Apparently, I started working on a paragraph before I left wherein I was going to include Moo, but I’d simply forgotten where I left off. Anyway, I’ll repeat the warning of the title: this is from the very first draft of the very first chapter. It’s subject to change. And getting killed off completely. (And I don’t simply mean the subject matter of the chapter.)
It watched the two young women saunter down the hall, discussing the latest interview with the director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It felt students brush past it and pulled its cloak tighter. It’s people had been impressed at the strides Doctor Cooper had made since ascending to the directorship at the age of thirty-five–especially with the most recent successes of the Mars program–but It had little regard for former child prodigies whose names meant “Rainbow”.
It’s way too early to tell if Moo will have dialog, much less show up in person, but at least she’s mentioned. ^_^
“It” isn’t human, by the way. In fact, I really have no idea what It is, except maybe a host for something else that will show up later. But there you go.
To the esteemed nerds Moogega Cooper, Brandon Moore, Celeste Anderson, Virgil Griffith, Genevieve Pearson, Danielle Mackey, Joshua Ovenshire, Jonathan Paprocki, Alana Smith-Brown, Ivan Van Norman and Curtis Armstrong:
In honor of Robert Carradine’s birthday next Sunday, I’m offering my novels Ophelia and Broken Road for free (Kindle edition only). They will be available from 12:00a – 11:59p on 3/24 at http://www.amazon.com/Ophelia-House-Osborn-ebook/dp/B00BUV8CYE/ and http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008G0EC5A respectively.
If you miss it, don’t worry…I still have four promo days for both books that I can use in the future. ^_^
(I couldn’t find Hendrick’s twitter handle. I’m not sure he has one?)
I was going to burn all five days at once, but I decided to just do next Sunday now and hit the other four later. (I like the idea of doing both books back-to-back instead of simultaneously. Stretches things out a bit.)
Vacillating on offering Barefoot on the Couch as a short Kindle with no photos, but I’m not sure it would be the same. I wish I had a bigger audience so I could take a survey.
Ah well…back to the drawing…em…writing board. I added Dr. Moo to the “may use” section of my cast list. I’m thinking of having her be the director of NASA at age thirty-five (approximately five years before Elizabeth starts) and having Elizabeth admire her all her life. 😉
I guess this was bound to happen. You put two horses in the same race and you’re certain to end up competing with yourself at some point. *shakes her head*
Early on, it was no problem. MAS were so far down that we weren’t anywhere near Chris, and I figured that by the time we got up that far, he’d continue to slowly sink and we wouldn’t have an issue passing him.
Last night I was neck-and-neck…with myself. MAS occupied the 33rd spot and Chris the 32nd. I thought, “Hey…we just need a little cheering here and we’ll be up and over Chris in no time! (And he’ll stay there or keep sinking, so I don’t have to worry about getting in trouble with the administrators for having two candidates running.)”
No, that didn’t do it, either.
I don’t remember where Chris was when I woke up this morning, but MAS has stayed firmly in 33rd all day and Chris has risen back to 26th as of this writing.
I guess, as with any race, you have to wait until the results truly come in before you can decide who’s going to come out the winner. Obviously, at 26-33 (with a week to go), neither of my teams are going to make it this round.
But the next race? The next race should be interesting…
They say “charity begins at home”, but I really think charity begins in Las Vegas, heads over to an unidentified location somewhere between Oklahoma and Portland (Oregon, not Michigan) and lands squarely in Miami, where it–by all rights–probably should’ve been in the first place.
I found out about the Celebrity Charity Challenge through Val, who was raising money for the Zelzah Shriners (I’m going to guess that’s his local Shriners chapter) and, friend that I am, I got on board once I understood what was going on. Then I understood a little more and realized that the superfan gets to meet his/her celebrity automatically and I had a one in Goddess-knows-how-many chance of being selected to be the fan that gets to come along…and I guess I was jealous. (Well, that and he’s not so high on the list of “Guys I Have the Hots For” anymore…) So I moved along.
Next, I decided to go after Chris Kane. I know the Kaniacs are a strong bunch and I chose the Susan G. Komen Foundation, knowing that he’d donated to them before and that SGKF was one of the most visible breast cancer charities out there. It worked for a while…we actually got up to 17th place. But then Labor Day came around and I guess people stopped voting or the other celebrities got more people to vote or something, because we slowly started sinking. And it was annoying, because not only is Chris freaking hot, but I wanted to win…and I think I wanted to trample all over Val and the other celebrities, too. (Good sportswoman, aren’t I? HA!) So I jumped ship again.
(Side Note: Here’s a promo I shot with my webcam for “Kaniacs4theCure”. It’ll give you an idea of what I’ve been getting into.)
Why did I pick the Miami All Stars as my celebrities? I…don’t know. That’s a very good question! I just know that as soon as I started getting annoyed, I started thinking that if I changed, I wanted the All Stars to be the recipients of my generosity. The next thing I knew, I was tweeting Sean and texting him and…it blossomed from there!
Sean and two other All Stars, Kat and Joey are the chief organizers for the group and they also have their own webshow, The Say What Show. Last night, the three of them got together and brainstormed while I was up here in Michigan, staring off into space in my paralegal class. (Sounds like they had more fun!) Anyway, the starting point is going to be a promotion fest on Twitter with the Miami All Stars, the Untouchables and probably every member of Dancetown that they can get to tweet along with them. (We just have to get past Thursday, so we can get the full “dance power” in our corner! Go Untouchables!) The three of them are also going to work together to create a promo video (which I imagine will probably appear on SWS) for our cause (Miami-Dade Special Olympics, if you haven’t seen it on Twitter) and they’re even going to interview me via Skype. (Glad I got my hair cut and colored today…can’t imagine appearing for my big interview looking scruffy! *chuckle*)
The rest is a little more tenuous. Sean’s supervisor is on the Special Olympics board and they’re going to have a meeting tomorrow morning, so he’ll try to bring it up then. Hopefully, the board will get involved and make their own promos, and it could even get as big (if I understand correctly) as stories on the local news and maybe even in the Miami Herald! (Yes, I have been to Florida…how can you tell? xD )
That not good enough? Okay, how about: before getting on America’s Got Talent, the first telegenic couple Dancetown produced (D’Angelo and Amanda) appeared on Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance and won. Since then, Paula has been crazy for the Miami All Stars and the Untouchables (I’ve seen the retweets) and they seem to have a connection with her…so it might only take one little phone call and Paula Abdul and all her Twitter followers will be on our team like that! *snaps her fingers* (Never really been interested in her, but I know darn well she has Star Power [like Michael Jackson, one friend said], so she would be a Very Valuable Asset. The other teams will be toast!)
Stay tuned, my loves…the best is yet to come!