First Line Contest: 500 word story

Kaitlyn is holding a writing contest on her blog and she is hoping to get as many entries as possible.  For those of you who are looking for a little writing spark, why not give it a shot?  The deadline is Friday, but that’s plenty of time to write 500 words. The challenge is to write a story containing the phrase “I am sister to the serious octopus”, a phrase her daughter said.

I’m going to see what I can whip together and I’ll post it when I’m done.  Good luck to all who enter.  Should be fun.

The House on the Rock

I saw this today on Brass Goggles (a Steampunk blog) and had to share. They linked to a website that has a on of pictures of The House on the Rock, which was featured in Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. I don’t have the words to explain what The House on the Rock is excatly, so just check out the collection of photographs. Here is one example:


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Fieldtrip anyone?