Firstly, I'm on vacation starting this evening (for TWO weeks, yay!) and I am trying to blast out a few posts before I go off on a road trip to Ontario to visit a blog friend. (More on that later, if she gives me permission.) So you are only going to get a few reposts and what I can come up with haven't been as well vetted for clarity as I generally try to do. So forgive me the even worse than usual quantity of typos and errors.
Secondly, I've been a bad blogger of late, both in the realm of reading and commenting and in terms of actually posting. I've been doing it for four years, though, so my lagging a little doesn't seem so strange when you consider I have over 2,000 posts under my belt--508 on the old blogger blog and 1593 on the typepad blog for a total of 2001...an auspicious number, lol. The unfortunate thing is that I am no longer writing essays like I used to. I like writing the things, actually, and I think it stretches the brain to write articles instead of quickie here's-what-I'm-up-to or here's-an-idea-on-writing-with-half-baked-plot-ideas-too posts.
Thirdly, I'm going to be having a bloggaversary contest in August to celebrate the possibly underwhelming event of my presence in the blogosphere for four years. August 7th is the 'magic' date. I'm going to get a cool prize for this one (still to be determined) and I'm thinking that there should be another themed writing event along the lines of the Halloween/Samhain contest from last year. That was a lot of fun and showcased some really good writing, too. A few ideas for a theme include Summer/hot weather/heat, fairs, carnivals, scary clowns or circus acts, and in general a science fictiony sort of story theme as opposed to horror, which was the last contest's overall theme. Do any of these seem appealing to you all?
And fourth, I am 49 today. Go out and eat something full of calories for me, as I cannot. And because it's for me, it won't count against you. Really.