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Friday, February 10, 2012

The Friday Challenge — 2/10/2011

This week in The Friday Challenge:

John Christopher enters the long winter. • Join the discussion...

Henry Vogel discusses feedback, immediacy, and spontaneous evolution. • Join the discussion...

Bruce Bethke bows to the wisdom of The Kid, who spotted something we'd all missed.. • Join the discussion...

Kersley Fitzgerald offers a practical view into the future-is-now. • Join the discussion...

All this and more, as Send a Card to a Friend Day is overshadowed by the awesomeness of A Month of Letters, and the inmates discuss the view from their respective places in the asylum.

Conan, Icehawk, and Vidad Walk Into a Bar

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

Jack, it looks like you are the winner, by default! (And thank you for having the foresight to submit a new challenge, just in case.) Since one of the primary reasons we participate in any writing challenge is the desire for feedback, everyone is encouraged to read Jack's story, and offer comments.

"Call me Ishmael."

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, 12 February 2012.

"What a twit!"

And now it is time for this week's Friday Challenge, courtesy of Jack Calverley:

On Wednesday 8th February the BBC reported that:

Stephen Fry has said that British judges don't understand Twitter.

The author and actor was speaking in response to the appeal of Paul Chambers at the High Court. The 27-year-old was convicted and fined in May 2010 for posting a message threatening to blow up Robin Hood Airport in South Yorkshire.

He said the tweet was a joke and he was frustrated because snow had closed the airport. A judgement on whether to quash his conviction has been reserved.

Full piece here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/16945540

Your challenge this week is to compose a Twitter message which you might send to the service [non]provider of you choice, incorporating the most vile and outrageous (diabolical even) threat you can conjure up — and yet not feel at any risk from the authorities.

Anyone can enter, with no restrictions.

Everyone is asked to vote, and to say a few words about what they liked, and why. Or to say a few words about what they disliked, as the case may be; by submitting an entry, you implicitly agree to accept criticism, because there will probably be some handed out, and no one is immune. When voting, please rank a work as either “0” (not so good), “1” (not as bad), “2” (could have been better) or “3” (pretty good stuff!). If you give either a “0” or “3” vote, feel free to argue in support of your reasoning.

Don't like the negativity? Feel free to think of the levels as “0” (Not bad for a first attempt), “1” (Right on!), “2” (Holy cow, I wanna buy this now...) or “3” (Sweet mother of God, how did you write something this awesome?!!). The point is to clearly differentiate, and rank according to your own preference.

For the purposes of this challenge, Jack Calverley will be serving as Ye Olde High Marker, Voluntarily Walking th' Plank.

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, 17 February 2012. A winner will be declared by the evening of Sunday, 19 February 2012.

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