Anyway, I discovered this short story contest, 1000 max. words, which has a log line of,
“If you were a super-villain, what would your one power be? And how would you use it to conquer the world?”
So I started thinking about my Goblin's Apprentice stories and wondered about Mike and his story.
And I started writing. . . and wrote a bunch of backstory crap that really didn't need to be written. I realized this when I started talking to Meg. I think I knew it, but she helped me 'see' what I was doing. So I rewrote it, did a little bit of editing and submitted it to this contest.
According to the rules, I can't publish it anywhere except on their contest page until after the contest, but I can provide the link.
When you get to the page, just click the big red 'start at beginning' button.
Read it if you are curious about Mike and why he did what he did. I don't think you can comment or score it unless you are a member of this community.
And I don't expect you to join.
I hate the fact that so many of these contests are 'popularity' contests, where people try to force writers into reading their story just to get someone to comment on your story.
I hate, hate, HATE that. Tit-for-tat doesn't do anything but load the stories up with false scores.
Read the story, if you like it or don't like it, score it or don't score it, but don't ask me to read your story just so you'll come back and read mine. Do you really think I'll believe that you will come back to my page and score it? Really? I also have the deed to a popular bridge in New York City, just send me a moneygram for a gazillion bucks and you can have it--the deed, not the bridge.
I don't play those games, home girl.
And yes, one person asked this of me and I went all '*itchy' on her in my comment in response to her comment . . . less than an hour later another chick asked the same darn thing!
If you want to read how I went off on someone, then click the link and head to the comments. It probably wasn't professional of me, but I'm really tired of this popularity crap. I was never popular in high school and I'm certainly not popular in my crotchety old age.
I will ask one thing of you--anyone who reads this blog and is interested doing for me--read my story, and if you like it enough, then tweet it on your twitter, click like for facebook, or t+ for tumblr. It won't earn me any points, but all I ever wanted to do was to share my stories with other people.
And I can't do that without your help.