Ain't we cute!!!!!
For those of you who don't know what a rose ceremony is, listen up and I'll fill you in. Every year our chapter has their members fill out a sheet saying how many agents they submitted to, how many editors they submitted to, how many rejections they got, how many contests they won, if they signed with an agent or editor, if they sold a book, if they spoke or gave a workshop, if they volunteer at nationals or in their chapter, etc. Basically, it's our way or recognizing all the things our members have accomplished (or overcome, as in the case with the rejections). And each category has a color. Red, pink, blue, black, peach, yellow, etc. We don't give out real roses for each color, we come up with a theme and give out whatever we come up with that stands for that color.
This year's theme was survivor. Barb and I wore hats and T-shirts with our Survivor Romance Island Logo: Outwrite, Outsign, Outsell. Barb created the logo and I made the bandannas, so each member of the Rose Tribe received a bandanna and a candle (to represent their torch). Then we handed out certificates for the person who recieved the most roses for each category.
Next we made up name cards for each person and gave their name's Romancian Translation. For example, one of our members (shannon) writes scottish historicals. So for her card we said:
Shannon - Romancian Translation: Keeper of the man skirt on Romance Island.
Then the only man in our chapter (Bill) followed Shannon, so we said:
Bill - Romancian Translation: Last man standing. See Shannon for wardrobe change.
Ond of our published authors Christine Wenger writes for Special Edition and when she sold a second book to them, she tattooed the ISBN # on her behind, so her card said:
Christine W - Romancian Translation: Tattoo this, baby!!
Basically, we had a ball with everyone's names, based on what they write, something funny that happened to them this year, etc. And we strung lays of colorful flowers for each rose they earned, and, well ... layed them;)
Snort! Sorry, I couldn't resist.
Barb used a toilet paper roll and decorated it with roses for her conch shell and kept blowing it, sounding more like a sick goose honking, as she tallied the rose sheets. And I banged on my bongos as I stood by our teekee torches, waiting for each person to come up and be granted immunity, then told them the tribe has spoken and they must take their seat immediately.
God, we had soooo much freaking fun doing this.
And finally, we had two coveted rose cup awards. One really cute decorated tin cup for the person who recieved the most roses over all (forgot to take a picture of that) and then the other "rose cup" for the person who recieved the least amount of roses. See below.
Yes, folks, it's really a cup. Only not the kind you really want hanging around your neck. The funniest part is as I was decorating this sucker at home, my boys freaked out thinking I was decorating their lacrosse cups with pink harts. Man, that was priceless!
I nearly peed my pants at the look on the poor member who won that sucker, but then she rolled with it and wore it around her neck for the rest of the party. Good thing we have such a funny, wacky group of writers. Everyone got a big kick out of the whole thing. All I can say is our chapter is awesome. We have a x-mas party with food, singing, and the rose ceremony every December. It was just too much fun not to share.
Can't imagine how we're going to top this next year, but you can bet we'll give it a try;)))
Anyone else have special or unique things they are a part of???