Wow--that title is a mouthful. But an excellent articulation exercise if you say it out loud (that's the speech teacher in me ;)
Happy New Year!
I had originally signed up to post today because I'm the keeper of the list of award winners for the blog, and had planned to post a final list of all the reader winners from December's blog blitz. But, with the new format here on the blog, we've been able to post the daily winners as we go along. So, CONGRATULATIONS!! to all the winners who'll be receiving (or have already received) their prize books! But I won't bore you with another list ;)
Instead, I'm here to make a deal with you...
Since the site was down for 4 days during the blog blitz, due to technical difficulties, we missed 4 days of possible winners. So, if there's anyone out there who didn't get his/her name drawn during December, post a question or comment to today's blog. The first 4 commenters (whose names aren't listed in the lefthand margin already) will get to choose a book from my backlist and I'll send you the prize! With a few exceptions, I have copies of all the titles listed at my website. Once I know who the 4 winners are, we can work out the titles you'd like to read.
Everyone is welcome to comment, of course. By next Monday, if we don't have 4 new names, I'll open it up to repeat winners.
But the gist of today's blog is--there are 4 more books to give away!!
Need something to blog about? How about sharing your favorite tongue twister or proudest/scariest public speaking moment. Trust me, in all my years of teaching speech/theater and directing plays, I've got some doozies.
I could tell you about locking my hands on the podium and not being able to sit down when I was finished with my persuasive speech (embarrassing to have the professor come up and pry your hands open and whisper to come see her in her office for some tips on speech anxiety--that meeting was a blessing! made me always incorporate ways to deal with public speaking stress as part of my curriculum when I became a teacher)
Or, the football player who fainted giving a speech--this guy was so big, he had to duck and turn sideways to get through the doorway. But yep, he was nervous enough to pass out. You could see the color draining from his face before he slumped. And then, boom! He made a big noise when he hit the floor. We tried our best, but he was too big to catch--and too macho to take the suggestion that he lie down and put his feet up.
Or, there was the time when I was in the middle of a "fight" scene onstage--my costume broke. In order to continue the scene, I ripped off the skirt that wouldn't stay up and continued wrestling with "Helen Keller" in my pantaloons!
And, on a side note, for those of you who've asked me (and anyone else who might be interested), my monthly newsletter is now posted on my website at www.juliemiller.org. It's updated the first of every month. So you don't have to sign up to receive anything, you can just go check it out whenever you want! Thanks.