I'm not far enough along in my deadline to justify that very expensive bottle of Glenlivet, and it's best not to drink and blog/tweet, anyway, so I'll be downing Pepsi and wishing it was Irn Bru, the national soft drink of Scotland (ten times the sugar and caffeine, or maybe I'm making that up).
So, as I mentioned before
, Burns Day is a significant cultural holiday in Scotland, celebrating its favorite (no, wait, since we're talking about Scotland, I'll spell it favourite--yes, AutoCorrect, I DO mean "favourite," leave me alone!) son, poet Robert Burns. I'll speak more on Burns in my All Things Scottish post, which'll go up tomorrow.
But for now! I realize there's a TON of stuff going on for this party, so I'll keep this as short as possible.
Many of the details on the different activities are on last week's post
, so check there first if you're confused, or feel free to ask a question in the comments.
The Schedule (and this being the day to do things the Scottish way, things will START ON TIME, however hard I have to kick my Irish-American arse to do it):
--10pm EST: Fake Scotsmen
chat with Zachary Moore and Aiden MacRae (#FakeScotsmen)
I will give away 3 signed, personalized copies of the SHADE paperback to randomly drawn participants in each of these chats. Giveaway is international!
***indicates an activity in which participants will be entered to win an ARC of SHINE. See last week's post
for details. This giveaway also is international.
--***All Things Scottish
giveaway hop, hosted by For What It's Worth. Go to the bottom of the post to see what Favorite Scottish Things people are giving away, or to link to your own giveaway. My own All Things Scottish giveaway
is the complete Lord of the Rings
trilogy (your choice of DVD or BluRay), in honor of Glaswegian cutie Billy Boyd (who plays Pippin).
--***Get Your Scot On
festival of random fun, hosted by Fictitious Delicious. Go to the bottom of the post to link to your own celebrations of Scottish culture. Anything goes!
--Zachary will post songs, poems, and pics of Foods More Revolting than Haggis on the SHADEboys tumblr
will post a new Scotland-related blog every two hours!
--***And finally...right here, right now, the Aura in Scotland contest! Write a one- or two-paragraph description of Aura's first reaction to Scotland.
Rules: There are no rules. It can be funny or poignant, dialogue or inner musings, rambling or to the point. It can be a general impression, her first taste of haggis, or how she learned the hard way to look to the right instead of left before crossing the street. Anything!
Deadline: 11:59pm, Thursday, January 26. I'm giving you an extra day, because that's the generous, lazy person I am.
Put your Aura in Scotland bits in the comments to this post. Unlimited entries. Each Aura in Scotland entry gets you two chances to win a SHINE ARC, and 3 commenters will each win a signed, personalized copy of the SHADE paperback.
BUT WAIT! I have one more giveaway, just for Facebook users, who are often left out in the cold when we have all these Twitter parties and Blogger festivals.
Chapters Indigo, the major chain bookstore in Canada, is having a poll on their Facebook page asking "Who would you choose as your book boyfriend?
" Right now Zachary is in 5th place and hoping to climb higher, with your help!
- If you vote for Zachary, you get a chance to win an ARC of SHINE.
- If you also vote for Logan, you get another chance to win an ARC of SHINE.
- If you also also vote for Shane from the WVMP series (my own choice, preferring guys who are over 21), you get a third chance to win an ARC of SHINE.
Since the voting is not anonymous, there's no need to tell me you voted. You enter simply by voting. Awesome, huh?
Now go have fun!
(EDITED TO ADD: Nothing yet, but I'm sure I've forgotten a detail or two, or people will add activities to make this shindig even more awesome, and this is where that information will go.)
Aha! I thought of something to add, or at least remind you of. I'm also giving away a bunch of exclusive TeamKilt SHADE bookplates, featuring all the various covers of the books. Which makes them, like, collectible or something. And you can ONLY get a TeamKilt bookplate at an official TeamKilt event--the next one of which will be St. Patrick's Day.
(You thought I was going to put a picture of a guy in a kilt here, didn't you? But I'm a CAPRICIOUS LASS!)