Hey guys! Sorry I kinda went MIA the last week. Elaini texted me to ask what blog post I was working on and I had to respond a very rushed “Who has time for blogging?” kind of answer while I hurried to get stuff done. Lots of fun stuff coming up. Roadtripping this weekend, and then posting info on the next Dream Factory Workshop later this month!
But anyway. I wanted to announce the winners of the contest I hosted last month! I challenged my readers to create something based on one of my books. The top prize was a $50 B&N gift card, and the two runner-ups got signed book sets!
I feel like this girl is the next Taylor Swift. Check out some of her lyrics below…
I’m gonna build you a rocket to Jupiter
Who says it’s impossible?
We can fly away and live amongst the stars
I’d do it, I’d do it, for you
I’d do it, do it…for you.
Josie said, “ I wanted to tell about Allie Everly’s life using pictures but wanted it to be more than just a portrait of her. I wanted my picture to have second meaning. To do that I created a hidden meaning portrait. It’s like a caricatures, but instead of exaggerating the most prominent features, one takes pieces of a persons life (dates, people, likes/dislikes, hobbies, etc. ) and incorporated them, using doodling, into that persons portrait….At the second, third, and even forth glance you will notice more than the time before. ”
If you look closely, you can see all kinds of little doodles from the book. Allie’s name, her cat, piano keys, the moon, Emily Dickinson, phrases like “my miracle.” It made my mouth drop open to see a reader pay this much attention to the details of the story and capture it so well!
And third place was rightfully won by Lindsey, who created this adorable model “rocket” from Chasing Jupiter.
According to Lindsey, “It’s made from a Pringles can, the top of a water bottle, and some cardboard for the fins. The picture in the center is Cliff, Grandpop Barley, Frank, and Scarlet in astronaut outfits.” Remember how the book ends with Cliff revealing the faces of the people he loves in the rocket? I imagine it looked exactly like this. It’s totally my vision, come to life.
I couldn’t just end there, though. There were so many amazing entries and I feel like I should share some of the others for you guys to enjoy, even if I can’t give as much detail on them!
Fan fiction – Audrey
Sometimes I wonder what this world was like before. Was it darker? Did the sun rise brighter? Other times I find myself wondering what I was like before, was I happier? Did I like things I don’t now-such as artichokes? What was this world-my world-like, before it changed? I suppose these are things I’ll never find the answers to; except for the answers she can give me…
Mini paintings – Elaini
Poem – Rachel
Pencil drawing – Lily
Pencil drawing – Isabella
Fan fiction – Amelia
Sam reached into his chest pocket and pulled the piece of paper out. Unfolding it, he squinted at the feminine handwriting in the dark light of the landing craft. Even though he already knew the letter by heart, seeing the faint pencil marks on the paper made Allie seem closer. He scanned the cramped lettering, his eyes falling to the last line of the letter:
I love you. I truly do miss you, and think of you every day.
Photograph – Natalie
Poem – Grace
Sweep me into a rhythm of swinging and swaying joy
Lead me onto a dance floor as smooth as mahogany glass
Twirl me and spin me
Teach me the right steps
All as we dance cheek to cheek.
Dancing is made for partners, not lone girls in chiffon and silk
Songs like this one are meant for laughter instead of my tears
Together in cadence
We’ll forget there’s a war on
All as we dance cheek to cheek.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated! I write because I have things to say, but I also write because people like you listen. Thank you for loving my characters like I do and gifting me with these creative projects. I hope that you all enjoy seeing what everyone has produced, and encourage each other to keep taking inspiration from your favorite books and creating new things!