Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Writing Exercise


I have to do some traveling this weekend. As I'm not sure how much time I'll get on the Internet, I'm making certain arrangements for my minions. For starters, I have several cartoons I keep setting aside because I like others better. It's time to set them free, so I'll be future-dating them so that they appear every 12 hours while I'm gone. (8 AM and 8 PM daily, Friday morning through Monday morning). Also, I can arrange for any writing exercise submissions to automatically post over the weekend if I have them by Thursday night. The deadline will be Saturday at 8 PM, but I can't guarantee I'll post those sent Friday and Saturday until Monday (though I'll probably manage to get to them). I should be able to get online to publish comments two or three times a day.


You're the last person to board a packed airplane. You make your way to your row, stow your bag, and slip into the middle seat, discovering that Evil Editor occupies the window seat. He's at your mercy for the next six hours. Should be a fascinating conversation, but you get to tell us only 300 words of it. Don't forget to include your name if you want credit.

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

Time-traveling, EE? Did you discover a portal in your basement?

ChrisEldin said...

Sooo....are you taking a 6 hour flight from NY to LA? BEA?
Will you be posting pics?
If so, will you allow minions to come up with captions for your pics?

BuffySquirrel said...

Are you going to WisCon, EE?

GUD will be on the SLF table. Take a photo of you and GUD! Go on! Even just your manly hand! Go on!

Kiersten said...

You are so thoughtful, EE. I hope you have a nice weekend. But if your flight is anything like I'm planning it, you probably won't...

BuffySquirrel said...

BEA seems more likely than WisCon somehow.

Bah.

writtenwyrdd said...

Oh, that would be so cool if you posted pics. You could waste a tremendous amount of time taking pictures that will never identify you to your adoring public, yet cause all sorts of hilarious commentaries...

fairyhedgehog said...

Damn! I've just written 500 words not 300. I wish I could count.

I wish I could write, too, but at this exact moment I wish I could count even more.

Robin S. said...

1.I need to go look up BEA and WisCon.

2.So will you post pictures from wherever, huh, huh?

3.It's really sweet of you to keep us babysat while you're gone.

4.GUD will be on the SLF table. Take a photo of you and GUD! Go on! Even just your manly hand! Go on! I would heartily agree with the Buffster if I had any idea what GUD or SLF meant. But I hope to know shortly.

Dave F. said...

As I recall you fly to dangerous places. Be safe.

BuffySquirrel said...

Lol, Robin.

SLF is the Speculative Literature Foundation, and they're providing a dealer's table at WisCon for the sale of books and/or magazines produced by small presses who can't necessarily afford to attend, or can't spare the staff to attend.

GUD Magazine is the magazine I work for/with. Issue Three, on the theme of "Mechanical Flight" comes out in June/July, edited by yours truly :).

Robin S. said...

Cool for you, Buff!

And thanks for the acronym-onious help.

So, you think he's going to the WisCon instead of the BEA, huh? Who all goes to these things --
readers/writers/authors/editors/
publishers?

Whirlochre said...

Nah, it'll be some editors' bonding weekend — climbing walls and wrestling crocodiles and stuff.

deb said...

Hey, have a safe trip! I forgot to say so earlier. Stay away from whiskey-swilling babies and blogging moms.

Evil Editor said...

Do remember the 300-word limit. I've received another over 500.

fairyhedgehog said...

Don't worry, EE. Your loyal minions obey your every word.

I shall now find out how to edit 500 words down to 300. Maybe I could just omit all prepositions, articles and auxiliary verbs. That should do it.

fairyhedgehog said...

Thanks for looking after the blog while you're away. Have fun wrestling those crocodiles!

Evil Editor said...

This isn't the type of exercise that usually draws a multitude of submissions; however, let's limit it to three per person.

BuffySquirrel said...

I have no idea what it is, Lyle.

Kiersten said...

I was under the impression that speculative fiction was what they are calling sci-fi and fantasy now so it sounds cooler.

Maybe that's just me though. Because it does sound cooler. I've got a story coming out this month is a speculative fiction journal, and it's fun to say.

EE, you do realize that none of these measures will replace your warm, acerbic presence on the site. But I love the image of an editors' retreat, so that's what I'll picture you doing.

Brenda Bradshaw said...

Still arriving Austin at the scheduled time, right? I'll see you there. And yes, I packed the pink ones.

BuffySquirrel said...

Can we get tickets to the Brenda/Robin fight?

Robin S. said...

As long as EE isn't going to Texas this weekend, I'm good.

Are you?

Robin S. said...

Are you?

McKoala said...

Happy hottiedays, um, sorry, holidays.

Evil Editor said...

I'll bring some pictures.

Robin S. said...

OK.

It'll be fun - seeing the pictures.

talpianna said...

Any ideas on how to smuggle moles onto the plane?

Bonnie said...

It could be BayCon. That's this weekend, too.

ril said...

Spec Fic? Probably easiest to give examples. The most popular examples of the speculative fiction genre are National Enquirer and Hello! magazine.