It didn’t help that I got beat by an 11 year old. I knew the minute I saw his entry that no one else stood a chance.
I’m talking about the contest to win a drawing by Andrew Peterson for reviewing The Monster in the Hollows. Maybe an angry letter wasn’t the best tactic. Maybe suggesting that he quit his singer/songwriter gig was offensive. Or maybe this stop-motion Lego trailer was just totally awesome. I wish I had thought of it. I could have put my kids to work on it. Here’s the winning entry:
So after that blow to my confidence, somebody started a Facebook group for people going to Hutchmoot 2011. Yes, I’m one of the few, the proud, the 100 speedy-responders who actually got in.
The Facebook group is meant to build excitement. However, all it is building in me is trepidation.
The Rabbit Room list alone is scary — published authors, singer/songwriters, musicians, pastors, and visual artists. But let me introduce you to some of the other attendees — (I randomly clicked on Facebook pages to see if I might get more information. My children call this stalking):
Ben Crawford — songwriter, musician, worship leader — I read this as VERY TALENTED!
Ben Yancer — He describes himself like this —
Ben Yancer is a writer, composer, musician, graphic designer, and overall creative genius.
Sharon Frazier — I was scanning the pictures of the attendees looking for someone under the age of 40. Sharon has gray hair. Proverbs 16:31 says, Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. It also means you might be close to me in age. But then, as I looked at Sharon’s information on Facebook, I saw that she plays hammered dulcimer. Hammered dulcimer players are placed on a very high pedestal in my heart. I wish I could play. **sigh**
Emily Nelson — Whoa! Her bio reads like this:
Emily Rose Nelson is an award-winning classical cellist. Born in Moscow, Russia, she has claimed [many] accolades… She makes her home in Greece, where she owns three private islands. She spends significant time in Nashville, TN.
Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, Emilianna Nelsonov has gained international fame through her masterful technique and musicianship, as well as her keen sense of fashion. Extremely driven and motivated in everything she does, she’s a prolific performer and clinician. Now living in Nashville, Tennessee, she is also an active member of the community, dedicated to bringing violists off the streets and helping them turn their lives around. She is always eager to play chamber music, and does not tire easily; she spends at least 10 hours a day practicing. She is also known for her contributions to the NAACP. A Guggenheim Fellow, Nelson is also the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Prix de Rome, a Pulitzer Prize, the Primrose Competition Gold Medal, and a Nobel Peace Prize. Nelson plays a 1689 violoncello by Japanese luthier Kazumi Noname.
I’m sort of hoping that this is like the bio Jacob submitted with his entry for an art show (Helen helped him write it). The Nobel Peace Prize part of Emily’s bio was a tip off. If you’re interested, here’s Jacob’s bio even though he’s not going to Hutchmoot.
Jacob Zaengle is a sophomore at the Zaengle Family Institution for the Motivationally Challenged. Growing up on a flamingo farm, Jacob is a hardworking yet persistently melancholy student. Jacob found inspiration for living from his many family members who abandoned their dreams to fit society’s molds for them. His 16th year of living has been dedicated to his older sister who dropped out of the circus to become a lawyer in Washington. Jacob would like to thank his many fans and air conditioners which kept him cool throughout his life.
I felt compelled to add the following:
Jacob Zaengle is the 5th of eight children. He lives in Greene, NY and is a sophomore in high school, hence his sophomoric sense of humor.
Back to Hutchmoot attendees… They are an intimidating bunch!
Jenni Simmons — Editor, art director, writer at Art House America Blog
Judson Neer — Studied Math at Penn State. I stopped taking math in 11th grade because I got mad at my teacher. I was following in the footsteps of my grandfather who dropped out of school because he was humiliated by a teacher. Math, humph.
John Barber — a self-described Professional Geek. I grow less and less computer-proficient with each birthday. Thank goodness for Philip and Owen and Sam and, well, all my kids, who now are geekier than their mother. Even Laurel knows shortcuts that I don’t.
Scott Rinehart — it looks like he’s a mechanic with a great ministry. Here what it says on his website:
The mission of the NewSong Garage is to help people who are in a tough spot in life. It happens to all of us at some time. We just want to be there for them to show God’s Love by serving them when they are in need. Our way of serving is to help fix their car when they can’t afford to. We want to help the single mom who needs to pick up the kids after work and take them to the doctor… but the car won’t start….
I love this idea for a ministry! However, my car knowledge is incredibly limited. I know where the key goes and then these parts: gas pedal, brake pedal, steering wheel, windshield wipers, radio. That’s about it. When Bud asks me about what kind of car someone has, I say, “Blue” or whatever color it is.
However, reading about Scott, I realized that not everyone is a published author or a musician. Maybe there are some everyday people there.
Then I found Debi Adamson Zahn — Okay, I like her from the start. Her name will come AFTER mine alphabetically. This doesn’t happen very often and I appreciate it. She lists under her activities homeschooling and sudoku, two things I spend a fair amount of time doing. Plus she listed Keith Green as one of her favorite musicians. I love Keith Green’s music. So Debi, you don’t intimidate me. Thank you for that.
Here’s what my bio might say: Sally Zaengle — tired mom, perpetually behind in paperwork, poor housekeeper, loves kids.
Do you think I’ll fit in?