK AWAY right after and never mention it again, yes? Yes.
I want the Fox Dolls to go to people who really feel a connection to my work. These dolls feel personal, not like a 3Q book or like those silly give-aways I sometimes do where I scrape things off my messy desk into a mailer.
These foxes my brother made—-they MEAN something to me, and I want them to go to people to whom they might mean something, too. Yes, I know that’s dumb and over-whatevering to think they might matter in that way to NOT ME, but I SECRETLY THINK THEY DO, to some of you. Yes. It is my deep true pink gently pulsing FEELING in my HEART that to some of you, these dolls matter…and WOW just saying that gave me embarrassment hives.Erin’s idea, now that I am saying it OUT LOUD in type to you feels a little like a cosmic huge skywriting version of DO YOU LIKE ME CHECK ONE ___YES ___NO AND IF YES THEN HOW MUCH? JUST SOME? OR LOTS?
OKAY so that part is over and we shall never refer to the things I said above in bold again. Although we should probably hug.
How about this: First person to mention it must go to their facebook page and publicly claim with no irony that they are “growing as a person.” HA!
ANYWAY, at the end of June, I will mail 20 Fox Dolls to the Best Beloveds who fulfill the original purpose for having them made. In other words, the ones go out and evangelize for my work in general, or even better, for the new paperback in particular.
There are LOTS of ways you can do this, some big some small, some easy, some—who knows, up to your creativity, and this way they go to the people who REALLY want them the way I want them to be wanted BECAUSE I AM ACTUALLY SECRETLY SO HIDEOUSLY SENTIMENTAL THAT I WILL PROBABLY BE EATEN BY BEARS RIGHT NOW.
They are my last, best hope because I already got a lovely, “The earth regrets to inform you that she will not be opening a chasm beneath your feet and swallowing you today, though she thanks you for the kind invitation” note.
If you WANT TO participate but are stumped for how to evangelize, we can come up with ideas in the comments! I will help brainstorm, and all yer fellow Best Beloveds I am sure will help brainstorm, too, because after all we can discuss ANYTHING in the comments except the part in bold where I publicly declare that I think you might like me.*dies*
The MAIN THING is, when you evangelize, you have to TELL me about it, so I am aware!
Shoot me an email any time in MAY or JUNE, letting me know what you did or are doing to spread the word about the new Paperback of BACKSEAT SAINTS or even about my work in general. Send pics if you have any! If I get any really good stories, pictures, ideas I will post them here.
Now, I think this will all work out—I think ten or twenty people who really want a fox will will do this and get one, but I will be kinda surprised if it is more than 20 who throw their hats into this YES I REALLY WANT ONE EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE A MISTY SENTIMENTAL BOOBYHEAD ring, but if there are more than 20, then they will go first to the most creative, weirdo crazed evangelists, and then the rest we will HAVE to allow randomness to have its way.
And now to recover my Po-Mo, emotionally detached, and purely mythological cool, I am going to give 1 fox away in the silliest manner possible. It’s almost DADA.
You can only enter this silly 1 Fox contest by email. NO COMMENT guesses because it will SPOIL it for other guessers. Comments they do not count as entries. ONLY EMAILS COUNT AS ENTRIES.
Last night, Scott said something to me that made me lay on the floor and die of laugh and charm. He cocked an eyebrow and said,
“Mjǫlnir is not the hammer.”
Shoot me an email. explaining why that is funny. You will be serving yourself a huge scoop of GEEK CHIC if you get it right, so you win even if you lose.
Silly Fox Contest closes Friday at Midnight EST. All right e-mails received before that time go into the proverbial hat, and Maisy Jane and Ansley will pull out a winner who gets the 22nd fox doll. I promise not to cheat by smearing anyone’s entry with bacon.