Yesterday was Seattle Stories's 6 month birthday. I was already going to write to all the users about the new stories there, but then I thought, hmm, how long has it been up anyway, and I looked at the first post and I looked at my watch, and zing! it was exactly 6 months to the day. Strange.
Anyway, there's a new contest at Seattle Stories, the Seattle Stories Stories About Seattle Contest. It will last 2 months, and the best story, as chosen by the judges, will be given the prize. Right now, the prize is $50 out of my own pocket, but if you want to be a judge as well, you can donate to the cause. We could use second and third prizes, you know. If you want to donate (and you don't necessarily have to be a Seattle citizen), let me know. But by donating, you too will have a vote as to who will win the prizes in the end. We can make a crazy potpourri of prizes, like uneaten bananas and one-used toy cars, and such. Read more here.
Derek wrote an article about communities, and it talks about Nervousness.org: Getting real: Virtual communities that break the fourth wall. Interesting article.
Now that I've sold 20 or so of our products, I'm seeing all of these other interesting things that people are making. For example, there's Jack's, We Ain't Got No Car zine, which I just received in the mail, and Ben Brown's Words! Words! Words! Magazine, which I recently purchased. It has Josh's story in it, so that should be worth it with that alone.
This entry is all business, I feel like. Let's have the party in back! I'm going to Friday Harbor in about 3 hours, for a weekend at a cabin, and we're going to rent scooters and scoot all over the windy roads, with beers in hand and sun tan lotion smeared on our grinning faces. Also, I just got approved for 2 weeks of vacation starting August 27th. I'm going to not go to work, not work on websites, not think about computers for two whole weeks, and instead focus all my energy on beginning "The Most Beautiful One". I can't wait.
Oh oh oh! I almost forgot. More business. Real quick. Inspired by the lovely script "Is Stephen A Moron?!", written by Stephen, creator of the recently turned 1 year old web phenomenon of diary-x.com (happy birthday, by the wayside), I've created a Debates area at Nervousness, where you can take side on moral issues such as whether you'd save your kitten or a Van Gogh in a flaming fire. Check out the debates, for endless moral inquiry type fun.
Thank you. Thank you all, dearly. I love you more than words can say.