April 19, 2009

A Winner is You

First off – we have a winner. Congrats to SANDI from comment #40, the Sandi who blogs over at Piecemeal Quilts. She won the roll. Sandi, email me your snail-mailing address please and I will forward it to David Cristofano and he will send you EITHER a signed copy of THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE or a dead fish wrapped in a newspaper. If it is the LATTER, I suggest you phone WITSEC immediately and go live in a small Midwestern town where you will work quietly as a librarian and try not to call attention to yourself.

I can tell from the comments that some of you guys think I sneak about all crafty-like and PICK a winner based on whichever of you seems to be the prettiest or maybe the one with the best shoes or whoever does NOT have naturally curly hair. (Because if you are so blessed as to have naturally curly hair, I don’t want you to win because I am insanely jealous. I always wanted naturally curly hair. *lovelorn sigh*) but it truly is random. I could not pick among you unrandomly, because I like you all best. *blink* Yes? Yes.

You are my very favorite.

Back when we here at Kudzu were very young and new, these contests had 25 or 30 entries, and I would write out names/handles/nommy-de-plumies and put the little slips in an actual hat and have one of my non-partisan children pull out one and that was the winner. But now, with 150+ entries as the norm, that’s too cumbersome, so I do a virtual dice roll. You can’t get more random than that.

I have access to a virtual dice roll program because I SECRETLY play a MMORPG called World of Warcraft…This time I had my Death Knight do the rolling honors. Her name is Pennydredful, which I think is RAWTHER clever, considering my profession. Here she is now, rolling a magical dice (die?) that has 173 sides. She is just like Vanna White, if Vanna White was undead, habitually carried an ENORMOUS axe, and had a gooey looking flesh eating zombie for a pet in lieu of one of those little dogs that fits in a handbag. Which, you know, may all be true.


I say I play WoW “secretly” not because it is an ACTUAL secret. I just mean I don’t bounce around in a “HORDE: IT’S HOW I ROLL” T shirt. Non-gamers seem to think me playing WoW is weird ---except YOU of course, oh my Best Beloveds---because I am not, last time I checked, a fourteen year old boy. They EXPECT me to be a fourteen year old boy, even though the vast majority of the peeps I play with are grown-ups.

ALSO, in an almost immediate aside, I will tell you that my nephew, who is a high school senior and KNOWS these things, assured me that COOL fourteen year old boys play HALO, thanks, and I even if I WAS a fourteen year old boy, I would probably want to keep my WoWing on the down low.

I will also RE-digress and tell you that the last time I was in Starbucks, *cough* working on my novel *cough* I may have ACCIENTALLY closed Ms Word and logged onto WoW (just for a SECOND---mostly because my laptop can’t handle the graphics. Er. No. I mean, of course, mostly because I was VIRTUOUSLY WORKING VERY HARD AS I ALWAYS DO EVERY SECOND.)

An ACTUAL fourteen year old boy was walking past and he saw my screen and double taked (Or Double Took? Tooked? Double TOOKENED? No clue.) so hard his head popped off and rolled away under the Tazo tea display, eyes agoggle, mouth agape, and his disembodied head hollered, “YOU play World of Warcraft???” (Note to my nephew: He did not look like a geek. He looked like A Very Nice Young Man. Even headless.)

I will double re-digress and tell you that OZZY OZBORNE also plays WoW. And he is older than me. I think. Either he is older than me or he is made ENTIRELY OF PLEATHER.

In BETTER news for those of you who are not Sandi from comment #40, I have several more 3Q interviews lined up with signed book prizes, REALLY AWESOME BOOKS TOO, books I ADORED, and when THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING launches at the end of May I am going to have a cool give-away thing going every Monday all through June. SO! Fear not. More chances at free cool signed reads coming.

Posted by joshilyn at April 19, 2009 7:39 AM

Congrats to the winner!

Though I couldn't help but smirk at the thought of you remembering to dole out a prize EVERY Monday through June. I apologize for being so cynical! ;-D

Posted by: Brigitte at April 19, 2009 8:27 AM

STOP! You have to stop! You just made me wake up the whole family AND the dog!

Extra hilarious since my 12yo just sang "Crazy Train" at karaoke night last night while we all hid under the tables wondering where he got the gene for that kind of nerve.

As an aside, your nephew is right. I have firsthand experience that all 14yo boys are playing Halo. And Mercenaries 2. It's charming.

Posted by: Jen at April 19, 2009 9:19 AM

I laughed and laughed at this - I play WoW also, along with teaching college level science. One of my students came to my office to look at his grade, so I pulled up his gradebook page and spun my (personal) laptop around to show it to him. It took him awhile to get to the seeing-his-grade part, since he was so busy BOGGLING at the WoW shortcut on my start bar. Hee.

Posted by: redzils at April 19, 2009 9:28 AM

Congrats to Sandi!

Posted by: Nik at April 19, 2009 12:08 PM

Ooh! I'm Sandi! I won! I'm sorry, that was the 14 year old GIRL in me coming out. Snail mail info coming your way. And by the way, I did live in a small Midwestern town where I tried not to call attention to myself and dreamed of being a librarian. Then I grew up. Still in a Midwestern town, though with considerably less "not calling attention to myself." The librarian dream could go either way.

Posted by: Sandi at April 19, 2009 12:28 PM

Of course your DK is a belf... very nice, even if as a race they desperately need to eat a sammich. And gods I love the name too! (If your DK were undead I'd have to snerk and ask if you'd suffered a trauma from twice-baked potatoes as a child.)

Posted by: inkgrrl at April 19, 2009 1:36 PM

Kevin actually does have a Horde t-shirt. Which he wears in public. Are you saying I married a geek? Oh, my...

Posted by: Amy-Go at April 19, 2009 1:43 PM

She is a belf, racially speaking, but aren't all DKs technically (un)dead since they were part of the scourge army?

If you understood the above sentence, you are a geek. That is all.

Posted by: Joshilyn at April 19, 2009 2:51 PM

Exactly my point! An undead DK is like a twice-baked potato. For some reason Hordies never seem to appreciate having that emoted at them... nor do Tauren seem to appreciate when my boomchicken smells BBQ as they clomp by. Maybe because I get PvP-fixated when I remember I'm supposed to cut back on red meat?

Ooh, steak and potatoes. NOM.

Posted by: inkgrrl at April 19, 2009 3:35 PM

Speaking of gods, I'm reading it right now -when I'm not messing around on my computer. And speaking of waking the whole family with my riotous cackling....

Love the book - and the blog.

Posted by: Sandra Leigh at April 19, 2009 7:39 PM

(1) I don't have an answer on double-take, but I've been in a similar situation recently--had cramps in both feet, and wasn't sure if I should be yelling, "Foot cramps!" or "Feet cramp!" or even "Feet cramps!" Unfortunately, my very knowledgeable sweetheart snorted at me, "You know that adverbs can never be pluralized." And he was unmoved by how cute "Feet cramp!" sounds. Stupid professors of writing....

(2) Pleather is my all-time favorite word! Thanks for blogging it. I will now go around the house chanting pleather-pleather-pleather-pleather until my teen children beat me over the head. (Gotta love family rituals!)

Posted by: JenK at April 19, 2009 8:24 PM

Heh I like those WoW commercials :) But I don't play :P

Posted by: Heather at April 20, 2009 1:39 AM

Hahaha! I also get the same reactions whenever I mention WoW during a reunion (family/college) They can't believe that I'm still playing WoW despite my age. Hey, I'm only 25 what's wrong with that?

Posted by: sell wow gold at April 20, 2009 2:44 AM

is this a flash-back or something from an alternate universe? last graf.... "and when the girl who stopped swimming launches at the end of may...." whoopsies!

Posted by: dramamama at April 20, 2009 10:16 AM

Congrats, Sandi! You're going to love the book -- I just plowed through it over the weekend without coming up for air. My husband was laughing at me because I was taking the Kindle to the bathroom with me so I wouldn't have to stop reading.

My guess would be, this is the paperback launch of TGWSS, right?

Posted by: Aimee at April 20, 2009 10:37 AM

Yes --- The paperback release is May 26 :)

Posted by: joshilyn at April 20, 2009 12:47 PM

My kids LOVE that Ozzy commercial. We're a WoW family. I have a zhevra because I got my kids an account :) Our guild has kids from about 9yrs old up through us "old" people.

And also, Penny Dreadful is the name of a demon in Terry Brook's Running with the Demon. perhaps one of my favorite characters in the series.

Posted by: Laura L at April 20, 2009 1:44 PM

Vin Diesel plays Dungeons & Dragons, so I think you're okay. :)

Posted by: Jess at April 20, 2009 6:44 PM

Apropos to nothing in your blurb I have to tell you that as I was leaving work today I noticed an oral B toothbrush (in a limited edition) that made me think of you and in fact take it off the shelf and put it away to buy tomorrow.

Yes, it is a lovely 2 tomes orange that would look so beautiful in "The Good Cat" although that would probably not be the best place to use it.
here it is but this does not do it justice.


I really would LOVE to send it to you so you can get some early morning brightness for your teeth and was thinking I could maybe send it through your publisher?? or po box??

my email is gillycat at rogers dot com

Posted by: Gillian at April 20, 2009 11:57 PM