Sorry I’m so late getting this up, guys — things are wild. Can you believe it’s only two weeks until STARGAZER comes out?
So, for Contest #4, I asked all of you to tell me your strangest dreams, so it seems only fair that I share my strangest dream with you. Essentially, I was fighting against a zombie attack with Willow and Xander from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and Regis Philbin. We were in a grocery store throwing toilet paper (full rolls) at the zombies, particularly the ones in fancy colors. (Lilac, I recall, had an especially powerful zombie-deterrent effect.) Well, one of the zombies shrunk Regis until he was less than a foot tall. The only way to restore Regis to his correct size was to run him over the checkout scanner. So I was trying to do this, but he’d gotten dishwashing liquid all over himself (clean up, aisle four) and was panicking — so he was incredibly slippery and wriggling around. It was very hard to hang onto him to run him across the scanner!
But my weird dreams? Are as nothing compared to YOUR weird dreams.
You guys have seen baby kangaroos hopping by your beds, found pirate ships trapped in your houses and spoken to talking purple cows. You have gone to black-and-white planets where there are mysterious rainbow trees, turned into Tarzan to escape grizzly bears and gotten punked by the entire cast of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” You have made friends with Hillary Duff when she walked into your bathroom, fought vampires with Clint Eastwood, seen a romantic reunion between dolls of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, looked down at thousands of green-and-orange fish that all had the faces of Keira Knightley, and listened to Winston Churchill and Tony Blair discuss how to get a large Victorian woman unstuck from a toilet. One unfortunate person even had the nightmarish vision of her entire school’s teaching faculty grinding all dirty on the dance floor at prom!
I could never pick the weirdest dream, but I did pick a winner: Congratulations to Cara S.! Sh chose the Marc Jacobs perfume and so will be Bianca-scented soon.
I’m tired of this only-one-winner business, aren’t you? Let’s do better with STARGAZER Contest #5!
This contest was inspired by a couple of readers who have written or commented to say that they checked out some old Cary Grant movies on Bianca’s recommendation and have really enjoyed them (and him). So those shall be our prizes this week. One (1) grand prize winner will win DVDs of four Cary Grant movies: “Suspicion,” which Bianca and Lucas see on their first date; “An Affair to Remember,” Bianca’s all-time favorite Cary Grant movie; “Notorious,” my all-time favorite Cary Grant movie; and “To Catch a Thief,” just because everybody in the world should see that movie. Four (4) more winners will win one DVD and can choose from any of the above — or, if you are a person of such exceptional taste that you already own all four, you can name any other Cary Grant film available on DVD, and it’s yours.
All you have to do: Tell me your favorite movie made before 1960!
Winners will be chosen at random. Enter by e-mailing me at evernightclaudia at gmail dot com, with the subject line “STARGAZER Contest #5.” I’ll pick the winners a week from today, on Tuesday, March 17. Be sure to include a way for me to contact you in your entry. If you’re in another country, be sure to tell me what region DVD I need to get to you. Good luck to everyone!
By the way, dhfreak is trying to get a pre-release read-along going at evernightseries. I TOTALLY FAILED at announcing this last week and am very sorry. But it’s not too late, if you’re willing to read more than a chapter of EVERNIGHT a day while leading up to the big release —