So, I haven't posted in a while. I'm in my senior year of high school, which is both the hardest and the easiest at the same time. Easy, because my workload is so much lighter than in previous years. Harder, because I'm suddenly confronted with my future. Things like "work" and "money" and "being on time" are actually important. Who knew?
I've been planning blog posts for myself to do over the summer, but until then this place is going to be pretty deserted.
BUT, just because I'm not blogging, doesn't mean I'm not writing and reading. I am. In fact, that's partially what this whole post is about.
I am offering to read and give as much of a lengthy critique that I can manage of your writing--up to 47 pages worth. There is only one thing that I ask in return, which I will get to in a minute.
You know the term "starving artist"? Yeah, well, I'm a stone's toss away from becoming one. I want to go to art school to study Illustration (or animation, depending) so I can get a career helping make those animated movies (like Frozen, Brave, Epic, etc) that we all love so much. Secondary to writing, that is my dream. Unlike writing, though, this dream has a time stamp on it. Art school, if you don't know, is extremely expensive. (In the US at least--not sure about foreign countries). I just got some financial aid information back from the least expensive school that I applied to, and even with scholarship money and savings attending that particular school is going to put me at least $30,000 in debt for the first year. It gives me a stomach ache thinking about how much debt I'm going to have if I attend one of my top choice colleges. I've found myself suddenly very financially stressed.
And that is why I need your help. No, I'm not asking for money. Hell no. I'd never do that. I just need sponsors for a scholarship I applied to.
All it takes is to click the link, register, and say you'll sponsor me. That's it. You will never owe a single dime. In fact, if you're a student you can even then apply for the scholarship yourself. I'd happily return the favor of sponsoring. You may get an occasional email from the website afterward, but you can just send those straight to your spam folder. It takes less than three minutes to sponsor someone. Also, you must be 18 years or older to register.
Everyone who sponsors me can also enter to win one of the following paperback books. This contest is open internationally. I will be using the Book Depository to send the book--if there is a novel that you wish to have but is not on this list, and you can find it for $10 or under, you can have that instead.
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Divergent by Veronica Ross
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Legend by Marie Lu
What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Please. Help me, and I'll help you. We all know what it's like to have dreams, and I'd be forever indebted if you helped me achieve one of mine.
If you sponsor me, email me your 47 pages at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will happily read your writing. Response time may vary depending on how many submissions I get.
Note: the deadline for the giveaway and free critique expires March 30. The winner of the giveaway will be posted Monday, March 31.
Also note: I know this post sounds like some kind of scam-y infomercial, but it's not. (Damn, that's exactly something a scam-y infomercial would say.) Ask around. I'm a real person, in need of real help. AND I DO NOT WANT YOUR MONEY. Please don't give any sketchy sources your money, especially if it's related to this contest.
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