Doodles 'n' Drawings, On Blogging

And The Winners Are….

Who will be the lucky winner? Will it be YOU?
Who will be the lucky doodle winner? Will it be YOU?

Holy schmoley cannoli! You guys sure like my doodles!

I am surprised and delighted to report that my Win A Doodle! Hooray! post was the most commented-upon post in my blog’s four-year history – handily breaking the former record holder, A Natural Cure (which had an unfair advantage as it was Freshly Pressed).

So wow. Just wow. You guys are wonderful!

And your vacation tales were delightful! And horrible! And delightfully horrible! I loved every last one of them.

In fact, if you haven’t already, I would highly recommend that you head back to the post to peruse some of the anecdotes. Your morning coffee will be pouring out of your nose in no time.

But enough of my yammering! It’s time to get down to business!

Let’s find out who will win a Custom Made Mike Allegra Doodle!

Our esteemed judge took his position before the Penguin Ice Bucket of Impartiality…

01 the sorting bucketHe dumped the entries inside…

02 the ballotsHe wielded the Tongs of Selectivity-ness…

03 the tongs of impartialityAnd stirred.

04 stirring...And stirred.

05 stirring...And stirred.

06 stirring...*Sigh* And stirred.

07 stirring...I’m growing old, kid.

08 and the grand prize winner is...And the winner is…

09 Alicia something!ALICIAJAMJAAS!

(How do you pronounce that, Alicia?)

Congratulations, Alicia-Something, you are the winner of a Mike Allegra Doodle!

BUT WAIT!

There are two other prizes!

The mother of Thanksgiving! Woo!BOTF_Hi-Rez-CoverThe Second Prize-Winner gets to select one of my books!

And the Third Prize-Winner gets what the Second Prize winner didn’t want!

So! Let’s continue!

Oh, crap, that means more stirring, doesn’t it?

10 shake Nope. Shaking.

11 shake shakeWhy didn’t I ever spank this kid?

12 shake shake shakeMy parents spanked me and I turned out fine. And obedient.

13 shake shake shake shakeStop shaking! For the love of God, STOP SHAKING!

14 the second prize winner is...And the Second Prize winner is…

15 Giff!GIFF MacSHANE!

Congratulations, Giff! You have won an autographed copy of Sarah Gives Thanks OR Blood on the Floor!

And the Third Prize winner is…

16 third prize is...also Giff?Um. Also GIFF MacSHANE?

OK. That’s never happened before. Apparently that outcome is possible when you throw multiple ballots into a bucket.

So the judge and I had a consultation.

After much deliberation, the judge decided that as much as we love Giff (neither one of us knows Giff, but both of us concluded that Giff is probably someone we would love to go bowling with) it would be unfair to give her two prizes.

SO! We’re giving this another go!

And the Third Prize winner is…

17. the real third prize winnerOh, you gotta be kidding me.

*Sigh* The Third Prize winner is my bloggy tormentor/cat fancier/Brussels sprout eater/punk kid raiser JILANNE HOFFMANN!

I knew we should’ve given both books to lovable Giff.

18 congrats!Congrats to Alicia, Giff, and Jilanne! Please head on up to the  “Hire Me!” menu and send me an email.

Thanks to everyone who entered! See you next week!

Doodles 'n' Drawings, On Blogging, On Writing

Win A Doodle! Hooray!

IT IS TIME FOR A CONTEST!

Here’s your chance to win an official Mike Allegra custom made doodle!

But first, a word from Giddy Happy Mike:

This is the cover of the July 2015 issue of Highlights for Children.

Highlights coverIsn’t it great? I especially like this part:

Highlights cover detailThat’s my story!

“Harold’s Hat,” is in the latest issue of Highlights (which is awesome)! And the editors decided to promote it on the magazine’s cover (which is awesomer)!

The issue arrived in my mailbox on Saturday. My son took one look at it, turned to me and said, “You are so cool.”

Best Fathers’ Day Present Ever.

The entire magazine is fantastic, by the way (Highlights is always fantastic). So be sure to pick up a copy for the little ones in your life. OK?

Thank you for indulging me. Now where was I? Oh, yes…

THE WIN A DOODLE CONTEST!

IF YOU WIN, I WILL GIVE YOU A DRAWING OF WHATEVER YOU WANT!

Don’t believe me? Then just take a look at these recent doodle commissions!

Sarah wanted a Caffeine Gnome, so I gave her a Caffeine Gnome. (Click to enlarge.)
Sarah wanted a Caffeine Gnome, so I gave her a Caffeine Gnome. (Click to enlarge.)
Sue wanted a great dane protecting puppehs. So I gave her a great dane protecting puppehs. (Click to enlarge.)
Sue wanted a Great Dane protecting some puppehs. So I gave her a Great Dane protecting some puppehs. (Click to enlarge.)
Jenion wanted a cyclist. So...well, you're getting the idea.  (Click to enlarge.)
Jenion wanted a cyclist. So I gave her a cyclist. (Click to enlarge.)
Pam wanted a writer in a yoga pose petting an angel dog.
Pam wanted a writer in the sunshine in a yoga pose petting an angel dog. So I gave her a…well, you get the idea.  (Click to enlarge.)
And the less said about this salamander, the better.
And the less said about this salamander, the better. (But if you must know…)

So, yes, your doodling wish is my command.

There is one exception, however. I will not draw whatever you want if whatever you want is pervy. I am a children’s book author, bucko, so take your dirty, filthy business someplace else!

HOW TO WIN

The winning name will be drawn at random. The draw-er is this guy.

Breaking Bad boy No. 2He is apparently a fan of gritty AMC dramas.

HOW TO ENTER

To get your name in the drawing, all you have to do is leave a comment below answering ONE of the following questions:

What was the best vacation you’ve ever had?

or

What was the worst vacation you ever had?

If you choose to describe your worst vacation (and I really hope you do!) please provide some detail to illustrate all the awfulness, OK?

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING

Want me to stuff the ballot box in your favor? OK. I’ll add two more ballots if you announce this contest on your blog and link back to this page. That’s three chances to win!

Don’t have a blog? No problemo. Then you can get one extra ballot if you announce this contest on your Facebook page or Twitter feed.

PRIZES (PLURAL!)

As I mentioned, the Grand Prize-Winner will get a custom made, one-of-a-kind, Mike Allegra doodle (suitable for framing or lining birdcages).

But I have other prizes, too! Our esteemed judge is going to draw two more names from the hat!

Second Prize: This winner may select a signed copy of my picture book, Sarah Gives Thanks, OR a signed copy of the anthology Blood on the Floor: How Writers Survive Rejection (I have an essay in there).

Third Prize: The winner gets the book the Second Prize-winner didn’t want. Hey, it’s better than nothing.

DEADLINES, ETC.

Your entry is due on or before Monday, June 29. The winner of the drawing will be announced on Tuesday, June 30.

That’s it! Answer a question and get going!

GOOD LUCK!

Book News, On Writing

A Rejection Acceptance

Savor the failure.
Savor the failure.

I am intimately acquainted with rejection. As I sometimes like to report, I received 114 rejections on various picture book manuscripts before I was given a contract for Sarah Gives Thanks. In the months since Sarah was published, I’ve gotten about a 100 more. Getting an agent earlier this year has also allowed me to get rejections from publishers that do not normally look at unrepresented manuscripts.

Long story short, I understand rejection quite well, thank you.

So, last year, when I learned that Cairn Press was seeking submissions for an anthology on rejection, I thought, “I need to get an essay in that book. I need to.”

And I did!

Blood on the Floor is a collection of fiction, poetry, and essays about writers trying (and often failing) to grab the brass ring. Sometimes funny, occasionally poignant, and always inspirational, Blood on the Floor is the perfect holiday gift for the scribe in your life. Get a copy now! Pair it with booze.