We write. We rant. We wrestle the magic.
Fooled you didn’t I? Won’t find any 5 greatest blah blah’s about summer here. No sir (or ma’am). Can’t bring myself to type out the words for yet another post that will deify the sweltering months that occur betwixt the freezing ones. Why Do I think summer is so terrible? Read on!
Is anyone else tired of being vaguely moist from June through sometime in September? If you live anywhere near water (like me), humidity is the hydra we battle. Always sprouting up just when I think it’s beaten. Ever testing the earthly bonds of my deodorant. Enough already! Suck out all the moisture in the air and give it all to Arizona and see how they like it. Try living in instant swamp land that’s 120 degrees in the shade AND 100 percent humidity.
For those lacking sufficient melanin in their skin to get that healthy golden color from the sun’s rays, there are only two states of being — deathly white and lobster red. There’s no middle ground. Tanning booths won’t help. Gradual build-up cannot suppress the skin’s wont for microsecond detonation and sizzle. We’ve heard of sun tans. We’ve just never seen one on ourselves that didn’t come from a bottle. Put too much of that stuff on and it’ll clog your pores, which leads to more skin-related issues.
I live off of a road that’s a direct artery to popular shore destinations, including Atlantic City. Every weekend, which feels like it starts on Thursday at 3PM, traffic snarls into an ad nauseum sea of people in too much of a hurry with no idea where they’re going. They know just one thing: they have to get their right now and bumpers be damned. A significant number of them never make it to the beach, but they do manage to tie up traffic for several days while emergency crews cut them out of their overloaded SUVs.
Summer is a great time to catch up on reading, get the family to see some of this expansive country or catch up on the book you should be writing (I’m writing! I swear!). What we could all use is a little slowdown in our hurry up so we actually live long enough to enjoy our vacations. And less sweating. Seriously. We could all just sweat a little less and the trains around here would smell so much nicer.
The Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt will run from TODAY until midnight on SUNDAY (19th July). To enter to win FORTY signed paperbacks by a wide range of authors PLUS $30 worth of Amazon Gift Cards, simply hop around ALL participating stops, collect all of the highlighted numbers, add them together, and then go enter the requested details along with your calculated answer in the ENTRY FORM. You can find more information on how the stop works HERE. All stops will direct you to the next place to hop across to. And don’t worry if you get lost, because the entire list of participating authors can be found HERE.
My Stop: None other than New York Times Best Selling Author Maria V. Snyder.
The Prize: Maria has been gracious enough to provide a set of signed bookmarks and a very rare cover flat of the UK adult edition of Magic Study – they never printed the adult editions of this book – only the YA editions (which has another cover) so they sent her the covers to use as giveaways. She will personalize the cover flat for the winner and sign it as well.
How To Win: Comment on the blog entry! I’ll be tabulating the comments and will choose a commenter at random for the win. Length of comment doesn’t matter, but try to say something nice.
My Tour Number: 21 (you’ll need this to win the grand prize)
The Next Tour Stop! J.K. Rock Http://www.jkrock.net
Or, if you have all of your numbers and are ready to enter, then hop across to the Summer Reads Scavenger Hunt Entry Form.