Today, The Wheel turns one. To put this in perspective, I present to you a short list of just some of the activities I've given up on before a year had passed. (All lengths are approximate.)
|What||For How Long|
|Do photography with a basement darkroom||(equipment never used)|
|Be an airbrush artist||4 days|
|Attend weekly pick-up games of ultimate frisbee||2 weeks|
|Take karate||4 months|
|Plan to transfer to Dartmouth||5 months|
|Play bass guitar & violin in a band||6 months|
|Search for a job as a computer animator||7 months|
|Be a fetus||8 months|
|Go to Sunday School||9 months|
|Plan to use the temporary timeshare I purchased, rather than let the money go to waste||11 months|
As you can see, that I've kept The Wheel going for a year is quite the accomplishment. To mark the occasion, I'm giving away two $25 Amazon gift cards! (And perhaps, the prizes might get claimed this time around, unlike with my ninja haiku contest.)
In honor of my win on her blog last month, we'll be doing it Janet Reid style. To enter, write a story (or poem, or whatever) in 100 words or less using each of the following words at least once, and post it in the comments:
The deadline for entries is next Friday, September 3, at 11:42pm (Eastern Time), a time I have chosen at random and for no discernible reason.
Be creative. Be funny. Be eloquent. Be witty. Be insane. I'll pick my two favorites and bestow upon them the honor that is the Amazon gift card.
I'd also appreciate it if you'd spread the word about this contest. Blog about it. Tweet about it. Tell your friends on Facebook. Send out flyers in the mail. Put on a chicken suit and hold up a placard at your local mall. None of this will help you win, since I pick winners based on merit (or, at least, my skewed perception of "merit"), but I'd be ever so grateful. And if you do wear the chicken suit, take pictures. That alone might be worth a prize.
Alright, enough of my babbling. Let's see what you've got. Wow me.
- Rules will be written in small type and numbered, so they look more official.
- To enter, use the five words listed above in a story (or poem, or whatever) of no more than 100 words, and post it in the comments section of this blog. If you go over 100 words, I will randomly remove words until you are down to the maximum. If you don't use the five allocated words, I will randomly insert them in place of other words. In either case, your entry will be disqualified, and as a result you will not win.
- You may submit a maximum of two entries. If you submit more than two, I will deem all subsequent entries as inadmissible, and you will be found not guilty due to lack of evidence.
- You must provide a name. Anonymous entries will be stricken from the record. I won't actually delete them, but they won't win, either.
- Pandering is completely acceptable. Bribery is not only acceptable, but encouraged.
- The contest is open until September 3, 2010 at 11:42pm, Eastern Time. If you post an entry after the deadline, it will instead be entered in my next contest. It won't win that one, either.
- I will act as sole judge, and select the winning entries based on criteria I make up as I go along.
- Two (2) winners will receive an Amazon gift card in the value of $25. Huzzah!