Week eight kicks off

While I try to get all my week’s clothes back into the suitcase and head from Maui to rainy CA, I thought you might enjoy a few things to keep you busy.

Week seven’s contest on the Fifteen Week’s of Bees was for a Russellism, some sharp and pithy saying that Miss Russell might have said, but hasn’t yet. With luck I’ll be able to include them in the next Russell, working title The Green Man. The list of Russellisms sent in is remarkable, testimony to readers with far too much time on their hands and who understand Miss Russell to a truly scary degree. Anyway, here are the winners.

For week eight, we have a trivia contest. Now, you might be thinking that anything LRK writes is trivia, but you’d be wrong: trivial, perhaps; trivia, no. The contest is here, and even if you don’t get them all right, you’re sure to do better than I.

Stay tuned for the last half of the Fifteen Weeks, with some of the greatest (and greatest prizes) left to come. Tried your hand at fan fiction yet? What about charging up your camera battery and giving us a YouTube video? (Not too many of those yet—you’d have a very good chance of winning a new hardcover of The Language of Bees.)

Finally, Miss Mary Russell, 109 years old and going strong, continues her enthralling saga of How I Came to Give the Russell Memoirs to Laurie King, over on her Myspace blog.


  1. strawberry curls on March 23, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Congratulations to the winners of the Russellism Contest. What a great offering of Russell quips. Everyone seemed a winner to me.

    Here we are at the half-way week of the Fifteen Weeks of Bees. Its been such fun!! Thanks to Laurie and everyone involved in the contests for giving us such varied and interesting ways to be involved in this campaign. –Alice

  2. Chris on March 23, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Wow! I’m over the moon. I don’t think I’ve ever won anything before. Thank you! It’s been such fun the last few weeks, so this is the icing on the cake.

  3. vickivanv on March 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who submitted a Russellism–they were terrific and so much fun to read! 😀

  4. Laidee Marjorie on March 24, 2009 at 6:26 am

    I also wanted to add my congratulations to the two winners in the Russellism contest. I loved reading all of the entries. Laurie, you have some great and talented bunch of readers!


  5. Roxanne on March 24, 2009 at 6:33 am

    What Marjorie said. I had a lot of fun reading all of the Russellisms. My hats off to all of the people who submitted.


  6. Canzonett on March 24, 2009 at 7:25 am

    And Chris, I’m so happy for you! Enjoy your well deserved prize – this is, I think, the best prize *ever* for the Fifteen Weeks of Beeks, because you will be one of the first people outside the insider circles to read “The Language of Bees”. It’s wonderful to see that you know to appreciate it!

  7. Jessica on March 24, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Week 8 has kicked off, and I’ve already put in my entry for the trivia contest! I think I’ve given myself a bit of an advantage, though, as I’ve been making my way through all 8 of the current Russell books in preparation for the release of “The Language of Bees”. (Right now I have LANG on hold/pre-order at my library, and I’m the first one in line to get to read it once it comes in–I’m so excited!) I’ve just started reading JUST (no pun intended).

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