Fear not, Accountability Rangers, my blogging silence is not a sign of inactivity — not this time, anyway.
I just finished (and submitted) a new project.Â A couple of weeks ago, John Scalzi posted a contest on his blog, Whatever.Â I’m not big on fan fiction, but this was too hilarious to skip.Â John and Wil Wheaton are featured in a monstrosity of a painting (see below) and they have challenged all takers to write a 400-2000 word story explaining just what the hell is going on in the picture.Â The winner will be paid 10 cents a word (which is fabulous) and have the story published by Subterranian Press in a digital chapbook, with proceeds to go to the Lupus Foundation of America.
Having seen the picture, I could not un-see it.Â I knew in my heart how they got there.Â I knew their story, and I had to tell it.
Over the last two weeks, all our designated writing time has been spent working on this epic story of orcs, clown sweaters, Care Bears, and unicorn-pegasus-kittens.Â This morning I did my final edit and sent it out into the world.
And so, I return here to report my diligence and pat myself on the back for not only having the guts to try this, but following it through as well.
The deadline for submissions is June 30th.Â The story, since it’s fan fiction and borders on the ridiculous, is actually good for nothing more than the purpose for which it was created.Â In addition, the winner retains full publishing rights in the contest.Â So, after the deadline has passed, I’ll post the story here, just to give it a place to live other than my dead story file.