Due to a minor oversight, I am no long eligible to enter Brian McClellan’s truly inspired contest. He is giving away a number of C-format copies of the soon to be classic THE CRIMSON CAMPAIGN. All you need to do to be eligible to win is write him a short (1500 characters or less) review of the last entertainment media you consumed. Movie, book, magazine, tv show. Doesn’t matter. The review can be as simple as “Bob thought good.” But the more creative or interesting or well-spoken you are, the more likely he is to pick you. Flattery will get you nowhere.
This evening I knocked out ~1,100 words reviewing the season four finale of WALKING DEAD. I had the reading version of a typo and imagined that I had 1,500 words to get the job done. Oops!
The whole time I was writing it I kept imagining the piles of submissions Brian was going to have to sort through just to get to mine. I admit, there was a certain amount of schadenfreude lubricating my fingers on the keyboard. Not because I harbor any particular animosity toward Brian — I’ve met him, he’s a really nice guy — but because I’m the sort of bloke that periodically gets off on other people’s misery. Mind you, it’s only from time to time, but still.
Anyway, so now I’ve got a short that isn’t half bad, although it’s probably not half good either. A short that I cannot cram into the text window on his google form. What to do, what to do? I know, I’ll inflict this on all of you and sleep soundly knowing that my efforts have paid off, if not in free signed copies of highly anticipated sequels, at least in the moans and groans of hapless readers. And interns.
Without further adieu I give you …