What? No rules? I quit!

The deadline is fast approaching. I've been toying with the idea for two months now. Do I bother? Send something in just to, well, send it in?

But what if they're like "Pshhh... who does she think she is? It's elementary, my dear *insert whomever's name here*, this is *so* beyond her comprehension!" (I envision them all sitting around a long, rectangular table, holding my page in one hand and sipping coffee with the other, laughing their asses off.)

Did I mention the worst part is THERE ARE NO RULES? None! It's a "free form" application! I mean, what the? I've lost already, and I haven't even tried yet! Normally I hate boundaries but PLEASE, I'm begging for some this time!

Let me know if any of you enter. You can check out the full contest description here.

UPDATE: Here's Wednesday's (August 11th) post from The Literary Lab regarding the contest - My Final Plea. Check it out!


Cassandra Frear said...

Amused by your response here. I would react the same way, but probably not write about it. LOL

Davin Malasarn said...

Honestly, I think I'd feel the same way if I was entering. Well, no, that's not true. I guess even if I think I have dumb ideas I content myself with the idea that everyone has dumb ideas. But, I will say this. I think--whether you enter or not--our goal as writers should be to gain confidence in our ideas that to work to express them. That's something I strive to do, and only recently have I felt like I've made even a little bit of progress.

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...


I am trying to lean toward the whole "dumb ideas" mind set as well. How can we improve and learn if we don't try, right? At least you do feel as though you've made some progress. That's a step in the right direction! =)


Funny thing is, I'm sure we've all wished for a "no rule" opportunity at some point, though maybe not necessarily about writing. And then to get it, and not know what to do with it? :| Guess I'm never happy. LOL

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...
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Josie said...

Hi Jessica, left you a little something over at my blog...

Lydia Kang said...

I hadn't heard of this but I think it's too late for me to enter!
In any case, I'm so glad I found your blog! Thanks for following me. I'm following you too. :)
p.s. I love the owls!

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

Thanks Lydia! I'm glad I found your blog as well!

Anonymous said...

Why not just enter and at least be in with a chance? What have you got to lose? Didn't anyone ever tell you it takes guts to be a writer? And judging by your blog, you can sure write, and make people laugh while you're at it.
I say go for it!

Robyn Bavati said...

I'm not anonymous. I'm Robyn Bavati. For some reason the site didn't recognize my blogspot URL.

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...

Oh, Robyn, I was just saying to Lovemuffin how odd it was to get an anonymous comment like that, and then I read your second one. ;)

I'm doing it. I thought about it a lot last night and I think I even know what I'm going to do. (Because I have *so* much time and all...)

Thanks for saying I can make people laugh, too. You made my day! =)