a few quick things:

1. As of right now 142 people have signed up here to win a signed copy of Pajama Girls. Next week I’ll draw the first name from that pool, with more to follow. So be sure to sign up there if you haven’t already.

2. The first entries in the ‘reading in my pajajams’ contest have started trickling in. There are thumbnails in the near right column, which you can click on. You’ll end up at the flickr page for the photo so you can have a better look, and you can, if you like, leave a comment there. Today we got the first entry of an entire family reading in their jammies, and I’m hoping for more of those. Of course, the ones of dogs and babies are just as cute, but I’m hoping for a wide range of approaches.

Now I have to go back to this party. I’m almost as nervous about it as  M is.

reading in my pajamas

This contest originally announced here. Go have a look, see what there is to win. All in celebration of the upcoming release of The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square.

So here we go. I expect some technological hiccups, so I’m starting earlier than planned so I can get it all fixed before Monday.

What you have to do to enter the contest:

Girlchild & Emma1. Take a digital photo of somebody (you, somebody you love or work with, your pet pig, any or all of these). In this photo the subjects must (a) be wearing pajamas and (b) be reading. (Example to the right. Girlchild in blue, ca 1992)

2. The whole process has been simplified.  When you have your photo, email it to me at:

3. In your email you should indicate how you want me to tag your photo. For example:

Please tag my photo with the name Susan G. and the title Bobo and his Books.

4. In your email you must also state the following:

By submitting this photo to the Reading in my Pajamas contest, I agree to the rules, and further I state that this photo is my property. I took it, and I take responsibility for posting it on flickr.

I have to have this statement or I won’t be able to add your photo to the contest or upload it to flickr.

When the contest closes, five finalists will be announced and a winner will be chosen from those five by popular vote. Questions?

visual prompt, no people

Abandoned Mansion

Originally uploaded by musicmuse_ca.

If you click through to Flickr, you’ll be able to read the story of this photo and the house. There are some very dramatic points in its history. When I look at it I think of novels like Rebecca, told by a somewhat mysterious narrator.

“I dreamed last night of Manderly.” — the right kind of atmospheric beginning.

However. If I wanted to write a story built around this house, I’d have to banish Manderlay from my mind and find the thread of a story of my own. If I gave it some time I have this sense I could come up with a dozen ideas.

If I had the time.



Originally uploaded by jessi..

An example of a photo that suggests lots of story possibilities to me. I’ll post this kind of thing once in a while, now that I’ve figured out how.