Friday, October 2, 2015

MANIC PIXEL SCAVENGER HUNT WINNERS (AND FER REALS COVER REVEAL)!

Welcome back, scavengers! Glad you survived that crazy, pixelated city. It would be exhaustive to list everything discovered on the CURE cover, so I’ll just name the top ten things I didn’t even know were on there (and a few that made me chuckle):

  1.  “Six barber-pole swords”
  2. “A man reading a love letter written with invisible ink”
  3. “A lucha libre parade float falling in the street” alternately “Just the sweetest, fattest, blue-haired little baby chubbo that better end up on a t-shirt or I'm going to scream and cry at the same time. Scry? Cream? Hmmmm.”
  4.  “A camouflage helicopter blasting David Bowie music (obviously)” alternately “the Quad City DJs copter blasting tunes to the neighborhood”
  5. “1/10 of a robo-squid”
  6. “The bottom of someone's leg, wearing a purple-striped sock. This person must be a giant.”
  7. “Two happy green tripods talking about the upcoming presidential election (they're both rooting for Trump).” alternately “A couple of gleeps having a sweet convo”
  8. “A rather muscular wrestler standing under a purple umbrella with his favorite child (everyone has a favorite).”
  9. “A potted succulent on a balcony.”
  10. “That yellow dog head is totally licking its own eyeball.” alternately “A dog-head sculpture. Maybe it's a vehicle... If people ride in these, do they stick their heads out the window?”

And, of course, they can all by seen now, by you, in full, on the no-longer-pixelated 

CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE cover:



Add on Goodreads!

Preorder on Amazon this weekend.

This eye candy of a book was pitched by John Cusick, bought by Simon & Schuster Teen, edited by Christian Trimmer, and designed by Greg Stadnyk with art by eboy. I feel obscenely lucky to work with such talented people and to have such a jaw-dropping luscious cover. I only hope the words inside live up to it. As my friend Korey Hunt, who actually came up with the idea for a story about a video game rehab in the first place . . . MISCHIEF SCAVENGED.

But that’s not why you’re here.

You’re here to see if you won one of our five elite prizes, which, to remind you, look like this:





Ooh, look! The cover isn’t blacked out anymore!

Our five Manic Pixel Scavenger Hunt winners are . . . 

  1. Krys McCintyre
  2. Yamille Mendez
  3. Annette Weed
  4. Alicia Van Noy Call
  5. Tim Campbell

The Cotton Floozy will get stitching and Simon & Schuster will get printing and we’ll hopefully have your stuff out to you by December. Thank you for hunting. I hope you enjoy the inside of the book as much as I enjoy the outside. 

See you in June,
Christian McKay Heidicker

P.S! Thanks to all of the bloggers who participated: Christian Trimmer, John Cusick, Elana Johnson, Jennifer Bardsley, Valynne Maetani (friend and agent-getter), Brooke Lark (who designed my website and shot the prizes!), Carol Lynch Williams (who taught me a thing or eight about writing), and finally, Marie Davis Brian, The Cotton Floozy, who made the embroidery-posing-as-cross-stitch that elicited just as much drool as the cover, and whose company I misspelled several times throughout the blog because I’m not accustomed to using the word floozy.

Editor’s note: Both spellings (floozy and floosy) are acceptable, but there’s only one acceptable place to order top quality embroideries: www.cottonfloozy.com

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SCAVENGER HUNT TODAY FUN FUN BACKFLIP WOOOOOO

WELCOME TO THE MANIC PIXEL SCAVENGER HUNT!

LET’S GET SCAVENGING!

This is it, folks. This is your chance to easily win the CURE prize package:





An ARC of Cure for the Common Universe and an embroidery of ‘Nobody Puts Princess in a Castle’ from The Cotton Floozy 

Oo. Aah.

For a chance to win, just participate in the Manic Pixel Scavenger Hunt.

Oh, look, here’s a pixel now!



What do you see? 

Write down your findings from this and the other pixels at any or all of the other blogs (listed below) and email them to me at cmheidicker@gmail.com or message them to C.M. Heidicker on Facebook. For every three things you send, I’ll put your name in the hat (or my jeans pocket) again and again and again, and then I’ll draw five names out of the hat (pocket) and send prize packages to those people.

Go! Get started! Win it! Win it all!


#cureforthecommonuniverse #manicpixel

(I hope you’ll take some time to explore the amazing blogs.)

(I also hope this means that more than just my mom will participate.)

Tune in tomorrow to find out if you’ve won!

Happy Scavenging! 

Go check out the book on Goodreads!

Prepare to be cured June 2016.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE COVER REVEAL AND SCAVENGER HUNT

A few weeks ago, I got contacted by a friend of a friend to see if I would be interested in stitching something for his new book. The more I heard about Christian McKay Heidicker's book and the internet scavenger hunt, the more I was like, dude, yes, let me be involved. I will stitch things for you with my freakishly small hands. So, that's how I got involved in this very cool . . .

. . . DRUMROLL


CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE COVER REVEAL AND SCAVENGER HUNT



Hello, everyone. My name is Christian McKay Heidicker 

WELCOME TO THE CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE COVER REVEAL AND SCAVENGER HUNT!

Whew. That’s a mouthful. Let’s try . . . 

MANIC PIXEL SCAVENGER HUNT!

There. Better.

You may be asking yourself, where’s the cover? I came here to see a cover. 

Okay, first, have I told you how nice your hair is looking today? 

And second, the cover isn’t here. 

CURE’s cover art is a little intense to take in all at once, so for everyone’s safety,  I’ve divided it into nine pieces (er, pixels) and spread them across the internet. 

WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO US?

To make a scavenger hunt, of course. What’s the use of a book about a kid going to video  game rehab if there isn’t some gaming first?!

Also, this will be your chance to take in all of the juicy (potentially scandalous) details of the cover before it’s fully revealed.

The art is reminiscent of books like I Spy or Where’s Waldo, so this scavenger hunt will work just like that . . . except instead of finding a cats eye marble or some seemingly friendless chump in a red and white striped sweater, you’ll receive ACTUAL PRIZES.

ACTUAL PRIZES!



Five lucky winners will receive a signed ARC (advanced reading copy) of CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE (cover obscured for obvious reasons) AND an embroidery of one of the phrases from the book, hand stitched by the extremely talented Cotton Floozy. (Oi! That's me. <<<)

GAH! I WANT THAT. HOW DO I WIN? 

For every three things you discover hidden in the nine pixels and email to 

cmheidicker@gmail.com or message to C.M. Heidicker on Facebook, I’ll enter your name again . . . and again . . . and again. (There’s a lotta stuff on that cover.)

EXAMPLE:

Subject: Manic Pixel Scavenger Hunt

Dearest Christian,

I found:

1. A puppy made of garlic cloves

2. A bottomless bowl of undercooked breadsticks

3. A Christmas tree wearing lipstick

4. Amelia Earheart’s monocle

5. A bottomless bowl of overcooked breadsticks

6. A Who*

*(Objects not actually on cover, but no less interesting than what’s really on there.)


THAT’S IT!

So, no, the cover is not here. But fear not! Tomorrow, I’ll be posting their whereabouts  on this blog and at www.cmheidicker.com. (You can also follow them with  #cureforthecommonuniverse and #manicpixel.)

Tomorrow, the Manic Pixel Scavenger Hunt begins!

In the meantime, go check out the book on Goodreads!

Again, the cover is exquisitely complex, and in my personal opinion, AMAZING. It was designed by Greg Stadnyk with art by eboy (that of Miley Cyrus fame).

Prepare to be cured, June 2016.

Monday, May 4, 2015

This blog post is about my updated Etsy. First you'll be shocked, then you'll be inspired!



Things have been quite exciting lately over here at Floozy Headquarters. Hence the click bait in my post title. Hahaha! Please please please check out all of the excitement over at my Etsy store. You'll never look at effing cute embroideries the same way again! (Okay, I'll stop now.)


My subversive Cotton Floozy stitching business has really taken off, to the point where I am no longer able to single-handedly keep up with the demand. So, much like my waistline after thrice visiting the dessert bar at Chuck-A-Rama, I have expanded. I now have a bevy of beautiful stitchers working with me -- The Happy Valley Crafters. I have stitched with the Happy Valley Crafters since the formation of our Stitch and Bitch group (of the same name) a few years ago, founded by cross-stitcher extraordinaire Yvette Beaudoin (Dame Toadstool.) Just recently the Happy Valley Crafters have welcomed into their midst the hilarious stitcher Stephanie Sorensen aka The Socially Awkward Stitcher and her mother, Phyllis Sorensen, aka The Vintage Stitcher.

THE SOCIALLY AWKWARD STITCHER


The Socially Awkward Stitcher is an elusive creature of mystery and can only be coaxed out of her natural habitat by The Cotton Floozy. 

The Socially Awkward Stitcher specializes in snarky embroideries that are snarky and full of snark. 

Since she's new to the shop, she has a reasonable turn around time for custom orders. My queue is loooooooong, so it takes me six weeks, whereas the SAS is about three weeks. Message me on my Etsy page if you are interested in a custom order stitched by this very talented Happy Valley Crafter.


The Socially Awkward Stitcher has skillz, yo.

The Vintage Stitcher knows her way around a needle and a hoop.


The Vintage Stitcher looking chill.


She specializes in ALL THE CRAFTZ and prefers to use vintage materials for her stitcheries.

How true is this?!


And lastly, there is Yvette Beaudoin (Dame Toadstool) who made all of this magic happen in the first place. She created the first Happy Valley Crafters' Stitch and Bitch group a few years ago.  That was the first time I had felt inspired to stitch since I was a kid. And now I can't even stand to go a day without stitching. Stitching is a slippery slope, my friends.


Yvette specializes in cross-stitch and all things geek. She is a magnificent advisor to everything I do. You can meet her if you attend my upcoming Craft Lake City workshop. (Which sold out, sorry. But we're planning on another one later this year.)



She has been extensively traveling these last few months, so her cross-stitch pieces are not available yet, but stay tuned!

The Flooze and The Socially Awkward Stitcher
at Craft Sabbath

Somebody recently asked me about how I handled difficult customers, and I realized that I have the best customers in the world! The people that are drawn to my subversive embroideries are the same kind of people whom I would be friends with in real life. In fact, I have made a lot of friends with those of you who have stopped by to chat with me at craft festivals. You guys really are the best. Thanks for everything!