Friday, April 16, 2010

More housekeeping

Yup, the weather STINKS here today.

Once again, I would like to thank EVERYONE who entered my contest, by commenting, blogging, and tweeting. Really, thank you so much for sharing the love and helping me boost my numbers a little bit. I more than doubled my Twitter following and I got a 16% boost in blog followers, and that is AWESOME. I hope you all stick around!

Musical updates! Tonight I am going to see Steve Almond in concert, a music-and-reading extravaganza for his new book Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life. And next weekend I will be going to see the Rockbottom Remainders. Aw yeah.

Writing updates! I have to get a short story edited and out the door tomorrow for a contest deadline (which is why today's post is just "housekeeping" instead of something substantive), plus I have a writing assignment due for my 10 Weeks, 10 Stories class at Grub Street. The assignment is to write a 55-word story, in which the first sentence is 10 words, the next sentence is nine... all the way down to one. Yeah. That's gonna take some thought. And next week (probably Monday) I'll finally write my as-promised Cliffs Notes-style "what I learned in class" post... topics include story vs. plot.

Okay, I have to run if Serious Girl is going to make it to her playdate, so I'll see you on Twitter, and again on Monday! Thanks again to all who played along with my contest. You made my week.


  1. Congrats on the numbers! Have a great weekend, Carrie. :)

  2. Congratulations on your number build-up. Did we get enough for the head stand photo?

    Guess I will eventually have to start looking at this Twitter business, but it just seems like so much more to think about. By the time I get there it will probably be an old passing fad. That's the way it usually goes.

    That 55 word story thing sounds kind of like a gimmick, but an interesting challenge. Never heard of such a thing til now, but then again never heard of "flash fiction" until I started blogging. I posted my first attempt at flash fiction on my site today (Friday 4/16) if you'd like to comment. I could use some advice from more in-the-know writers. So far people are telling me that they wished I had given it an ending.

    Tossing It Out

  3. I'm new to following here. I think you won my book from Michelle at the Innocent Flower. It was a picture book called A New Job for Dilly. :)