I took some time off from the blog, Blogreaders. This was not because I no longer love you. I have not met a new blog; I am not leaving you. I simply had some stuff to work through on the novel, and it seemed silly to spend a lot of time blogging when I wasn't getting any proper work done. I suppose I was trying to punish myself, but the fact is that I did not have much to say.
I considered a post about a certain royal who wants so badly to go and fight in Iraq, in spite of the danger this would create for all of the soldiers around him. I thought I would entitle it "War is not an adventure camp, you petulant little snot." I thought about a writing a post to memorialize Bobby "Boris" Pickett, singer of "The Monster Mash," who died recently. I planned to call it "It was a graveyard smash... ." I thought of combining the two into a single post, entitled "It was a graveyard smash, you petulant little snot."
Aren't you glad I simply refrained from posting?
The contest has finished over at Clarity of Night. I was not among the winners, which (if I'm being totally honest) stings a little, but mostly because there were eleven winners. I suppose I hoped I had written a top-20% story.
Still, I am very glad to have taken part, and I'm still fond of my entry. Having absorbed the reality of not being a winner, I am strangely energized. I may take a break from the novel for a day or two and polish up some short stories to get in front of the eyes of the people who generate rejection slips (and acceptance slips, although I'm guessing I'm not there yet).
And, of course, we have the GBA(s)FC #2 starting at the stroke of Tuesday. The rules and prompt will be posted at or around midnight. Once you see that post, the contest is live, adn entries are welcome. Last time, there were 44 entries, and I'm hopeful that we can repeat that success. Any help in spreading the word is greatly appreciated, and I'm still accepting applications for jurors to help in selecting the Jury Prize.
I am thinking of making up a "Participant" badge for all the entrants. I almost did it last time, but couldn't decide if anyone would want one. Let me know what you think of this idea in the comments.
Anyway, I'm excited that the contest is starting so soon. All a-twitter. I hope you are, too.