Contest! Man, was I dumbass!
Happy Independence day and a Happy Fourth of July!
We're starting our summer contest today. Why today? Because nothing says Dumbass
like the revelry of July 4th combined with the temptation of fireworks. At least to me.
Idle hands can't resist:
But first, the prizes
A T-shirt from the Tattered Cover bookstore in Devil Duck red. And a Devil Duck, of course. Plus shwag (Check back on Thursday for those pics
The contest, in 75 words or less: Man, was I dumbass!
Post your submission as a comment. The contest will be judged by our panel of crack contest judges in India. (Yes, in order to reduce costs, Biting-Edge has off-shored our contest judging.
) Submissions will be graded on originality, spelling, and of course, the all important dumbassness
. Contest decision will be final and not subject to appeal or bribery or complaining. Contest ends Midnight, Thursday, July 16, 2009.
Me first:As a young man, I loved explosions. Firecrackers were fun but I wanted the challenge of making a bigger boom, as in a bomb. I ordered a book which showed how to make all kinds of devices such as silencers, rockets, and bombs. I gathered explosive powder made of matchheads and from cheap Mexican firecrackers. The book suggested a detonator made with a cartridge and a spring contraption. I didn't have the suggested bullet so I substituted a much smaller .22. The spring contraption wouldn't set off the cartridge so I used a hammer to beat on the primer of the .22. Finally, on the third whack, the cartridge went off, shot backwards out of the detonator, and made the hammer sting my hand. But the bomb hadn't gone off. Well then, let's try it again. At that point, just before I struck a fresh cartridge, with the bomb attached to a wooden board that I was kneeling on, I realized that maybe this wasn't such a good idea. So I dismantled the bomb and waited until I was in army before I blew things up.
Your turn.The Blog Beat.
Witches on the loose. Juliet Blackwell
, known to us by her other pen name, Hailey Lind, has a forthcoming book, Secondhand Spirits,
about a naughty witch in San Francisco. Check out Juliet's blog on Pensfatales.com
Our favorite real life P.I.s , Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes
is holding an "open house party" the first week of July--post a comment July 1-7, and you're eligible to win
books from Colleen Collins's backlist, cool "Writing PIs in Novels" T-shirts, and other giveaways!Vampiri in Italia.
My latest Lego vampire movie was featured on this Italian blog
Saw Public Enemies
. Very stylish. People were so fashionable back then, especially the killers and their molls. Johnnie Depp does a great job acting in a role other than a looney pirate or fantasy candy maker. Christian Bale likewise pulled off playing a straight-laced G-man without making me think he was Batman in civilian clothes.
Then there was Transformers
that a friend wanted to see. The movie started okay but got beyond stupid after the first half hour. Unless you suffer from advanced ADD, then save your money.