Voting continues for 24 hours, and during that time I'll be tweeting some SHINElines here and there, just for fun. Zachary's gotten the bulk of them so far, so these'll be all Aura quips.
And now, the obligatory
1) SOMETHING FOR AURA. If Aura wins, Zachary will create his own homage to Aura. It’ll involve music, but it won’t be a song. All I can tell you is that it’ll be…cosmic. (Ooh, look, another subtle hint!)
2) SOMETHING FOR GOOD.
For every 100 votes Aura receives (up to 1000 votes), I’ll donate $10 to the Edgar Allen Poe Society of Baltimore to help them keep open the Poe House
. Due to budget cutbacks, they're in serious danger of having to shut down this historic landmark
, which was featured in SHADE (here's the attic bedroom
where Poe once lived and where Zachary hit his head on the ceiling), and, hmmm, just might
make a reappearance in SHINE. Without outside help, the Poe House will be closed in June 2012.
John Cusack says noooooooo!
If you’d like to pledge your own donation for the tournament, fill out this form. (More information
on the threatened Poe House closing.)
3) SOMETHING FOR YOU – Admit it, this is what you’ve been skimming the entry for. One of the incentives for the Crush Tourney final round was listing Team Kilt members' names in the acknowledgments of SHINE. Almost 200 names will appear, and I’m grateful to each of you.
It's nice to see your name in print in the acknowledgments, but how would you like to have your name in the story itself?
SHINE's copyeditor noticed that two completely unrelated people had the same last name, for no apparent reason. Oops! I had to do something to fix this. Since I suck at coming up with names for minor characters, I'm copping out and naming one of them after YOU.
The contest winner can choose to give their name to:
a) last year’s senior class president
b) a shade
One wreaks serious physiological and psychological damage, and the other goes to Harvard.
You can name the character after yourself or a loved one (ooh, a lovely holiday gift!). If the winner is under 18 years old, he or she must have parental permission.
To enter this Be a Character contest, go to the Aura vs. Kaylee tournament post
between midnight tonight and tomorrow, vote for Aura, and leave a comment containing the phrase "AuraFTW" (FTW = "For the Win") on the tournament match's post. Including "AuraFTW" will make it easier for me to do a search on the page to find the entries.
***If you are the FIRST COMMENT on the entire post, you get TEN EXTRA ENTRIES in both this contest and the one below, so be ready to vote and comment right at midnight!***
Also, please keep all comments positive and fun--no bashing allowed. If you need convincing (which I know you don't), please read my R-E-S-P-E-C-T post
4) SOMETHING ELSE FOR YOU
*waves ARC of SHINE*
YES! If Aura wins--and only if Aura wins--I will give an ARC of SHINE to one of the entrants in the Be a Character contest above. No need to do anything extra except GOTV (Get Out The Vote). Tell your friends, family, coworkers, and random folks on the street.
Winner(s) will be announced here on the blog on Friday, December 16. If I can't reach you to get a mailing address by Friday, December 23, I'll pick another winner.
A VERY. SPECIAL. HEROIC. GUEST.