Hello, everyone! You may have heard two things about me lately:
- After a bad fall a few weeks back, I’ve had my right arm in a cast. Yes, I am right-handed. On top of everything else going on, this has been…challenging.
- I have a new book coming out on Tuesday (5/12), the fourth in the Infamous Ratsos series, titled The Infamous Ratsos CAMP OUT!
CAMP OUT is about many things (camping trips, scouting, poison ivy, the perfection of s’mores and the grandparents who provide them) but it is first and foremost about how asking for help is just as noble as offering it. I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person who likes to feel competent and independent and really enjoys accomplishing things, so feeling helpless — let alone asking for help — does not always come easily. But in the physical state I’m in now, I can’t do a lot on my own: I can’t spread cream cheese on a bagel or write my name or even tie my shoes. So I’ve had to ask for help, again and again. It’s a bit scary, making myself feel so vulnerable, but it’s also a relief, that I can’t even pretend to be together and in charge all the time, which is just as exhausting as having your arm in a cast.
So I’m going to run a little contest this week. Tell me via Twitter (@karalareau) about the last time you asked for help, with the tag #InfamousRatsosCampOut. You’ll have until Thursday 5/14 at 11:59pm ET to post. I’ll choose three winners at random and will announce them on Friday. Each winner will receive their very own signed copy of The Infamous Ratsos CAMP OUT, along with…
…a kit for making your own s’mores!
Though it might be tough to go out camping these days, don’t let that stop you — check out my Pinterest page here for some tips for camping indoors or in your backyard!
(US entries only, and one entry per person. Winners will have to wait until the end of the month to receive their prizes, as I can’t sign books until my cast is removed!)