Sunday, August 15, 2010

Strange Award, Context Strutting, People Bashing

It’s been a great week. Had four days off work and got a bunch of writing and critting done. :D
My novella is cooling down now, and soon I’ll start editing. I’m excited because it IS the best thing I’ve written and I think it has more heart at 160 pgs than my last few novels have. And my new short turned out just the way I wanted it too, which is always nice. It was one of those that kinda wrote itself. Yay! My heart tells me it is much too dark for the anthology I wrote it for, so I think I’ll have to send it somewhere else.

Kara helped me setup a FB fanpage and we’re talking about running a contest soon. Fun! And if you like my work you can leave me some love, here: I think Lee is Hot and I wish he’d buy me a scarf

I will be attending my first convention this year! Context in Columbus, Ohio at the end of the month. I’m taking some special goodies to give away. :D

I also started using Scribd, which I’ve had for a while but didn’t mess around with because I heard it gives you herpes. I’m posting the first half of most of my work that is out now, or that will soon be released. It’s pretty neat. Take a read, let me know what you think! Thanks!
A story has to start before it can end

Also, I was interviewed! This time I got to answer questions! How exciting! It was a lot of fun, and a big thank you to AJ Brown for asking! He’s interviewed Jeff Strand for Dark Recesses, works with Horror Library and several other places, and he’s a damn good writer too. We talked about my crazy dance skills, a fun project I’m working on with Kara, and the secrets to having 18 children and still keeping your sanity. You can read the interview as soon as it’s posted.

Kara McElhinny gave me a strange award along with some other people. Thanks, Kara! Now I get to pass it on by awarding seven other people for their strangeness in the blogosphere. Fun! (I copied all of this stuff below off her blog because I was too lazy to write my own. Don’t tell…)

The 'Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits' award is given to only the strangest of folk, and as the recipient of such you are deemed very strange indeed. Congratulations. Now you must go forth and celebrate the strangeness of friends (and strangers - strangers are always allowed) by nominating blogs run by strange folk. *Beware, some people don't like you to refer to them as strange…Try to avoid them if possible.

Note that Cate Gardner's short story collection 'Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits' is forthcoming this October from the fine folks at Strange Publications.

Some rules:
1. Add the logo of the award to your blog post.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you (don't mess with strange people).
3. Nominate seven other blogs telling us why you think the recipient is strange enough to deserve the award.
4. Leave a message for those nominated on their blogs.
5. And, if you email catephoenix(at)gmail(dot)com and tell her you've received the award for your strangeness, she'll enter you in the biggest kick-ass Strange Men competition ever. Details over at (click on the award link on the home page)

So them be the rules behind this strange contest. Do check out her link as there are some cool prizes available.

And so I bequeath this award, and all the accompanying strangeness, to the following people who are among the most strange that I know (and adore like crazykins)... (<--Those are not my words. Hehe.)

1. Shaun Ryan’s blog
is new. Give it a read and tell me this guy is not one strange and deep cat! I learn tons from him and it’s great to see he’s sharing his thoughts with the masses now!
2. Sam W. Anderson’s blog
It is rumored that Sam is actually from the planet Xadar 6.317652. That’s plenty weird. And he has a midget throwing/lizard fetish. *
3. John Mantooth’s blog
John seems like a ‘normal’ guy. That makes him very strange to me.
4. Ben Eads blog
Ben catapults his career forward via the mafia and solid writing. What makes him strange though is his urge to dance drunkenly with mannequins.
5. AJ Brown’s blog
AJ is strange because he passed up the chance to be a Victoria Secret Supermodel! Do you know how much money those people make?!?!
6. Kevin Wallis’s blog
Sure, Kevin just looks strange, but I’m sure he has other odd qualities too. :P
7. Ken Wood’s blog
Hell, just look at the title of his blog. One weird fella. :D Entertaining too.

All of these guys are damn fine writers. I would have picked a woman but I know M, Kara, Nat, and some of the other kickass ladies were already picked for this right away.

So, yep. Life is fun. Enjoy yourselves! Read some fiction! Live!


Andrea Allison said...

I think great is an understatement. No word would be able to describe it if I had a week like yours. Congrats on all the awesomeness!

Lee Thompson said...

Thanks, Andrea! Every week seems to be great for me. It's been an amazing year. I hope things pick up for you! Smile, make your own luck, keep your chin up!


Ben Eads said...

Indeed, bro! Congrats indeed! I do believe a celebration is in order. ; )

Thanks for the nomination! LOL.

Anonymous said...

Cool, bro!

I'll get to your story before the next western chapter. That's been chilling for a while anyway.

Looking forward to the novella.

You're much too dark for mortals of all stripe, dude. Get used to it.

While I might or might not think Lee is hot, depending on how many beers I've had, I don't wish he'd buy me a scarf.

Good luck at the convention. Watch out for the dudes in the black robes and skullcaps. Or is that a different convention?

Is your interview up and live yet? I'm sure A.J. came up with some penetrating questions for you and I want to know how you dodged them. Crazy dance skills? You doing the robot, while crazy, doesn't fall under the heading of "skills", brother. And I'm not sure I want to know about your secret project with Kara to have 18 children. Good luck in the sanity department. You're gonna need it.

And what the hell is a Scribd? I clicked the link but it wouldn't load.

So you're rubbing your Strange Award off on me? Now I have to infect seven people? Or is that only if I win? I'm just nominated, right? I don't have to send the leprechauns for you then?

Natalie L. Sin said...

Woot on Context! : )

Lee Thompson said...

Thanks, Ben! I celebrated today, but that's top secret, yo! :D

Shaun, I can't wait till you read the new story and give your thoughts! I really like that fucking short.

I have a hard time believing you don't want me to buy you a scarf. :P It's cold over there where you live, dude!

Black robes and skull caps sounds like Context. I'll keep an eye out! I can't wait, it's gonna be a blast!

No go on the interview yet. Should be sometime soon though! And it takes mad skills to do the Robot when you're naked and standing on top of a flag pole. As to Kara and me having 18 kids, I'd just settle for one. She's already a good momma. I could say that you're going to be part of our secret project but that might only confuse people. LOL.

Scribd is great. I wonder if your browser has problems with it. Has anyone else had the same deal?

Yep, you need to award 7 people, just copy and paste that stuff I stole from Kara's blog about the contest and rules. Have fun with it!

And Nat! It'll be great to meet you at Context! You've been cool since the first time I virtually metcha.

Thanks for the reads and comments everyone!

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Anonymous said...

What seven people?

You just sent it to everyone I know with a blog!

And seven times seven times seven times seven is...

The Strange Award is being awarded at a near exponential rate, friends. We're gonna run out of truly strange people to award it to pretty quick. Soon folks who are just mildly strange will be getting them, or people who are only wierd or goofy.

K.Hinny said...

Yay for strangeness!!

Lee Thompson said...

Shaun, I know, it is mindboggling! And good luck finding some people to mention! I know JAM has a blog. LOL. That's a start! :P

Kara: No doubt! Thanks again!You're the bestest!

Anonymous said...

Hooray for writing going the way you want! That's a rare and precious gift to have all in one week. :-) Viva la groove!

Laurie said...

Tag! You've gotten the Strange award again! :P

Lee Thompson said...

Hey Maggie, I agree! Thanks for stopping in and commenting!Haven't talked to you in a while. I hope that you're doing well! :D

Laurie: Haha! Thanks! :O