Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Completed the Goodreads Giveaway and logged into Pottermore

This summer has been a busy one, as an author, a Mom, a Harry Potter Fan.  I'm sure that I have been driving people batty with my constant chatter about my having completed my second Duffy Barkley novel, and having been involved in a book giveaway contest on Goodreads in the hopes that a few more people would hear about my book and maybe the winners would give me a good review or a like somewhere, as that seems to be better than gold in the writerly mind.
 I posted about the competition, and kept checking on it, hoping at first that I'd get even 100 people who cared enough to fill in their address and enter.  100 more people knowing about my Fantasies and even expressing interest, that could not be a bad thing.  So I was waiting and surprised when the number crept up to 300/

 Then the other waiting, and refreshing pages, and driving my friends to distraction, had to do with Pottermore, and my insistence that if it was from JK Rowling, It had to be good.

I started on Harry's July 31, birthday, spending sleepless nights, chatting on twitter with other like-minded, sleep deprived hopefuls and managed to find the magic quill that unlocked the invitation to be one in a million Beta testes on the opening of the site before it goes public in October.

But then nothing.  Just waiting for my "owl" the invite to begin, and that email kept not coming, even as I chaffed at the bit and joined the #NoOwlParty on Twitter/
 and in the wonderful, real world, where, more important than anything, I am a Mom, to a recent High School grad. and a soon to start Senior Year, son - life was moving too fast.  The kids who had been in and out of our home for years were fading out of town to colleges and jobs and life needed to hit a pause where I could say, "Hey, It's been great, and sure it's changing, but we are still together, supporting and loving you."

So I managed to throw together a long weekend up at Howard Prairie Lake with family and friends.  We swam, and told bad jokes and hiked and boated and got filthy and stank of sweat and campfire smoke, and came home filled with fresh air and light.

Angel Fire

I took this picture of the kids by campfire and lantern light and found angels hovering near-by.

Morning View from my tent

It was 40 degrees hotter, and 4,700 feet higher in elevation than where I live, and it made me puff and pant for every breath when I tried to be active, unless I was in the water.  But every aching calf muscle is so worth it.
 The way the light sifted down through the dark forest and illuminated this little infant tree was glorious!

I didn't get an owl, bringing me my invite to Hogwart's but this little Chip or Dale sure tried to get the message through to my ice chest that he was hungry.

Mt. McLoughlin over Howard Prairie Lake

Then when I finally came home, refreshed and happy and back in touch with what mattered, I found that 503 people had entered the giveaway and The ones who won were from across the United States and one in Great Britain.  So today I was glad to get 10 books sent out, to the five winners, each getting both Duffy Barkley books and my best wishes.

Been waiting on an owl to Bring me my Pottermore Welcome.

 And with the teacher's back to work, and the young adults beginning new careers and starting college I decided I would have time to pick blackberries and raid the farmer's market and bake pies

BUT my OWL Came!!!  
And Here IT IS!!
 So suddenly I had no time, staying up all night and blearily exploring pottermore.  It is a strange blend of new and interesting reads about the characters and places I love in Harry potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and very simple old school, preschool video games which remind me of 15 years ago when my kids were playing fisher price castle and pirate computer games, looking for map pieces instead of the chocolate frog cards and galleon coins I am searching for now.  I am an adult - but pottermore brings me a very childish delight as I get my Owl and my wand and
My Wand, proof I'm not a Muggle, just a Potterhead.

Got Sorted into Hufflepuff where you can find me, if you look for StarDawn199

Author of Duffy Barkley: Seek Well but currently seeking the formerly untold Ghost Plots of JK Rowling

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you had quite a busy summer. Congrats on the giveaway being a big success!

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