Monday, December 7, 2009

It's time to party!

Woohoo!  Party time!

So, it's weird to think that this blog's been around for a whole year.  I really only started blogging regularly once I was out of school and basically had nothing else to do all day.  But, the official start date of this blog is October 30, 2009.

Check out the very first Chronicles post.

Or don't.  It's not very pretty.  Kind of makes me cringe.  I was still trying to find a direction for this blog at that point.  And no one even knew it existed back then.  *wipes tear*

OK, moving on.  Time to celebrate!  (Conga line starts in the corner.  But look out for the macarena dancers.)

Which brings us to our first contest!  Remember, today's prize is a set of pristine-condition Alexandre Dumas books.  (Check out all the prizes here.)  You'll get a copy of The Man in the Iron Mask and an unabridged copy of The Count of Monte Cristo.

Here's what you have to do.

Write me the best thing you can around the phrase "Golly gee dingoes."

Got that?  Done laughing?  Keyboard dry?

Winner earns it on merit.  What are my criteria?

The winner will be the one I deem most worthy of the warning, "Swallow all liquids."  In other words, whichever one makes me laugh so hard I'd spew whatever I was drinking if I didn't swallow first.

Yeah, great image.  Now you're all fleeing for cover.

Anyways.  I'll announce the winner in tomorrow morning's post.  And a reminder that all comments this week garner an entry in our random drawing for the two grand prizes on Friday.

*Update: Max 1-2K words on today's entry.  You can post it here in the comments or e-mail it to me.


  1. I want those prizes! I have a set of Dumas from 1893 but I don't have those ones. I want!

    My question is do we enter here in the comments or should we email you? And can the one for today be anything? Like a short story, even?

  2. I'm sorry, my creativity is all being spent in my revisions, but I'll be stopping back by to see what everyone else comes up with. Fun contest! And congrats on your blogoversary.

  3. Ohh no I'm going to have to keep thinking and come back with something funny for this one. Congrats on your one year anniversary!

  4. Thanks for asking those, Glam! I'd completely forgotten about minor details like that!

    Susan, that's ok. There'll be other ways to win this week that won't require so much creativity.

    Julie, thanks for stopping by!

    And look at that, you've all got entries in our grand prize drawing!

  5. Golly gee dingoes? Really? You asked for it, but don't complain to me when you let out a tremendous groan and flee your computer in sheer terror as I go stream of consciousness on you. Sort of.

    Golly gee dingoes. That makes me think of Robin and something he might say would be "holy golly gee dingoes, Batman!" and when I think about Robin, I then jump to Robin Hood and I end up thinking Kevin Costner is kind of hot for an old guy, golly gee dingoes! *insert whistle here* (Can I get any cornier? I think not!)

  6. Oh how awesome! I am so sending an email out right now! =D

  7. Okay, so obviously the rest of my writing is suffering today because I was inspired to write a sonnet for your contest today. It's goofy, it's not that good, but what the heck, right?

    Golly Gee Dingoes

    Golly gee, dingoes, you’re yellow brown dogs.
    Your cousins are foxes, wolves, and jackals.
    You’re roughly a household pooch analog,
    And yet you’re nothing but wild animals.

    Your home is down under, outback of course.
    Being good carnivores you like to eat meat,
    And you’re rarely picky about its source.
    Even livestock, pets, small people you’d eat.

    Those Aussies they find you an awful pest,
    But truly I think you’re just misunderstood.
    As wild pests go, you must be the best,
    After all you eat other pests, isn’t that good?

    So golly gee dingoes, you got a bad rap,
    Perhaps they would like you elsewhere on the map.

  8. Wow, I love the dingo poem! Go, Embee.

    Sadly, I'm not so funny. Sniff, sniff. No wonder my novel's lit fiction.

    But the good news is... you now have a comment on your very first post, Steph. I just couldn't resist!

  9. My creativity has been sucked dry because all I can think about when I hear the word "dingo" is the Seinfeld line: "The dingo ate your baby." (said in horribly exaggerated Australian accent. :) Good luck to the others.

  10. Okie dokie I emailed you my entry! :)

  11. Sounds like fun! I sent it off to you. :D

  12. Wow, I should never have a merit-based prize again. Seriously impossible to choose. I'll have a winner by tomorrow at noon, I promise. Look for it then.

    Great job everyone! I'm loving this. Thank you all for your participation.


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