Posts tagged “Adeline Yen Mah

No really… we do have a contest winner… honest!

Drum roll, please! Because we really do have a winner of the book Falling Leaves!

If you left me a mnemonic suggestion, I wrote your name down on a slip of brightly-coloured paper. If you left me two suggestions, then your name was entered in the draw twice and so on.

The anklebiters got all excited and decided that your names should be tossed into their doll bath. (Shouldn’t so much pink be against the law?)


We mixed them up well and then Anklebiter #1 closed her eyes and drew out a slip. Slowly, she read out the name…


“Oh, it’s says ‘Lucy Come in’, mama! Who’s that?”

Lucy Come In is none other than…

Imagine a fanfare of trumpets here and the sound of satisfaction as the gauntlet is returned to its owner.


Louise of Carmine Superiore! That’s right: by a serendipitous twist of fate, she who demanded a contest also won it! I wanted to do another draw (in case you thought it was rigged) but the anklebiters said that wouldn’t be fair.

And then the dog started wolfing down the slips and things went rapidly downhill from there… So, congratulations Louise! And a BIG thank you to everyone who joined in. I had great fun reading all your suggestions. What can I say? I’m so proud (sniff! sob!) of having so many creative readers…

Send me your address details, Louise, and your new book will soon be winging its way towards you!

Give-away (dog not included)!

Roll up! Roll up! Come and get it while it’s hot… This is it: my first give-away contest! (OK! OK! I’ve already given away my dignity, parts of my sanity, a satisfying recipe and some basic instructions about how to cook and sew…)

Anyway, do you remember that a few days ago I told you about Pluto being plutoed when it was demoted from its status as a planet? Hands were thrown up in horror and cries were thrown around with abandon.

Once upon a time, we had a very useful mnemonic to help us remember the names and positions of the planet: My very elegant mother just served us nine pizzas. But with Pluto gone, we need a catchy new mnemonic to  help us remember. In fact, the lovely Louise over at Carmine Superiore threw her metaphorical gauntlet (well, probably more of a warm woolly glove at this time of year) down and demanded a mnemonic contest. So – here it is!

I know you’re on the edge of your keyboards … this is what you can win!


No – the dog isn’t up for grabs: the book is!  It is called Falling Leaves (The true story of an unwanted Chinese daughter) and is written by Adeline Yen Mah. It is the story of the author’s childhood in China during the civil war, except the war is not in focus here, but the terrible stepmother. Rejected by her father and siblings and abused by her stepmother, Adeline survives the pain of her awful childhood, moves to the States and manages to overcome the lonely and painful start she had in life.  It is a book about destructive families – and also about how the human spirit can emerge triumphant. It is about the will to endure – and to love. Highly recommended!

So, what do you have to do to win? Well, all you have to do is to come up with a new mnemonic that we can use to remember the planets. Use these letters in this order: M V E M J S U N. Leave your new catchy phrase in my comments and you’ll be entered into the draw.

Some of my readers wanted me to come up with a mnemonic. I’ve done better and come up with three for your pleasure!

Many very elderly mushrooms just smell utterly nauseating.

My vicious elephant may  just smash us nicely.

And – rather appropriately:

My very exceptional mumbo-jumbo spouts uncanny nonsense!

The competition closes on Wednesday morning – my time (LFT = Lady Fi Time).