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Monday, February 6, 2012

MAC February Winners

Congratulations to Terry Rozum who won the grand prize for her submission to the January MAC contest. Terry's creative use of the two required words - hangover and new year - was a good example of how writers see and use words. Terry's bio was posted with her December winning entry, so check back posts.


Five-year-old January Jemison just knew that if she could hang over the edge of the deck she could reach the bright penny she had spied in the gutter below. Her small hands reaching as far as her short stubby arms could, she could feel her center of gravity shifting; fear gripped her as she began to fall.

Suddenly, her father's muscled arm gripped her waist. " I got’cha, baby. My little one, this would be no way to start the new year. Falling onto the driveway might make your head ache like you had been up drinking all night!"

Congratulations to Mary Ivey for winning second prize this month with her unique entry that gives us Earthlings a bird's eye view of our New Year's traditions. Mary's bio is posted in her winning submission for December's contest. Mary's creative sci-fi interpretation of the two words required - hangover and new year are a fun read.

Mission Control
Commander Ja’melat Reporting
Mission: Observe Earth ritual of “Ringing in the New Year”

Starting December 31st and ending in the small hours of January 1st, the Earthlings engage in a non-stop Bacchanalia involving drinking of spirits, dancing in the streets, and excessive kissing. To experience the phenomenon fully, I teleported several bottles of the aforementioned spirits on board the starship. Ensuing events are a blur. Today I’m suffering from what the humans call a hangover, and I’m told I made improper advances toward a shipmate. I’m currently investigating the Earth enigma “hair of the dog.” Will forward particulars.

Get those little gray cells working and get in an entry for February.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Groundhog Day

Today, Punxsutawney Phil and Potomac Phil both predicted six more weeks of winter. My questions are: What has that got to do with Mobile, AL, and who is Potomac Phil?

Answer #1: The prediction of six more weeks of winter has pretty much nothing to do with Mobile, AL. Mobile area colleges started outdoor baseball practice weeks ago and the first regularly scheduled game is next week--I think that says Southern Spring is Sprung.

Answer #2: Potomac Phil is (was) a groundhog who paid a visit to the taxidermist before he also is said to have seen his shadow at Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. However, not only did Potomac Phil predict more winter, he more accurately predicted nine more months of Congressional gridlock and that corresponds to lasting until election day. I think that fits.

Reality check: Thursday's weather forecast for DC calls for temperatures to continue in the mid 50's, through Sunday, and Michigan's own Woody the Woodchuck predicted an early spring. So much for six more weeks of winter.

Mahala and I are heading out to the Breeze Hill writer's retreat tomorrow. It's a one-day small-group affair and we're looking forward to some tidbits that could help us get our work published.

You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I'll try to do the same.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February MAC Contest

January winners will be posted soon. The new February contest is posted on your left. Check it out and send in your best. Note the change in the number of words. Here are a few clues.

Good Luck. Mahala