I need your help!!

I have a huge favor to ask you all.  Big, big favor.

Harrison and I have entered in a contest to win $25,000 for our upcoming wedding.  This is a huge longshot, but I wanted to give it a try.  The top three winners get cash prizes, and here’s the thing…If even half of my followers voted, I would win.  So I just had to try, even if it’s improbable.

You guys know me.  I don’t ask for things in return for what I do.  I run this blog because I love theatre and I love helping people.  I love you guys!  But if you have ever seen a post that helped you, if you ever have asked a question, if you have ever laughed at a Tali post, if you have ever been impacted at all by what I’ve done for the past two years…Please, please I implore you to vote here.  It’s free, it’s simple, and it’s fast.  It would mean the world and more to me to have your support in this.  

The process is super simple.  All you have to do is go to this link and vote.  It will ask you to log into Facebook, but that’s it.  Super simple–click and you’re done.  It will not post anything on your Facebook–I’ve tested and checked!  If you’re willing to reblog this post, it would just thrill me so much.   

And bonus!  There’s a little clip of us performing at the end.  :D

I love you all!  Thank you for reading!
Not Just Monopoly Money: Some Games Ship With Real Cash In France

To mark 80 years of Monopoly, game maker Hasbro has tucked real money into 80 game sets to be sold in France. Only one box will include the full jackpot — the equivalent of about $23,500. The boxes containing real cash are identical to all the others, but Hasbro France brand manager Florence Gaillard says that there are two hints: the weight and the bulge of the box.

links you should know for free ($$$)

CASHCRATE! - take surverys / watch videos / earn points for signing in everyday / shop for points /// get the cash sent as a check to your house or paypal/etc! sucess from this one fo real guys! 

SUPERPAY.ME - very similar to cash crate! :)

I-SAY - put in info & get surverys to answer that are matched just for youuu! & you earn stars to redeem for rewards (gift cards/paypal money/etc) also takes a bit longer b/c fewer options but sucess!

TOLUNA - polls, rewards, test products, surverys, contests, etc! 

OPINION OUTPOST!! - you guys should for sure sign up for this one b/c I get $1 for the first 5 of you that do! I would appreciate it a lot <3 


for COMIC BOOK MAKERS presents

the comicsworkbook COMPOSITION COMPETITION 2014


1st place  - $500 cash prize to the winner

2nd place - $250 credit at Copacetic Comics 

3rd place  - $100 credit at Copacetic Comics


There will also be 4 Honorable Mention awards of $50 credit each from the great people at Big Planet Comics.



Create a 16 page signature comic book narrative to the specifications outlined in my Correspondence Course for Comic Book Makers. (see below)




Say what?

Ok, ok, here’s the deal. Now that the Xeric grant no longer exists - there aren’t many institutions that offer cash rewards for making a great comic. Hell, even if you get a publishing deal in comics you aren’t guaranteed a cash reward. So, my online school, THE SANTORO CORRESPONDENCE COURSE for COMIC BOOK MAKERS  last year inaugurated an annual COMPOSITION COMPETITION to promote, well, competition amongst makers. This community - the small press comicbookmakers community - is sorely in need of a quest, a challenge, something to aim for on the calendar - like the Xeric grant deadline used provide. So I’m doing it. $500 bucks to the best 16 page signature comic book. Deadline is September 15th - which is the day after SPX 

Enough people know now that for my Correspondence Course I make all students use a grid to tell their story. I feel that using the grid is an essential step in understanding TIMING in making comic books. If you wanna play like Coltrane, you gotta learn your scales first. You gotta learn the rules before you can break the rules. And even if you are a master this is still a solid way to make comic books. Ask Jaime Hernandez.

Here are the specs: 

11 x 14 inch originals with a 10 x 13 inch live area. Eight (landscape oriented) panel grids for each page. No exceptions. Each panel will be 3.25 x 5 inches. Work may be in color OR black and white - OR - a combination of both. 

International students must use the same specs. No complaining.

Thats 14 pages of story plus two covers. Meaning seven spreads and a front and back cover. A 16 page signature. 

THE STORY MUST BE COMPLETE. SERIAL INSTALLMENTS of a longer narrative ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. Consider this an exercise in short story writing. I think the 16 page signature is ideal to contain a short story.

Photograph or scan your pages and post them on your tumblr AS SPREADS. If you don’t have a tumblr - make one just for this contest. No exceptions! No complaining! Also post the front cover as the lead image and the back cover as the final image. Follow this example by former student of mine and comicsworkbook star Andrew White. (link)

ALSO - please see last year’s round up on how to format your entry. 

Email me - santoroschoolATgmailDOTcom - that you have posted your entry to your tumblr - complete with your name and title of the work in the text field LIKE THIS EXAMPLE - and I will reblog it on to the comicsworkbook site. I will be posting them - reblogging them - on comicsworkbook as they come in. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I will, however, only be posting stories that stick to the RULES. If you don’t follow the rules, I will not reblog the story and you won’t be eligible for the cash prize.

comicsworkbook has over 15,000 followers now - so in theory just entering will help get your work seen and your name out there.

Any questions about the competition - please email me.

Competition is open to all. You do not have to be a former student of mine. Former students of mine ARE eligible to compete - however you must make a NEW 16 page signature. The signature that you made (or started but did not complete) for the course will not be eligible. 

Again, If you have any questions about the rules please ask. Better to ask and be safe than to be mad when I disqualify you over some missed detail. Seriously. Remember - 8 landscape oriented panels of 3.25 x 5 inches each -arranged in a grid - on a 11 x 14 inch page with a 10 x 13 live area. 14 pages - or 7 spreads. One front cover. One back cover. Check out the photo at the top of this post - and again check out Andrew White’s example on how to format your entry.

AGAIN - please see last year’s round up on how to format your entry.


******also I STRONGLY suggest that you also post hi res files of your entry on your website and include a link on your tumblr post. Many people complained last year about the difficulty of reading comics formatted as spreads on Tumblr. So please consider posting an easier to read version of your comic on another platform.

Remember! Email me - santoroschoolATgmailDOTcom - that you have posted your entry to your tumblr - I will reblog it.

You may enter as a writer/artist duo.

DEADLINE is Monday September 15th at 11:59 pm EST

Winners will be announced on Saturday Sept 23rd at noon EST

please reblog this announcement



“I was thinking about entering and had a couple of questions. Sorry if the answer to these is super obvious, but I just wanted to make sure! In the template you posted, there aren’t any gutters between the panels; does the comic need to be set up that exact same way, or can it have a bit of a gap in between some of the panels like in the Andrew White example? I noticed some of the panels butt up against each other and some don’t; I think this might cause the panel size vary a tiny bit, so I wanted to know if that would be cool. One last question, this is real media only, correct? No digital art?”

ANSWER: You can have gutters - and you can work digitally. However I still want you to draw it at 11 x 14 - don’t draw large and shrink it down - ideally you are drawing panels that are roughly 3.25 x 5 inches on the screen…


Leaked Monetization Info:

Okay, so this is some spicy info that someone submitted to me. They don’t want me to tell you who they are because they could get into trouble, but here is some information on how Tumblr’s Monetization is going to work. Instead of being paid directly, Tumblr Partners will recieve Tumbbux™ for every viewed ad they receive. They will be able to turn in their Tumbbux™ for real prizes, cash not included. Here is a short list of the prizes:

  • Become a Yahoo shareholder - 1TB
  • Animated Icon - 10TB
  • Choose which one of your posts will be put on the radar and subsequently get ignored - 100TB
  • Audio posts will work more than half of the time - 150TB
  • Tumblr Keychain - 200TB
  • Coupon for a free shamrock shake at participating McDonald’s restaurants (Not Eligible in Canada or Vermont) - 250TB
  • David Karp will follow you back but not like be your friend or anything - 300TB
  • Any steam game you want as long as it’s under $5 - 350TB
  • An actual tie signed by Tie Belt Guy - 500TB
  • Your information is no longer passed onto the NSA - 600TB
  • You have access to the tumblr staff account and can post anything you want - 700TB
  • Wildcard, it can be any of the previous rewards - 800TB
  • Your choice of a Barbie vanity playset or a Megatron action figure - 900TB
  • A part of the password to secret tumblr that only really cool people can get into - 950TB
  • You’re now employed by Tumblr, congratulations - 1000TB
  • One URL of your choice, it can be anything - 10,000TB
  • Forbidden Prize, not even David Karp himself knows what it is - 1,000,000TB
Celebratory Voice Lesson Giveaway!

Oh, I’m excited, guys.  Today I got my NATS certification, and I’m also marking two years teaching over Skype.  What is NATS certification, you might ask?  Well, it’s the National Association of Teachers of Singing.  I am not only able to attend big conferences with other wonderful teachers of singing, but my students are now eligible to compete in competitions across the country, both to receive constructive criticism, but also to win cash prizes!  I’m giddy to be a part of this association, and I can’t wait to provide opportunities to all my students and learn people who love singing just as much as I do.  I’m feeling mighty official.  So, in celebration, I’ve decided to do a voice lesson giveaway!

Rules and How It Works:

  • You must be following me!  
  • You can reblog once for an entry, and like once for an entry.  That means you can get a max of two entries!  Note: this is a change from previous giveaways.
  • You must be willing to Skype in.  I’m happy to do video or just audio if you’re uncomfortable with video.  I can obviously do more work with you if I can see your mouth placement and such, but I can definitely work with audio as well!
  • You don’t need to have EVER taken a lesson before.  If you like to sing and are interested in learning a bit more and working on a song, absolutely enter!  And if you’re a seasoned singer, you’re welcome to enter!  Everybody’s welcome.  Yes, even you!
  • If you are already a student of mine, you can still enter!  Your charge will be waived for the week if you win!  (Up to 30 minutes waived.)
  • If you would just like to signal boost this and not enter, simply say in the post or tags that you are not entering.  
  • Depending on what you want in a lesson, we can work technique, repertoire, or a mix of the two.  It’s your lesson, so we’ll do what you want!
  • Giveaway ends Sunday, September 11th at midnight CST.  
  • Winner will be chosen via random number generator.

Feel free to message me with any questions!  

The Right The Fuck Now Model

Here’s a revolutionary thought: What if you just enjoyed your life right the fuck now? Not to appease “the universe” and be rewarded with fabulous cash prizes, but because you want to be happy. What if you lived every day of your life finding one thing to be glad about? Just one a day. It’s doable, I swear.

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Hey everyone!!! :D This is a contest for EVERMORE PARK that’s extending to anyone who would like to join, so I thought I’d show you all and see if any of my followers would like to enter. XD

Rules and Guidelines:

Enter the “Evermore Pumpkin Fest Costume Contest” for a chance to WIN!
Grand Prize is $300 cash!
Don your favorite and most creative costume, and enter by posting your photo to the Evermore Pumpkin Fest page.
Entry Deadline is October 25th, by midnight. Winners will be based on number of “likes.” they receive. Be sure to post early, and encourage your friends to like our page and cast their vote!
Top Ten Winners will be determined on October 31st, and will be announced the following morning. Top three winners will be chosen from those ten by our Evermore Judges.

*Costumes deemed inappropriate will not be valid for entry, and will be removed without warning.
*By submitting your photo, you agree that you are the sole owner of the photo, and that we may use your photo in reproductions as we see fit.
*You also agree to our terms and agreements.

(Obligatory Tumblr social media rules:) 

*18 + may enter.

*Only contestants living within the US may enter.

*This contest is not administered, sponsored, or endorsed by Tumblr.

Tony Abbott has been ranked in Australia’s least favourite people of 2015 as 2nd behind convicted pedophile Rolf Harris but beat Kyle Sandilands.

Tony Abbott has blamed his lack of popularity on Labor who have been making him look bad by offering something less than absolutely terrible to compare him to.

Sandilands has reportedly been disappointed in his ranking. He has decided to up his tactics for 2016 by coming up with a radio game show idea that forces people to choose between never seeing their family again or setting an orphan on fire. The plot twist: contestants who choose to get rid of their family technically become orphans and they may become the orphan facing immolation the next week. There is no cash prize.

i want a reality TV show where a bunch of talented experts have to compete in a field they have no experience in for a cash prize. so a bunch of chefs have to compete in a modeling competition or fashion designers have to compete in dance or american ninjas have to give make overs or realtors have to compete in a drag race (either kind, p sure they’d both be entertaining)

Rick’s Official Comment on the Official Rick and Morty Contest

Also my would-be official submission if this in itself didn’t break a multitude of rules, oh, and along with the me being a Canadian thing. Basically it would never make it past them Devianfart judges to Justin Roiland anyway. 

Are you an author of color? Do you write MG/YA? Submit to our New Visions Award

Just a reminder that the New Visions Award writing contest ends October 31, 2014, so get those manuscripts in! The New Visions Award, which was created in 2012, will be given to a middle grade or young adult fantasy, science fiction, or mystery novel by a writer of color. Established by Tu Books, an imprint of LEE & LOW that publishes diverse YA and middle grade SFF, the award is a fantastic chance for new authors of color to break into the world of publishing for young readers.

The New Visions contest is open to writers of color who are residents of the United States and who have not previously had a middle grade or young adult novel published.

Manuscripts will be accepted now through October 31, 2014. The winner of the New Visions Award will receive a prize of $1000 and our standard publication contract. An Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $500. For further details, including full eligibility and submission guidelines, please visit the New Visions Award page.

Please spread the word to any aspiring authors you know who might be interested. We look forward to reading your entries!