Saturday, May 29, 2010
And the winners are...
I had so much fun this week. Thanks to everyone who joined in the contest and who promised to howl at the full moon (you kept your promise, right?). I'm glad the moon finally came out that night here in NJ. It was touch and go for a while. The photo above is the moon over NYC taken by my amazing editor, Nancy Mercado. She arroooed too!
If you haven't seen this post from the fabulous Mike Jung, here he is, howling at the moon. (I'm so touched that he thought to make this video. It's wonderful. Please go take a look). I only know Mike virtually but he is a fun, friendly guy. Follow him on twitter. Friend him on Facebook. He'll make you laugh. (I'm telling you this because I believe it, but also because I'm going to have to give Mike some bad news soon...some very bad news).
So here's how we chose. I indulged my occasional Luddite tendencies and did this in a very low tech way. I printed out the blog post comments, cut and folded each comment till it was the same size, put them all into a box, shook the box (a lot), and then let my librarian friends pick the winners.
The librarians picked two names, one for each of the big prizes (one name was quite a surprise and we had a conversation about that too... but more about that later).
After they were done, the librarians wanted to pick some more:
Librarian 1: What kind of a celebration is it if only two people win?
Librarian 2: Do you have anything else you can give away?
Me: Um, I suppose I have an extra hard cover book & a CD audio & an MP3 CD version.
Librarian 2: And didn't you get some soft cover books from when your book was part of the Scholastic Book Club?
Librarian 1: And wouldn't it be fun to throw in a Slinky?
Who am I to argue with a group of librarians? (btw, what do you call a group of librarians? A shelf? A catalog? Is there a name for a bunch of librarians? okay.. I digress..)
Here are the winners:
SCBWI One Year's Membership: Serenissima
Hard Cover Book: Stephanie J Blake
CD Audio version: salarsen
MP3 CD: Thea Miller Ryan
Scholastic Paperback Version: Suzanne
Scholastic Paperback Version: Dana
Scholastic Paperback Version: kcharman
Scholastic Paperback Version: Deb
Scholastic Paperback Version: Rosa
Did you notice I didn't mention the Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me Gift Package yet?
The winner is:
( Mike, take a deep breath here. To fill everyone in, it seems that Susanjsteward and Mike Jung have a friendly competition going on. It is friendly, right? There was a little tough talk on the blog and on twitter. And frankly with all the entries, I'm surprised at this too. Mike, if you look at this in the right context, it's kind of humorous. Of all the people who could have won, it went to your arch rival. That's kind of funny. Right?)
I can't change what the librarians picked (and I wouldn't want to because of course I'm happy for Susan -- as I am for all of the winners).
I did mention the rivalry to the librarians. And with all due respect to Susan, when a person risks getting mugged to create a moon howling video, you have to feel a little bad that his major competitor won. They thought I should send a hard cover book to Mike Jung for his extreme support in the birthday bash contest. After all, it's the first video for Neil Armstrong is My Uncle... Are you seeing a pattern here? Librarians like to give away free things. But who am I to argue with the librarians?
To all the winners, congratulations. Please send me your contact info. My email is on the right.