Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Friday, February 23, 2007

New Contest! . . . Or a Pitiful Excuse for a Blog

by Kerry Blair

No excuses for today . . . but no blog, either.

Since our first "theme week" was so wildly popular (in that three people said they liked it) we're considering doing more. This contest, then, is to help us think of theme topics for upcoming months. Every topic suggestion counts as one entry. The winning entry will be drawn at random and announced next Friday. The prize is . . . um . . . any one of my books along with a Frog Fun Pack. (Or possibly a Fun Frog Pack. A Pack of Fun Frogs? One of those things.) Enter as many times as you wish, but you'll probably want to come up with fifty or so if you want to have any chance at all to beat Melanie. That woman is amazing.


At 2/23/2007 9:50 PM, Blogger chumly said...

How about "Insane Realities?"

At 2/24/2007 3:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kerry, you're making me squirm! ;-)

Question: Are we supposed to write these in the comments section or send you an e-mail? I'll write mine here, but I'm also willing to send a mail.

Do you know what "Easter Eggs" are on DVD's? They're hidden goodies that aren't necessarily part of the menu, but if you click around with your remote, or enter a certain series of numbers, a new screen will open up to you with special content. How about "Easter Eggs" of a different kind for the Easter season? Hide a link in your blog, or clues that will make up a link, which will then take the reader to a page on your website and have them search for a special link there -- or many special links, each one providing a clue -- then have them report the "solution"? Jeff Savage did something like this in December 2005, just after his first Shandra Covington book came out, so you can ask him for details. Personally, I couldn't wait to get out of bed each morning for each new treasure hunt, and would love to do something like that again.


At 2/24/2007 4:40 AM, Blogger FHL said...

Blog theme suggestions:

--Guest blog week - each of you invites a lucky reader to send in a post

--Short story contest (seems to work somewhat for LDS Publisher - maybe work in the Frog somehow)

--Interview each other! This week, on Oprah (I think?), they had Oscar winners interview some of this year's contenders (Nicole Kidman * interviewing Russel Crowe, Julia Roberts and George Clooney, etc.)

--Personal favorite idea: host a "Match Game" event! I would volunteer to be Gene Rayburn (Jean Sideburns?) and come up with 6 questions to ask the six of you, offline. Then, each day, we do a different question and ask all the readers to try to guess what the Six guessed. While the original Match Game had a tendency to provoke double entendres, we'd try to keep it clean. If you're not familiar with the show (catch it on GSN!), you can get an idea of how it works under the Game Play heading here:

--I've enjoyed Jeff's little workshop idea from his class - maybe you could do a writing workshop theme. One might think that's the theme of the blog as a whole, but if you look back over recent months, I think you'll see that it's more personal.

* I'm sure Rob is happy that I'm pushing some more hits your way. =)

At 2/24/2007 10:48 AM, Blogger Kerry Blair said...

Wow. What terrific ideas! Thanks so much!

I guess I should have told the story behind the Melanie comment. She is just endlessly supportive of everybody and everything. (And I'm so grateful!) I'm having a little contest over on my web site to name an LDS-themed vampire book. Melanie's sent me a couple dozen suggestions, most of them in jest:

Vampires at our Barbecue
The Counterfeit Fangs
Bite Me When It's Over
On Second Bite
Some Sweet Bite
The Bite Has Its Reasons

Did you know it's probably possible to die laughing? When I got this list I laughed so hard that the pain from strep throat practically killed me!

At 2/24/2007 11:38 AM, Blogger Gamila said...

Blog suggestions:

You should have a frog appreciation week.

Post something about the first story you ever wrote. (doesn't have to be one you got published) Those are always fun to remember.

It would also be grand to pull off an April Fools joke when April rolls around.

At 2/24/2007 5:06 PM, Blogger Evil HR Lady said...


What you went through when you submitted your first manuscript

Your worst date

Most embarrassing moment

Why you love the Evil HR Lady

Best Advice you ever received

Worst advice you ever received

Just thoughts!

At 2/24/2007 7:07 PM, Anonymous Amy said...


-each author should talk about crazy, funny, ispiring experiences they've had with their fans.

-If you could spend a day with anyone in the world, who would it be and why? (I know you're all thinking "Amy!" right now, right?)

-Favorite toppings for hot dogs/ice cream.

-Dream vacation

-If you could change your name what would it be and why?

-Talk about writing horror stories. (ex: I got onto the computer and found that all of my files had disappeared and I hadn't backed anything on a CD for a year!)

-Discuss a near death experience, or something scary, that's happened to you.

-Between penguins and butterfulies, which is mostly to take over the world?

-Favorite amusement park/ride.

-White or Wheat?

At 2/24/2007 7:08 PM, Anonymous Amy said...

PS-Quick question, Kerry, what is your e-mail address? I have book titles for you!

At 2/24/2007 8:37 PM, Blogger Marnie Pehrson said...

What about a variation on the 5 People You Meet in Heaven... the 5 people who've made the biggest impact on your life.

What makes you say "wow?"

Turning points - events or moments that sent your life in a new trajectory.

"If only" moments. Any decisions you'd go back and change. For example, I wonder what Tom Selleck's career would've been like if only he'd accepted that Indiana Jones role.

At 2/24/2007 9:05 PM, Blogger Kerry Blair said...

You guys are amazing! More great ideas -- I love them all! Well, almost all. I have a few reservations about that penguin/butterfly thing. . .

Amy, I'd love to have your titles! The contact info is on my web site ( and my e-mail address is

Keep 'em coming. This pack of frogs I have to give away really is fun! :-)

At 2/25/2007 6:40 AM, Blogger FHL said...

--Late night Vampire-book suggestions:

Vampires Suck!
Fangs for the memories
I like my coffin black

* Be sure to include a scene in which the vampire can't put on makeup or tie a tie properly because they can't see themselves in mirrors.


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