Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Neversink Tour Stop and Giveaway

Neversink: An Editing Saga By Barry Wolverton

I am honored to be a guest blogger on Cari’s Book Blog today. So I thought I would share something special — a scene that didn’t make it into the final version of the book. (By the way, if you’re really interesting in the writing and editing process, I encourage you to pick up my DVD box set: NEVERSINK: AN AUTHOR’S JOURNEY, a 1700-disc set depicting approximately 10,000 hours of me writing and revising NEVERSINK over a six-year period — edited so you can watch in one uninterrupted sitting of just over a year.)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this snapshot. The scene below appeared early in the book, as the sea-bird colony at Auk’s Landing is preparing for a party thrown by Egbert, a know-it-all walrus who is determined to spread his love of literature, even though most animals at this point in history can’t read or write. Egbert has just arrived at the party with Lockley Puffin, his best friend and the book’s hero, and Ruby, the vagrant hummingbird and resident thorn in Egbert’s side.

Deleted Scene

There was great commotion — even more so than usual for an island filled with birds and seals — yet harmony was the order of the day. That is, until someone pooped on Egbert’s head.

Egbert looked up to see a dark object circling away.
“Shelley Skylark,” he said. “Probably didn’t like my review of her poem, ‘Ode to a Skylark’. I called it hopelessly self-indulgent and narcissistic.”

“What does that mean?” said Lockley.

“It means he thought it stunk,” said Ruby. “A real pile of poop, like the one on his head.”

Just then Egbert was the target of yet another aerial bombing. He looked up and shook his head. “Nick Nightingale,” he said. “Probably didn’t like what I had to say about ‘Ode to a Nightingale.”

“Maybe you should rethink the need to invent the job of literary critic,” offered Ruby. But Egbert brushed off this suggestion, reminding her that one couldn’t know if something was good without the opinion of someone like Egbert.

Meanwhile Lockley, wandering around, found himself surrounded by a group of arctic terns who had just returned from their annual around-the-world migration. This was a situation Lockley always hoped to avoid. He admired their remarkable feat of flying. But they always came back wanting to tell him about the penguins.

“Uncanny resemblance,” said one tern. “Black and white, a bit soft in the middle.”

“But somehow, just all-around cuter,” said another.

“They’re adorable,” said a third. “And brave. The South Pole is the coldest place on earth, you know.”

“So I’ve heard,” said Lockley. “From you. On a semi-annual basis.”

“Terrible winds,” the tern continued. “Would blow your ordinary puffin clean over.”

Lockley just sighed. “It’s a wonder, then, penguins don’t fly.”

The terns squawked.

“Somebody’s crabby,” said one. “See, now penguins — they don’t snap at you like that.”

The other terns agreed.

“And puffins are so proud of how they fly underwater,” said another tern. “But penguins shoot through the water like dolphins!”

Lockley began stamping his feet and clicking his bill. He was about to launch into a polite but stern defense of the worthiness of puffins when his wife Lucy walked up.

“Lockley, stop bothering the terns.”

“Me? But I . . .”

“Never mind. The Great Auk has arrived. It’s time for a story.”

Now I happen to think the scene was charming and funny, and not without purpose. It shows the kind of interplay between Egbert and Ruby that defines their relationship, reinforces Egbert’s personality as a lovable blowhard, and establishes a running joke in the book — that penguins are roundly celebrated and adored, while puffins, at best, are often confused with penguins. But ultimately I agreed that it should be edited out. Read the book for yourself and see if we made the right choice!

Have you heard about Project Puffin?

Walden Pond Press will be running a Twitter campaign to raise awareness for Project Puffin, a division of Audubon that helps protect Atlantic Puffins. In short, for every 100 re-tweets we receive of the tweet mentioned below, we will adopt one puffin from Project Puffin. After the Twitter campaign, we will do a random drawing of all participants – the winner gets to pick the school, library, or classroom in which the puffin(s) is adopted.

Tweet for Puffins!: The NEVERSINK Adopt-A-Puffin Campaign

In honor of Neversink, Barry Wolverton's debut novel (pub 3/27/12), Walden Pond Press is lending their support to a great organization: The National Audubon Society's Project Puffin. From Tuesday, March 27th through Friday, March 30th, for every 100 tweets of the following message, Walden Pond Press will contribute money to adopt one puffin from Project Puffin: RT @WaldenPondPress In honor of #NEVERSINK by @wolvertonhill, help us support Audubon's Project Puffin! Every 100 RTs = 1 puffin adopted.

Provided they reach at least 100 tweets, they will select one classroom, school, or library at random from all participants in whose name the puffin(s) will be adopted. More info here:

Neversink Blog Tour Stops:

Tuesday, 3/27 – Guest Post at Nerdy Book Club

Wednesday, 3/28 – Guest Post & Giveaway at Cari’s Book Blog

Thursday, 3/29 – Interview & Giveaway with Teach Mentor Texts

Friday, 3/30 – Review & Giveaway at Buried in Books

Saturday, 3/31 – Guest Post at Buried in Books

Saturday, 3/31 – Review & Giveaway at Icey Books

Sunday, 4/1 – Review &; Giveaway at The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

Monday, 4/2 – Review & Giveaway at The Write Path

Tuesday, 4/3 – Guest Post with The Other Side of the Story

Wednesday, 4/4 – Interview with There’s a Book

Thursday, 4/5 – Interview & Giveaway with National Children’s Book Examiner

Before we get to the giveaway I want to say thanks to Barry and Walden Pond Press for allowing me to be part of the blog tour. I loved the deleted scene and can't wait to read Neversink! #PuffinLove

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  1. Christina

    Preferred contact email: cynicalsapphire at gmail dot com

    So excited for this Apocalypsies title!

  2. I can't wait to read this one! Love the deleted scene, so I can only imagine how great the rest is! YAY for Project Puffin!

  3. I've been following this book and puffins for awhile and can't wait to read it!

  4. Wow!! This really sounds interesting. I can't wait to get caught up in it. Thanks!!


  5. This book has been on my radar for a while! It looks great!

  6. I can't wait to read this one! It looks so cute :D
    (All my contact info is in the rafflecopter form, so I'm not putting it here.)

  7. I've heard good things about Neversink, and this blog tour is just piquing my interest further! I heart animals and vaguely scientific things, as well as children's literature. This looks great. :)

    @mskurf on Twitter for notification!

  8. Sounds like a great book. I'm so glad I stopped by the blog today.

  9. I already have an ARC but I'd like to get a finished copy. You can always email Carl Scott at carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

  10. I've heard great things about this book and the deleted scene was too cute. I'm quite certain I could get a few students to read this one :)


  11. I'd want a copy of this book even if I never intended to read it (but I do) just because the cover artwork is so great.
    email jefferson.yvonne(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. This book sounds so fun and I think my boys would love it. Thanks for the chance to win! email: amy dot swihart at gmail dot com