Welcome to October. Good news for those who love (deliberately) bad writing: the 2020 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winners have been announced!
If you know me and my irreverent style of humor, you know I'm a fan of this contest. People submit their best "bad opening line for a novel" sentences, and the results are hilarious. This year's grand prize winner:

Her Dear John missive flapped unambiguously in the windy breeze, hanging like a pizza menu on the doorknob of my mind.
- Lisa Kluber, San Francisco, CA

I have several other favorites from this year's list too, though I'll just give you one more here, which as a fantasy writer I must include:

"Master Wlfindermx sauntered across the Plains of Teflandous towards the city of Gjorgturc carrying the mythical Blade of Vulbertrian, once owned by Lord Leszsoriog," wrote the author, who wanted to make the life of the audiobook narrator a living hell.
- Robert Greer, Queen Creek, AZ

Browse the list and let me know your favorites!

In "cool stuff to watch" news:

Upcoming interview!

Great author and great friend Pam Stucky has been running a series of interviews-by-video with all kinds of people with interesting jobs—and will also be doing one with me despite my ordinary job. The interview is this Sunday, October 18, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. PDT, and will be on Facebook Live. Our understanding is that anyone can come watch; you don't need a Facebook login. But in case it doesn't work with your tech or your schedule, the video will also be posted on YouTube for later viewing. I'll send that link when it's up.

We'll be discussing Lava Red Feather Blue and creativity in general; but in practice, Pam and I have a way of becoming very silly and tangential when we get talking to one another, so it should be fun to watch!

Meanwhile, definitely send me any photos of your pets in Halloween costumes. Here are our guinea pigs last year:

Have fun and stay safe!

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