WELCOME, MAUREEN! I’m so glad you could be with us today and for the remainder of May! I LOVE contests, I love pirates, and I love monsters! YOU have brought all three here with you today. Yay! Readers, enjoy…
Is It Luck?
Writing is a bit of a crapshoot. We’ve all been there, those of us who write…but actually, this is true for even the non-writers. We all have these ideas, these great fabulous ideas. Perhaps it’s a flavor of ice cream…or the perfect campaign for the new boss at work…or a theme for a new restaurant… Anything you can consider.
You come up with the PERFECT idea! And…before you have a chance to implement, to explore, to take action…someone else beats you to it.
Were they just lucky or was it better timing? Did they sneak into your dreams at night and steal your very thoughts away? Did fate just smack you around and snatch the idea away to deliver to your rival because fate hates you?
Well, this happens to writers all the time. I had the idea of a witchy chick who wandered through a world where magical beings roamed before Kim Harrison (actually, I didn’t, but for the sake of the blog, I’m gonna lie) but she got hers to market first. Was she luckier than me?
Nah…ideas tend to run in cycles. At least I believe that. So, when I saw a little article in RT Magazine last year, featuring three authors who had written pirate books…I shrugged (After gnashing my teeth in envy, of course) because I figured they broke the ground for my books! When I launched, the soil would be softened up, ready for me.
Luck, good timing, complex planning, career preparation…sometimes it all comes down to…this stuff happens. Even on Friday the 13th, sometimes, these things just happen.
Do I believe in luck? Damned straight I do! 😉 But I also know one person’s luck is another person’s bad luck. It all evens out…and it’s about perception.
Now, it was my luck to lose my kraken between the electronic edition of my book, The Kraken’s Mirror, and the print edition of the book. But luck…well I can turn it around. I am turning it around.
It bummed me out to realize I’d lost my kraken…at first. But! It’s all about making the most out of situations you can’t change. (Other pirate books broke the soil…I can use that! Remember?) I lost my kraken? I can use that!
How? To promote myself and my book! By holding a contest! And giving away some awesome prizes!
So, making the best of a sad situation, I put it to you… Where did the Kraken go?
1) He’s in Scotland, wooing Nessie
2) He’s outside the Mines of Moria at Gandalf’s request, fighting off the menace in the waters
3) Sharing rum with the monster in the lake at Hogwarts
4) What’s your best guess?
How to enter the contest?
1) Comment here and pick an option, or create your own.
2) Friend my author page on Facebook and leave a comment, telling me which option you picked, or where you think the Kraken went.
3) Find me on any blog I guest at during the month of May and tell me your option. (Be sure to leave an e-mail address in the comment section.)
Yes, you can enter multiple times, at each blog, on FB…and this is a guest blog! So it counts!
Prizes? Look at ‘em!
Contest ends on May 31st, 2011…at midnight, Pacific Standard Time. I will announce the winner on June 1st, 2011.
Now, let’s see some options! If you’re lucky, maybe your comment will be one that wins a prize!