Do you love the time-travel fantasy series Outlander? How much? Enough to flex some writing muscle and produce a Claire Beauchamp-Jamie Fraser-Frank Randall story?
Win a set of the first four books in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series in our LitWit Challenge. Just write a short story of at least 500 words involving any or all of the major characters Claire the time traveller, her 20th century husband Frank, or her 18th century husband Jamie. Post your stories in Comments on or before noon on Sunday, 5 April 2015. We’re giving away two of these sets, each of them just slightly smaller than Jamie Fraser’s bicep.
Questions you may be asking:
What era should the story be set in? Any time period, including the distant future, as long as the characters are recognizably Claire, Jamie and Frank.
Can the story be R-rated? Yes, we will add warnings in case readers have to avert their eyes.
Does it have to be Claire and Jamie or Claire and Frank, or could it be Jamie and Frank? Knock yourself out.
Could it be Frank and Black Jack? If you can solve the grandfather paradox, knock yourself out.
Puedeng kami ni Jamie? Puede.
Lola T will help us judge the entries, so points will be awarded for kileg.
This LitWit Challenge is brought to you by our friends at National Bookstores.
Every Wednesday 6pm at the 4th Floor, Room 3 of Goethe-Institut Philippinen, Adamson Center, Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati.
April 8: Dreileben – Etwas Besseres als den Tod (Beats being dead). Directed by Christian Petzold (who made Nina).
A sexual offender escapes from a hospital. His escape and the police’s hectic search serve as a background to the love story between Johannes, a boy from a rich home undertaking his civilian service, and Ana, a pretty girl from Bosnia.
April 15: Dreileben – Komm mir nicht nach (Don’t Follow Me Around). Directed by Dominik Graf
A sexual offender is loitering somewhere in the Thuringian forest. Police psychologist Johanna is sent to Dreileben to assist in the case.
April 22: Dreileben – Eine Minute Dunkel (One minute of darkness). Directed by Christoph Hochhäusler
Frank Molesch, convicted of murder, uses an opportunity to escape. He takes refuge in the forest. The awareness that he has become fair game changes him. The police combine all their technology and manpower to capture the fugitive.
2. Get a free trip to France (if you speak French).
Filipinos aged 18 to 25 are invited to participate in LabCitoyen, an annual program launched by Institut Français that selects French-speaking youth from all over the world to participate in a series of conferences, debates, and workshops on citizenship over the course of a ten-day, all expenses paid visit to France.
Each year, Institut Français opens this contest to Francophone youths to raise discussion and awareness on various issues concerning human rights and citizenship.
This year, interested participants are to create a 5-minute video documentary in the French language on the theme “Human rights in the face of environmental challenges,” in view of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) to be hosted by France in December 2015.
COP 21 is vital as 195 governments will endeavor to sign an ambitious, universal and legally binding agreement to limit global warming to 2°C,
before the effects of climate change become irreversible.
One Filipino shall be chosen by the cultural section of the Embassy of France to the Philippines to participate in the 10-day program in France from July 15 to 25, 2015.
The deadline for submission of videos is on April 20, 2015. For the complete mechanics, visit their website.
3. Tennis lessons
Since our eldest niece was two we have been bugging her mother to let her take tennis lessons. After all Martina Hingis was only two when she picked up the racquet. True, her mom was playing in tournaments during pregnancy, but the point is that we can make like the Djokovic family at tennis matches and jeer at the enemy. Or the Federers and invite fashion editors to sit courtside wearing large sunglasses.
We volunteered to take the kid to her lessons, and then our sister pointed out that her classes are at 10am. Yuccch, sunshine. So we won’t be trundling out our horrible tennis relative impression (Mary Pierce’s dad, Jennifer Capriati’s dad, Steffi Graf’s dad, etc), but who knows.
The niece is expected to balk at physical activity since she’d rather dress as various Disney princesses, so we have recommended a regimen of Maria Sharapova videos (free earplugs for the whole family).
UVDust, who proposes that Wes Anderson make a movie of Helen Oyeyemi’s Mr. Fox. Live-action this time.
Congratulations! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to collect your prize.
This contest was brought to you by National Bookstore.
If you won one of our contests from January to November this year and have not collected your prize, please do so before 31 December 2014 at the Customer Service desk of National Bookstore at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati. Call them to make sure it’s still there, 8974562.
For unclaimed prizes from our 8th anniversary Question at Midnight raffles, please email email@example.com one week before you intend to claim your prize at the Fuentes Manila office, because the chocolate has to be ordered from Villa del Conte.
november26, who has convinced us to read the spy thriller I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. Congratulations! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
And congratulations to all our contestants for finding books that you love; we’re adding many of the titles to our own to-read list. Honorable mention goes to ruth, for finishing Swann’s Way. Read all the entries.
This contest was brought to you by National Bookstore. The next contest starts on Monday.
What was our favorite book of the year? The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell, of course. No, wait, in How To Be Both, Ali Smith did things other writers don’t dare, while zeroing in on the very nature of art. And The Children Act may not be as filling as Atonement, but it is the best Ian McEwan we’ve read since On Chesil Beach. Aargh, was it just a few months ago that we read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and felt like we’d died and been resurrected many times in the course of the novel? Then we had to read every Atkinson book we could get our hands on, and she writes detective novels that manage to be both grisly and warm-hearted. Not to mention HHhH, My Struggle volume 1, the stories of Mavis Gallant, discovering Penelope Fitzgerald and rediscovering Isak Dinesen. . .
2014 has been one of our best reading years, and there’s still a month to go. While we’re racking our overheated brain, tell us what your favorite book of the year is, and convince us to read it. (The book need not have been published in 2014, you just have to have read it in 2014.) Post your answers in Comments.
The winner will be announced on 5 December, and she or he will get this hardcover first edition of The Bone Clocks (or if they already have The Bone Clocks, Php1,000 in National Bookstore gift certificates).
This contest is brought to you by our friends at National Bookstore.