For some reason, the idea of snowboarding is less frightening. Maybe it's the fact of only having to control one stick instead of two, but when my friends dragged me up the mountain, I decided to rent snowboard gear and give it a try.
Um, let's just say that after a private lesson (from a very non-encouraging instructor) the best I did was slide down the warm-up hill. (For the uninitiated, that's even smaller and shallower than the bunny slope.) And most of the time I wound up on my butt at the bottom of the hill. Mentally, I know it's all about committing to the movement, and being tentative only leads to disaster.
That's a pretty good lesson for life, too. Either put all your heart and effort and courage into whatever you do ... otherwise what's the point?
Today's bonus prize comes from an author just as punk and edgy and exciting as the sport of Snowboarding: BALLADS OF SUBURBIA by Stephanie Kuehnert. Here is the blurb:
Kara hasn’t been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park. . . .
Amidst the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.
Talk about a powerful story. They don't get much edgier than this.
And to enter today's contest, tell me about something you put all your heart and effort and courage into. (For me, this is definitely writing. It's not easy to write a book and send it out into the world, but I do--again and again--because it's my passion. You can't short-change your passion.) Answer in comments for your chance to win Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp and BALLADS OF SUBURBIA.
Answer this question: What do you put all your heart and effort and courage into? What is your passion?
(1) copy of Oh. My. Gods.
(1) copy of Goddess Boot Camp
(1) copy of BALLADS OF SUBURBIA by Stephanie Kuehnert
Enter below and check back tomorrow (and the day after that and the day after that) for a new contest. Winners of all contests will be posted after February 28th.
And don't forget the other contests:
Gold Medal Contest
COOP2 1 HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter
COOP2 2 MY SOUL TO TAKE and MY SOUL TO SAVE by Rachel Vincent
COOP2 3 TATTOO and FATE by Jennifer Lynn Barnes