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Friday, December 30, 2011

The Friday Challenge — 12/30/2011

This week in The Friday Challenge:

The January issue of STUPEFYING STORIES is moving along at full steam, for a first-week-of-the-year launch! What? So soon after our December release? Yessssss, my precious...

Bruce Bethke gives folks a free teaser, because he's just swell that way. Keep your eyes peeled for the forthcoming Rampant Loon Press collection, Will Write for Food: Twenty Years of Short Stories by Bruce Bethke. • Join the discussion...

Bruce Bethke doesn't have much to say fills a page with quibbles about Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. • Join the discussion...

The Holidays interrupt our normal judging schedule, but the results for our “And now, for the next century and a half...” challenge will still be posted in the next few days, once the merry-making settles down a bit. • Join the discussion...

All this and more, as the fifteen days of Christmahanukwanzakastivus span Make Up Your Mind Day, and the inmates discuss the view from their respective places in the asylum.

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

As a reminder, the following entries are under consideration for our previous challenge:

If you have not yet left feedback for this “Thunderdome: Christmas Edition” challenge, there's no time like the unopened present.

Higglety Pigglety Pop!

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

Since we are, as the challenge stated, “in the midst of the most wonderfully hectic time of the year,” this isn't a terribly surprising turn of events. Rather than treat Tom's entry as a sole contender Tom and Tyler's entries as the only contenders, we are extending Higglety Pigglety Pop! by a week, and making it the first official Friday Challenge of 2012. Here is a recap:

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, 6 January 2012. A winner will be declared by the evening of Sunday, 8 January 2012 (and since I shan't be celebrating Kim Jong-un's birthday, there shouldn't be any reason to deviate from that schedule!).

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

What? One more more thing? Oh, yes:

From all of us, to all of you, Happy New Year! All the best for 2012, and may you be safe, warm, and with those you love.
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