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Friday, July 30, 2010

The Friday Challenge - 7/30/10

Bruce Bethke provides us all with the coolest wallpaper ever created for writers. Get it here...

Kersley Fitzgerald gets allegorical and brings us all along for the ride (apparently, we are in Kansas, Toto). Join the discussion...

Henry Vogel unloads on pet peeves and devils in details an generally produces his shortest column ever for the Friday Challenge. He promises to do better this coming week. When he's on vacation. Join the discussion...

The Friday Challange
convention plans undergo a radical shift as we make plans to attend Dragon*Con in Atlanta. Join the discussion...

Ultimate Geek Fu asks what kind of crazy things you do to get time to read new novels you've been anxiously waiting for. Join the discussion...

Triton is the winner of the "Dilbert Days of Summer" challenge and Tom wins the "Fly Me to the Moon" challenge. Kersley Fitzgerald discovers the hidden connection between weather and a novel's setting, and the inmates discuss the view from their respective locations in the asylum. All this and more, this week in THE FRIDAY CHALLENGE.

Now for latest Friday Challenge:

"The Same Thing We Do Every Night, Pinkie"
We have eleven entries for the 7/23/10 lesser Friday Challenge! Here they are, in approximately the order in which they were submitted:

Arisia, "Yellow"

Triton, "Old Grudge, Modern Vengeance"

Tom, "Monologue"

Arvid Macenion, "Mwahahahahaha!!"

Miko, "987-6687"

Carmine Vrill, "Alexander" (drop.io, password "challenge")

Waterboy, "The Death of MegaUltraSuperHeroMan"

General Nils, "Disaster On Teh_Interwebz"

ApolloKioku, "For the History Books..."

Davey Dickson, "The Blind Eagle and Master Evilstein" (drop.io, password "challenge")

Al, "Cadet E and the Baron"

We've got four newcomers today! Carmine Vrill, General Nils, ApolloKioku, and Davey Dickson. Welcome one and all!

If we've missed any entries, or if anyone has snowdogged in an entry after the deadline, please let us know so we can fix this list. As always, even if you haven't posted an entry this week—even if you never enter in any week—you are invited to read, comment on, and vote for your favorites. Don't be shy about leaving feedback on the writer's sites, either. Writers thrive on knowing that somewhere out there, someone is actually reading the words that they have written. The winner will be announced Sunday evening.

And now for our next Friday Challenge, we turn the microphone over to Kersley:

"What is in a name?"

A good title can make or break a story or book. Twilight would never have become so popular had it been called 544 Pages of Over-Wrought Teenage Angst and Sparkly Vampires. Sometimes, a title can even inspire a story. And that's your challenge this week. Take this title and make up the story:

"The Rabbi, the Nun, the Talking Dog, and Everything"

All we ask is that the title make sense within the context of your story.

As always, we're playing by the loosely enforced and rarely updated Official Rules of THE FRIDAY CHALLENGE, and playing for whatever is behind Door #3. The deadline for this one is midnight Central time, Thursday, August 5.
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