Welcome to the first installment of MW’s Book Giveaway Week….
So, I have a new project underway. No, not the historical fantasy I mentioned several weeks ago, but a new one that fell in my lap at the beginning of December, and that I’ve yet to announce publicly on this site. I am writing the novelization for the Ridley Scott/Russell Crowe/Cate Blanchett “Robin Hood” movie that is coming out in May 2010. It’s a tremendous opportunity, and also an interesting project, one that I’ll post about eventually, when it’s all over (I’m only allowed to say so much about it right now). But one of the most “interesting” parts is the timeline for the book. As I say, I got the gig at the beginning of the month. I started writing December 3; the book, all 90,000+ words of it, is due January 4. And despite the fact that last week I listed “Hitting deadlines” as the #1 thing the Ideal Writer does, I won’t be making that deadline. I will be close, though. In the two and a half weeks since I started, I’ve written 57,000 words, or 230 pages, which is really fast for me. In fact, here at MW we call that a Murphian pace… [Winks at Catie…]
Anyway, my point in all this (yes, there is a point) is that I’m feeling a bit crunched for time right now, particularly with this all happening in the middle of the holidays. So today’s post will be a bit different and a lot shorter than usual. Today I’d like to leave the writing to all of you, and to make it interesting, if you offer a comment, and you follow the guidelines (should have thought of this last week — the Ideal Writer ALWAYS follows guidelines specific to a publisher or agency), you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a signed hardcover copy of any one of my books that you’d like (except my very first, CHILDREN OF AMARID, or my most recent, THE HORSEMEN’S GAMBIT, because I don’t have any copies to spare of either). Still that leaves the second and third books of the LonTobyn Chronicle (THE OUTLANDERS, EAGLE-SAGE), all the books of Winds of the Forelands (RULES OF ASCENSION, SEEDS OF BETRAYAL, BONDS OF VENGEANCE, SHAPERS OF DARKNESS, WEAVERS OF WAR), and the first Southlands book (THE SORCERERS’ PLAGUE). Your choice.
And what are you supposed to write? Well, a description of your most memorable Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/New Year’s, of course. The guidelines? Bring in as many of the five senses as you can and adhere to a STRICT 150 word limit. 151 and you won’t be entered in the contest. And if you think I’m a hard-ass, wait until you start dealing with New York editors…. The book winner will be chosen randomly from those who leave comments and follow the GLs.
We lived for a year in Australia, where Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s are Summer holidays. We spent Christmas day at Wollongong’s North Beach, along with about half the city. The air was redolent with brine and sun lotion and parking lot barbecues. Silver Gulls wheeled overhead, their cries blending with the endless roar of breakers and the laughter of a thousand children. The sun was so bright that it gave the daylight that bleached, almost colorless quality that you get at the beach. We ate cold prawns and strawberries — the sweetest I’ve ever tasted of either — and salt and vinegar potato crisps. We played in the cool waves with our boogie boards and on white hot sand with our cricket set — presents from Santa — and finally made our way home, tanned and exhausted and happy. Best Christmas any of us has ever had.
144 words. Your turn. Good luck!
And Happy Holidays to all of you. Thanks so much for making MW such a unique and vibrant place to post.
David B. Coe