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Friday, December 23, 2011

The Friday Challenge — 12/23/2011

This week in The Friday Challenge:

The December issue of STUPEFYING STORIES is released! • Buy a copy at Amazon, Apple or Barnes & Noble...

Henry Vogel ponders upon the way “fans” are percieved. • Join the discussion...

Lady Quill wins our A Reindeer to Remember challenge, by being beautiful. • Join the discussion...

All this and more, as the fifteen days of Christmahanukwanzakastivus get underway, and the inmates discuss the view from their respective places in the asylum.

“And now, for the next century and a half...”

As of this morning, we have received the following entries for our current challenge:

An enthusiastic “Huzzah” to all who have entered! The judges are considering your submissions, and a winner will be declared by the evening of Sunday, 25 December 2011 (or as close thereto as can be reasonably managed, given travel and a borrowed computer).

Higglety Pigglety Pop!

And now it is time for this week's Friday Challenge, inflicted by M:

As a young child, one of my favorite books was Maurice Sendak's Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, layered with multiple meanings, poetic prose, and darkly detailed depictions of the more that there must be. (Suffice it to say, I was an odd child, and I doubt any of you are surprised by that revelation.)

You may be familiar with that book, or you may not; for the purposes of this challenge, it really doesn't matter. The thing to remember is that this week's writing must be a bit higglety pigglety (since we are, after all, in the midst of the most wonderfully hectic time of the year!), and it must “Pop!” Multiple meanings, poetic prose, and darkly detailed depictions are entirely optional... but including them certainly won't hurt your chances of being declared our weekly winner.

I'll only allow 120 words. Pop!

You may post your entries as comments below, post on your personal blog and give a link below, or add to The Friday Challenge Yahoo Group in our current directory.

Anyone can enter, with no restrictions, and you may enter as many times as you wish.

As of now, we are playing by the loosely enforced and slightly modified rules of The Friday Challenge. All entries are due by 6 AM Eastern time on the morning of Friday, 30 December 2011. A winner will be declared by the evening of Sunday, 1 January (yes, on New Year's Day!) 2012.

Oh, there is one more thing... but it is the most important! Have fun. Always have fun.
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