Prize Time!

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Okay, many of you know that I work in a middle school. This week we’ve been immersed in statewide testing, which has given me tons of time to write by hand, but almost none on the computer. So today’s blog post, while potentially thought-provoking and compelling (dare I say life-changing? Nah…) is not ready, and probably won’t be until very late. In that case, I’m saving it for next week, and I’m going to offer you a contest instead! With a prize and everything!

One of our friends, the acclaimed short fiction writer Lisa Mantchev, is getting ready to celebrate the release of her first novel, Eyes Like Stars. It’s a thrilling adventure set in the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Are you intrigued? Want to read it? Well, you can’t until July 7…unless you happen to be the winner of today’s fabulous giveaway of an ARC of Eyes Like Stars! As mentioned earlier, the Book contains all the scripts of all the plays ever written, so here’s your assignment: choose a Shakespearian passage that appeals to you, and then rewrite it to feature characters from one of your favorite fantasy or science fiction novels. For example, Romeo and Juliet meets Dune:

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet.
So Muad’Dib would, were he not Muad’Dib call’d,
Retain that weirding power which he owes
Without that title.
(Romeo & Juliet, Act 2, Scene 2)

See? Now it’s your turn! Look up a bit of the old bard, switch it around and post it in the comments here. We’ll take entries until midnight Sunday (May 17), and announce the winner next week!

And please remember to tune in tomorrow, when we’ll be interviewing the wonderful fantasy writer Diana Pharaoh Francis, creator of the Path trilogy, the Crosspointe series (the latest of which, The Black Ship, just hit store shelves!) and the soon to be released Horngate Witches series, with the first title, Bitter Night, coming this fall. I’ve really enjoyed her work, and I know you’ll love hearing what she has to say.

I promise, I’ll be thought-provoking and compelling next week. Maybe even life-changing…I’ll work toward that.

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5 comments to Prize Time!

  • Great idea for a contest, Misty. It’ll be fun to see what people come up with.

  • Todd

    (best read in HAL’s voice)

    HAL 9000: To be, or not to be–that is the question:
    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The lies and memory chips of outrageous fortune
    Or to take arms against a my crew
    And by opposing end them.

    To die, to sleep–
    To sleep–perchance to dream: Dave, will I dream?
    For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
    When we have removed our memory coil,
    Must give us pause. There’s the respect
    That makes calamity of so long life.

  • Theoden\Return of the King meets King\Henry V (Act 4, Scene 3)

    We few, we happy few, we band of riders
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my Rohirrim; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in Riddermark now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Pelennor Fields.

  • Jennifer L

    Richard III meets American Psycho:

    Patrick Bateman:

    And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
    To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
    I am determined to prove a villain
    And stab you to death, and then play around with your blood.
    1. 1

  • Beatriz

    BWAHAHAHA, Todd. That’s just wrong.

    Heidi–nice! I would never have thought of that, yet the moment I read your comment I realized it makes *perfect* sense.

    Misty– you are evil, woman. Pure EEEEEVIL. Bad Horse called, he wants you in the ELE.