…and the winner, by a large margin, is Shannon from Minnesota! Congratulations! I’ll get to work on the design, then contact you about specifics (style, size, color, etc). Once all of that is taken care of, I’ll post a link to where the t-shirt (and other ‘Waiting For Spring’ items) will be available to purchase. Thanks to everyone who participated in and who voted in the contest!!
A little background about the winning quote.
Front: I’m a lumberjack
Back: Any person who cares about what I do to earn enough money to afford rent & music & beer & food & jeans deserves to think I spend my days in the wood cutting down trees.
It comes from chapter 3 of Waiting For Spring in which Tess muses on the importance people place on career and money:
The first question people insist on asking a new acquaintance is: What do you do for a living? I hate that. Insecurity, probably, because I’m not a lawyer or a doctor or any of those other professions that make people say, ‘Oh…’ in that reverent, awestruck way. And anyone unlucky enough to ask me that fatal question without preceding it with at least two others–for example, what books have you read lately or who’s your favorite ballplayer–was answered with:
‘I’m a lumberjack.’
Because any person with a greater interest in what it is I do to earn enough money to afford rent and music and beer and food and jeans–rather than in the fact that I think Bill Lee is the coolest guy ever to climb onto the pitchers mound–deserves to think I spend my days in the woods cutting down trees.
I chose ‘lumberjack’ for a few reasons. One, as mentioned in the comments section of the voting post, as a semi-homage to Monty Python’s ‘Lumberjack Song.’ Two, because a friend of mine named Stan (who is mentioned in the acknowledgments) used to joke with me about being a lumberjack (since I live in the boonies of Maine) to cheer me up when I was sick. The joke turned into what you might call a mini writing collaboration that broke me out of a funk and got me writing on my own again. (Thanks Stan! You rock.) Three, because I thought ‘cutting down trees’ was a fitting symbol of what Tess does to herself throughout the book.
Just thought ya might be interested. 🙂
Stay tuned for other contests in the near future. And, if you haven’t had a chance to read Waiting For Spring, be sure to pick up a copy at Amazon.