A Month Of Letters Giveaway Week Three

Happy Louis Riel Day if you’re reading from Manitoba, if you’re not, I hope you’re enjoying your Family Day, Islander Day, President’s Day or at the very least, Monday. It’s blustery and stormy here in Winnipeg today (I know, surprise, surprise), but neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will stop me from giving away a copy of Thunder Road.

This week’s Month of Letters giveaway is taking place on Facebook. I’ve been making people work for their free books so far: asking you to tell me about your favourite myth or folktale, or to let me know things you thought would be “better with Loki“. This week I’m making it easy on you. All you need to do to win a signed copy of Thunder Road is “Like” the Thunder Road Trilogy Facebook page and I’ll draw a name Thursday (Thor’s Day!) February 22nd and send you the book.

Easy peasy. So what are you waiting for?


A Month Of Letters Contest

As some readers may know, I’m participating in Mary Robinette Kowal’sA Month of Letters” challenge.

The gist according to Mary is:

  1. In the month of February, mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture, or a cutting from a newspaper, or a fabric swatch.
  2. Write back to everyone who writes to you. This can count as one of your mailed items.

It’s been a blast so far, and I’ll be dropping something fun in the post today on my way to work.

I’ve also been thinking, since I’m going to the post office everyday anyway, why not send out some copies of Thunder Road?

So here’s the deal:

Every Thursday (Thor’s Day!) in the month of February, I’ll be giving away a copy of Thunder Road; one here on the blog, and one each on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

To have a chance to win that first copy, drop me a comment on this post and tell me about your favourite fable, folktale, or legend. I’ll be randomly choosing a winner Thursday morning, so please spread the word.

Oh, and do feel free to send me a letter, I’ll write you back!

New Month, New Goals

So these were my goals for January:

  • Finish my submission for Sword and Mythos. I helped fund this anthology on IndieGogo, so I damn well better send them something.
  • Send at least one short story to On Spec.
  • Write a blog post at least once a week.

Now that it’s February, how did I do?

  • Finish my submission for Sword and Mythos. I helped fund this anthology on IndieGogo, so I damn well better send them something.

Yeah, that didn’t happen. I have finished drafting the story, but it still needs a lot of polish before I’m willing to let anyone (let alone an editor) see it.

  •  Send at least one short story to On Spec.

I managed to send in three stories to On Spec for this submission period. Two of those stories are ones they offered to take a second look at if I made some revisions and the third, while not a new new story, is new to them, as they were closed to submissions when I first finished it. Fingers crossed, knock wood, not mentioning that “Scottish play” and all that.

  • Write a blog post at least once a week.

I’m actually not sure what to say about this one…I wrote five blog posts in January, as well as had a guest blog from Clare Marshall. By the numbers I guess I hit my goal, but if I lawyer up on my wording, I failed. In one of those January weeks I didn’t actually write a blog, I only published Clare’s guest post. A technical win, I suppose?

Yeah, I’m going to call that a win too. It’s my blog, I can change the rules.

  • Write a blog post at least once a week.

So what’s up for February? February actually has some paying deadlines so it’s going to be a little crazy.

I think that’s ambitious enough for now.

Write on!