Friday, February 22, 2013

A Decade of Love and Awesome Ridiculousness

Ten years ago today, I made one of the best decisions of my life: to start dating this boy...

Not actually our earliest photo, but still back when we were young college kids :-)
He has made me a happier, more confident, and more interesting person, inspiring me to embrace so many experiences that I probably wouldn’t have had otherwise. (He even got me to go camping, which is a freaking miracle.) And he's always supported my individual interests too – even when that meant living in different states while I did grad school, helping me through all of the injuries I sustained from my overzealous love of sports, or trying to understand my very strange research and writing interests (*waves to my Renaissance medical books and my cannibalistic characters*). (He also puts up with the fact that I'm often late, kind of like how I didn't actually finish this post until the 23rd and then post-dated it. Shhhh.)

Together we've broken a world record, gotten married in a traditional-except-for-the-frisbee-and-Jurassic-Park-and-Rick-Rolling-parts wedding, ridden a tandem bicycle across the country, moved to our dream city on the opposite coast, adopted the world's cutest and goofiest puppy, and laughed over an embarrassing number of made-up songs, inside jokes, and bad puns. 

Thank you for an absolutely fantastic decade, Kyle, and here's to many more.

Always ready for the frisbee


Sunday, February 3, 2013

String-of-10 Flash Fiction Contest

I just wanted to duck into the blogosphere for a minute to note that The String-of-10 contest hosted by Flash Fiction Chronicles opens today! The challenge: write a story up to 250 words using at least four of the ten prompt words:


There's also an optional theme prompt if you want to compete for an additional prize:

"I want to put a ding in the universe."
Steve Jobs

Thanks to Madeline for letting me know about the contest in the first place and for reminding me that it was coming up again. I have a soft spot for this contest because I was a semi-finalist last year (for "Last Respects," later published here but with a few dozen words added because 250 words is SO SHORT and I am not in fact naturally concise). I also just think it's an excellent challenge, having to fit so much into such a small space, taking the given words and rearranging them on the table, turning them in the light until you know which ones to choose. I definitely suggest giving it a try, even if you don't think of yourself as a flash fiction writer. 

The contest lasts for less than one week, so go check out the rules and prizes here and get writing! (And then, if you're like me, get to editing with a large axe because you'll probably write something about ten times as long as it's supposed to be.)