Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Blogtoberfest Day 15 - Sydney Salter

The winner of Amanda Ashby's Zombie Queen of Newbury High is...Cara King! Cara, please send your mailing address to jeri AT jerismithready DOT com in the next week.

Today's Blogtoberguest is Sydney Salter, author of My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters as well as two more books to come in the next year.

Sydney and I have something very important in common. According to her website, she refused to wear her glasses in school and therefore couldn't see the board. I'm glad to know I wasn't the only one!

Sydney's not only giving away a copy of My Big Nose and Other Disasters (the cover of which I adore), she's also sharing with us a Halloween memory guaranteed to make you go, "Awwwwww."

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A Halloween Love Story (Mine!)
Based on a true diary account.

The week before Halloween, a group of girls from my freshman dorm went to see a hilarious unknown comedian named Jerry Seinfeld. After the show, we walked across campus with a group of Sigma Chi guys who invited us to stop by their house later (one of them was Mike--the cute guy in my biology class!).

A bunch of girls crowded the dance floor, but an hour later it was just me and Mike. Right as I was about to leave—it was three in the morning—he asked me to the Sigma Chi Pledge Dance the following Saturday. So many girls liked him—but he asked me!

And then he let his friend walk me home.

Events the following week only added to my doubts about him possibly liking me. On Sunday he watched me play sorority flag football and witnessed three Kappas crunching me to the ground. He didn’t say anything about the dance so I convinced myself that he’d forgotten that he’d invited me.

On Monday night, Mike came to my dorm to talk about the dance. But I was wearing my LL Bean “Laura Ingalls” nightgown (my dorm mates teased me a lot about this flannel atrocity, but, hey, it was comfy!).* I wanted to die! I convinced myself that he only asked me out because he was such a nice guy—and pitied me.

He wasn’t in biology on Tuesday, but he called me later. Turns out we were supposed to wear pajamas to the dance. I needed better pajamas ASAP!

On Wednesday, Mike came into the library while I was studying and I experienced that getting weak in the knees feeling for the first time in my life. Scared me to death! I’d never liked someone that much—and I started freaking out about our first date.

Thursday, my Halloween costume finally arrived! My mom shipped me her sexy Dracula’s Bride outfit just in the nick of time. Phew!

My sorority trick-or-treated for local charities on Halloween, giving me the excuse to collect free chocolate into my twenties. Our first stop: The Sigma Chi house. Mike joined us—dressed as Dracula!

By this point, I’d made more than one phone call to my mom freaking out about not being ready for a serious relationship. “It’s only a date,” she’d say. But here we were, married via Halloween costume.

We trick-or-treated all over the neighborhood, prompting more than one person to say, “My! You’re getting bigger every year!” ** Afterwards we went dancing, until Mike left to go win the costume contest (I was too shy, too freaked out about being bride to his Dracula to join him). If I could, I’d go back and revise that part of the story.

We had a great time at the Pledge Dance the next night. And pretty much every night since then. So while we both count November 1st as our first date anniversary and we always celebrate our June wedding, Halloween will always hold an extra special place in my heart. I honor it with lots of chocolate!

*His fondness for The Little House On The Prairie did not manifest itself until much later in our relationship.

**Note to teenage or older trick-or-treaters: come to my house. I will give you extra candy!

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To enter to win a signed copy of My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters, leave a comment below. And remember, each comment automatically enters you in the drawing for the grand prize package: all 25 books!

For complete rules, read the introductory post.

Deadline for entry: Tuesday, October 27, 11:59pm Eastern. NOTE: THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED TO ENTRIES. The winner is Sheila Deeth!

Shana Norris and Troy High
Linda Joy Singleton and Dead Girl in Love
Linda Gerber and Death by Denim
Alexandra Diaz and an ARC of Of All the Stupid Things
Melissa Walker and Lovestruck Summer

Thanks again to Sydney for sharing her favorite Halloween memory! (I assume it's the favorite--if not, I'd really like to hear the favorite, hee-hee.)

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Awwww is right! What a wonderful story Sydney. Oh, by the way.. since you mentioned the older trick or treaters get extra candy from you (& I DO love my chocolate).. where should I go on Oct 31st?? lol just kidding!

thanks for sharing!!

Posted by: Blogger WriterWannaB_NY at 10/20/2009 11:27 AM

That is a good story.

Also, I hated wearing my glasses at school, too. Yay for contacts. ;D

Posted by: Blogger Miss Marjie at 10/20/2009 11:46 AM

Awwwww!!! That is so sweet. I love when happiness it brought on Halloween. I've always been teased cause my bday is on Halloween, so this story makes me smile...

Posted by: Anonymous Brittany at 10/20/2009 12:25 PM

What a sweet story! It also reminded me of my college boyfriend, who apparently also liked flannel. And I wore a flannel shirt and leggings on our first date (yeah, it was '89) in an attempt not to look too sexy! Oh well.

Posted by: Blogger Kimberly B. at 10/20/2009 1:45 PM

That is a lovely story! I never like wearing my glasses, but I'm too aware of my grades. I have to see that board!

Posted by: Blogger Melanie at 10/20/2009 2:08 PM

That's so sweet! I almost expected it to turn out that Mike's friend who walked you home was going to be the real hero of the story -- it's so nice that Mike was the hero all along! Happy (almost) "anniversary"!

Posted by: Blogger alanajoli at 10/20/2009 3:22 PM

Great memory! I love reading guest blogs(:

Posted by: Blogger Kelsey at 10/20/2009 3:52 PM

That was a very cute story! :)

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 10/20/2009 4:58 PM

So I love the cover of this book. I don't wear glasses but I would go right to contacts if I had the choice

Posted by: Blogger cait045 at 10/20/2009 6:02 PM

Awww. What a lovely story. You can always revise the prize bit when you write the fictionalized memoir.

Posted by: Blogger Sheila Deeth at 10/20/2009 8:27 PM

Oh what a great story. I am sure that your Laura Ingalls's pjs were very cute.

No need to enter me as I have My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters and it was WONDERFUL!!

Have a great Halloween.

Posted by: Blogger Lori T at 10/20/2009 11:27 PM

After I read this blog... I went and checked this book out online and I love what I've read so far. I can easily say if I do not win this book (cross my fingers) I will have to go out and buy it.

P.S. I love the new Shade cover, Jeri!!

Posted by: Anonymous Brittany at 10/21/2009 10:23 AM

This has been fun the last couple of weeks!

Posted by: Blogger tetewa at 10/21/2009 2:12 PM

That's a sweet story & the book looks really good too.


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 10/21/2009 6:06 PM

Totally hated my glasses! Mom made me wear them during the school year but I refused during the summer.

What a nice memory! Thanks for sharing Sydney.


Posted by: Blogger Asylumgirl at 10/21/2009 11:00 PM

Love that story! And your husband's dedication shows in his fondness for Little House on the Prairie. Usually that is developed early in life or not at all. Okay, that's a crackpot theory. :) But I remember, as a boy, checking out one of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books from the library, only to have my mother tell me that the series was for girls. I'm glad I didn't learn my lesson, since I went on to read some choice Judy Blume. :)

Posted by: Blogger Ken at 10/22/2009 12:50 PM

Thanks everyone for your nice comments! The nightgown was NOT cute, but I do actually prefer wearing my glasses to contacts these days (plus it helps motivate my 10-year-old daughter to wear hers!).

The friend that walked me home was in our wedding!

Happy Halloween : )

Posted by: Blogger Sydney Salter at 10/22/2009 11:45 PM

That is such a great story :) Halloween is awesome!
As for me, contacts are kinda a hassle in the morning, especially when I was in high school and had to be there at 7!


Posted by: Blogger pepsivanilla at 10/23/2009 2:54 PM

Awww. What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it with us Sydney! I was so blind in high school that I need to wear my glasses or I would walk into the walls.


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Posted by: Blogger I ♥ Book Gossip at 10/24/2009 5:13 PM

Awwe is right! That's all I have to say. Awe!


Posted by: Blogger Casse AKA Catholic Kittie at 10/27/2009 5:44 AM

Oh, this sounds like an awesome book.

P.S. I always hated my glasses, too, but I'm too old for contacts now that I can finally afford them (my optometrist tells me after 40 the lenses in your eyes get too rigid for them).

Posted by: Blogger BrigidsBlest at 10/27/2009 7:32 PM

The winner of Sydney Salter's MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS is Sheila Deeth!

Thanks to everyone who commented, and once again thanks to Sydney for being such a great guest!

We've got more than ten giveaways yet to go, so even though the month is nearly over, the suspense is not.

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