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Saturday, June 26, 2010

About Contests

Awe,gee. It looks like someone might actually read my blog, so it's past time to post. I do indeed win a lot of contests, and here's why. I enter them. It's an odds game, plain and simple. If you enter four contests a day, sooner or later, you're going to win something. So what are you waiting for? Search the internet and enter them.

By the way, I recently won an autographed copy of Eric Luper's, "Seth Baumgarten's Love Manifesto." What a great book! I also won an autographed "Red Pyramid" by Rick Riordan. Of course he has his own little fan club and doesn't need me to tell you his book is great. Actually, I wouldn't know because I've yet to pry my daughter's fingers off of my prize. I'm looking forward to receiving my next win by Sarah Ockler, "Fixing Delilah Hanniford." If I love it, I'll post an Amazon review.

So folks, I'm not overly lucky. I'm overly persistent. Just ask the agents who keep finding my queries in their inboxes. Sooner or later someone will say, "Yes!"

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Contests

Don't you love contests? Me too. So I'm going to post a comment about the following contest.

teamsheltie

Weres vs Vamps smackdown! Win 13 to Life by @Shannon_Delany & signed Wicked Game, Bad to the Bone by @jsmithready http://bit.ly/a3vO0Z

Pretty cool.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Rude Behaviors: Blame TV?

Back in ancient Rome, spectators went to see gladiators fight to the death for the sake of entertainment. We may cringe at the cruelty of this, but are we really that different today? We may not be publicly murdering people, but we are practicing rude behavior to shame folks in front of the television audience.

Once again, I see an article about Simon Cowell harassing some kid on American Idol for the sake of entertainment. If it's not Simon, it's a reality TV show kicking a person off the island or publicly stating how much one dislikes another, but why?

These shows, for the sake of entertainment, are sending a scary and real message to our youngsters: it's okay to be rude to one another. As someone who works with children, I see that they are getting this message loud and clear.

But, it's not just our children. Society in general has become overly rude. Just the other day, I stepped into my vet's office to fill a prescription for my dog. The woman quickly took my order and handed me the pills. All she had to do was get me to sign the receipt, and I'd be on my way. Instead, she stopped to talk to the vet and help a young co-worker who didn't understand how to perform a function on a computer. After I stood in wait for several minutes, she handed me my receipt without so much as an apology for wasting my time. As so many other times, it became obvious that I--the customer--am not the most important person.

We may not be killing each other with swords, but there are other ways to bring harm.