The results – children!

February 24th, 2012

First, my apologies for taking so long to post the results of the Keepers competition. The trouble was – apart from the fact that I’m busy writing the new book – people sent in such good entries! I think this was one of the hardest things I have ever judged. So many of the entries could have been winners.

So the first thing I decided to do was break the entries into three categories instead of two. That is, adults, older children and younger children. Which means of course that there are now three prizes instead of two! ๐Ÿ˜€ And the second thing is, next week I’ll put up the entries that didn’t win, so you can see how brilliant they were.

But for now – yes yes, I know. You want me to tell youย who won!

I’ll start with the younger children: the prize goes Maeve Timms for her drawing of a quignog.

Maeve's picture of a quignog

The reason I liked this one so much was because it really does look mad (which was the only bit of description we had). The wild staring eye, the dribbling, the strange tail which is almost like a many-fingered hand …

Congratulations, Maeve, I’ll send your prize next week.

Now, the older children: once again the entries were very hard to choose between. But the prize goes to Esther Perry for her written description, as follows:

Dear humans, a guignong is a mutated human,ย  these things happen, we cannot control them. They have chosen us!ย  We cannot go up to someone and say mutate me, we don’t get this choice. If we had a choice then we would stay normal. We have hidden ourselves because you are not ready for us. You are afraid of what you do not understand, so you call us mad.

Let me explain, to help you understand. There are ones of us that can read minds. I believe that is why you call us mad. Some of us have more mutations than others. We can be pink, blue, green, purple, gold, brown, yellow, red, or white. Scaly, fuzzy, slimy, slinky, stinky, sticky, or spiky. And we can
* read minds
* go through walls
* teleport
* turn into animals
* make ice
* have lasers in our eyes
* or just be plain weird

If you would just understand we are just the same as you on the inside maybe we would get along better. Remember, it could happen to you! Here are some stories:

to: The Human Race
from: Tasha
subject:ย  ME!
This is my story. When I was born my parents were freaked out! I had scales all over my body.ย  My parents left me in the woods to die, but the quipnogs found me. They told me that I was one of them. They are normal like me. I did not choose it, I did not want it, but I got it.
Tasha, 13 years old and normal

to: The Human Race
from: George
subject: my story
I was normal until I turned 20 then I started teleporting. Here now, gone a moment later. I ran away from everything, now I am a guignong .
George, 40ย  bye…

from: Ruby
to: you
subject: what happened to me
Okay so some get born this way, some develop this. Not me! I was created. I was stolen from my family when I was little. They did something to me so that now I have metal bones and muscles. My blood is gold and when I am angry my eyes go gold too. People forced this on me I never had the slightest choice in this matter. I am a child, A CHILD, but did they care, no, they still did this to me! I just want to be normal again.
Ruby,ย  13 (5 years a human, 8 years a quignog), human made guignog, a child that is not

So you see we don’t want this but we got it anyway. We just want to be normal again
from a fellow human and quignog

The thing I liked so much about Esther’s entry was its originality. It made me think of quignogs in a completely different way – maybe they are not what I thought they were! It also gave a very good reason why they are called mad.

So congratulations, Esther, I’ll be sending your prize next week too.

This is turning into a very long post, so I’ll start a new one for the adults.


0 thoughts on “The results – children!

  1. Mia says:

    Congradulations Mauve! (did i spell that right??)
    i read the comment she wrote about checking every day, so i thought i had to say that.

    1. Lian says:

      It’s Maeve, not Mauve. But perhaps she will turn mauve with excitement when she discovers that she has won. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Mia says:

    Omg, hopefully! No doubt she will, though! i liked the description too, it was very interesting, and i laughed a little when i read it.

  3. maeve says:

    Thank you Lian i am so exited and happy.

    My friend Sofia (who also sent in a picture) tried to tell me at school but i didn’t let her i kept saying i’ll trough a chair at you as a joke to stop her from telling me but instead we just craked up laughing.

    I practically ran home so i can see the winners and i went mad as a quignog when i found out i got the prize.

    i really like Esther’s description and never thought about it that way so i want to congratulate her aswell.

    Bye and thank you again,


  4. Sofia says:

    Congratulations Maeve!!!!! Your drawing is awesome!

  5. Georgia says:

    Congratulations Maeve and Esther!!! i LOOOOVEDD your drawing Maeve, its really awesome and mad!! i really liked your description Esther because its different and interesting!!

  6. Hannah says:

    Wow that was amazing, I loved it and it made me feel like I had seen one as I read.

  7. Lilli says:

    Wow ,I can not wait to read the Path of Beasts to see what the quignog looks like !!!

    1. Lian says:

      Alas, Lilli, you won’t get to see a quignog in Path of Beasts! It gets mentioned, but it has been extinct for a long time, so never appears. Maybe when I go back and do the prequels about when Herro Dan and Olga Ciavolga were children, a quignog will put in an appearance.

  8. Lilli says:

    It would be awesome if we could have another competition as my friends checked the website too late and could not enter !!

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Lilli, I’m sure I’ll have another competition some time. Not sure when though. Keep an occasional eye on the website, and I’ll make sure that next time I leave more time for entries.

      1. Lilli says:

        Thank you Lian

        This will mean a lot to my friends and I!

        Every single day after homework I always check your blog before I go and do Mathletics !

        I just love reading your books and getting tips of the website for writing as I love writing books .

        It is a big hobby of mine and I lets you use your imagination to n o limit.

        Love Lilli ๐Ÿ˜‰

        1. Lian says:

          Lilli, I’m so glad you are finding the writing tips useful. I’ll keep updating them whenever I get the chance – and I agree about writing. Using ones imagination is such a pleasure.

          1. Jordie says:

            Hi Lian,

            Do you know when Path of Beast will come out.

            I can’t wait!

          2. Lian says:

            Hi Jordie, Path of Beasts will be out at the end of September. I can’t wait either. ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. Georgia says:

    Omg Lian your doing a prequel??? *faint*…cant wait!!!…even though it wont probably be till next year

    1. Lian says:

      Oh, that’s a nice reaction! ๐Ÿ˜€ But it’ll be more than a year, Georgia. I’m writing another book first, set in Antarctica – well, sort of – so haven’t even started the prequels yet, and the lead time between writing and publication date is enormous. So it’ll be several years before you get to read about how the museum started.

      1. Jordie says:

        What’s the book called Lian?

        1. Lian says:

          The one I’m writing at the moment? It’s called Frozen. At least that’s the working title. But I rather like it, so it’ll probably stay.

          1. Jordie says:

            When is it coming out?

  10. Jordie says:

    Sorry that was a bit of a silly question ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Lian says:

      No idea! Depends if the publishers want it, once it’s finished.

      1. Jordie says:

        I sure hope they want it, just by the title it sounds awsome:))

        1. Jordie says:

          Sorry I made a typo(I don’t know how to spell typo either) in the last bit ๐Ÿ™‚

        2. Lian says:

          Well that’s good to know, Jordie. I had no idea if people would like the title or not – so you are the first to comment.

          1. Jordie says:

            You should definatly keep the title because I love those ones with just one word they’re so suspenceful, if you know what I mean:)

          2. Lian says:

            I totally agree, Jordie. I like one-word titles too. There’s something sharp and exciting about them. I think that’s why I went for Frozen.

    2. Lian says:

      It’s okay – I just wish I knew the answer. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Charlotte says:

    Hi Lian I luv your book the keepers
    I was wondering where you got the idea from?

    1. Lian says:

      Hi Charlotte, I’m glad you like the book. The idea for Museum of Thieves came from two places. One was an article that I read years ago about the Hermitage Museum in Russia, which is enormous (though I donโ€™t think the rooms move around). The other was a kid who used to live in my street, who was very overprotected by his parents, and hardly allowed to do anything. At some stage, those two ideas sort of bumped up against each other, and turned into the book.

  12. Charlotte says:

    So that’s where you got it from. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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