Tuesday, November 13, 2007

To-Do Tuesday: Writing Raffle

At least I remembered it was Tuesday before 10 p.m. That's got to count for something. As no one has emailed me with "NEWS" in the subject header (hint, hint, hint), I'm not going to feel too guilty for having less news and more exercise yet again. The tiny dictator doesn't value computer time as much as bouncing and dancing time.

Paty just posted a neat raffle sponsored by the Valley Forge chapter on our loop--they are offering expenses paid trip to Nationals 2008. How totally awesome! This got me thinking about why we gamble and enter raffles--you have to really want the prize. The more you want the prize, the more tickets you'll buy. In fact, sometimes we'll spend more on tickets than the dollar value of the item. Is it because we want to "win" something rather than make it happen ourselves? I'm not sure, but I'm sure we all daydream about winning certain raffles.

The truly interesting question is which raffles do you daydream about? Imagine for second that I've handed you $50 that you can spend on any writing related raffle you choose. Publication and NYT bestseller status aren't on the table, but anything else is. What do you want to win? Your dream critique group? An hour with Deb Dixon? Synopsis help? Conference? New laptop?What writing related thing do YOU want to win? Dig deep into your heart here, and share your surprising answers with us.

Now let's take this one step further. The main character from your WIP also has $50 to spend in any raffle. What does he/she most want to win?


Paty Jager said...

I like this Wavy! Great to have you feeling back in sync.

My $50 would go toward a raffle that would take me to NY to have lunch with agents who want to represent me.

My Heroine's $50 would purchase raffle tickets to win the property stolen from her son's legacy.

Alice Sharpe said...

Hey, Wavy. Been working, making deadlines, doing writer stuff and that's not news or I would have sent you something.

But lucky us, instead you had to come up with a fun game. Okay:

I would spend my $50. on a raffle for an around the world cruise complete with many side trips. Excellent way to meet people and regenerate the old imagination.

My heroine would spend her $50. on a raffle to win $10,000. so she could buy off the loan sharks and not have to go hunting for a killer.

Fun! (Hello to tiny dictator -- does she enjoy helping you vacuum? My son loved that -- the roar, the movement of me pushing the darn thing back and forth, back and forth -- put him to sleep every time.)

Alice Sharpe said...

Ooh, I went to the tiny dictator's web site and looked at some of the 7,000,0001 pictures of her. Precious! Adorable! A star is born!

Karen Duvall said...

Woo hoo, Wavy! The little dictator is cute, cute, CUTE!!!! 8^) And I looked at some of your other pictures, too. Lordy, girl, you looked pretty uncomfortable in your last month, but your smile says otherwise. Adorable pictures!

As for raffles, I don't like games of chance. Which is kind of how I feel about RWA contests. Entering one is like throwing the dice since the judging is so subjective. Personally, I consider almost all contests a waste of money.

No big news for me, though I am pretty excited about having over 42,000 words written of my novel. It's been a looooong time since I've written this much in such a short period of time. 8^)

Elisabeth Naughton said...

ROFL. Alice can't read directions. Honey, the question is...what WRITING related raffle would you enter? An around the world trip doesn't count. LOL

As for news, none here. Heard from my agent today. My ms is STILL sitting on a desk at Berkley (one year later, still unread...what the heck is up with that?). The editor at Ballantine my agent sent it to consequently left and she doesn't yet know who got the ms from there...apparantly Ballantine is famous for losing manuscripts, go figure. And another editor who has it is quite behind. So....no news, I suppose, is good news, but man, waiting sucks.

On to your question...what writing related raffle...the one Paty posted is pretty awesome. I do have to say. I might just have to enter that one. Otherwise, I'd love to win an in-depth critique (or meeting) with an RS acquiring editor at one of my top houses. Just to pick his/her brain and find out what they want - specifically.

My heroine is tougher. If she were to enter a raffle she'd probably enter one where the prize is a chance to go back in time and change one thing in her life.

Glad to "see" you here, Wavy. And that babe is gorgeous!

Alice Sharpe said...

Ah, but I disagree, Ms. Eli. An around the world trip is totally related to writing. EVERYTHING is related to writing! Besides, if your heroine can enter a raffle to go back in time (hello? How does that one work?) I can take a trip.

YES. Waiting sucks big time. And there should be a law that an editor can't leave anywhere for any reason until she has absolutely cleared her desk. Period.

And Karen, way to go on the words. That's fantastic. Doesn't it feel great to be so far along?

Elisabeth Naughton said...

ROFL, Alice. Ah, but I'm working on a paranormal. Anything's possible in a paranormal, grasshopper.

And, uh, I'd like that law so long as the editor READS what's on her desk in the effort to clear it instead tossing the ones she doesn't have time for in file 13.

Danita Cahill said...

Wavy, the baby is beautiful!

I did send you my news, but it must not have come through. Do you use a Mac? lately my PC hasn't been talking with all Macs. I'll resend my piddly news before Tuesday.

I like Paty's answer about the raffle, only I would choose to meet with my editor for a New York lunch. Guess I'd have to enter a raffle to win an editor first though...

My heroine would like to have her grandmother be undead. Is that possible as a raffle prize? why yes, in a paranormal I believe it is. hA!

Paty Jager said...

I must have been asleep when I read this earlier today! I blipped right by the pink lettering on tiny dictator. I've been scratching my head all day when people have commented on cute little dictator and couldn't figure out where they were seeing her! So curiosity got the better of me and lo and behold all I had to do was click!

Cute pics, Wavy! And a darling daughter you have!

Great raffle uses, ladies!

Lisa Pulliam said...

Adorable photos!!! Awwww!!!

Hmm...tough questions, but great ones! For me, I think I'd want to have lunch with my dream agent. But that may be too much pressure...maybe that mentoring package Katie MacAlister put together for Brenda Novak's auctions. That would have been AWESOME.

For my character, it would probably be a guaranteed publication spot in an anthropology journal, or 30 minutes with a decision maker on how she could help Mexicans get more from their work on growing coffee beans, or funding for her year of doctoral research in Mexico.