Monday, March 21, 2011

A-MUSE-ing cardboard characters

Cardboard characters...the bane of every writer's existence, right?

Not for me this week.

I've entered a contest whereby I'll spend the next 11 days with Crash and Mars, the morning show hosts on 102.3 Now Radio. 11 days. Every. Waking. Minute. *gulp*

I picked them up this morning, along with 49 other hopeful contestants - apparently Crash and Mars like to spread themselves pretty thin. Stiff paper thin, actually.

As we drove to work, I kept the conversation light. I guess Mars is going on just a few hours of sleep (inconsiderate neighbours playing loud music), which explains why our dialogue was a little flat.

 I'll just have to get creative.

It's tough to tell in this picture, but Crash is not a bad looking guy. I know my weekly muse is often shirtless, but I felt uncomfortable asking him to bare his chest - despite working out with his trainer, Crash is a lot thinner than I expected.

Still, muse worthy.

He's got his work cut out for him. I spent the weekend in my cave, blissfully working on a number of writing projects. The "big" deadline looms, and my work slate is jam packed. Maybe living with my muse - and his really skinny co-host - will help me keep the momentum.

- Dawn

P.S. - Want to win a signed book by a really cool Alberta author? Every day, I'll post pictures of my Crash and Mars adventures. Check out the book's author or illustrator and head to the Young Alberta Book Society website ( and email a fact about that artist to I'll choose a random daily winner.

P.P.S. - Why bother with this contest? The most creative entry wins $1000 cash and $1000 to the charity of their choice. If I win, $2000 will go to the Young Alberta Book Society, an organization devoted to fostering a love of literacy amongst young people through reading and writing.

The Book In My Bag Today: Radiant Shadows, Melissa Marr


  1. Fantastic post continually amaze me with your creativity! You rock!

  2. OMG.

    This should be interesting...Hee, hee,hee.

  3. Looks like fun! Hope they're ready for the full schedule you have planned!

  4. wow! what a donation!!! good stuff. PS: um ... why aren't I 'authorized to view this page" when I click the Alberta Book Society link?

  5. SUE - I love you. Thank you for your support. xo

    DONNA - Interesting, yes. Absolutely!

    I agree, MOMILY. It's going to be whirl-wind.

    Thanks, TIFFER. Love you.

    JESS - um...not sure? That's very weird...

  6. Just wanted to say that I too entered the contest with Crash And Mars...They are not very talkative here either and they keep staring at me, its really creepy. In the event that I do not win, it would be nice to see the money go to you for such a great cause and to a person with such a great heart.

  7. ANON - That's very sweet to say. Thank you. I know what you mean about Crash and Mars staring at you all the time - I often just turn my back. Good luck - and have fun!