When Is It OKAY Not To Tell?
For the last thirty-six hours, I’ve been wrestling with an ethical dilemma. Even as I type this, I’m incredibly uncertain about whether or not to hit Publish. But one of the hardest things for me as a child was learning that my parents didn’t tell me everything. So here goes:
Early yesterday morning, the blogger/writer/illustrator known as Writer Fellow, a.k.a. Mike Allegra, launched one of his famous doodle contests. Anyone at all can enter to be in the drawing to win a doodle. All you have to do is put a comment on his blog telling about your best or worst vacation. Whoever wins the drawing not only gets an original doodle, they get to say what the doodle will be! It could be a Caffeine Gnome, a Great Dane Protecting Puppehs, or even a Writer in the Sunshine in a Yoga Post petting an Angel Dog—just about anything you can dream up! How awesome is that?
However, telling you about this seriously lessens my chances of winning. Already, word is getting out on Facebook and other media and several careless bloggers have reblogged his post, thereby further reducing my chances of winning the drawing. There’s no way to stop these leaks, and there will only be one winner of the next Allegra doodle. So you can see why I’m struggling with whether to let this post see the light of day.
Yes, you might say I’m a greedy person because I already got a truly fantastic one-of-a-kind doodle of a salamander named Sully. But c’mon, that doodle wasn’t for me specifically. It was for the highly important cause of children’s poetry and it belongs to every person in Whatcom County and beyond who helped to
harass and badger Mike into doing it sweet talk and charm him into creating one of his amazing doodles to inspire the kids of Whatcom County to write poetry for SpeakEasy 16. (If you read my blog and haven’t met Sully, which would be odd because I can’t help but mention the little fella in every other post, Sully has his own web page now.)
Today my friend and talented local poet Susan Campbell Cross e-mailed me to say she’d learned about the Allegra doodle contest through a typical Facebook leak and that she’s already written her holiday memory on Mike’s blog. And that she had a great time doing it because she wrote it the way she writes poetry, using the artistic side of her brain. Well, that just wasn’t fair at all because how can I withhold such fun from other friends? After thirty-six hours, the guilt is becoming overwhelming, so here’s his dang Win A Doodle! Hooray! post link to go try to win a doodle for yourself.
By the way, mad props are in order to Writer Fellow for having his children’s story “Harold’s Hat” published in the latest issue of Highlights, the acclaimed magazine for children.
If you win a doodle instead of me, please break the news to me gently, and also don’t bother correcting my syntax.
P.S.: Spooky Dolly says hi.
XO Laurel Leigh