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When Comments Attack

Sometimes I think I enjoy the give and take of commenting more than the actually torture exercise of writing that is blogging.  I’ve written comments on other people’s blogs that were more like blog posts themselves, and certainly are larger in volume than the sum total of any “novel” I pretend to be writing.  Sometimes, before my multiple cups of caffeinated beverages kicks in, my snarkiness get the better of me…

I’ve also been known to hijack a blog post or two – I’ve even been known to hijack my own blog comments as evidenced by Saturday’s exchange with Dave from 1point perspective.  If you stopped by early in the day, or skipped my post  that day (WHAT?)  about a bakery I had visited on vacation:  Witness:

1pointperspective

 … I understand your reluctance to post this given, the horrific event of the Thursday night, but in my view, this post was entirely positive, and of course, liberally peppered with humor.

k8edid

Dave was a really good sport about my relentless stalking. commenting.  I don’t know about him, but I kept hoping someone would join in the merriment – or tell us to knock it off.  I think Dave and I would have been the kind of kids that would have had to have been separated in class…or most likely to get kicked out of a bar together as adults.  I simply could not let him have the last word on my blog.

Make sure to read Dave’s winning entries in the Seven Deadly Sins Series – and he’s about due to win another round, I’m sure.  And he draws illustrations for each entry – he is a witty and talented man, for sure…and frankly I am beginning to resent him a lot.

Which reminds me – I am going to start posting entries in the next day or two.  I have had trouble with SpamBots submitting bogus, one- or two-word submissions, and submissions going to my spam folder (none from people I recognized) but I can’t read them there for some reason.  If you do not see your entry in the next few days, please let me know.  I’m working on cleaning up my inbox and might have missed one.

Please, for the love of all that is punny – do not let Dave win again.  Get your story in.

Deadline is Saturday, July 28 at Midnight…Join in the fun.

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The Deadly Sin Series – Envy

Yes, folks – as promised Envy will be the next round in the Deadly Sin Series.  Here is a little recap of the rules:

Of course, there must be rules.  But they will be simple.

  • Each entry must be 600 words or less.
  • One entry per round
  • You may use the same characters and settings or you may change it up with each round.
  • You may use any genre that you wish for each round.
  • Entries must be submitted by the deadline, which will be announced at the beginning of each round and will be no less than 2 weeks.
  • Entries submitted must be your own original work.
  • You may participate in all the rounds to complete the series; or as few or as many as you choose.
  • Oh, and the series is called DEADLY SINS so in each entry someone should be dead, dying, damaged or in grave danger.

So copy and paste your submission into the box  and let’s get this round under way!

Entries will be accepted until May 31 for “Envy”.  I will figure out the prizes and post them shortly.

Do not forget to vote for the “Gluttony” finalist of your choice here.

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K8edid – vs – WordPress: Irreconcilable Differences?

Irreconcilable differences

Irreconcilable differences (Photo credit: fd)

Now comes the Plaintiff, k8edid, blogger of approximately 1 year who claims that her relationship with WordPress (defendant) has suffered irreconcilable differences and offers the following evidence:

Exhibit 1 – Defendant has attempted to isolate Plaintiff by repeatedly “misplacing” her subscriptions, repeatedly blocking her access to favorite writers, and sabotaging her access to even her own account during a week when said Plaintiff was attempting to conduct a writing contest.

Exhibit 2 – Defendant has repeatedly ignored Plaintiff’s incredible talent for creating poems, providing kick-ass recipes, and having some highly entertaining post titles; instead recognizing a mind-numbing array of over-enhanced photographs and bland travelogues.

Exhibit 3 – Defendant steadfastly refused to acknowledge efforts of Plaintiff and her cohorts to stage a non-hostile takeover (Better Living Through Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups).

Exhibit 4 – Defendant has refused to provide reliable support to Plaintiff, leaving her with no visible (or virtual) means of support, despite the Plaintiff’s sustained efforts to provide barely entertaining and rarely offensive blog posts.

Now, therefore, WordPress is hereby notified that Plaintiff is seeking relief (having developed a wandering eye due to the inattentive nature of Defendant and failure to provide the e-love and support) and is busily considering alternate relationships.  If Defendant wishes to reconcile with k8edid, Plaintiff will consider couple’s counseling, and will be influenced by flowers, chocolate, wine and paid-travel.

Oh, and a freakin’ blogging platform that actually works…

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The Deadly Sin Series – Who is In?

 

Hieronymus Bosch - The Seven Deadly Sins (deta...

WHO?  All the blogging buddies, writers, writer wanna-bes, friends, strangers, and others.

WHAT?  A contest series based on the Seven Deadly Sins (Gluttony, Pride, Envy, Lust, Anger, Greed and Sloth).

WHEN?  Starting today (or whenever I get the drop box set up) and through May 4th, 2012 entries will be received for the first round in the series  which will be “Gluttony” (chosen at random).  Topics for subsequent contests will also be chosen randomly until all seven topics have been exhausted.  A definitive schedule has not been determined but as long as there is interest, and I am physically (and mentally) able,  I will continue the series.

WHERE?  Right here on WordPress.  I will host the series, gather the entries, select a panel of judges, post the finalists, post polls for reader voting, and award prizes.

WHY?  Because we can.  And because I want to.

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I think it is quite ironic that one of the questions in my “Let’s Play 20 Questions” interview this week with the Byronic Man was pertaining to the 7 Deadly Sins.  Learning that continued practice of Gluttony as a favorite deadly sin could, in fact become deadly, I chose Sloth as it’s replacement.   Just today, Lisa over at Woman Wields Words wrote about Envy.  I guess, perhaps, it is true that great minds think alike.

This is an idea that I have been kicking around for quite some time now.  I am proposing a series of writing contests, each centered around one of the Seven Deadly Sins.  If you wish to participate, and complete the series, you would have an anthology of pieces that would reflect your ability and range.  When someone asks to see a sample of your writing, you could toss your scarf over your shoulder and oh so casually say, “Well, I do happen to have an anthology based on the Seven Deadly Sins which showcases my talent”.  Or some such.

I will host the series, gather the entries, and post them.  From all entries submitted, a selection of 5 finalists (as determined by a panel of judges) will be posted for a vote for each round.  Readers will vote on their favorites via a computerized poll.  After all the rounds have been completed the winning entries of each round (7 Deadly Sin entries) will be pitted against one another for the Grand Prize.  Which I haven’t determined yet, but it will be something fabulous.

For the first contest “Gluttony” the winner will receive a sinfully delicious (see what I did there?) batch of k8edid’s Top-Secret World-Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies, vacuum packed and shipped overnight to their destination (mainland U.S. only) AND a $20 donation will be made, in their name, to the Food Bank or other hunger-fighting charitable organization of their choosing.  If the winning entry is from a writer outside the contiguous 48 US states, the winner shall designate a local eatery for which they will receive a $20 gift certificate (or cash) – or the winner may wish to have donated, in their name, an additional $20 to the charitable organization of their choosing.  Each contest will have a “themed” prize awarded and a charitable donation made to an appropriate organization, designated by the winner.  (I don’t know, but for “Lust” is there a Hookers’ Benevolent Fund??)

Everybody wins.  You get to flex your writing muscles and amass a themed anthology.  We get to read the fabulous posts.  Winners get prizes…and charitable organizations get donations.  I get to deduct the donations on my taxes!!!  If Darla wins, she will make a fabulous vlog post!!!

Of course, there must be rules.  But they will be simple.

  • Each entry must be 600 words or less.
  • One entry per round
  • You may use the same characters and settings or you may change it up with each round.
  • You may use any genre that you wish for each round.
  • Entries must be submitted by the deadline, which will be announced at the beginning of each round and will be no less than 2 weeks.
  • Entries submitted must be your own original work.
  • You may participate in all the rounds to complete the series; or as few or as many as you choose.
  • Oh, and the series is called DEADLY SINS so in each entry someone should be dead, dying, damaged or in grave danger.

It is going to be a lot of fun.  Okay, who’s in?

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Disclaimer:  I will be also writing an entry for each round (because I want to have fun, too).  However, my entries will not be entered into the judging.

If you want to play along but don’t want to commit to writing seven stories – please consider being a judge.  I   I have 4 people (non-bloggers) in mind, but it would be nice to have a “jury of your peers” to help determine the finalists of each round.  Just let me know, but I’m hoping you’ll write.

 

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