Thursday, June 25, 2009

Let's Put Our Shoes Together!

The Omaha Slumpbuster baseball tournament my son played in last weekend has got me thinking. Strange Fiction mentioned in a comment to one of my earlier posts that there seems to be an epidemic of writers in slumps. So I thought we should have a slumpbuster of our own.
We used to play this game at summer camp when I was a kid. One person would start a story with a sentence, and then the person sitting next to her would add another sentence, and so on, and so on. I thought it would be fun for us to write a story together, one sentence at a time. Maybe it would jolt us out of our slumps!
I'd like to start it on July 1 and let it run through the end of the month. I'll have more information on how it will work when the day draws nearer, but for now, first things first.
You may have noticed my cute little penguin guy made his way to my side bar. Yesterday, I realized he had disappeared from my main page, and I just couldn't have that! So there he is, a permanent part of my blog and also the subject of our story. Now, I figure if he's going to be the subject of our story, he should have a name. Don't you think? Since I can't think of one, I am having my very first blog contest ever: Name The Cute Little Guy Contest.
Enter your suggestion in a comment to this post by June 29. The winner (chosen by my three impartial children) will be announced on June 30 and will receive, well, the satisfaction of knowing they named the penguin!
Once cute little guy has a name, we'll start the story! I look forward to seeing what names you creative people come up with!


Anonymous said...

I call the cute little guy Maxime Bluestockings McGee.

Your story thing sounds like fun. I'm gonna bookmark your blog and hope to remember to come back :)

Stephanie McGee said...

I dub the penguin Nash the Nome Penguin.

As for the slumpbuster, it sounds like a lot of fun. I'll definitely try to participate!

Lillian Robinson said...

Captain Blueshoe... yeah, not that great.

AiringMyLaundry said...

For some reason when I look at the penguin I think of the name Mooch. No idea why. Maybe because it's a little late...

Susan R. Mills said...

Struggling Writer,
Thanks for entering the contest. No worries, I'll visit your blog to remind you to come back and join the story thing. McGee makes me think of Mr. McGoo. I like it!

Novice Writer Anonymous,
Thanks for jumping in. I liked your blog. It's very real! Nash...if my kids don't like it for the penguin, I might just use it for the name of a character in one of my books!

He does kind of look like the captain of a ship, doesn't he?

Whispering Writer,
Glad you got to Texas safely. Mooch reminds me of the mafia and Cute Little Guy does resemble Tony Soprano!

Deb said...

I love this idea! Hmmm... Okay, need some time...

Susan R. Mills said...

Strange Fiction,
Please, take your time. You have until midnight on June 29. I have no doubt you'll come up with something great!

Amber Lynae said...

I don't know why but from the time you said to name him I thought.... Rusty... Double 0 Rusty. 00Rusty. Makes no sense. but that is my thoughts and since they haven't changed that is my entry.

Susan R. Mills said...

Amber Lynae,
Double 0 mean kind of like James Bond 007??? I love it!