Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Friday Challenge Arrived on Sunday This Week

Oof. It's been a heck of a week here in the Casa del Calamaro. The three projects I had coming up on deadlines suddenly and magically became four, and one of those deadlines moved up by a week to boot. It looks like tomorrow will see what's become the traditional Filing of Form 4868 — dang it, I was really hoping to file my tax returns on time for a change — and in some form of karmic vengeance for my decision to suspend the no politics rule, I suddenly find myself up to my handsome hazel eyes in local politics. All politics is loco — er, local — and believe me, it doesn't get any more local or loco than this issue.

Meanwhile, over on the Rampant Loon front, one of our authors has gone incommunicado (again), another is having severe performance anxiety issues, and a project too controversial for any sane publisher to tackle but too good to pass up has suddenly turned up in a basket on our doorstep, with a note pinned to its blanket asking us to give it a good home. I'll have more to say about this little darling just as soon as we get some contract and scheduling issues finalized — which I'm hoping will be later this week — but what all this really amounts to is a long-winded explanation of why I not only have not picked a winner for last week's Friday Challenge; I haven't even had time to read any of the entries as yet.

Ergo, here are links to the entries received or posted thus far for last week's Friday Challenge, which as you may remember was to write a tall-tale about the adventures of Hillary, Immortal Mighty Warrior Woman Battling Through Time. The contestants are:

Vidad MaGoodn
Sean (Sorry, Sean, I promise I'll get you added to the list of inmates Real Soon Now.)
Mrs. Mike

The deadline for comments and voting has been extended by some as-yet-undetermined number of days, and rather than start a new comments thread I'll just link to the existing Comments thread, upon which a lively discussion is already in progress.

And now, with all of that said: I'm going to try to get going on this "sleep" thing while it's still Sunday. I've heard a lot of good things about "sleep." I'll have to give it a try sometime.