And We Have a Winner!

It’s a cold and rainy day here in Georgia, and so I’ve been writing, writing, writing, all day long. And I was just getting to the really scary part–you know, the part where the world turns upside down, characters start flying every which way, monkeys are zipping by–and then I thought, Cathy, you might need a break. On account of me pretty much adding The Wizard of Oz to my manuscript.

So I probably have a bit of rewriting to do. But first, I’m drawing a name for Meg Moseley’s delightful novel, GONE SOUTH. I guarantee that Lynn will enjoy every word of this Southern story, steeped in family histories.

And speaking of family histories, I’m wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, steeped in all the fixin’s, with you and yours!

The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton–And We Have a Winner!

TildaPinkertonI’ve been dashing around like…well, like Tilda Pinkerton in her magical hats! Which would explain why I’m just now drawing a winner for Angela Shelton’s fun-o-rific book, The Adventures Of  Tilda Pinkerton. But I threw all the names in–wait for it–a hat, and pulled out…


So, Gail, you’ll be hearing from me today and your hat will be winging its way to you before you can say “tinctumutation.” (It’s in the book.)

For the rest of you, you can look it up in the dictionary. (But it would be a lot more fun if you read The Adventures of Tilda Pinkerton!)

Winner of The Divorce Girl (And a Consolation Prize!)

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking I completely forgot about The Divorce Girl by Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. But I did not forget.

I mean, yeah, I forgot to draw the winner, but I didn’t forget about the book. And though The Divorce Girl was on my mind, I had several writing projects to finish yesterday so I was zipping along, typing, taking pictures, submitting, mailing and critiquing. Whew!

And just now, I had to wait for the Beneficent Mr. Hall to get out of the shower to pick the winner. But without any further ado, the (soggy) winner’s name is…Aspie Writer! Yay!

For the rest of you, I offer the consolation prize of a motivational trick for writing that works like magic. You can read all about it over at The Muffin.

(I know a good magician keeps the workings of her tricks secret but I think y’all deserve to know why I’m sometimes so forgetful. But don’t worry, Aspie Writer. I’m sending you an email as soon as I finish this post!)


And The Winning Brain Is…

I suppose it would be more proper to say the winner of Chicken Soup’s Boost Your Brain Power is…




But just think of what a winning brain she’s going to have! Yay!

(Bet you were hanging about, thinking, dang. It’s almost 11:00 and we have no idea who’s going to win this book. Cathy’s probably sitting around, piddling on FB and whatnot instead of throwing those names into the hat and marching the Beneficent Mr. Hall in there to pick a name.

But that is completely false. I was watching America’s Got Talent.)

Fun Friday Finds (Or Who Says Friday the 13th Ain’t Lucky?)

Today was very lucky for the person who won Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Messages from Heaven. I threw all those names into and randomized away until this name popped up: STACY!

I sure hope you enjoy the book, Stacy. And for the rest of you non-winners, I have something that will make you feel so much better, you’ll laugh right out loud. (Stacy, you can read it, too.)  It’s Colin Nissan’s “The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do.”

I came across Colin’s article over at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and seriously, I could spend the entire day there, reading stuff and laughing out loud. But then I’d be breaking one of Colin’s rules and never get to writing better than I normally do.

I may not get to that point, anyway. But at least now I feel pretty good about blaming McSweeney’s.