Couple of Quick Notes

If your interested, I wrote a book review for a book called “Why are we so clueless about the stock market” over on my personal finance blog, Beating Broke.  I don’t read a whole lot of non-fiction, but I occasionally get a review copy in and do reviews then.  Also, if you’re at all interested in personal finance, you might find a thing or two to read.

Second note.  I don’t think I mentioned it here, but John Scalzi was holding a short story contest of sorts.  The deadline was June 30, 2010, so if you hadn’t heard about it before now, you’ve missed it entirely.  I did manage (with only about 5 minutes to spare) to get my entry in.  I don’t think it’s my best work, and it probably could have used a bit more editing, but it is what it is  and there’s no do-overs now.  They aren’t asking for exclusivity, so I’ve been thinking about posting my entry here.  Not sure yet, anyone have any thoughts on that? The winner, besides getting some nice prizes, also gets their story printed in a short chapbook of other authors stories.  All of the stories will be based on the same prompt (which you can see at the contest post linked above), so it should be interesting to see how others took the plot and such.

I took the route of a fanfic parody of sorts.  Threw in some stuff that I thought was funny anyways.  They haven’t really announced a end date other than to note that they plan on publishing the chapbook sometime in late summer or early autumn.  So, maybe late July or early August?  Either way, it was fun to write, and I hope I win.

That’s it for now.  I’m headed off to vacation on a nice quite beach somewhere in Minnesota next week, so if the weather turns sour, I might get some extra reading in.  Otherwise, I’m sure the kids won’t let out of the water long enough to do any reading.  Sun and fun!