Thursday, August 5, 2010

Announcements!

Good Morning y'all. Sorry I was out yesterday but I wasn't feeling well and really don't blog from home except for a teeny bit of reading. I know Rose already announced it on her blog but just in case anyone missed it I did want to say congrats to Maradeth Houston and Jen Daiker for winning the query critiques. Rose and I will both give you some feedback and then we'll do some kind of post here on The QQQE to celebrate. It may be like the Friday guest posts or it may be something different, who knows?

Anyway I never took any great photos of my awesome shiny signed copy of The Deathday Letter by Shaun David Hutchinson for you guys because I wasn't feeling well. I really wanted to share what he wrote when he signed it because it was pretty funny, but now I can't remember! Doh! I do know he signed it Carpe Mortdiem! Which, although I don't know Latin that well I do recall Carpe Diem from The Dead Poets Society so I assume Carpe Mortdiem (or Mort Diem) is Seize the Deathday! Which is pretty awesome.

I would like to thank Shaun both for writing the novel and for sending it to me and my good bud Michelle McLean for holding the contest in which I won it. My only problem now is that I'm really uptight about books and since this one is signed by the author - I can't actually read it. I do take pretty good care of books that I like but I will have to go buy a copy that I can read because I'm too worried about damaging this one. It's kind of like a baseball card. If I care about a book it must be in perfect condition. I'm neurotic, I know, but I swear
I'm really laid back about most other things.

Anyway that's it for today, I need to write Jen Blom's guest post so I have to get on that. Any questions?

26 comments:

Kris said...

I love that you liken signed books to mint condition baseball cards! Very cool. Congrats on winning the book--it's on my "to read" list. You'll have to let us know how you like it.

Will Burke said...

That is so cool that he has a unique slogan to sign with!You could always 'put miles' on the library's copy...

Slamdunk said...

Glad your feeling better and looks like a super prize.

Ted Cross said...

Heh! I'm not as careful with things like that. I have a lot of autographs laying around, not in plastic covers. I'll probably ruin some of them someday.

Old Kitty said...

Oh I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well! Do take care and rest! And I so understand about keeping that signed book from SDH pristine and unread. I do that with my signed copies of favourite authors!! It's not being neurotic - it's treating something precious preciously! So there! LOL!

Congratulations to Maradeth Houston and Jen Daiker! Yay!

Take care
x

Crimey said...

I have autographed cds that I don't touch because I might damage them in some ways, so I know how you feel.

Palindrome said...

hmmm, I like when authors sign my books but then I read the crap out of them and I can't afford two copies of every book I get signed. I would rather spend my money buying more of their books.

aspiring_x said...

seize the deathday! that's brilliant!
i've heard really good things about this book- i hope you post about it when you finish.
i'm the opposite of you, i love really, really used books...
i hope you get to feeling better! take it easy!

K. M. Walton said...

Signed books are certainly treasures -- congrats on your prize.

Michelle McLean said...

yay! I'm so glad you got it :D And definitely find a copy to read, I think you'll really enjoy it :)

Hilary Wagner ~ Debut Author said...

Matt, hope you are all better!!

I can't wait for your post tomorrow! It will be my pleasure to poke fun at my buddy Jen K Blom's query!! Ha, ha!!! ;)

xoxo -- Hilary

Alissa said...

I'm the same way with signed books. I'm afraid to read them especially since I love to read while I'm eating, but would never attempt this with a signed book.

Jemi Fraser said...

Congrats on the book - looks awesome! I'm careful with my signed copies as well :)

Falen (Sarah) said...

i try to keep some of my books looking nice, but some i have to replace due to so much read-age. I figure, the author will probably appreciate my double purhcase

storyqueen said...

I am so excited to read that book....so you should definitely get another copy of it, read it, then give away on your blog!

just sayin'...

Shelley

Matthew Rush said...

That's a good idea Shelley, I may have to.

Lisa_Gibson said...

Congrats on winning. Can't wait to hear more about the book once you've read it.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Nithin R S said...

Amazing. You keeps the prize winning books like any other precious gifts. All the best, hopefully when your book comes out, there will be people to take signed books from you. :)

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

OOps! I read my signed books! Ah well, I was never good at collecting anyway.

(that chewabacca action figure would have fetched a tidy sum, if it still had both arms)

Lenny said...

hi mr matthew! im sorry you got sick. im glad youre lots better now. wow you won a book. thats pretty cool. i hope you like it. getting famous people to sign your stuff is neat. i got just 1 signed baseball card and i keep it real safe.
...smiles and hugs from lenny

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

I have a signed copy of The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson, but that's the only one.
I think I'd be loath to open a signed book too. lol.

Kelly said...

That is one awesome prize! I've heard that's a great book!
Do take care of the signed book. I had the members of Motley Crue sign their book called the Dirt, and I have no idea where I put it! Sometimes I put something away so it's safe then forget where it is!

DEZMOND said...

THE DEATHDAY LETTER cover is charming in some morbid way :))

Tracy said...

Haha! I had that problem a while back where I hated to have the wear marks on the spine of the book. (And it's nearly impossible to read a 300+ page book without opening it too wide)

Now, I've kinda chilled to the point that so long as it's front cover is intact, I'm good with it. :)

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