LJI: Season Nine Last Chance Sign-Ups Open

Last Chance is open for sign-ups. Come and join us -- it's open to anyone, whether you've been in this season (or any other season) or have never played before. :)

And there are a few of you who left entirely too early and haven't yet posted Second Chance declarations of intent. I don't want to poke anyone who's still having Real Life issues -- it's rough, juggling the contest with everything else, and I totally understand if you haven't the time -- but if you've got the time for it, totally rejoin us, okay?

IRL: Writing Randomness

Should I be worried that I have a file called ForgotWhatThisIsFor.odt (Writer text file), but it's only two paragraphs long?

How do you forget what you're writing for in two paragraphs?*

It's pretty decent, too. I think I'll expand it.

*Be me, apparently. O.o

LJI: Sign-Ups Still Open

This morning I got a really cute Calvin and Hobbes post in my inbox (ok, it probably showed up a couple days ago, my roommate's been sick all weekend-ish, but she's much better now) in which Calvin says he's writing a novel about a guy who flips channels on the TV remote, because of course he has to write what he knows. :)

And this... is it really still morning? Apparently so... Gary announced that LJI sign-ups would be extended until next Monday (March 17th) at 7pm. LJ is being wonky and won't let him edit the post to that effect, but don't let that scare you off. If you've got an urge to write what you know, or even what you don't know, this is a great opportunity to write in company with other writers. And it's the last season, so the opportunity won't come around again.

What is LJI? On the surface, a writing contest patterned a bit like a reality show, with all the twists and turns that implies (but mostly without the cameras, unless you bring one yourself). More importantly, it's a community -- a hodgepodge of writers and nonwriters, the easygoing and the competitors, lurkers and super commenters and a lot of people somewhere in the middle. Inevitably, someone will have surgery, someone will have a baby, and a lot of someones will be baking really scrumptious things. There'll be polls, cookies, weird topics, soup, pictures, words, hot tea, super hard topics, amazing topic responses, and did I mention the cookies? Of course, for cookies, you'll have to get there before they're gone.

IRL: Stop Watching Us

From StopWatching.Us, a petition being circulated by Mozilla on behalf of Fight for the Future:

The revelations about the National Security Agency's surveillance apparatus, if true, represent a stunning abuse of our basic rights. We demand the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA's spying programs.

It goes on to present a letter to the US Congress which essentially demands that the surveillance stop and that Congress bring the Patriot Act and the NSA back in line with the Constitution. There's speculation as to whether it will work or not, but if nothing else, it does remind Congress that we're watching them too. :)

Check it out here -- if you want to send the email, there's a space to fill in your email address.

IRL: Solarwyrm Precocious Children Anthology

From belgatherial at PSA: From the Solarwyrm Website:

Solarwyrm Press is calling for submissions for an anthology of stories involving precocious children. These are not supposed to be children’s stories. What we’re looking for here are child protagonists in adult stories. The more twisty and creepy and strange, the better.

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