April 4th, 2011
When my memoir, Inklings, was released in November 2009, I had no idea that I would soon get the opportunity to write a new ending. At the same time Inklings was hitting bookshelves, astronaut Clay Anderson was making preparations for his second flight into space. Little did I know that just a few months later, I would be making my way to the Kennedy Space Center where I would watch space shuttle Discovery launch into space with two of my cartoons on board.
One of those cartoons was of Dogie—a dog character I had created as a child and one that plays a significant role in my book. Now, Dogie would have a chance at redemption. (For trivia buffs: according to NASA, the sketches that flew aboard Discovery marked only the second time cartoons made it into space. The first being sketches created by Peants creator Charles Schulz.)
On April 5, 2010, space shuttle Discovery—with Dogie the Doggie an extra crew member—was launched into orbit for a two-week mission.
After returning from the launch I had a discussion with my wonderful literary agent, Amy Moore-Benson. Why not write an epilogue for the paperback edition, she suggested, one that would come out later that year? My editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Tom Bouman, loved the idea and before long, a new epilogue was written and added to the paperback, released in Novemember, 2010.
To commemorate the occasion of Dogie’s launch into space one year ago today, I’m holding a special contest exclusively for my followers on Twitter. I’ll be giving away five packages—one per day—that will include a signed paperback edition of Inklings and a signed cartoon print of the Dogie cartoon that flew aboard the shuttle. (I’m happy to personalize either, as well.)
Here’s what you need to do to win: Starting April 5, 2011, tweet the following:
Winners will be chosen at random, one per day, beginning April 6, 2011, using www.random.org, and announced daily via @reply and/or DM. (Winners please DM me with mailing information.)
Tweet early, tweet often. The more times you tweet, the more chances you have to win. You may enter as often as you wish (if you win, however, I ask that you don’t enter again to give someone else a chance.)
And if you’d prefer to help celebrate Dogie’s anniversary now, you can buy Inklings with the space shuttle epilogue here!
Start tweeting and good luck!