Theory Winners, Post-SGE Fantasies, Figure 4, and a New Motto Contest!

7th April 2015

Hey Evs and Nevs,

Sorry for the post being a few hours later than usual! I wrote for almost 12 hours today (eep!), and then went to the hardest workout class ever, called Figure 4. It’s a one-hour brutalization at a ballet bar (some studios call it Barre Method), and you end up pouring sweat to the point where you can’t even see anymore, and your muscles are about to explode, and you feel like a horse dragging a house across the Serengeti.

BUT I enjoyed every second of it, because it meant that I got to the end of my writing day.

And here I am.

The reason Book 3 has been the toughest is because it’s looonnngg — and I don’t have extra time to write it, because of our July 21st release date. So it was a challenging proposition all around, because it’s the most complex book, the most twisty book, the biggest book, and also in my head, I wanted it to be the best book… the one that really blows you away. So it meant that I really had to buckle down for this one. I haven’t had any days off since September (eeee!), and I’ll be working on the final chapters all through my tour for Book 2 paperback starting next week. But I don’t mind. I really do love this book and it’s worth it to get it absolutely perfect, because it’s something I want to put out in the world knowing I gave everything to it.

And because I know when we finish copy-editing and proofing and art directing and layout on May 18th, on May 19th I will lie on my carpet in boxers for 48 hours straight, wrapped in a blanket, watching marathons of every TV show I haven’t been able to see in the past four years because of SGE, and I’ll eat pancakes for dinner and go to sleep late for no reason at all and go on dates and play tennis for more hours than is humanly possible and not feel guilty about anything.

For 2 weeks.

And then I’ll start working on the thing that’s next. Which I can’t tell you about yet… but you’ll see.

Meanwhile, it’s only 6 days — 6 DAYS — before you get to read the first two chapters. Gleeep! Yes, at your local bookstore starting next Tuesday, you’ll be able to get the paperback edition of A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES, featuring the first 2 chapters, plus Deleted Scenes, plus an Interview, including tidbits about the movie.

For those of you who are international, who can’t get your hands on this special edition paperback, I’m pretty sure you can order the American e-book edition of the paperback, which will have the same extended extras as well.

I can’t wait to talk to you about those first 2 chapters and see what you think of them… I will say that the two art pieces for the first two chapters are two of my favorites ever.

And just so you know who’s MOST excited about the Book 2 paperback and the extras inside it…

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Oh Douggie’s been a holy terror lately. Today I tried to take him on a walk and he just sat in the middle of the sidewalk and wouldn’t move. And when I tried to drag him, he pooped, just to stall and make me clean it up. And when I tried to drag him again, he peed. And then when I loosened the leash for just a second, he ran away and got back to the house. He just hates exercise and wants to sleep.

Can’t blame him. I’d be that way if I could.

Now to the Theory Competition! This was insanely hard to judge, because they were so wonderful — but JoAnn did the heavy lifting on finding the best ones (because my brain was starting to explode reading them, and I didn’t want to get too confused as I write the ending!)

Now remember: this is important, so pay attention. We didn’t judge the winners on who is most accurate. NONE OF THESE WERE PICKED BECAUSE THEY HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH BOOK 3! We judged purely on creativity and thought process.

So rest assured… the twists are safe with me.

So here are the winners!

A few honorable mentions:

SYLVIE, for her Fairy Tale Theory:

sylvie

This would be dramatic, wouldn’t it! Because if the two girls destroy the Storian, that means there could never be any more SGE books ever ever ever… because there could be no more fairy tales… Hmmm….

Next up: Ana Sofia has a pretty scandalous theory called The Guinevere-Lancelot Theory:

Ana Sofia

My goodness. Can you imagine? What kind of repercussions would there be if Tedros was Lancelot’s son!!! That said, everyone seems to say Tedros looks like Arthur, so…

Next up: Fluffy Penguins with The Scholarly Butterfly Theory

Fluffy Penguins

So much focus on Sader in these theories, but this one was particularly well-reasoned and thought out. August Sader and Evelyn Sader are interesting characters, aren’t they — one did such good and one wreaked such havoc. Things to think about…

In 3rd Place: A tie between Mystery Maiden and Ariel for the Sader Theory (MM brought it up first and Ariel fleshed it out in a deeply creative way)

Ariel Mystery Maiden

A lot of people think Sader is Agatha’s father. A LOT. But you know me. When a lot of people think something… that means I’ve thought of it too….

… which means I don’t like to do it.

Gasp.

In 2nd Place, Amanda of Never Army with The Never Theory

Amanda of Never Army

This is so great because it brings up a real question. What is the Meaning of Evil? Why are some people Nevers?

Well guess what, Amanda… The title of Chapter 32 in Book 3 is…

THE MEANING OF EVIL

So you’ll find out if your theory is right, soon enough.

And the winner of this week’s contest and 5 signed copies of A WORLD WITHOUT PRINCES (if she lives in the US) is…

Lillian with her Vanessa/Good School Master Theory!

Lillian

SO DRAMATIC, Lillian! And so well thought out. My brain exploded reading this. You clearly are as deep in the world of SGE as I am.

Well, done Lillian!

Thank you for all the amazing work, Evs and Nevs. Once again you prove your unparalleled brilliance and why our fandom is the best one around. Every contest, you get better and better and better.

Which brings me to this week’s contest, which will last two weeks…

The School for Good and the School for Evil need new mottos! You’re going to come up with your own mottos for the school you like best and upload it to the Reader Gallery. Here’s the rules:

1. Choose which school you’re going to support.

2. Come up with your motto. For instance, the School for Good motto might be: “IN THE NAME OF LOVE” while the School for Evil motto might be: “IN THE NAME OF POWER.”

3. Design your motto on a piece of paper, with as much or as little artwork as you like. Make sure you have both the school name and the motto on your paper.

4. Upload it to the Reader Gallery by noon on April 21st!

Don’t forget to pick up your PB of Book 2 next week… and in the meantime wish me luck finishing Book 3!!! Ahhhhh!

xo

Soman

143 Comments

  1. hey myesha_2001!!!!!!!!!!

    Its me!!!!!!!

    Glad to know youre finally in the Ev-Nev army!!!1

    All Evs, Myesha_2001 is youre friend she is 70% good.

    All Nevs, Myesha_2001 is your enemy and I am your BFF coz I'M 100% EVIL!!!!! MWA HA HA HAAAAA!!!!!!!

    no i am not lying myesha_2001. watch it. I can turn you into cow dung....

    • So...myesha_2001is an Ever. That's good cause i'm a Ever, too. She's better than I am because I'm only 60% Good and 40% Evil.

      But... Rushna you're an Never...can we still be friends?

    • Sure Lucy!

      just watch your back........

      ;)

    • I really should. Who knows what you might do? Maybe you'll strangle me in my sleep or poison my food. Heheheheh....

    • we are buddies

    • ummm......!

  2. Dear Soman,

    I know I have sent this to another reader blog post from you but when and were will the school for good and evil auditions be because I really want to try out for Agatha and because I don't live in America so will I still be able to audition and awesome theory's.

    Happy Early Birthday Soman.

    From Isabella of the Woods Beyond.

    • when is somans bday

  3. I really liked Amanda's! Good job to you and everyone else who entered:)

  4. OH MY GOSH.

    I GOT FREAKIN' SECOND PLACE.

    AND THERE'S A CHAPTER FOR THE THEORY.

    I have had such a productive spring break... first followed and got dedicated by my idol on Wattpad with 1k followers and then second place in a theory contest and there's a chapter with the answer.

    Wow...

    • Urs was really great

    • Congratulations! I liked your theory a lot!

      CAN'T BELIEVE I GOT HONORABLE MENTION! WHEEEEEEEEEEE

  5. can you please tell us people in Canada if we get book 3 on July 22 as well.

    Thank you

  6. Being the lazy pineapple I am, all that sweating and...*glups* exercising... sounds terrifying. I applaud any human being with the capability to think of it at all, let alone go through with the actual task.

    Book three sounds like a ton of work, but I CAN'T WAIT FOR IT AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH-

    *mom screams upstairs to ask what the heck I'm screaming about and informs me to shut it*

    Anyway, I personally feel better that you're still writing it and that it isn't completed yet. If it were actually all written out, lying there, JUST SITTING THERE, I don't think I would be able to continue living my ordinary life without hunting down the manuscript. I just...just...oh I just can't wait for the book! I preordered the paperback a few weeks ago, but I just went and reread the email and realized that it isn't coming in the mail until APRIL 18TH! *dies* Ugh. The world is cruel.

    All these theories are GREAT! I went through this odd process were I would read a theory and be like "OH MY GODS THAT COULD SO HAPPEN-" and then I realize that you said none of them actually are a part of book 3.

    Darn it.

    Anyway, the contest this week sounds like a ton of fun!

    BYEEEEEEEEEEE

    ...

    ...

    ...

    Sorry, I just haven't been on the website for awhile because of the lack of internet connection at the hotel I was at over break and now I miss it so much I can't stop writing. AGHGHGHAGAHG. Sorry. Okay. I'm gonna go.

    BYYYYYYYEEEEE

    P.S.

    Pardon the length of this...probably no one even got down this far. Eh.

    • ...

  7. FOURTH COMMENTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Third Commenter!

  9. The next thing? GASP

    I cannot wait!

  10. FIRST COMMENTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MY BIRTHDAYS IS 21 APRIL!!!!!!!!!11

    • And my birthday is 2 days after yours! April 23!!!!!

      Oh and by the way, happy early birthday!

    • Oh,

      HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY TO YOU TOO!!!!!!

      Is everyone's birthday in April? Well anyway,

      HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!!!!

      :) :)

    • thanks ellie!!!!!!!!! whens yours?

    • I love April birthdays!

      Mine's April 5!

    • Sylvie, Happy late Birthday!!!

      Hope you got a lot of presents!

    • My birthday is on April 1/April fools!!!!!

    • My birthday's n April 17th!!!!!!

      2 days after the new edition of book 2!!!!!!!!

    • thanks lucy!!!!!!

      ;)

    • happy early birthday to you to!!!!!!!!

    • Hey that's my friend's birthday too! Happy almost birthday!

    • cool!

      TAURUS RULEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    • HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY! :) :)

      If this weren't the internet, I would ask how old you're turning. But alas, it is. And I don't want to come across that creepy. So yeah.

      HAPPY EARLY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!

    • when is somans birthday?

    • hey rushna

    • myesha here your school friend ...hey zayynah

    • myesha_2001

      my old username was zayynah

      now it is Rushna

      so call me rushna now.

      WEIRD NAMEZ ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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