something like a contest

It’s that time of year again, friendly neighbors! Something Like Fate comes out in paperback on April 19. Which means free copies for you!

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

Like last year’s paperback contest, this one involves National TV Turnoff Week. Except now it’s called Screen-Free Week. That was a necessary change for people like me who watch DVDs on their computers. Screen-Free Week 2011 is next week, April 18-24. The goal is to watch zero TV/movies/screen entertainment during the entire week.

If that seems impossible, please note that I spent 12 YEARS without a TV/internet/any kind of screen to watch in my home.

Why did I live like that? Because it was awesome. Most of my home entertainment time was spent reading and writing and I loved it. Did I survive? Heck yeah, I did. Even better – I managed to be a teacher and write my first two books. The only way I wrote those books was chilling unplugged style. I just know that if I’d had a TV and DVDs and internet access, there’s no way I would have focused enough to write them. It’s absolutely astonishing what you can accomplish by eliminating screen entertainment. Even in one week.

I would love for you to give it a try. And enter my contest! Two winners will be randomly selected. First prize is a signed copy of Something Like Fate and your choice of When It Happens, Take Me There, or Waiting for You. Second prize is a signed copy of Something Like Fate.

Something Like Fate Paperback Contest Rules:

1. Enter by leaving a comment here telling me three things you will do instead of watching screen entertainment during Screen-Free Week.

2. Include your first name and email address with your comment.

3. Entries must be received by 11:11 pm on Sunday, April 17, 2011.

4. This contest is open to US residents only. However, if you live abroad and have a contact in the States who can receive the prize for you, it can be sent to their address.

5. Your entry will be counted twice if you link to this contest on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or other site (leave that link with your comment).

This is a chance for you to start that project you’ve been putting off, to reconnect with those friends you keep meaning to get in touch with, to create a healthy new lifestyle, or to discover a new activity. Or you can just take time to breathe and enjoy life in the Zen lane. Whatever you decide, I know it will be spectacular!

so much closer playlist

You guys. So Much Closer comes out on May 3. There’s less than a month to go! And have you been waiting for Something Like Fate to come out in paperback? If so, you are in luck. The paperback edition comes out on April 19! I’ll be doing my annual contests for each book release where you can win copies. The Something Like Fate paperback contest will be posted on Monday and my ginormous So Much Closer contest will be posted near the end of the month. As always, I’m really looking forward to basking in your creative brilliance.

In the meantime, I’ve decided to post the So Much Closer playlist. This will give you a feeling for the tone of the book. But I don’t want to give anything away. These are just the songs for now. I’ll explain why each song was selected (like I always do for my playlists) after the book comes out. Enjoy!

1. "Empire State of Mind Part II" – Alicia Keys

2. "Second Chance" – Shinedown

3. "Better Than Me" – Hinder

4. "Break Me Out" – The Rescues

5. "Strange Currencies" – R.E.M.

6. "Train in the Distance" – Paul Simon

7. "The City Lights" – Umbrellas

8. "Don’t Stop Believin’" – Journey

9. "Skyway Bridge" – Melissa McClelland

10. "Hey There Delilah" – Plain White T’s

11. "Baker Street" – Gerry Rafferty

12. "Angeles" – Elliott Smith

13. "A Heart in New York" – Simon & Garfunkel, The Concert in Central Park

twitterhood of the traveling pajants

You know how in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants there was this pair of jeans that magically fit all the girls? Even though there were some really different body types going on? It has been noted that a product called Pajama Jeans does the same trick. They are comfortable, stylish (sort of), and they have magical butt-lifting properties. Most astonishing of all, they promise to fit all body types regardless of height, weight, and amount of junk in the trunk.

They feel like pajamas but look like jeans. We are calling them the Pajants. The Pajants even have a hashtag on Twitter. They are that famous.

Who are “we,” you ask? We are some YA authors who love the idea of passing these Pajants to one another, creating an enchanted chain of events in which the Pajants are worn by each of us in public. It counts as putting positive energy out in the Universe. Then we each bedazzle the Pajants with our mad art skills before passing them along to the next wearer.

Literary chicks seriously know how to rock the party.

So how did all this start? After examining the chain of events on the official Twitterhood of the Butt Lifting Pajants Facebook page, it appears that Julia DeVillers fired up the festivities in Georgia. The country, not the state. Which makes them International Pajants of Mystery! The mystery being how they managed to lift my butt like that. Magical properties, indeed.

After Julia embellished the Pajants by signing them in silver and adding a heart, they were sent to Lauren Myracle in Colorado. Lauren made an excellent decision to wear the Pajants to Pilates. Then she painted the most majestic unicorn ever down one leg and sent them off to Sarah Mlynowski here in New York. Fortunately, I am friends with Sarah and was totally there when she wore them to her symposium panel during NYC Teen Author Festival week. My friend Courtney Sheinmel was also in the house. She was documenting Sarah’s time in the Pajants, which you can read about here.

Then it was my turn. Sarah and I met up in a schmancy Tribeca hotel bar. Sarah had an adult beverage like a grownup. I had a Shirley Temple like my eternal 16-year-old self usually does. I discreetly changed into the Pajants. Well. It was supposed to be discreet. In reality, it was me coming out of the bathroom in the bedazzled Pajants and everyone staring. The manager was suspicious. People didn’t understand. But dude, I rocked those Pajants something fierce. Check out my cuffed look with rain boots:

Susane Colasanti rocking the Pajants

Sexy much?

People could not stop staring at Lauren’s unicorn. Then I took the subway home. People stared some more. That unicorn was just brightening everyone’s day, for reals.

Sarah had a really cute idea for her artwork. She painted a cell phone sticking out of the back pocket for her book Gimmie a Call. I was not as creative. On a whim, I went ahead and embroidered the Pajants without even knowing if that’s allowed. Talk about living on the edge. Then I signed them in gold glitter glue. I was out of pink glitter glue. I am always out of pink glitter glue. I added my main motto, Dream big:

Susane Colasanti's artwork on the Pajants

Next up for the Pajants is Elizabeth Eulberg. We had dinner and talked for hours and marveled over the magical butt-lifting powers of the Pajants. She will be wearing them at tomorrow evening’s Teen Author Reading Night. I will be there to document. Let’s hope David Levithan doesn’t get jealous and snatch them away.

Which reminds me. I heard a rumor that a boy author will be wearing the Pajants. I believe this boy to be David Macinnis Gill. Having already worn them, I cannot attest to their magical properties extending into the boy range. One would think they’d be super short on him. But hey, the cuffed look works, as shown above. Pajants for one, Pajants for all!