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Oh, Hello There! Want a Free Book?

I haven't posted to this account for a long time, not since Season 6 of LJ Idol (therealljidol) ended. But on the off chance that some people are still following me here but never followed my main LJ (alycewilson), I'd like to let you know about a special promotion this weekend for my essays book, The Art of Life.

The book compiles the strongest pieces from over 10 years of newspaper columns and online writings, including some pieces from Season 5 of LJ Idol. In these pages, you'll find humor, introspection, plenty of dog stories, and personal observations about my neighbors, pop culture, and weird news. And did I mention it's free?

Between today (November 8) and Tuesday, November 12, stop by Amazon.com and snag a free copy of the Kindle version of The Art of Life. Don't have a Kindle device? Download one of the free Kindle apps for PC and smart phones.

After you get your copy, share the news with your friends! My goal is to give away thousands of books, because I believe in this collection and just want people to discover it. So far, in just the first few hours of my promotion, I've reached #6 in the category Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Humor & Entertainment > Humor > Parenting & Families.

(And if you do download the book, please leave a quick review on Amazon, Goodreads or other book review sites. Consider it a thank-you for the free book.)
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Home-Game Entry - Week 30 - Plan B

By now, the secret has been revealed: I am really alycewilson. Appropriately enough, this is the topic I had given Gary (clauderainsrm) for therealljidol. Seems he's using them from the recently-cut contestants. I actually didn't have any ideas for how to write on the topic "Plan B" when I suggested it (I just thought it was open enough to be interpreted many ways; and from this week's "Plan B" entries, I was entirely correct). Now that I've been eliminated, though, my approach seems obvious.

I would have written it sooner, even before the deadline, since I got the idea immediately. As you've probably also heard, I've got a little "special project" to deal with, known as my five-day-old baby boy, Kung Fu Panda, or as Gary prefers, baby Idol (Hey, weren't several babies born during LJI season 6 ALSO named Idol, according to Gary?).

Visit my personal LJ to see just why it's taken me so long to get around to writing this. And, by the way, friend me there if you've enjoyed reading my work. This LJ will probably go fairly dark after the season ends, although I might do home-game entries just for fun, and I may retain it as a writing journal afterward.

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Just in Case - Making Fire

Things have been extremely tight in the polls at therealljidol this week, with just a vote or two separating the entries. Since I will be unavailable for the next several days, I pre-wrote a tiebreaker piece, just in case. If it turns out I don't need it, I'll remove it and reserve it for possible use later!

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