May 1, 2006

B4B is Ready for Rehab!

BLOGGING FOR BOOKS is stretching its skinny little track marked arms! We need to peel it out of the gutter and give it a new and beautiful life in the suburbs where it can have the same lovely haircut as everybody else and find fulfilment in Wal-Mart's homogenizing embrace. WE WANT B4B TO BECOME UBIQUITOUS, OH YES WE DO!

If you blog, I BEG you to remind you reading/blogging audience that it is B4B time, and ask other bloggers who read your blog to blog it, and then it will be JUST like that shampoo commercial about the telling of two friends....what WAS that? Prell? Breck? NOT JUST BLOGGING! If you list serve, or if you belong to a writers group which contains bloggers, PLEASE help get the word out.

I've committed to three more months of B4B, lined up guest authors and such, so let's make it hard on them by giving them a slew of hella superlative entries. Also, from a purely selfish standpoint, I like to have a coupla blogs to read each morning with my coffee. HOOK ME UP.

*We remember with fondness The Zero Boss, because he made it up. Where is he now? I do not know!*

How to play: You blog on a chosen topic. You post a link to your blog entry in the comments below this entry. B4B closes next Monday when the comments close on this entry, EXACTLY seven days from the very second this posted. <----note the slight rule change.

If you have no blog, you write the essay and cut and paste it (no attachments please) into an email to Ann Fitten (the Bloggess behind Edgy Mama) and ask her sweetly to host it for you.

Your special guest blogger this month is ClutterMom of The Clutter Museum. I keep finding myself back at this blog, poking around the archives. I like her style. ANYWAY. She won last month and so, alas, she can never enter again, but she is eligible to judge. AND JUDGE SHE WILL. She will narrow the entries down to seven.

If you are one of the seven finalists, your entry will be read by author Kim Ponders, who penned the critically acclaimed novel The Art of Uncontrolled Flight. Publisher's Weekly says, "This carefully crafted war story and romance marks an ambitious debut," and the L.A. Times calls it, "a horrowing off-course flight in the skies over Iraq." And Ms. Ponders knows her stuff---She was one of the first female pilots to ever fly in a war zone.

Kim Ponders will choose first, second and third place, and she shall send the winner a copy of her new book, signed of course. The winner will ALSO go up on the new B4B links section and will become eligible to be a special guest blogger and choose finalists.

And now, THE TOPIC! As usual your topic relates to the book...


The Art of Uncontrolled Flight (As Booklist says) " traces the trajectory of Annie Shaw as she follows the flight path of her philandering fighter-pilot father so closely that she nearly flames out. Annie deeply resents her dad even as she self--consciously emulates him by enrolling in the Air Force Academy, flying in the first Iraq war, and, yes, cheating on her spouse." So this time, blog about cheating. Any old kind of cheating will do. Games, Lovers, Tests, it's all fair game until you admit in writing that you've cheated on the ever-faithful IRS....


Posted by joshilyn at May 1, 2006 8:29 AM

Look. I am the first entry!

Posted by: Heather at May 1, 2006 9:26 AM

I'm not sure this is even in the same league as most of the other bloggers I read, but I'm doing my daily "thing that challanges you" with this entry. Thanks!

Posted by: Melessa at May 1, 2006 2:26 PM

And with that, I forgot to put in the URL. As Grover would say, "Oh I am so embarrassed!"

Posted by: Melessa at May 1, 2006 2:27 PM

One last embarrassed note from me to let you all know I caught the typo tonight that I made a mental note to fix this morning before I submitted my entry. This is exactly why I usually keep my writing to myself. I'm off to find a rock to crawl under now.

Posted by: Melessa at May 1, 2006 11:51 PM

My first B4B entry. I'm so pleased.

I've enjoyed reading the entries for this one.

Posted by: Tina at May 2, 2006 4:35 PM

A first for me as well.

Posted by: Charity_S at May 2, 2006 6:17 PM

I hope this isn't cheating, but I blogged this back on Monday April 24th.

Posted by: stephanie at May 3, 2006 9:14 AM

I'm not sure if I am entering this correctly because I have never done this before, but here it is.

I can't figure out how to get it to link exactly to the one post, but it is dated May 3rd.

Posted by: tori at May 3, 2006 1:29 PM

Already two "I've never entered before" comments. NEW BLOOD! That's FANTASTIC.

OKAY -- here is the link you need:

One way to get a specific entry's web addy is to click on it;s title in the sidebar. :)

Posted by: Joshilyn at May 3, 2006 1:34 PM

Daseek Searchengine

Posted by: Sniper at May 3, 2006 10:26 PM

Posted by: stephanie green at May 3, 2006 11:45 PM

Finally I have managed to get mine written!

Posted by: Dancinfairy at May 5, 2006 10:33 AM

Nice Info

Posted by: xgate at May 6, 2006 12:39 AM

Here's mine

Posted by: Kismet at May 6, 2006 12:17 PM


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Posted by: xgate at May 6, 2006 6:52 PM

It's been awhile since I've enetered....and I just made the deadline, whew!

Posted by: Angel at May 7, 2006 2:57 AM

Posted by: Tracy at May 8, 2006 12:12 AM

Nothing like squeaking in at the last minute:

Posted by: DebR at May 8, 2006 12:40 AM

Just testing to see if you actually closed comments. And to tell you, "I'm right HERE!"

Posted by: Jay Allen at May 10, 2006 12:55 PM