"Life's like a movie. Write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending..." Kermit the Frog
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Blog Contest: Take Oprah's No Phone Zone Pledge
Yesterday, Oprah’s show was on driving while distracted. According to University of Utah researcher David Strayer, our brains can’t multitask the way we would like to believe they can. Drivers who are on their cell phones talking or texting experience a sort of tunnel vision that is equal to or worse than driving while intoxicated. One of the points raised was, even if you are able to stay between the lines while distracted, you are not as alert to the people around you who are weaving, and your reaction time is worse. I don’t text, but admit to checking in with my husband while driving. The idea that my flippant phone call could cause anyone’s (especially a child’s) death is horrible.
This morning I signed Oprah’s No Phone Zone Pledge, and I want to challenge all of you to do the same. I’m providing the link to Oprah’s challenge. Sign it, commit to it, and leave me a comment on my blog telling me you took the pledge. On Monday, January 25, one commenter who took the challenge will win a $10 McDonalds gift card. After all, you deserve a Happy Meal for committing to something that will make the world a safer place for kids.
Remember, I must be able to contact you to send you a prize, so make sure you leave me your twitter name or email address if I can’t find it through your blog account. I will only mail the prize to a U.S. address. Good luck, and thanks for taking the challenge.
Teaching Others to Be Better Songwriters, my interview with Steve Seskin can be found in the Writer's Digest's 2010 SONGWRITER'S MARKET.
ASHES & INK Young Adult / Teens 72,000 words
Fresh out of juvie for arson, sixteen-year-old Mazie is abandoned by her bitter Aunt Deb minutes after she'd signed for Mazie's release. While living on the streets and drawing flash for a tattoo shop, Mazie learns that Samantha, the daughter of the firefighter killed in the flames Mazie started, has disappeared. When she finds out a serial kidnapper is on the prowl, and that Samantha is likely one of his victims, Mazie hunts for clues that could save Samantha from becoming the next body to wash ashore. But finding Samantha means NOT laying low--a risky gamble since Mazie is already on the run for crimes she didn't commit.
INSTA-GATOR Picture Book 697 words
Cray’s rowdy bayou brothers are the instigators in the family and take advantage of Cray, expecting him to clean up their messes like a Cajun Cinder-fella. But when Cray finds a hoodoo egg containing gator dust, he trades in his dustpan for a sharp set of teeth and eyes that can hunt underwater. Cray's jazzed about being an Insta-Gator and gives his brothers a taste of their own potion. But when the fun of the gumbo hogging, floor flooding, and cat chasing wear thin, Cray must decide whether it's all worth leaving his brothers with the blues.
TIGER LILY AND THE PRINCE
The queen picked a new guard for Prince Donald—one with the best high kick, high jump, and “Hi-Ya!” in the kingdom. But Prince Donald is NOT happy about having a girl guard, and if he cries wolf one more time, Tiger Lily may decide to toss him into the moat instead of saving him.