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Saturday, February 16, 2008


Friends! I'm back from insideadog! Did you miss me?

For those of you who were following over there, we are at a critical day in ZOMBIE IDOL. Today, we have a winner of Round One.

(For those of you who don't know what I am talking about, look here and here and here.)

Before the winner is announced, I want to make sure you know that you still have ALL THIS WEEK to get entries in for ROUND TWO. Here's the schedule:

Thursday, February 21: Deadline for all entries, electronically marked by MIDNIGHT (U.S. Eastern Standard Time)

Friday, February 22: Round Two voting opens!

Monday, February 25:
The Zombie Idol grand finale!

Yes, your Celebrity Judges (Meg Cabot, John Green, Justine Larbalestier, E. Lockhart and myself) will be reading all new entries!

Plus, all this week, I am running the hottest new salon anywhere on the blogosphere--an updated version of the Salon des Refusés--the Zombay des Refusés. I'll be showcasing just some of the HUNDREDS of amazing zombies that came in last week, organized by collection. Yes . . . a new collection of YOUR zombies, every single day! They will inspire you greatly!

But now we must get to what you have been waiting for so patiently . . . the winner of Round One.

The anticipation is growing!

It was a fierce, close battle, but in the end . . . only one zombie from this bunch can shamble on to the final round. And that zombie, with just over 50% of the vote, is . . .

is . . . .

HOW TO BE A ZOMBIE by Adrienne K.

Never stay dead. Learn to watch from shadows. Spread incurable viruses. Invite slow runners to tea. Collect occipital lobes and put them all over your house. Make friends with fear and trepidation. Look forward to nightmares. Make men cry in movies. Eat brains naked. In moonlight. Cultivate apocalypse. Refuse to “be entombed.” Do it for evil. Take lots of innocents. Give undeath away. Do it now. The living will follow. Believe in the cursed. Groan a lot. Celebrate every gorgeous medulla oblongata. Take bloodbaths. Steal others’ wild imaginings through transformative cerebrum-sucks. Revel in perfect chaos. Draw on the walls. With gnawed-off knuckles. Imagine yourself victorious. Giggle at shot guns. Listen to old people wail. Open them up. Dive in. Be free. Damn yourself. Drive in the fear. Play with entrails. You are unholy. Build a fort with corpses. Get revenge. Hug graves. Roam aimlessly. Massacre.

Adriennnnnnne! YOU are the winner of the VERY LAST ADVANCE COPY OF SUITE SCARLETT! Please send in your address!

Everyone else . . . the contest is only halfway done! Get your zombies in TODAY!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

How to be a zombie was horrible, the moose one should have won

11:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NO WAY!!!!!!
How to be a Zombie rocked!!!!!!!
I loved it, tho the Moose one was pretty wicked.

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They were all fabulous and I'm not just saying that cause I was a judge.


12:21 AM  
Blogger Heather♥ said...

Happy Birthday!!!

12:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maureen, I wish you a happy birthday!!! I hope you celebrate and have lots of fun. And hopefully you like your presents ;-) (did you get any books? xD)

Anyway, Happy Birthday to you!

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!!

1:00 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

Happy Birthday, Maureen!

1:21 AM  
Blogger limeywesty said...

Happy Birthday,
and I think that the entire Zombie Idol was the most inpiring Zombi event in the world.
Well, now it's Round 2.
Time to insert sme more zombies.

2:10 AM  
Anonymous Meghan said...

Happy Happy Birthday Maureen!!!

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Maureen!

2:43 AM  
Blogger Hannah Rose said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAUREEN! I wish I could give you a beautiful gift. But alas, you are on the opposite side of the coast. (Having said that, why don't YOU come to Oregon? Huh? Libba Bray and Shannon Hale did it! Be cool like them!) So I hope you spend it having a GRAND day.

I'm glad the person I voted for won...although I'm INSANELY JEALOUS. I can't stand it! I want Sweet Scarlet soooo bad!

By the way: Libba Bray says in her blog that you do not like eggs. I share your feelings. They are okay in baked things, but the idea of eating a scrambled egg gives me the heebie geebies.


2:44 AM  
Anonymous Dory said...

*sings* Merry birthday Maureen, merry birthday Maureen....

2:46 AM  
Anonymous Raelyn said...

Happy birthday Maureen!
and congrats to the person who won with "how to be a zombie!" ^.^

2:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday MJ!!!


but not too hard...


4:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! Hope it's a good one :)

4:56 AM  
Anonymous JK said...

happy birthday Maureen, and i just want to say that I am at the moment writing a short story about a zombie invasion. It's very exciting.

5:58 AM  
Blogger ambeen said...

Happy Birthday, Maureen! I am reading 13 Little Blue Envelopes in honor of your special day. I hope you've had a good birthday.

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Happy birthday, Maureen!
I'm glad "How to Be A Zombie" won. "How to Be An Artist" was begging for a makeover.

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have something zombie related to say....

In the 'Worried about Ray' video by the Hoosiers, there's this dead head thing in the refrigerator at about 1:20ish in the video.

Could they be zombies? Or maybe that's why they're worried about Ray. Maybe Ray is becoming a zombie. =o


7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday! (Although by now you only have 43 minutes of it left...)

7:47 AM  
Anonymous Lizzy-wa said...

WOOOOOOOOOO!!! HOW TO BE A ZOMBIE ROCKED!!! hehe. oops. caps lock.

HAPPY BDAY MJ!!!!! theres that dang caps lock again.

-Lizzy-wa OUT! :P

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


i wanted to wish you cake, ice cream, party hats, confetti, pinatas, diamonds, unicorns, zombies, books, music, t-shirts that read, "Feel the power of my MOJO!", cash, credit cards, museum passes, real English tea, vegetarian goodies, M&Ms, bad eighties songs, dance videos, toe socks, monkeys, amusing air fresheners, mod bands, shoes, and sugar on your birthday!!!!

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Lizzy-wa said...

hey, does anybody no what you win if you win the grand finale?

-Lizzy-wa OUT! :-|

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Faith said...

Happy Birthday, MJ! I wish you many zombies outside your door and complete safety. That way, you get to enjoy the show without the risk of brain-eating.

Because we would all miss your brain and the things it comes up with. Also, what would your brain monkeys do if their home was eaten? They would be homeless brain monkeys! How sad would that be?!

<3 Faith

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!

9:21 AM  
Anonymous krazykatie said...

it's your birthday? Omigosh! happy birthday. :) hope it's completely awesome.
I am slightly sad that moose zombie didn't win, but that's okay. :D
stay safe and away from the zombies! :D

7:34 PM  
Anonymous krazykatie said...

sorry it's late. :)

7:35 PM  
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10:39 PM  
Blogger Reese said...


I'm so sorry Maureen. That was terrible of me. I saw it somewhere...your bio? And I'm like, Hey! Don't forget that!

And I did. Until I looked at the calendar.

Happy Birthday

3:52 AM  
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