Stella entered THE LAST UNICORN ART CONTEST last Spring and they finally announced the winners yesterday...Yep, Stella won 1st place in the "12 and younger" category! And she's 8 taking on 12 year olds! Woo-Hoo! So she won an autographed copy of the novel and all the winners are going to be featured on the "extras" dvd of the upcoming February release of THE LAST UNICORN. Very, very cool and I will be ordering a few dozen of those babies to pass out.
This wonderful news comes right on the heels of Stella's winning a local "Young Writers Contest" at the Bookshop Santa Cruz where she won 1st place in her age group with over 80 entries for her illustrated story, "The Happy Times Mouse!" There she won a $60 gift certificate and her story will be published alongside the other winner's in a tpb collection that will be sold at the store (I'll also be ordering heavy on that one!) So yeah, I'm going to be a proud papa and brag on her a bit. I'm also thinking she might end up being my "retirement plan" the way things are going lately in this economy.
Okay, I'm starting to tear up again so I've gotta stop now.
Check back on the site in the next couple days for an announcement on some great Christmas sales specials!