~announcing: Back-to-School Daze Blogfest!

Blogfests!

I’ve decided that I really like them.

They give me a chance to visit other blogs and discover new writers that I enjoy.

And they force me to write–something short and sweet, something without the emotional investment and time commitment of a novel.

Blogfests allow me to play in my WIP if I’m in the mood, by either reprinting a scene already written, or creating a side story for a minor character.

But they also give me the freedom to write about something completely different, a way to step foot into another world. And if it’s a world I find intriguing once I’m in it, I may explore it more fully in future works.

So in honor of the blogfest, which in reality is a form of writing exercise, I’m going to host my first one.

In fact, I’m not only hosting one, I’m going to jump in with both feet and host TWO.

The first one is in honor of the month of September, the month when the heat of summer fades and the cool, crisp air of fall begins to creep in.

It’s also the month many schools start their year after summer break (although some jump the gun and start in August).

I’m calling it:

September’s Back-to-School Daze Blogfest

Your assignment?

Write a scene that takes place on a campus. It can be in a classroom, on the football field, in a locker room… (grin – but nothing explicit, please!) – just as long as the setting is on school grounds.

That’s it. Keep it short – 999 words is a nice length, but if you go a LITTLE over, I won’t slap your knuckles with a ruler. 🙂

AND – if you’re late to class, I won’t send you to the principal’s office. In honor of those of us who are always tardy, I’m running the blogfest through Saturday, September 18 to give everyone a chance to contribute and time to visit all the blogs. However, you must sign up on or before the blogfest date of September 15.

Oh, and please spread the wordcopy the banner at the top to paste on your blog and link back to this page so that visitors can read the other entries. I’m sure there are some GREAT school stories out there!

I also ask that you leave comments on the blogs you visit. Let the writers know their works are being read – they’ll appreciate the time you take to acknowledge their efforts.

September’s Back-to-School Daze Blogfest date: Wednesday, September 15, 2010.

You can sign up with the Mr. Linky thingy below.

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But – before you go any further, make note of my second blogfest.

It’s taking place on October 23, 2010, and is called:

October’s Monster Mash Blogfest

The title should tell you all you need to know for now, so mark your calendar – I’ll announce more about it as we get a little closer to the date.

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That said, here’s the sign-up for September’s Back to School Daze Blogfest:

44 thoughts on “~announcing: Back-to-School Daze Blogfest!

  1. Hey Rob. I’ve recently entered a couple of blogfests, and enjoyed them for much the same reason as you – it gives a great opportunity to visit some other writers’ blogs and discover their work. Besides, it’s good for a writer to have to produce or submit something to order sometimes. Thanks for hosting this time; I have a piece in mind already for the Back-to-School blogfest.

  2. Hey, thanks for joining my blogfest! I’m looking forward to this one, even though I have no idea what to submit yet! But considering I’ve been teaching for five years, I’m sure I’ll think of something! 😉

    P.S.: Love your blog post on the interrobang!

    1. J.C – Thanks for joining mine!

      I love fight scenes – looking forward to your blogfest. I enjoy fights in both books and movies, especially hand-to-hand and bladed (sword, knife, etc). It’ll be a cool ‘fest.

  3. I’ve thanked you on my blog but thought I’d pop by here as well to say another BIG THANK YOU for that in-depth and insightful review of my short story! It really helped as those were the same bits I was unsure of, so it was great to have a second opinion confirm my suspicions! I really appreciate it!

    I’m gonna add you to my blogroll for being a really helpful person! 🙂

  4. Ok, I’m in. This is my first blogfest ever….I haven’t even read any before (I’m new to blogging, too). I’m counting on you, Roh, to tell me if I’m doing something dorky or wrong! LOL

    1. Mellie? You’re counting on me to tell you if you’re doing anything dorky or wrong‽

      I’m the queen of dork – don’t be looking at me! I step in it all the time…

      And sometimes it’s really gooey.

  5. Both sound like a lot of fun.

    I didn’t pick up the banner, but I did link it (them) in my community events.

    I’ll be back to read more of you blog roh. Gotta get back to Rainy Day blogfest.

    ………..dhole

  6. Awesome idea Roh, I was just gonna watch this one, but then I remembered in the back of my mind a story I came up with a long time ago. One that’s been linger, waiting for it’s chance to escape…. 😀

  7. Roh, I’ve got my story done…but you said to wait until the date to post it? And I want to put the banner on my blog, too – but I haven’t the foggiest idea how. I’ll need a little help. Maybe on Saturday when the anthology group meets?

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