I see you've chosen teamwork. A coward's strategy.
--Cornelius Hawthorne (Pierce's evil dad), Community Season 3 Episode 20, "Digital Estate Planning"
So when I saw the other day that the YA Crush Tournament was starting soon, what was my gut reaction?
Excitement. Then panic. And finally...nausea. All in about four seconds.
My Inner Eeyore said, How can I possibly do this, with all I have on my plate? Wait, how can I NOT do this? Last year's Crush Tourney brought us all together to take a virtual unknown all the way to the finals! I can't let Team Kilt down. The SHADE books aren't so huge that I can get Zachary or Logan or Martin a thousand votes with one tweet. If they lose badly, or don't make it in, THERE WILL BE KILT-Y SADNESS AND IT WILL BE MY FAULT.
*feeds Inner Eeyore chocolate to silence it*
Hmm, I seem to remember a certain winter solstice when we all stayed up until (or napped, then got up at) 3am to see the unveiling of the Kilt & Keeley SHADE fan site, built by Zachary's fantabulous crush tourney advocates Jen and Amy from Fictitious Delicious.
And then there was Burns Night. And St. Patrick's Day. And the end of February when you guys brought home victory for Zachary and Logan in two separate tournaments (and got yourself the SHIFT river scene from Zachary's POV). And the SHADEboys dance party! And in May when we flew across the country to take part in Team Kilt Con!
If anything, Team Kilt is bigger, stronger, and
So yeah, I think we can do it again. And by "it" I don't mean take Zachary to the finals. If it happens, FABULOUS. If not, we will still have more fun than all the rest of the teams put together.
And it will be different. They're calling it Crush Tournament 2.0, but this is not Team Kilt 2.0. This is Team Kilt, um, I don't know...Pi?
Yeah, Team Kilt Pi. We have infinite digits and have something to do with circles because we, um, like to hug. Yep.
And if Logan gets in...well, I'll come up with something, together with his advocate. Spontaneity is always best where Logan is concerned.
As I may have mentioned, I am extreeeeeeeeeemely busy with deadlines right now, so I really really really really really really really really need your help. Big help, little help, medium-size help. I need ALL THE HELPS.
First, please go to YA Sisterhood and nominate Zachary and/or Logan and/or Martin, now through June 19. Spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc. Even though Zachary did well last year, there is no guarantee he'll even make the tournament this year, much less be accompanied by one of his page-brothers. There are tons of lovely book boys out there, more every day, and from books that are in a million languages and have movies made out of them and are sold in, like, drugstores and stuff.
In short, the SHADE boys need you.
EDITED 6/15 2:50pm EDT, TO ADD: If you nominated Zachary, Martin, or Logan, blog about it and leave a link in the comments below. At the end of the nomination period, I'll draw a winner for a signed copy of your choice of SHADE books (your choice of covers, too). International entries welcome!
EDITED 6/20, TO ADD: The winner is Grace Lo! Congrats, Grace! Grace please send me your mailing address and let me know which of the three SHADE books you'd like to have me sign to you (this includes the SHIFT and SHINE UK versions).
- PLEASE FILL OUT THE NOMINATION FORM ONLY ONCE (that goes for you, too, Mom!). If you try to nominate more than once, the tourney folks will delete all your nominations.
- PLEASE LIST EACH NAME ONLY ONCE. If you break this rule, DELETED.
- PLEASE LIST BOTH THE BOY AND THE BOOK. Again, ignore this rule, DELETED.
- PLEASE READ ALL THEIR RULES before you fill out the nomination form.
Second, if you'd like to help any or all of these boys in the tournament, fill out the Team Kilt signup form below. (And know that I love you.) The mailing list will be used to send updates and offer "volunteer opportunities" (i.e., how you can help Team Kilt, even if it's only for 17 minutes on the solstice, heh). There is no deadline for signing up--we welcome everyone and every-when!
NOTE: You will not be added to any other list for any purpose. I don't believe in spam (well, I believe it exists, I just don't believe in doing it).
Everyone who signs up and includes their mailing address (optional) gets a SHADE series Team Kilt bookplate, which can't be bought or requested, only won or earned during an official Team Kilt event. There are 9 different designs. Here are 8:
But yours will be personalized with your name and a thank-you note from me. And there'll also be a UK SHINE cover thrown into the mix, so you might get that design instead of one of these. (Oh hey, SHINE came out in the UK last Thursday!)
For each person you recruit to Team Kilt (who puts your name down as their referrer (is that a word?), you'll get an extra bookplate. I promise not to send you more than one of the same bookplate design--I have a spreadsheet for this and everything!
(EDITED TO ADD: You'll also get a signed I AM TEAM KILT sticker, featuring the logo at the top of this post! I'm also looking into having Team Kilt bookmarks or cards made if one or more of the boys gets into the tourney. So cross your fingers for new swag!)
Third, there might be some grand prize drawing, but really, I just want people who want to be on Team Kilt because they love it, not because they might win an iPad (you will not win an iPad). I do plan to create some sort of Thank-you Thingie that will honor each of you in a personal way.
Fourth, you might want to watch the Community episode I linked to in the quote at the top of this post (the link goes to Hulu where you can watch online). It MIGHT be relevant. Or just really funny. OR BOTH. Who knows? Oh, I guess you will, if you sign up for Team Kilt. Otherwise, you'll just have to wait and see what we have in store....
EDITED 7/31 TO ADD: Team Kilt Signup for purposes of swag, etc., is now closed. But please follow our #TeamKilt hashtag on Twitter for daily shenanigans, and keep an eye out for future parties!
Again, thank you so much!
*disappears into Copyedit Cave*