Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mad Pimpin'

Today I have a couple things I want to pimp. I know you'll indulge me, too, because I do it so rarely rarely rarely. And because you know I'd never steer you wrong.

First: A week or so ago The Badass Geek asked if I would be willing to contribute to a new project he's got going on. I checked it out and decided that I did indeed want in. In addition to his wildly entertaining main blog (which, if you're not reading, you certainly should be!), he has started another project called Fiction 500. Fiction 500 is a place for anyone to post a short fictional piece. But there's a catch. Short means 500 words or less. In his own words:
Telling a story in just 500 words forces the writer to get to the point and decide what the most important things to say are, and what parts of the story can be left up to the reader to come up with on their own.
I think this project is so exciting and have contributed a few stories already. (I've got a couple more that I'm working on...) Staying within the 500 word parameter has been challenging, sometimes frustrating, and always fun. I strongly encourage you to give it a shot. What have you got to lose? You don't even need to post under your real name!

So do me a personal favor and check it out. Commenting on my stories wouldn't break my heart, either. And if you are currently writing fiction or have ever toyed with the idea of writing fiction, this is a great place to test the waters.

Second thing I want to pimp is the giveaway Mama-face has going on over at Blog Ignoramus. (Another blog which, if you're not already reading, you really really should be! Mama-face is as real as it gets and I am a huge fan of the real...) She is giving away a set of handmade greeting cards that are simply gaw-geous! (And you know I love you, because passing this information along to you decreases my odds of winning just a little bit...)

What's that you say? Oh, you're most welcome, I'm sure.

21 comments:

Badass Geek said...

Thanks for the mention! I'm glad you like the project so much. I enjoy the challenge of it, too.

For those who may consider it, 500 words is easily attainable. At first it seems like a lot, perhaps even too much, but towards the end, it's just short of enough sometimes. It's a good challenge and it really stretches the brain.

Which, personally, I need.

otin said...

I will check it out!

JennyMac said...

Love Badass Geek. What a great project too. Challenging too.

Becky said...

You are really brave to give that a try!

You Go Girl!!!

Eva Gallant said...

gotta' check it out!

Traci said...

Mommakin,

If you say check it out, I am SOOOOO there. I think I might try the 500 word challenge (note that I included both think and might as disclaimers -- hehe)
:-)

blueviolet said...

I can't say no to you!

mama-face said...

Ha. From the Sublime to the Ridiculous.

I've checked out his site and become greatly intimidated! :) If you are there...then I will be visiting again.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Both "pimps" were well-worth a look. GREAT job on your 500 writing. Very impressive Tammy.

And it's a cleaver giveaway too.

Thanks for he tips,
xo

MiMi said...

Gonna have to check out the first pimp...
2nd pimp? I'm all over that one already!

Mammatalk said...

Off to check this out!

Allyson said...

Oh fiction is such a challenge for me, although my husband would disagree because he says I make up things in my head all the time (but I think that's more specific to why he's working late). I will come check out your stories. And good luck with winning something beautiful and handmade!

kys said...

I don't follow Badass Geek but I think I need to. I've been seeing his name everywhere. And, of course, I will read your stories. And I entered MamaFace's giveaway.

You're kind of like my cult leader, aren't you?

Unknown Mami said...

Now you add Pimp to your impressive resume.

Tsquared417 said...

I'm going, I'm going!!

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Wow, thanks for sharing the good information - project and contest. I will definitely check both of these out! It's fun to share blog love for things like this.

Badass geek sounds cool. And since I'm a fatass geek married to a tall, skinny geek, we may have some things in common.

Have a great week Tammy!

kel said...

gonna check it out!! Nicely pimped.

Masala Chica said...

Thanks for being a very "share the love" blogger - it's nice when you get to hear about some cool things from someone who wants to spread the love. I will definitely check it out!

WhisperingWriter said...

500 words or less?

I'm not sure if I could do that. I can be quite chatty in my writing.

tattytiara said...

Oh wow. Your story hit me in just about every soft spot I have. Lazing in bed's like my most favourite thing in the whole world to do. I have three quilts coming in the mail - one for me, two for people I love - and my grandma's name is Emma.

And you wrote it beautifully.

MaryRC said...

oooh im check out the badass!