Announcing a Contest!

Well, you know--in that Barb Cooper loosey-goosey kind of way.

For years now, I've used THIS as my signature line:

Barb Cooper
Mother. Writer. Keeper of the Fingerpaints
http://www.sothethingis.com
barb@sothethingis.com

Now blogging with a ridiculous amount of enthusiasm at: http://sothethingisblog.blogspot.com/

Well, okay, the part about blogging is really pretty new, since I've only really been blogging since April. But anyway, I've been the Keeper of the Fingerpaints for years and years.

The problem is that, well, my kids don't really finger paint anymore. I've tried a few other tags, like "Keeper of the Permanent Markers" but this is actually inaccurate since my HUSBAND is the keeper of the permanent markers--although my friend Lisa used to randomly give me permanent markers in great groovy colors and I loved them. Mostly they reside in my husband's office now.

I thought about "Keeper of the Tape," which is a nod to a column I wrote called "Tape and Gratitude" but if you didn't KNOW that I'd written that column, it wouldn't make sense.

"Keeper of the Car Keys" makes the kids sound too old, even though we all know as far as Jane is concerned, we are keeping the car keys and keeping them up high.

So, I don't know. I'm in the market for a new tag line, since I'm pretty sure the finger paints won't be making the move with us to Long Island. I thought you guys would have some great ideas, because your ideas are often much better than mine just in general.

For prizes, I was thinking about giving away a couple of copies of my book, "The Mermaid's Purse" if you don't already have it. If you DO have it and you're a knitter, I could give you some skeins from my yarn stash. If you're NOT a knitter and you already have my book, I could give you Scout! (Okay, just kidding.) No, if you're not a knitter and you already have my book, I'll send you some other books from writers I like. Maybe I'll throw in some permanent markers.

Let's say we leave the contest open until Friday at midnight and then, if anyone actually responds, I'll announce the winner on Monday. Does that sound like fun?

I'm new to this whole contest thing so I feel like I should issue some sort of disclaimer, like "Void Where Prohibited By Law" or something. Or maybe the prizes are too lame? I don't know. All I know is that I have a dilemma and I'm putting my best people on it.

Comments

Lelkins said…
mother. writer. controller of chaos.
mother. writer. missing the fingerpaints.

but it isn't parallel (noun, noun, participle)

mother. writer. misser of the fingerpaints?

Naah.

Try mother. writer. knitter. goddess.
Ei said…
Wednesday is my birthday. I think maybe you should just give me the present, er, I mean prize, and be done with it.

I shall be storm braining....
MadMad said…
Socks. That's what moms do. Socks. It's what my second post ever is about, keeping track of the socks. You can have it, if you want it. I'm generous that way. However, you should know that keeper of the socks doesn't sound as good as keeper of the fingerpaints. So. Back to you, Barb.
Mother. Writer. Encourager of room-cleaning.

Or pehaps "Zookeeper."

I do so love your yarn...
hokgardner said…
Keeper of the knitting needles
Keeper of the stash (which has the benefit of sounding slightly illegal)
LaDonna said…
The only thing that keeps popping into my head is "Keeper of the keys at Hogwarts"....but I think that's already taken ;)
I'm thinking, Keeper of the Sanity if you want to stay with the "Keeper" part. I'll think about it for a bit tonight. I already have your book, I'm not a knitter and if you send me your dog, I won't speak to you ever again....BUT, if I can send you my cats......
Ei said…
LOL..L.D. (LaDonna for those of you who didn't ever live in a dorm with her). She finally pops up for air and it is about Hogworts.
Ei said…
I have to say, keeper of the socks...it works on so many levels.
Dana said…
How about "Keeper of Her Realm or Reality"
Mokihana said…
Well, you're such a good writer; how about

Keeper of the Words
DK said…
I'll only play if I can have Scout.
Keeper of the Lead-Infested Toys?
Anonymous said…
Keeper of the WHINE.
AOK said…
How about "Keeper of the CHOCOLATE???"


Which could be modified seasonally to things like Keeper of the Halloween Candy, Keeper of the Christmas Cookies, Keeper of the Easter Candy, etc...


- Adrienne
(long time listener, first time caller ;-)
deb said…
Ok, since Keeper of the Socks is taken I'll take Keeper of the shoes. Me, as a kid, was always losing my shoes. My daughter followed my tracks and never remembered where she last left them. I always had to remember or find them. so....Keeper of the Shoes. And if you give the gift to ei, then you have to give one to me cuz it's my birthday too!
Lisa said…
well - when I first saw your line I thought it said keeper of the fingerprints
so I will go for that (but socks is good too)
or
keeper of the memories

but I am fixing to be(yeh a southern belle) 50 this month so maybe a pity prize! and it will help with the de-cluttering too (so thoughty, huh)
CK Holder said…
I must have been gone when you wrote this. I would like to say that when I suggested Keeper of the Keys, I was thinking the keys that keep the house locked up or the liquor locked up or...I wasn't even thinking about keys to the car. I must need another cup of coffee. Either that or my kids are going to have an easy time pulling one over on me...
N. Maria said…
Mother & Writer, wading thru life with humor and knitting.
That just came to me after such a long time after your post. :)