Sunday, May 11, 2008

Demigods and Monsters Contest

Have you read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan? It's about a kid who discovers he's the son of a Greek god, and it's brilliant. Seriously, how can you not love books with chapter titles like "I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre-Algebra Teacher", "We Meet the Dragon of Eternal Bad Breath", and "We Hail the Taxi of Eternal Torment"?

I wrote an essay about the series for the newest Teen Libris anthology from BenBella Books called Demigods and Monsters: Your Favorite Authors on Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series. It's edited by Rick Riordan himself, and it includes essays by Kathy Appelt, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Paul Collins, Cameron Dokey, Sarah Beth Durst (hey, that's me!), Jenny Han, Carolyn MacCullough, Sophie Masson, Elizabeth M. Rees, Ellen Steiber, and Elizabeth Wein.

It will be available at Borders stores starting this month, but BenBella Books was kind enough to send me a couple extra copies, so... IT'S CONTEST TIME!!!

The Challenge

Invent a Greek god.

All I need is the name and a one-line description of a brand-new Greek deity. The funnier, the better. For example:

Chocollus, god of chocolate and revelry-with-chocolate

or

Cheeriodon, god of breakfast cereals and British greetings.

The Prize

As in prior contests, two winners will be selected, one for skill and one for luck. The "skill" winner will be the person whose deity is my favorite. The "luck" winner will be chosen at random from all the entries, so the more you enter, the better your chances!

Each of the two winners will receive a free copy of Demigods and Monsters.

The Rules

Leave a comment with the name and description of your deity. (Or if you can't think of a deity but still want to be entered in the "luck" drawing, just leave a comment.) You can enter as many times as you'd like. Deadline is next Monday, May 19th, and the winners will be announced soon after.

Good luck, and have fun!

Teen Libris Interview

On a related note, I just found out that the awesome folks at BenBella have posted an interview with me on the Teen Libris website, in which I ramble on about Percy Jackson, Narnia, my books, and the Tooth Fairy! If you're interested, you can read the interview here.

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29 Comments:

At 11:42 AM, Blogger Meagan said...

Apathea- the goddess of indecision.

 
At 2:44 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Belgatherial posted these in the comments to the LJ syndication of this blog:

dewidiphia - the goddess of placing dewdrops on flowers

OR

pediosthene - goddess of comfortable shoes

 
At 11:09 PM, Blogger Kelly013 said...

Gaggliospoona - Goddess of the Valley of Epithets and Keeper of the Holy Navel Ring.

Hazardius - God of Left Turn Lanes and Those Who Run With Scissors.

Curlenia - Goddess of hair rollers and ice games played with brooms.

Gandalphion - God of talking trees, giant spiders and teeny tiny people with hairy feet.

Agoraphobionicus - God of telephone booths, RV shower stalls and one-room apartments.

Sushiana and Quichandra - Twin goddesses of trendy foods.

Uppchuckionus - First cousin to the twin goddesses and God of bicarbonate of soda.

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger Enna Isilee said...

I love your contests! Entries soon to come!

 
At 2:50 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Bubbalemus, the god of all things redneck.

 
At 4:50 PM, Blogger Erin said...

My brain is going to be on auto-pilot for this last couple weeks of school and getting ready for a trip, so I'll just put in an entry for the luck-winner. Thanks!

 
At 12:26 AM, Blogger Bunny B said...

I wanna join for the luck! :)

 
At 12:35 AM, Blogger Bunny B said...

Oh, I've got one.

Googleus - God of Google

 
At 12:37 AM, Blogger Bunny B said...

And his parter would be

Wikipedthea - Goddess of Wiki.

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger Enna Isilee said...

These are just my first few:

Euphoricups—The goddess of laughing so hard you get the hiccups

Cafarticus—The god of finding relief through flatulation

Neuresia—The goddess of worrying she’ll forget everything

Verbosa—The god of talking too much

 
At 12:26 AM, Anonymous Shana said...

Gastrophus- god of annal gases and arm pit farting noises.

Or

Dowlitterus- Goddess of reading books up side down.

 
At 5:55 AM, Blogger kenyon said...

the percy jackson series is the greatest ever, much better than the harry potter series

 
At 10:49 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Kenyon: I adore the series too. I finished Battle of the Labyrinth a couple weeks ago, and it was fabulous. Can't wait for the next one.

 
At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Naomi said...

Aequitas-Goddess of Justice/Indifference
___
Animosu-Goddess of the Feelings and the Soul
___
Argentum-God of Valubles
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Bestias-God of the Wild
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Caritas-Goddess of Giving

 
At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Adrian said...

Theguy : God of not knowing what to say

sarahbethdurst : goddess of this site

adrian : god of himself

mr.riordan : god of percy jackson books

 
At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Adrian said...

o ya and

god : god of gods

dog : god of backwards names

zues no.2 : god of clones

g...g...guy : god of stuttering

bill gates : god of comps.

123 : god of numgers

lol: god of laughing too much

abc : god of letters

g2g : god of going places

watthe : god of questions

 
At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Adrian said...

also r u gonna mail the prze or wat?

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous jewles said...

Mashamanius- godess of mashmalows and hot coco

 
At 7:08 PM, Anonymous jewles said...

ZinZag-godess of lizards and snakes

 
At 7:56 PM, Anonymous jewles said...

WhaCha-Godess of blue ribbons

BangBoom-godess of car acsedents

SlipKaroo-godess of slipery chairs

WhanChaGotCha- godess boyfreinds andboy truble

WowWowFlip-godess of text mesagess

KongaLonga-godess of cats and dogs (wild or domesticated)

Jumanji-godess of games

Peco- god of big butts

 
At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

jewwhanna-godess of the things u disier

hotteana-god of giving uglyness

milkia-godess and maker of the univers

 
At 5:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11:26 PM, Anonymous percy jackson movie soon! said...

hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobicus--god of very long words

 
At 11:27 PM, Anonymous percy jackson movie soon! said...

Ihadthemjustaminuteagoious--god of misplacing things you know you were just holding

 
At 11:28 PM, Anonymous percy jackson movie soon! said...

that-god-guy -- god of unoriginality

 
At 4:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 12:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dorian:god of Twilight keeper of all things pure in the Light but knowledgeable of the things of the Dark.

Blodgarm: god of wolves.

Neromnire: god of Vampires.

Orgasma: goddess of one-night-stands.

Bibya: goddess of candies and delectable treats.

Vestia: goddess of giggles and practical jokes.

 
At 3:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Anonymous reads the Eragon series because Blodgarm sounds like Blodhgarm.

Polarpolar:god of the North Pole.
Polapola:Polarpolar's little sister, goddess of South Pole.

 
At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Kimberly said...

OMG!!!!!! i read the series and i CANT WAIT until oct. 12 or 21 when the new series comes out!!!!! im dieing here!!!!!! at www.camphalfblood.com you can read the first 2 chapters of the new book. The password is: newhero. dont forget to check it out because the only person as amazing as rick riordan is james patterson who writes perfect books for my age (13)! he is reeeeeeeeeeeally good. check out the maximum ride and the daniel x series too!
-Ciao!

P.S.
-Booksamaniaalaamazingalabookwormia
(bookmania)
Godess of all books amazing!
(im her daughter)
-Percy Jackson
God of bravery style and over all boy amazingness.
-Director of The Lightning Thief
God of annoyingness who todally MESSED UP the book with no mention of the prophecy!!!!!!

Okay sorry it was long ;) NOW i'm done.

 

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