Jeri, however, had an actual idea! An idea that ultimately benefits me. And if I'm gonna give something away, then what the hell...I should get something out of the deal too. (Yeah, I know. Lots of bloggers do altruistic crap just for the entertainment value. I'm not lots of bloggers. Get over it.)
Anyway, here's the contest:
It's the "Make Nathan a new Avatar Contest"!
Here's the rules.
- Entries will be accepted any time between now and 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, June 30th. All entries should be posted as a link to a JPEG in the comments to this thread.
- You may use any image or photo from anywhere as long as it's not copyrighted and might subject me to legal problems for using it.
- You may send me an email requesting a photo of me in a specific pose. I'll only honor the requests that stand a chance in hell of me choosing them as an avatar, so asking for a picture of me in drag isn't gonna get you that picture, nor would it be likely to be the winner even if it did.
- LOL Nathans are just fine, but watch your language. I comment on blogs where folks talk nice, so keep it PG-13 at most.
- Don't worry about the size of the Avatar...I can always reduce it for sites that will only accept smaller sizes.
Hey, that's not bad.
And another thing
Since we started writing Charlotte Misner, I've traded emails with each author who's been up next. I'm hereby declaring that it is permissible, and in fact, you are encouraged to pick the brains of any and all previous contributers when you're writing your chapter.
Based on questions I've received, I realize in hindsight that I may not have been clear about certain things which might cause subsequent authors to take things in unintended directions. With that in mind, I'm going to clear up a couple of things that might not be obvious and/or might be misinterpreted.
1. Charlotte does not have a problem with or dislike men (military or otherwise). She's just got too many other things to worry about at the moment and doesn't have time to bother with them. It is entirely possible that some wonderful specimen of manhood will show up and change her mind about that. It's also possible that Charlotte likes women. I have no idea. That's up to you guys...I just don't want to have influenced that decision because of something I didn't mean to say.
2. Charlotte doesn't dislike children. She is extremely flustered and frustrated with the sudden responsibility she has for three very young children, but she goes to pains to keep her frustration from showing. You'll note that in my chapter, she may be screaming in her own mind, but outwardly, all she does is try to comfort Lucy. She's trying very hard to live up to her new responsibilities.
3. I neglected to specifically state it anywhere in my chapter, but the story started in the late spring/early summer of 1942. Historically, this is a moment of massive upheaval in America. We're just a few months into the war. Because of Lend Lease, war production is already somewhat in gear, but America has just done a 180º U-turn from its isolationist attitudes. Rationing is still new and while most people are willing, they're not accustomed to the shortages. And most of the war news isn't great yet, especially in the Pacific. It was not a period of great confidence.
So, anyway, you are all encouraged to consult with each other when your turn comes. It's perfectly legitimate to ask a previous author to elaborate on what they meant to say if it's not clear. On the other hand, don't take this as some kind of edict that you shouldn't take things in an unexpected or unintended direction...that's your choice and half the fun of collaborating on something like this.