Thursday, March 15, 2007

Shaggy Blog Stories For Comic Relief - Out Now! 

Mike's week-long marathon is at an end and Shaggy Blog Stories is digitally published. You can buy it here for a mere £8.96 of which £3.63 goes to Comic Relief (the online publishers, Lulu, have donated all their profit but note you have to add postage). I had trouble coming up with my own contribution to the book (I don't really do 'funny' which was the qualification for inclusion). Then I looked at my handful of deleted posts. Most of these were ones I removed when I wanted to keep entries about a conference I was running high on the site, but the one in the book (I can be found at number 78 of 100)... let's just say that while it's a wry, kind of funny story, it has a definite 'biting the hand that feeds you' element that made me take it down after a few days. But not before a Sunday Times journalist rang me about a story and, before we started discussing it said: 'you won't write about this call on your web-site, will you?'

Anyway, if that doesn't intrigue you enough, the book also includes contributions by, amongst many brilliant others, Girl With A One Track Mind, My Boyfriend Is A Twat, Andrew Collins, Swish Cottage and the Diva himself. (Full list on his site here). And it's for a great cause. If you've read this far, you know you really want to click on the link above, but to make giving even easier, here it is again. Enjoy! Now I'm off to buy my copy.

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Friday, March 09, 2007

Shaggy Blog Stories 

My old mucker Mike, aka Troubled Diva, has come up with a splendid idea to raise money for Children In Need, for Red Nose day (a week today in the UK). He's putting together an instant anthology of blog writing, to be called 'Shaggy Blog Stories', which will be published next Friday (proper print published, with a designed cover, via the wonders of digital technology). An appearance in the book is open to all UK bloggers (resident or abroad) and entries (taken from your blog archive) should be briefish (max 1,000 words, though exceptionally, 1,500 - no images or html) and, it being Red Nose Day, funny. If you want to contribute, the deadline is 6pm UK on Wednesday March 14th, but the earlier the better. Full details are here and you can post your entry to mikejla@! (remove the ! after the @). I'll post how to pay for the book on Red Nose Day itself. In the meantime, if anyone can find a single funny entry in my archives, please let me know, or I'm stuffed!

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