Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Fraud Police and a Winner!


Man, it's EASY to be insecure the first day after a book launch! But...

FIRST: our winners from yesterday... It was a very difficult decision. There were tons of great entries. Elizabeth and I EACH had favorites, but we thought... in addition... you know... we had the SAME second choice entry, so we thought instead of two winners, we would present three, ALL to receive copies of both of our books.


Elizabeth's Choice: Sylvia Bruggen and her geriatric mischief makers! (too funny—check them out)  (definitely agree with her on the merit on this one—VERY funny!)

Tart's Choice: Oh, Lady Gwen totally channeled me! I saw a lot of great posts, but this just REALLY spoke to me... the Brothel Owner that just wasn't quite fresh anymore...

Mutual Second Choice: And finally... this is additional... we each had our separate FIRST choices, but it so happened we had the SAME second choice, and thought that merited a prize, too... So Christine gets a prize for her Riverdance of Death.

So that's it... two winners plus an extra...

[appropriate emails to be sent shortly]


And then... yesterday as a book release day reminded me HUGELY of Neil Gaiman's recent graduation speech, which can be heard in completion HERE and is BRILLIANT, so you should definitely listen, whether graduation is related to anything you do or not, because it is MORE about living as an artist (a Writer even *GAH*)

Here is the speech, totally worth listening to no matter what. It's BRILLIANT, especially for a writer.

But my favorite detail of this is the Fraud Police... the folks who...once you achieve some measure of success COME FOR YOU because you are a FRAUD.

And I am feeling, at the moment, like... since I have a BOOK that has come out... that the FRAUD POLICE are coming for me. This is the fear I am worrying about today... that the Fraud Police are coming for me...

(note he says when you FINALLY feel naked, you are FINALLY making good art)

15 comments:

Siv Maria said...

Congrats to the winners! I had fun doing this bloghop and read a lot of funny stories. Don't worry about the fraud police, they are here in Norway on strike....lol!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Then you must be making really great art, Hart!
Congratulations to the winners.
Just wait until your second book is about to come out. The fraud army comes after you then. (But don't worry, we'll sic the Ninja Army on them!)

Jan Morrison said...

That was such a hoot yesterday! Congratulations to the winners and I agree - they were all so funny and right on!
The Fraud Police - I watched this too a while back and loved it - I've been making my clients watch it. You just tell them if they show up that you are a hundred percent real and so are your literary offspring!

Old Kitty said...

Hooorah to the winners!! And hoorah for being most NAKED!! Naked is good!! Even Mr Gaiman says so!! Take care
x

Journaling Woman said...

Congrats to the winners!

I'm a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and my daughter told me I need to listen to his speech, just haven't got around to it.

Teresa

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Everyone had such terrific entries--it was hard to judge them! Thanks to everybody who participated!

Gaiman's speech was amazing!

Clarissa Draper said...

Congrats to the winners! I just loved reading the story ideas.

Helena said...

Yay for the winners! There really were some fun entries in the fest.

And if the fraud police do come for you, Hart, just let me know and I'll whack 'em for you.

Gwen Gardner said...

Yay! Thank you ladies, I had a blast. I'll have to write slutty more often, lol. Congrats to the other winners!

Arlee Bird said...

Since you started at naked then I guess you're a step ahead of the game.


Lee
Wrote By Rote

Jan Arzooman said...

Totally understand about "Fraud Police." I've been visited by them, myself. But congrats on the book and thanks for the link to the Neil Gaiman speech.

Sarah Ahiers said...

The funny thing about the Fraud Police is, they're frauds!! So just shut your door in their faces when they come knocking

Tina said...

Arlee stole my joke...sigh. I will listen to his speech. Not Arlee's, the other guy. Again, congrats, Hart. Looking forward to reading this FINALLY. Feel so proud to have been able to follow you on this journey from when you first revealed the cover to today. CONGRATS. If you're still looking for a place to stop on your tour, Life is Good accepts visitors. Oh, and I gave you an award yesterday and told everyone about your new book and gave the Amazon link. (Yes, I like brownie points. Though I prefer them delivered in the form of an extra dry martini...)
Tina @ Life is Good

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

ohhhhhhhhhhh I am so happy I have WON!!! Thank you :)

Maryellen Brady said...

Congratulations to the winners :) This was such a fun event, I had fun reading all the posts!