Monday, January 28, 2013

Tidy My Office: Alien in the Family

HOOK ME UP! EXCLUSIVE CONTEST

TIDY MY OFFICE!
WEEK THREE: Alien in the Family

It's time to tidy my office, and I need filing space. To that end, I'm giving away my edited galleys -- the hard copies that have my scribbles on them. There's only one of each book, so these are extremely rare, one-of-a-kind items.

The contest will run weekly for 7 weeks, and cover the first 6 books in the Alien series and Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch.

The contest for the Alien in the Family edited galley will run from Tuesday, January 29, 2013 through Monday, February 4, 2013. Any contest entries received for AITF after 02-04 will not qualify.

So, registered Hook Me Uppers!, answer this question: If you were gifted with a Poof, what would you name it?

Love, Gini

LEGALESE
This is for Hook Me Up! subscribers only, so if you're not on, now's the time. Send an email with "Hook Me Up!" in the subject line to gini@ginikoch.com and I'll send you the rules to enter.

Contest will run weekly from Tuesday, January 15, 2013 through Monday, March 4, 2013 (TBAA runs 01-15-13 to 01-21-13; AT runs 01-22-13 to 01-28-13; AitF runs 01-29-13 to 02-04-13; AP runs 02-05-13 to 02-11-13; AD runs 02-12-13 to 02-18-13; AvA runs 02-19-13 to 02-25-13, and AO:SP runs 02-16-13 to 03-04-13). Each galley's contest will run for a week -- winners will be announced sometime in the week following each galley's entry close. Winners will have until the following Sunday to check in -- any galley not claimed by then will be pulled back by the Gods of Random and a new winner(s) will be chosen.

This an international contest -- as long as you're on Planet Earth, you can enter and win. You must have a deliverable address, though - no P.O. boxes. Prize may take 2-4 weeks to ship; it may take 6-8 weeks for international or longer. Prizes will NOT ship until the final contest week close, on the off chance someone manages to win more than one galley (yes, it's possible, because, as we know, the Gods of Random are capricious).

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49 Comments:

Anonymous Jesse said...

...Well. Looks like I'm the fist one. This NEVER happens! ok, since I can't trall everybody's answers first, I'm going to say that I think I'd name my poof Wo Poof, as I had a toy when I was younger called wo puss. :P (pronounced woe)
I hope the GoR smile on me!
XD

January 29, 2013 at 1:15 AM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

@Becky(continuing from last post). We totally would. It would be ridiculous. But incredibly awesome. [as long as no one was a serial killer XD)
academic library doesn't sound quite as fun as a normal library, but I'm still jealous. And just think of all the information you'd learn!

January 29, 2013 at 1:17 AM  
Anonymous Inti said...

Yay number 3! I would name my poof Foop. Foopy when I'm feeling playful.

January 29, 2013 at 1:24 AM  
Blogger Sullivan McPig said...

Hmmm... I've called pets after the A-team, after comic book characters or just gave them flower names like Buttercup, but a Poof.....

I think I'd call him Jawbreaker.

January 29, 2013 at 2:29 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Vrabel said...

Hmmm, the official name would probably be something ridiculous like "Lady Fluffmeister Fuzzybottoms", but based on experience with cats I would end up actually calling it "Bunny" because everything small, cute and fuzzy eventually gets called that by me!

January 29, 2013 at 6:07 AM  
Blogger debh said...

My proof would be named emerald as I love the colors of them. The proofs also remind me of them, emeralds are a soft stone but what you see is not what is always there.

January 29, 2013 at 7:03 AM  
Blogger Margaret in ON Canada said...

hmmm names have never been easy for me.....when I was a wee girl my Dad told me we had an elf in our basement called Rapph. I would spend hours down there trying to find him..I never did. Given our Kitty has never seen the ppl that cook, clean and tidy for them I would call him Ralph.
Margaret - Canada

January 29, 2013 at 7:46 AM  
Blogger Bryan Teague said...

Hiccup. It's a family joke. Can you picture a poof with the hiccups? Would each one cause them to grow, and then shrink? Think of the situations you could get in to with a hiccuping poof at the wrong time! And that is why I would name my poof Hiccup.


January 29, 2013 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Lynn Willerton said...

Nobody. That way when someone asks who did it I can point at the Poof and say Nobody did it.

January 29, 2013 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger thekrazikat said...

If I was blessed with a gift of Poof I would name my poofy poo Nugget. I don't know why, exactly, but this just feels right...

January 29, 2013 at 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Bananas in the Void said...

rhaaaa suck a difficult question ! I can't just pick one name xD I have too many ideas and most of them are for a couple of Poofs : Thor and Chewie (like my tiny plushs) ; Gaius and Six ; John and Klaus (from a French TV show) ; Vincent and Jules...

I'm gonna need a lot of Poofies in my life xD

January 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Becky B. (Bibliognome) said...

If someone gave me a Poof for a gift I would name it Ferdinand and have his nickname be Ferdy. :)


*sacrifices Cadbury creme eggs to the Gods of Random*

January 29, 2013 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Bama said...

oh! pick me :) hehe

January 29, 2013 at 12:11 PM  
Blogger Michael Creager said...

My Poof's Name would be Purrfect!!!!
Because owning a Poof would be part 1 of perfection, a peregrine part 2 and a Dazzler to Marry Part 3!! Much Love Gini! Michael Creager

January 29, 2013 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Becky B. (Bibliognome) said...

@Jesse Yeah an epic party is always better if it doesn't include serial killers :)

Academic libraries (or at least the community college one that I work in) are kind of like a mix between a public and a school library. You really do end up learning a lot with some of the stuff you help people research or by seeing what people are asking questions about.

January 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Olga Miranda said...

If I had a poof, I would name him Butch. It sound strong and dependable. Besides, it sounds cooler to yell attack Butch than to yell attack "my fluffy little furball"

January 29, 2013 at 1:44 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

If I had a poof, I'd name it after the Administrator of The Home. Can't you just hear it now...:"Hey, Numbskull, over here!"

January 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

...Or we could name one after Anonymous, up there, and call it Spammer!

[Just so you should know, I cleaned that up a good bit right before hitting Enter. Us old farts still at least have manners!]

January 29, 2013 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

I seem to be having issues with posts mysteriously disappearing. My original post said that I would name my poof after the Administrator of The Home: Numbskull.

January 29, 2013 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

My other disappearing post said that we could all get together and name one after Anonymous (2 posts up from here): Spammer

January 29, 2013 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

All of my posts keep mysteriously disappearing...four, so far! Here's another try at the first one: I would name my poof Numbskull, in honor of the Administrator of The Home.

January 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

My other missing post said that we should all get together and name a poof after Anonymous (2 posts up from here). We can call it "Spammer."

January 29, 2013 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

Someone Up There Doesn't Like Me. Hard to believe, given my charm-laden personality, I know, but it's true. I have put in two posts multiple times, and they've both disappeared multiple times.

Here's my next attempt: I would name my poof Numbskull. It's name would be in honor of the Administrator of The Home!

January 29, 2013 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

I further suggested that we all get together (counter-intuitive during a contest as it might be) and vote to name a poof after Anonymous, 2 posts up from here. Here's a name: Spammer!

January 29, 2013 at 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

@Becky: yes, with serial killers a party can really go down hill as the people start disappearing and the bodies start showing up....XD
it still sounds really cool. And being able to suggest books to people... so nice!

January 30, 2013 at 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

@Olga: I agree with you there!

@Ratkin: Yes. Truly a shock.
but posts disappearing does suck. before I became *slightly* better with the internet, I too had this problem.

January 30, 2013 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger Becky B. (Bibliognome) said...

@ratkin, maybe the Gods of Random have turned against you and are making your posts disappear... :)

@Jesse, Yeah I love being able to suggest books for people and getting to make suggestions on what the library should buy (a lot of great YA and Fiction books got added to the library because of me :) )

January 30, 2013 at 9:57 AM  
Blogger ratkin said...

@Jesse - Just so you should know, the words "people start disappearing and the bodies start showing up" describes everyday life (and otherwise) at The Home!

January 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

@Becky B - In that case, the GoR have picked the wrong guy to mess with! I've got nothing BUT time to mess with 'em right back. In the recreation area we have, as our options, "Annoying people via computer," "IV tubing Ring Toss," and "Bedpan Stacking contests." Which would you opt for?

January 30, 2013 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

@Jesse (again)- Not to brag, but my computer skills probably aren't the culprit, since I worked in the IT field for about 25 years. Sure, it was in the days of punch cards, but a quarter century is a quarter century. (It was logic exactly like that that qualified me as a programmer!)

January 30, 2013 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I would name one Morph. Piss it off watch it Morph.

January 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Becky B. (Bibliognome) said...

@ratkin, wow nice comparison between nursing homes and a serial killer at a party (you almost made me snort/laugh in a very quiet library). :)

Also I don't know but I think as long as the bed pans were clean then bedpan stacking contests might be fun for a little while at least. (well until they inevitably fall on someone and or the noise of them falling gives someone a heart attack.)

January 30, 2013 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Eli Yanti said...

I don't have pet but if I have probably I give my pet name from hero/heronie's name from book I love :)

January 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

@Becky B - Bedpan stacking is a recent addition to our diversions. We needed a new one, because our old pastime of Pin The Tail On The LPN got too dangerous. Kid had an impressive left hook...

January 30, 2013 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Melissa Katano said...

I thought of being clever and saying that I would name a Poof ginntonic (or gini for short), but then I realized that I can't name a Poof until I see it....it's very Poofness would inspire a name....

January 30, 2013 at 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

@Becky: Sometimes I try and suggest books to my friends (and by suggest I mean "push a book in their face while yelling YOU MUST READ THIS!")
for some reason, it rarely works...
But I'm glad that good books are getting into your library!

January 30, 2013 at 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

@Ratkin: ...So, what you're saying is: there are always serial killers at your parties?

January 30, 2013 at 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

@Ratkin: I quite like your games. They sound more entertaining than "Pick up after the young child."

January 30, 2013 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger ratkin said...

@Jesse - Jeez, sometimes being circumspect just doesn't pan out. The Home has a constantly changing cast of people who have maxed out on their four-score-and-seven. This isn't a residence, it's God's waiting room. You learn not to say things like, "Say, where's Jack this morning?" For those of us who can still see, seeing someone moving into Jack's room just has HINT written all over it!

January 31, 2013 at 3:59 AM  
Blogger ratkin said...

@Jesse (again) - By the way, for some, OLD has "super-duper-experienced" as a synonym. I've played two generation's worth of Pick Up The Young Child. On the 'up' side, by the second generation you don't have to play 'What disgusting sight and smell is waiting inside this diaper,' since Generation One is in charge of that part. On the 'down' side, Generation One gets even by picking The Home!

January 31, 2013 at 4:04 AM  
Blogger Mariann Asanuma said...

The first thing that came to mind, which seems to be the way all the poofs are named, is Brickly. So that's probably what I'd name my poof.

January 31, 2013 at 10:44 AM  
Blogger ratkin said...

@Mariann Asanuma - Not to be picky or anything, but it would seem to me that Brickly would be great name if - and only if - your poof was hard, rectangular and reddish brown. But that's just me.

January 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM  
OpenID Sola said...

Kohlkis and a.k.a. kiss for short. I have been wanting to use the name for a pet but I am at my pet limit and hopefully will be for a while.

January 31, 2013 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Eva Millien said...

I would name mine "Frienzely"

February 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

@Ratkin: I can tell that you're an optimist. Dear God I feel for you man. I think (or hope) by the time I've um... lived my life to the fullest, that euthanasia will be legal...

February 2, 2013 at 5:55 AM  
Blogger History Sleuth said...

The Royal Poofness. It is after all a pet of regal stature.

February 2, 2013 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger ratkin said...

@Jesse - I've never understood why I'm supposed to care about youth in asia. I barely tolderate the ones in this country. And that too precious spelling is completely beyond me.

February 2, 2013 at 6:32 PM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

@Ratkin: yeah, when parents say: You have to eat your food, there are children starving to death" You just think: why don't we send them the food than? Or money at least...
XD

February 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM  
Anonymous Jesse said...

@Ratkin: yeah, when parents say: You have to eat your food, there are children starving to death" You just think: why don't we send them the food than? Or money at least...
XD

February 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM  

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