Sunday, September 12, 2010

Scream for Halloween - UPDATED

September 15th starts the "big reveal" of the Artistic Halloween Queens "Queen for Day" giveaway.  We'll be giving away 31 in 31 days plus a big Halloween Gift Basket at the end, so stop by to check out how you can enter to win. :)


That is the correct address above - I had posted the wrong one before. Sorry!  If you click on the calendar in that link, you can see full size versions of the items that we're giving away.  I think mine is on day 19 (don't remember at the moment) - it's a a pumpkin queen "make-do."  (A "make-do" is where you make do with you have around the house [in this case, a refurbished soap dispenser] in order to create a craft item.)

There are lots of great prizes - go ahead, throw your name in the hat! :)

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Waiting for January

I received an email from a Publisher's Weekly the other day with the subject line: "Best First Chapter You'll Ever Read."

 Ok, I thought.  I'll bite.  I downloaded the PDF and read the first chapter of the YA book, "Across the Universe" by Beth Revis.  Wow. 

 This won't be coming out until 1/11/11, darn it.  I'm looking forward to it.

I've attached it for your convenience.

Now, whether that's REALLY the best first chapter you'll ever read is debatable.  But it was pretty darn good, in my humble opinion.

Friday, September 03, 2010

CSI Chicago: Special Cat Edition

Eyewitness statement from Kate Sterling:

I was in the kitchen getting some water when Macy the Cat walked in. I looked down and saw her ears bleeding profusely. Alarmed, I picked her up to see what happened and noticed it was paint and not blood. I ran into the dining room where I saw that they'd knocked over several things on the table, including a big bottle of red paint, which had spilled all over the chair and floor.

I had to hurry and clean up the paint before it dried, so I couldn't get a picture of it. Then I noticed red paw prints all over the hallway, so I grabbed Macy and washed her paws in the kitchen sink. I tried to get her ears clean, but it wouldn't all come off.

When I returned to the hall to see where else she had walked, I saw red prints on the white living room carpet.

Macy took advantage of my brief absence by attacking the garbage.

Frisky was nearby watching the whole thing, but refused to comment other than, "I didn't do it."

Frisky maintains that she had nothing to do with the crime and that all evidence which would suggest otherwise is clearly circumstantial.

Families of the victims are asking jurors for the maximum penalty of imprisonment during crafting days, since evidence has show Macy to be a hardened criminal incapable of rehabilitation. Macy's attorney maintains that a thorough investigation will prove she was framed, and that Frisky actually committed the crimes in question.