In an amazing departure for myself, I completed an entry for the contest at The Clarity of Night during my lunch hour, a full week before the contest ends! Normally, I’m the king of procrastination. I think the difference is that I have been writing a lot more lately, especially on Maybe all that writing is paying off. Anyhow, I will let you know once he has posted my entry so you can go over there and check it out.

Neil Gaiman’s Notebook

For those of you who enjoyed pictures of my writing notebook during NaNoWriMo will surely enjoy Neil Gaiman’s blog post today dedicated to his notebook (with pictures too!) He goes into detail about roughly how many words he fits on a page and how he numbers the pages before he writes in the notebook. Anyhow, it was a pretty enjoyable post.

I also found on his site that he has posted his Hugo Nominated short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties. I haven’t read it yet. Hopefully this afternoon. He also has a link to the audio version of the story. Check it out.

Writing Contest at The Clarity of Night

Wow. I just now checked my gmail account and was presented with some excellent news: Jason over at The Clarity of Night has just announced another writing contest starting…. now! His contests are some of my favorites and I even received an honorable mention in one of them. This contest is the same as his other contests: Jason posts a picture and writers are challenged to come up with no more than 250 words based on that image. Oh, and there are prizes:

* 1st Place: $25 Amazon gift certificate, 8 x 10 print of the “Endless Hour” photograph (inscribed by Jason Evans)
* 2nd Place: $20 Amazon gift certificate
* 3rd Place: $15 Amazon gift certificate
* 4th Place: $10 Amazon gift certificate
* 5th Place: $5 Amazon gift certificate
* Readers’ Choice Award $15 Amazon Gift certificate, 8 x 10 print of the “Endless Hour” photograph (inscribed by Jason Evans)

For the complete set of rules, see the post announcing the contest. For those of you entering the contest, leave a comment on this blog so the rest of us can read what you have come up with. If you like I can even make a post with links to my readers’ entries.