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.