Friday, June 28, 2013


Before I hit the "meat" of this post, I do want to give yesterday's post a Shout Out.  For anyone who didn't check in yesterday, I did do the Thursday post.  Yes, there are dedications.  Yes, there might be one for you.  No, I haven't been by all of the blogs to whom I graced a video dedication, so there could very well be a surprise here for YOU.  Even if there isn't, I hope you stop in and see what has been happening in Blogland this week.  All of you were very prolific and mighty entertaining.  Truly, had YouTube been more cooperative, this might have been a 2-day post.  You guys are the BEST.  I strongly encourage you to visit all of the recipients... not just this week, but every week:)

What is the "meat" of this post?  Well, I discovered a few days ago that D.L. Hammons over at Cruising Altitude hosts something called WRiTE CLUB annually.  When I first read just those two words my insides knotted up and I thought, "No way."  Then I read the rules.  And I thought, "Maybe."  Once I let a "maybe" slide into my thinking it doesn't let go.  I have been working on something ever since.  Yeah, that is how MY brain works.  I have until June 30 to sign up and commit.  And so do YOU.  If you haven't heard about it these are the basics and you can check out D.L.'s blog if you want to learn the specifics of how to submit your entry.

Here are the general rules of WRiTE CLUB (with explanation) that guide the competition, loosely based on the Fight Club rules.

1st RULE: You MUST talk about WRiTE CLUB - Spread the word far and wide so we can involve as many writers as possible. Display the WRiTE CLUB banner prominently on your own blog. Write a post about it. Tweet it. Mention it on Facebook. Heck, send up smoke signals if you can.

2nd RULE: You DO NOT talk about WRiTE CLUBOnce the competition begins you are not allowed to solicit votes. All of the writing entries are anonymous, and we want it to stay that way. This is not a popularity contest!

3rd RULE: If someone taps out, WRiTING is over - Tapping out means a WRiTER can decide at any time during the 8 week competition to withdraw their name from the pool. If that happens the next writer from the open pool with the most votes will move into that spot.

4th RULE: Only two people to a WRiTE - This is a head-to head competition, no ganging up allowed.

5th RULE: Two WRiTE’s per week - No matter how many submissions I receive this year, there will only be two WRiTE’s per week.

6th RULE: No shirts, no shoes - Come on, tell me you didn't giggle at that one.

7th RULE: WRiTES will go on until Sept 9th - On that date the 16 winners will be matched up against one another on daily posts until the ultimate WRiTER is chosen. At some point the WRiTER will be asked to submit a new 500 word sample.

8th RULE: Anyone can WRiTE, but you have to have your submission in by June30th. – No late entries will be accepted this year. 

As for me, I am still on the fence.  I think I will probably jump and submit.  Since it is anonymous, no one will know (but me) if my entry even makes it into the competition.  So, if my ego takes a bruising, it will be fairly low-key.  And if it actually even gets to compete, that is awesome.  There are some amazing writers out there in this ole blogosphere.  So, if you feel like getting your Write On, I encourage you to Get Busy.  Oh, and if even if you don't submit, you can still participate in the fun of voting when the competition starts.  So, it is all good:)


  1. I love the concept of a contest that doesn't allow participants to solicit votes. That just makes it more fair for everyone. Good luck if you enter.

  2. You have lot more guts than I. I read about the write club the first time DL mentioned it but I was stuck in "maybe next time." As Nike says -Just do it!-.

  3. Hi Robin,

    I wish you well if you so decide to enter this competition. Personally and you might have figured this, I would not get involved with it. I'd much rather do my own thing and satire all these things. Much prefer being a rebel and not conforming to rules! I shall wish you a most happy weekend.

    With respect,

    Gary :)

  4. Go Girl.... The first 3 words of your "About Me" are "I love writing." So there you are. Good luck.

  5. I say go for it and you'll probably do much better than you think :)

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Go for it! I did it last year, and it was fun. The competition has changed a little this year, so it won't be quite as demanding. There will be fewer bouts this year, which means fewer entries get a shot at the title bout, but it also means fewer entries for everyone to read and vote on, too. Tell ya what, we have got some GOOD writers in this ol' blogosphere. Yeah, go for it. Why not?

  7. Go for it! Have fun and good luck.

    I watched a couple of Thursday's videos while I was here :)

    Happy Weekend!

  8. Do the things that scare you!

  9. Alex ~ You would say that!

    mail4rosey ~ That is what I like about it, too. And thank you:)

    Al ~ When you are ready someone will kick you in the butt and make you do it. No, seriously, you will *know.*

    Gary ~ What I like is that you write one time and *done.* I suppose you might write twice if you last long enough. But, it isn't a constant thing.

    Manazanita ~ Look at you using my words against me...

    Mark ~... and if I don't only I will know!

    Susan ~ I don't really know how it worked last year. This year, just getting to compete is an honor!

    Carol ~ Thank you. I hope you had some fun while you were here:)

    Liza ~ Yes. We all need to do more of that, don't we???

  10. Robin: I will know it's you.

    1. You made me burst into laughter. Are you saying my writing style is "distinctive?"

  11. Ugh! I hate that I just NOW saw this! :( I hope you entered!


You can now add YouTube videos in your comments by copy/pasting the link. AND/OR you can insert an image by surrounding the code with this: [im]code[/im]. In the case of images, make sure that your code is short and simple ending with something like .jpg. If you want to use a pic from someplace like Google Images, click on the image, then click on View Image. That is the code you want!

Dazzle Me!