I mean besides the fact that you shouldn't play badminton in the dark unless a mild concussion is your idea of a good time.
The most significant lesson I learned is that you shouldn't hold a blog contest over Labor Day weekend.
I'm choosing to believe that's the reason I got exactly one entry (since the alternative is to accept the possibility that no one wanted to win a signed copy of Making Waves).
No matter, the one entry I got is so hysterical, so charming, that I feel like it should count for ten entries. That pretty much guarantees Geoffrey Cubbage wins, so congratulations to him!
Geoffrey made a crack in Thursday's blog comments about dropping his pants in WalMart to cause a scene that might prompt people to buy Making Waves. I told him that if he did, I'd make sure he got one of the signed copies.
Here's what Geoffrey emailed me Sunday evening:
The very nice elderly lady working at Barnes and Noble asked me to keep my pants on but seemed fine with me posing open-shirted, so here you have it: a picture inside with the book, a picture outside the door with it and one of us attempting a car roof pin-up, and then a shot of the attractive lady who bought the copy looking strangely excited about Battleships for some reason! (You can't see "Making Waves" in that one because we're forgetful and bad at photos, but it's totally in the purse there.)
Just don't tell my poor old mother that her sons are sending half-naked pictures of themselves to young women on the internet now.
Let's have a huge round of applause for Geoffrey, shall we? Nicely done.
Want to try it yourself? I've still got two copies of Making Waves I'd be happy to sign and send out into the world. Show me how you convinced someone to buy the book. You don't have to send embarrassing photos (though obviously that's a whole lot of fun). Get creative! Perhaps an email to friends urging them to run to their nearest WalMart and buy the book? Skywriting? A strategically placed Making Waves tattoo?
The possibilities are endless, and I'm extending the deadline through Sunday, September 11 at noon PST. Send what you've got to tawnafenske at yahoo dot com. I'll pick two winners and will announce them on Monday, September 12. Questions? Leave 'em in the comments.
And how about another round of applause for Geoffrey?