January 23, 2009

Odds & Ends


TIME IS RUNNING OUT! This is your last reminder as the days tick down: mental_floss is giving away five $10,000 scholarships for college. Enter to win by saying, in 750 words or less, why you should win your tuition. YOUR DEADLINE IS JANUARY 31st, so DON'T DELAY!

I'm not sure if this is good news or not -- but news it is. Alloy Entertainment, the book packaging company that came up with the idea for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and the Gossip Girls series is now accepting ...YA manuscripts. Generally, all of their ideas come from in-house sources, but now they're looking for fresh ideas... possibly those not centering on a.) a group of girls b.) who are all having romances, journeys, and dramas. Good luck, writers.

It's the 250th Birthday of Robert Burns this weekend! dress up your Burns dolly and read a poem of his! Then eat some ...sausages, if you can't stomach the idea of haggis, and raise a glass for THE most famous Scottish poet, whose humble beginnings, various carryings-on with women other than his wife, and razor-tongued political commentary still managed to leave him Scotland's favorite son all these years later.

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