And…We Have A Winner!

All right, so let me just get this out of the way:

A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in my goofy haiku contest. Not everyone likes haikus, poetry or even kids books, but dang it, you made this fella feel like maybe you sorta did, even if for only a moment.

As I said, there were a couple that I really, really liked and it made this whole weekend a bit tumultuous. Seriously, I couldn’t sleep.

I tossed.
I turned.
I tossed again.
I realized I didn’t have my favorite pillowcase on my pillow, put it on there and then I slept like the dead.

Or rather, the undead.

Which, as it so happens, is the perfect segue into who my winner is:

Courtney Summers!

Here’s her entry…

laugh if you must but
the zombie apocalypse
is not a joke, yo

it’s funny now but
it won’t be so funny when
they’re eating your brains

but I’LL be laughing
from my sweet zombie hideout
(ha ha tee hee hee!)

Admittedly, I had no idea what I was looking for, but this scored on a bunch of different levels. Let me count the ways:

1. There’s the whole zombie thing.
2. Usage of the word ‘yo’ to get that pesky extra syllable.
3. The ongoing theme of laughter.
4. Three stanzas! That’s putting in extra work, y’all.
5. The crazed laughter of the last stanza really SPEAKS to how a person could go nuts during the zombie apocalypse.

I could go on, but I don’t want to embarass ol’ CS any more than I may have already. Anyway, for her bloody good haiku, she wins a copy of my book, suitable for very young children: Patrick’s Super Socks (autograph optional).

Shoot me an e-mail with your deets and I’ll dispatch it your zombie hideout post haste!

Just think, when I have a contest down the road to win a copy of Goodhalo, she’ll be able to write a kid-friendly haiku to score that book.

Get it?

You see, she wrote a haiku about zombies to win a kids book and next time she can write a haiku about puppies or sunshine and win a zombie book. Oh, never mind…