Sunday, January 3, 2010

New year, new look, new contest!

A new age is upon us, and as we venture forth into a new decade...*coughcough...cough...* (sips hot honey lemon water) Phew! Sorry about that. I don't know what got into me.

Ahem. Hemhem.

I love the start of a new year. Even though nothing really changes from 11:59pm on December 31st, it's fun to have that fresh, clean slate sort of feeling. I started this blog on the cusp of 2009, but I'm just barely getting the hang of this whole blogging thing.

I know, slow learner, right? Well, I'm not usually this slow on the uptake, but my life has been too busy to do much more than randomly track my thoughts, feelings and experiences with writing, querying, and raising a family. I do my best, and I hope to improve. I'll be aiming for posting twice a week, which is pretty realistic for me. I've come to terms with the fact that I'll never be a once-a-day blogger. Oh, how I admire those of you who blog so faithfully, and who offer so much incredible information* to us aspiring authors!

Okay, all this goal-setting is wearing me out. Let's get on with the fun stuff, shall we?

My first ever book giveaway!

I'm beyond excited to share this book with you. I found it quite by accident at the bookstore this year, but couldn't resist the story of Hamlet from Ophelia's perspective. It's faithful to the original, and if you've ever wondered why in the world Hamlet would choose Ophelia, this book gives some good reasons. I will give a disclaimer: I'm no expert in medieval literature, and I'm not into retellings, so if there's a better one out there, you'll have to let me know. That said, I loved this book.

So, if you're interested in getting a free copy of this book, here are the rules:

1. Be a follower and comment for 2 (count 'em: 2) entries. (You can comment without following too. I don't want to leave anyone out. If you follow me on some sort of reader instead of that Google thingy on the sidebar, make sure you let me know.)
2. Show me some blog love and link to the contest for yet another entry. (Yes, I'm trying to bribe you, but everyone should know about a free book.)
3. If you follow me on twitter and tweet it, you'll get another entry. (Be forwarned: if you add me on twitter, you'll get bombarded with my tweets about 4 times a week. I'm crazy like that.)

The winner will be chosen randomly on January 31st by one of my children from a hand-crafted Mexican bowl from my trip, no less, and posted on the blog that evening. (I may kick myself for this when I get to the post office, but I'll ship to you even if you're on some remote isle of the sea.)

In summary: contest, hand-picked, hand-crafted, Mexico...what more could you ask for???

Here's to a new year, and many blissful moments!

*I can only promise (mostly) useless, yet (hopefully) entertaining subjects that range from homeschooling to querying, and everything in between. 


Caroline Starr Rose said...

So excited about this title. Please, pick me!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

happy New Year, Tracy!! Twice a week is a great goal. I look forward to reading your posts.

Natalie said...

Oh, that looks like a fun one Tracy! Good luck on your blogging goal! When I blogged everyday I ran out of stuff to say all the time--that's why I cut down to 3 times a week. :)

Terresa said...

Love the new look of your blog & your profile picture, too! (I had to do a double take.) :)

Sweet giveaway. I follow your blog, I follow you already on Twitter.

PS: How do you home school & find time to write, too? I write when my 3 older kids are in school & my youngest (age 2) naps. Also I write late @ night b/c then I feel less...guilt.

You are amazing!

Sliding on the Edge said...

I haven't read this one, but it looks inticing. I'd love it.

Stephanie Faris said...

Medieval literature...just the term scares me!

Erin said...

I'm in, and super impressed you're doing giveaways. I find going to the post office very daunting, which is why no Christmas cards. But this book looks great. I love the cover picture!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Ooh, sounds like an interesting book!

Melanie J said...

I'm a Shakespeare fanatic so I'm into the idea of this book. Also, I follow you in Bloglines. Count me in!

Sharon Mayhew said...

I love the look of your blog! It is lovely, as is the cover of Ophelia. :)I've been afraid to change mine...(I'm in the over 40 crowd.)...Worried I might lose all of my posts.

Have fun with your contest!

All good things said...

Bonjour mon amie!

Have you thought about writing a children's book in french? They all seem to be lacking. Just a thought!

Mike L said...

Well, I'm commenting, not because I really want to win your book, but more because I want to return the love. I have been reading your blog, but my wife always chases me off of the computer before I get a chance to comment. Okay, I won't totally pass the buck... I usually get on at times when I should probably be doing other stuff, like helping with the kids, etc. Anyway, this comment will become a blog post in its own right if I don't stop. I do enjoy your your blog, and I'm extremely happy to be back in contact again.

Tracy said...

All Good Things - Salut, ma chère! (C’est toi, B, n’est-ce pas?) Oui, j'avais pensé à écrire en français, mais je ne saurais pas du tout où commencer pour soumir pour la publication. Je pourrais toujours faire un peu de recherche, mais cela prendrait beaucoup d’effort!

Quand je serais publiée en anglais (si tout va bien), les droits peuvent être vendus aux autres pays, et ils seront responsables pour la traduction. Alors, c’est bien possible que vous retrouveriez mes livres en français éventuellement.

Malheureusement, il fait longtemps que je n’ai écrit quelque chose de substantiel en français, et je ne sais pas si ce serait assez bon.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I'm a follower already and I love the cover of the book! You could also come over to my blog and enter my book giveaway!

Karen Denise said...

Oh, I love a good contests! Count me in. I'm already a follwer so 2 entries for me! Also, I have something for you on my blog. Check it out when you get a chance. :-)

Mike L said...

Actually, Lisa would love to read this book... I'll trade you a child for the book.

Tracy said...

Haha, Mike. No trading necessary. You'd miss one of your kids eventually, then you'd just end up resenting me. Especially if Lisa didn't like the book. :)

june_spirit2628 said...

I'd love to read this book--I'm always looking for new material and this one sounds right down my alley. I love Shakespeare (I was probably the only girl in my college classes who really do!) and Hamlet is one of my fav plays of all time. Thank you for the chance to win!
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

june_spirit2628 said...

2nd entry--I'm also a follower :)

june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Suzette Saxton said...

I'm a follower.

Following you on Twitter + a tweet.

Thanks for this contest!

Aik said...

I'd love to enter! Thanks!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I follow you @aikchien and tweeted:

aikychien at yahoo dot com

pippirose said...

I've always been fascinated by the character of Ophelia.

pippirose59 at gmail dot com

pippirose said...

I'm a follower.
pippirose59 at gmail dot com