Lonely Loser Laughs Last

Apparently, I have been branded a loser.

Boudreau Freret, wordsmith, trash talker extraordinaire, has issued a word count contest slated to commence on 10.10.10 (This also happens to be his birthday, which, of course, he has not failed to mention). Read the rules . But basically, the gist is to write as many words as you can during the contest period of 10.10-10.23.  The winner gets Boudreau’s shameless respect (so I say) and Todd Heldt’s novel, Before You Were a Prophet as a prize.

Now this is fine and dandy for people with novels “in-progress”…but me? I can barely get showered and make-up’ed before noon on most days, let alone whip up 1,000 plus words in a 24-hour time span.

However, against my will, he has entered me into the contest as a “graceful word count contest loser”.

I felt violated, shamed into quiet pouting.

But now…with his recent form of twisted mind games…allow me to present the picture below [Exhibit A]. This is his sly, manipulative technique to trick me into participating.

We shall see, Boudreau. We shall see who loses.

Stay tuned.

I'm a Winner!

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    October 7, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Loser my ass. I know you’ll win the damn contest, I got dibs. Go for it, cool girl.

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    October 7, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    You said “wordsmith”! Likely the highest compliment I’ll hear all day, including those I pay myself!

    You work such magic on the page, you really do. This sort of exercise helps for some things (like motivating someone to start a big project they were putting off for whatever reason (fear)) but speed and volume are the key to winning. You can’t revise, you have to just become a machine.

    A two week contest like this is how I went from a short work hack to a full novel hack, and I learned so much about myself and what I could do. I suspect you’ll have the same experience, with one big honking difference:

    You are such a gifted writer.

    When the book you write becomes a smashing success, please at least mentally acknowledge the tiny role I played in getting it started.

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