Posted on January 19, 2009 - by MG
One is that Scholastic have launched a writing competition for schools, in the magazine Junior Education Plus.
On the website and in the magazine you’ll find the first 600 words of a short story – written by me.
To enter the contest, you then write the ending of the story – in 200 words.
The winner gets a signed copy of INVISIBLE CITY (or I guess you could ask for ICE SHOCK if the winner has it already), plus £150 of books for their school.
The story is brilliantly illustrated by Dave Neale and the online interactive version includes turning pages and cool sound effects!
The story is called ‘Stars Fell On Campeche’ and features Josh when he was younger, playing football at some ancient Mayan ruins where his father worked. It was originally one of four prologues I wrote for the opening of INVISIBLE CITY. (In the end we went with the newspaper article about the strange incident at the museum…)
And the other reason I’m happy is that the German (Frank Boehmert) and Slovakian (Ivan Stefanek) translators of Joshua are reading ICE SHOCK now, getting ready to translate it. Frank even blogged about ICE SHOCK (vielen Dank, Frank!).
Still reading the brilliant “Black Swan” book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I wrote him a fan email yesterday and he replied right away! (I told him that one day, a character in Joshua will quote him…he wrote back that he’s very intrigued…)