Okay, PHEW! I am FINALLY ready to get this giveaway written down! Today was a little crazy, I had a lot on my plate. I had to get a dog to the vet, pick up my kids from their dad’s house, mail off 4 packages at the post office, look for some very specific art I want for my dining room at some antique stores (I have a BIG party on Saturday at the house, so yes, HAVE to), go to the grocery store and get a run on the treadmill in (to keep my sanity). And I did it ALL! PLUS I got the art done for the temporary tattoos I want made in order to have them in time for my Whatif Monster Party on Saturday. And I ordered them! Yippee!! I am so excited for those! And I know lots of you are too, and want to know how to get those so I will let you know as soon as I get that worked out. I am getting my REAL tattoo on Thursday!!! The husband is a bit unsure about that whole business, but I have loved this little green dude since the moment I created him in my mind and I will love him forever and ever. Plus when people see my tattoo and ask me about him, I can tell them about the book, and then SELL THE BOOK. Marketing, people always have to be marketing! And therefore the tattoo is a write-off – clever, yes? I think so. (I have a meeting with my bookkeeper tomorrow, I will let you know what she says. We’ll see if the government is on the same page as my brain.) Prolly not. Go figure. Ahem.
Someone asked me what I am ‘on’ to get so much done in a day today on Facebook. Well, I will be honest – B12 is REALLY something else! And if you are not taking B vitamins, I think you are missing out. B12 and coffee and BAM! You are off and running. But I know it is not just that. I just hate to waste a minute of my day. Somewhere in my brain, I am always thinking that I never know when this ride is going to end. I never know when all of a sudden it’s “Game Over.” Yes, morbidly, I mean death. I mean, sure I also think about losing my right hand, going blind, having some accident that will cause me to not be able to paint ever again, but I truly am terrified of taking a moment of my life for granted. I do think about how fragile life is and how one minute you can be running around doing whatever, not thinking about anything and then the next minute some random, crazy event happens and you are, just like that, no more. Yes, maybe morbid, but it drives me. Drives me with a passion to do as much with my life as I possibly can and to make a difference with my life with an almost frenzied energy. I work really hard every day, but if you follow me on Facebook, you know I play hard and relax hard too. After a crazy day, you will find me on my back deck lounging with my family and breathing in the relaxation. So, I do have balance. Promise. And girlfriend LOVES herself a vacation! With cocktails. I do, I do. But I do abhor laziness and it is a pet peeve of mine. So if I am not doing something, I feel lazy and then I get disgusted and then I find something else to do. I simply cannot stand laziness. I can’t stand excuses and I think the answer to just about anything in life is hard work and action. So… that is how I get so much done in a day.
Oh lordee, look at me meandering on and on. You are not here for the incoherent ramblings of a crazy lady, you are here for a GIVEAWAY, right? Get on with it already lady, will ya? I can hear you thinking. Sorry. Onwards.
Here is the thing. I did a giveaway once before and I got burned. So while I was running on the treadmill I began to think of how else I could do it. As much as people seem to have good intentions, life gets in the way and people don’t do what they promise. (In my last giveaway I gave a Whatif Monster to some winners if they promised to take pictures of them with a handmade monster for a full week and to post them or email them to me. I got a couple pictures from one of the winners and the other one got the monster and then didn’t take one picture at all and wouldn’t even email me back. Rude.) So, because of that, I wanted to make some rules that I PROMISE you, even if you don’t win, you WILL WIN. Trust me on this, if you enter this contest, because of the rules, you will experience some AMAZINGNESS. I can promise this cross my heart and hope to…well, you know.;) So, if you want to enter to win a signed hardcover copy of Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster AND a numbered plushie version of my monster I had made with a certificate of authenticity, please read the rules:
Whatif Monster Giveaway Rules:
1. Perform a Random Act of Kindness. Anonymous or not. Send someone a card for no reason. Take your neighbors garbage can back up to their house from the curb. Go say hello to your elderly neighbor. Write a post it note love note to your partner and leave it on their steering wheel to find when they leave for work in the morning. Bake a cake for someone. Offer free babysitting for a date night to someone. Pay someone’s parking meter. Buy the person behind you’s cup if coffee in a drive-thru in the morning or standing in line. It can be small and simple or big and giant.
2. Once you have done it, tell me in the comment of this blog entry what you did. People will LOVE hearing what other people did and it will give all of us GREAT ideas!
3. You can enter as many times as Random Acts of Kindness you perform by the end of the contest. The more wonderfulness you put into the world, the more chances you get to win.
That’s it! Simple right? And trust me, just wait until all that kindness comes back to you a hundred fold – you win even if you don’t win.
EDIT: Someone asked if kids can do this or it was just open to adults. NOT ONLY CAN KIDS DO IT, PLEASE ENCOURAGE THEM TO DO IT!!! YES!!!!
I mentioned this to someone who shall be nameless, but was the person who is responsible for this monster being created (*cough* husband *cough*) in the first place and said, “What if people lie? It would be really easy to cheat in your contest.” And yes, yes it would. Although I think the people that know me and know about this contest would NOT lie or cheat because you all are super awesome, wonderful, lovely people, BUT if someone does? Well, then they do. I can’t stop cheaters. BUT. Let me tell you, someone that would lie about performing Random Acts of Kindness to win a contest to win a children’s book and plushie? Wow. I cannot imagine the amount of icky, negative, mojo that person would bring into their lives. Good luck with that, yo. And you might as well walk under a ladder right into a room of precariously balanced mirrors filled with black cats walking around. Just sayin’.
Contest ends Friday, July 27 at 12pm. At which time I will use a random number generator or pull a number out of a hat to pick the winner. The number picked that coordinates with the numbered comment wins. I will video record it so everyone can see.
Okay, Off with you! Go be kind and make people smile! I can’t wait to hear what you do this week! This week will be AMAZING! Just wait and see! 😀