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Help Me Obi Wan, You’re My Only Hope

Tnext “The Land of Stories” is coming out next month. If you’ll recall, NikkiZ ADORES those books. I like them, the second one was way better than the first in my opinion. But – anyway – I saw Chris Colfer tweet this this weekend:


We clicked the link together, Nikki and I and found this page which we read from my phone. It says this, if you don’t want to click the link.


In celebration of the US publication of The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning, weโ€™re looking for some talented #TLOS artists to share their best work โ€“ to be judged by Chris himself!

Have you drawn a ravishing Red Riding Hood? Crafted a clever Conner Bailey? Sketched an evil Enchantress?

If you are a resident of the United States, submit your #TLOS creations below for a chance to have YOUR art featured in New York City as part of the upcoming The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning Book Tour!

The three grand prize winning pieces will be unveiled by Chris at his book signing in New York! Ten first prize winners will receive a full set of The Land of Stories books signed by Chris!

You must follow this tumblr to submit, and your submissions must be 100% made by you. Good luck!

Read official rules and prizing here.

Okay, since we were on my phone I didn’t bother clicking the “rules” link and Nikki IMMEDIATELY went to work. It was ADORABLE. I took this picture about 30 seconds after she read about the contest. She had been in bed but she jumped out ready to work.

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I didn’t stop her because Chris Colfer has submitted pictures of his fan art for those books before and it’s always kid’s stuff because the books are geared towards 8-12 year olds. It NEVER occurred to me that there would be an age limit on the competition. Maybe I’m stupid and naive, but a book aimed at kids, I assumed the contest would be too. She told everyone all weekend about the contest and how she wanted to win the autographed books and she has started her pictures over 100 times and it has CONSUMED her. She is just very focused on making the most perfect picture that he’ll love and it’s been really awesome to watch her get this excited about it.

Well…obviously you can see where this is going. (SPOILER ALERT: I AM A MORON.) I clicked the rules this morning (Nikki wanted to know her deadline) and BAM! you have to be 18 or older to participate.



I decided to pull up his book tour dates and see if we could make it to an as a consolation. He IS coming to the South…BUT…it’s in Georgia on a Sunday night, a night AFTER Donnie has a race in Alabama, AND they’re doing tickets so I’m not even sure if they have any left (I sent an email! I’ll call when they open today!) but I’m betting they don’t. ARGH.

So! If you or anyone you know has the hook-up for ARC’s for this book (Advanced Reader Copy) or know of any way to get her autographed books that won’t cost a vital organ, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. Or, if you know how to send fan-art to authors (Do I send it to their publisher?) so I can at least get her picture in some “Fan Art Pile” somewhere where Chris Colfer might see it, LET ME KNOW. Or, if you know how to rewind time to force me to read the “rules” before Nikki got excited about the contest…THAT would be ideal, because I feel like I totally screwed up here.


Being the Mom of a 8-year old Fangirl is hard, yo.

7 thoughts on “Help Me Obi Wan, You’re My Only Hope”

  1. My first thought: Send it in under your name/age etc., so he will at least see it as part of the competetion. But when I saw the ton of legal stuff in the official rules document, I’m not sure if that’s a good idea either.
    This really sucks, but please don’t blame yourself. It’s a book geared towards kids, who would have thought that it’s not a competion for this audience as well?

    Unfortunately I don’t have a good idea how to get the art to him in any other way. How accesible is Chris on Twitter? Or use Twitter to ask around about the ARC, autographed books, etc. But you might probably do that anyway, right?

    Bummer! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you’ll find a way to get Nikki’s picture to him anyway and that she isn’t too devasted when she finds out she can’t be in the competion.

  2. Hi Zoot! I live a few miles from Decatur, GA and am willing to stand in line on Sunday July 13 to get signed books if you can get tickets! I’ve got nothing else planned and my heart goes out to you! ๐Ÿ™‚ let me know if you need me. (New reader here, btw! I’m very impressed by your prodigious posting (and general badass-ness in all things running and life related!) let me know and we can find a safe channel for contact info sharing!

  3. Hey! I bought tickets to the event today, we can make it in time because they’re doing it in the order you bought the tickets so she told me we don’t have to be there until 7:30. BUT – here is where I need a local! I’m a high-anxiety driver so I need the slow/safe route to the book store. I don’t want to drive through Atlanta, I’d rather add an hour on the drive and take an easy way around ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be coming in from I20 on the West side of the city, what’s the best route to get a super-high anxiety driver from there to Decatur? Is it possible? Am I going to die?

  4. I would just submit it anyway – have her write a note about how disappointed she was to read that she was too young to participate but just wanted to show her love for the book anyway.

  5. I emailed you suggested directions that are probably FAR too detailed! ๐Ÿ™‚ use them as you see fit!

  6. Superstar to the rescue!!! You see if it had been “Someone help me, I need……from the UK” I could have been the superstar lol.

    MissZoot hope you have a great time ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hey, even if she couldn’t enter the contest, I would still submit art to the TLOS tumblr. They post artwork often that they just come across.

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