First, if you haven't, please go read "Saturation Point," a moment of Deb Markanton's life Nevetsized.
Second, a point of wisdom. While the contest prize for Deb, it was also a valuable experience for me, too. Once she gave me her moment, it was suddenly like I was writing something on commission, and I felt a whole lot of pressure. "Saturation Point" is not the best story I've ever written, but I'm happy with it. Posting it up and letting Deb see it only once it had been completed was more of a leap of faith than I'd realized. As soon as it was up, I was overcome with the need for her to not hate it. Fortunately, she loved it it and everything is good.
This seemed like a lesson about publishing. Deb knows my writing pretty well. I knew she liked it. But I was still afraid that this piece, the one she'd (sort of) asked for, would fall short of her expectations. All I could do was trust that the quality of my writing, and my basic foundation was solid enough, as was my understanding of my target audience (Deb). And then. Put it out there, and let the writing do its thing.
Third, a joke. A terribly nerdy joke.
Fourth, contest news. Deb won the right to have a moment of her life, of her choosing, be written up as I might were it a story of my creation. She also won a signed, collectible version of the story and the t-shirt you can find at the Nevetsize Your Stuff store.
But wait! There's a change for you to bring a little Nevets into your life, too. Watch next week for the full entry rules, but you will be getting a chance to Nevetsize your Halloween! A ~300 word scary story, written by me to your specifications.
But wait! There's more! A signed hard copy of the story together with a CD or digital version of me reading the story -- delivered to you by Halloween!
But wait! There's more! Your choice of the Nevetsized coffee mug or Nevetsized teddy bear!
Stay tuned next week the rules! In the mean time, get a head start on an edge for the contest by reading at least one of the stories posted at www.Nevets-QST.com.
By the way, anyone have a terribly corny or nerdy joke they feel like sharing?