I just saw this shiny, shiny thing on my publisher’s website:

Isn’t that cool?  It’s like Nano, only it’s in May!  It looks like at least ten different kinds of fun/useful, and if I can manage to get all those graduate school papers done by then, I’m totally going to participate ^_^.  Also, it’s attached to a virtual writer’s conference that’s running all of May.  I’m sure I’ll be there at least some of the time.  Anyhoo, I think you should all check it out, because it is likely to be awesome.  Wheeeee- EGD

Sooooo, did y’all know that Drollerie is giving away spiffy free short stories for 12 days starting with Christmas (meaning they’re on day 9)?  You can even download all the previous days’ stuff, so long as you’re logged into the site.  I contributed two very short pieces that were posted on the first and seventh days.  The super-awesomely-spiffy part of this is that with every free download you are entered to win a free e-book-reader!  Tell me, people, what is not to love about this promotion?!??  I know *I* am having a blast reading everyone’s stuff, and I’m sure you will, too, if you pop ’round and download the titles you think might interest you.  To one and all, HAPPY NEW YEAR and happy 12 days of Christmas- EGD

Ok, so you’ll all get a review of the awesomeness of the awesome Ben Vereen concert later, but in the meantime, I have devised a contest to keep you occupied:

These days, the Drollerie Press forums practically echo with emptiness.  The only people who wander through are two DP authors, and we really only haunt one thread (Word Associations).  This is very sad, because the forums have enormous potential for community fun!  Thus, I have hatched a devious plan to kick-start new forum activity, and it involves (GASP~!) a free book.  So, here’s the contest scoop, and hopefully both the contest and the prize will be fun for all:

Anyone who, between now and November 30, A) Posts in the DP forum (you may need to register to do so, if you are not already a member.  When you register, please also send an e-mail to drollerie_interact@yahoo.com with the words “forum name” in the header and the name you registered in the body of the text) and B) Guesses one of my top two favorite forum posts as DokodemoElisa will be entered in a drawing to win one of two copies of Kinlea Keeper OR (if you can’t wait until the end of November to read Kinlea Keeper) a copy of the Curse, the second book in the series, which will be coming out by February.

HINT: NEITHER of my favorite posts are posted in the Word Association thread.

You can post your guesses along with your forum name as a reply to this post or e-mail it to me at dokodemoelisa@yahoo.com.  Happy forum-going!  -E.G.D.