All Oral Interpers are equal... but some are MORE equal than others.
The first time I asked what Oral Interpretation was not even the coach of the team could give me an adequate definition. "You just have to see it," she told me. Over the past two seasons I have had the pleasure of coaching a bunch of teenagers in the activity I could no more explain what it is to someone without giving saying to them, "Well... honestly, you just have to see it!" That considering I'm a writer and according to Stephen King a writer's job is to explain the unexplainable... when it comes to writing. That being said I ran my first Oral Interp competition yesterday. It went quite well and all the schools, even in the midst of a snow storm, showed up. The students from eight different schools gave their all, and it made me grateful for the opportunity to share in such a special moment in the lives of my kids as well as those from around the great state of South Dakota. I had to finish up the day with picking which students will get the chance to compete at regionals. It wasn't difficult this year, however, some hearts were broken. No matter what, I am so proud of each and every one of my students who performed this year. I got to watch all of them grow as competitors and as people. Still, I can't answer the question, "What is oral interp?" But I can suggest that all of you, if given the opportunity, should see these kids in action. IT's quite impressive!
On to the winner of a brand new kindle! After three weeks my book has done well thanks to all of you. A special thank you to Mary Helen, she not only spread the word about Lazarus Rising, but had the entire 8th grade write what I have taught them, advice I what I should do when I'm rich and famous, and a simple congratulations on the book. Needless to say I was overwhelmed. She has been without a doubt my biggest fan... words cannot express my gratitude. The book made it onto the top 100 in three different categories the first week. That's pretty cool. I have also found many places that will be carrying my book. Right now it is available at Mitzi's Bookstore here in downtown Rapid City. I will keep you posted as more places begin to carry it. Many up in the hills are planning on carrying Lazarus Rising starting in April once they reopen for the season. I even have a possible book signing and chance to get into a bookstore in Williston, ND (Thank you Christi). It takes time, but things are moving in the right direction.
Now, first I must congratulate Anne F. (and thank her) for being the first one to review Lazarus Rising. She is the winner of a $10 gift certificate. The kindle? It goes to Ann W. I have ordered it and it is on its way. Congratulations! And... Thank you as well.
Please, please, please, when you have finished the book, if you liked it, please leave a review on Amazon or wherever you got it from. It is vital in getting the word out. And I can't do some advertising until I have so many reviews. Since Amazon has some bizarre rule about friends and family not being able to post reviews, don't mention you know me. Just give an honest review of the book. I will have some tips soon on how to write a good review that is being created by my marketing lady, so if you would like the guidance, please let me know.
I have a book signing coming up this Saturday, November 22nd, from 1pm until 3pm. It is at Mitzi's Bookstore at 510 MAIN ST. Please get the word out! And if you can, stop by and say hi! I would love to see you.
If you don't have your copy of my book yet - here are some links to help you out!
Print Version - http://amzn.to/10v9Lew
Kindle Version -http://amzn.to/1zA1CVB
Barnes & Noble (Nook) - http://bit.ly/1t9mYTz
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