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All ye fanficcers, get ye over to Whatever RIGHT NOW and read about the
Wil Wheaton/John Scalzi facfic contest.

Behold the image:  a painting of Scalzi as an Orc, and Wil in a clown sweater astride a flying unicorn cat, caught a dramatic albeit confusing tableau.  Does this inspire your creative juices?  You have until June 30th to write something about it -- 400 to 2,000 words -- and submit it to them, one entry per person.  (That means a quadrabble is legit!  Go for it, wabbit!)

The winning entries will be professionally published.  As in paid.  The stories, plus stories written by Scalzi, Wheaton, Catherynne Valente and Patrick Rothfuss, will be collected into a chapbook and sold as a fundraiser for the Lupus Foundation of America.

Obviously, RPF is allowed (although it's kind of stretching the term once you get the Orc in there), but they are specifically prohibiting slash in submitted fics.  I suspect their respective wives might have something to do with this (and I don't blame them, y'know).

Fame!  Fortune!  Flying unicorn cats!  And Wil Wheaton and John Scalzi!  Let's do it!!!1!

May 2010
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curuchamion From: curuchamion Date: 31st May 2010 21:24 (UTC) (Link)
That really makes me wish I knew anything about either of the guys involved beyond the clown sweater (which I've seen before - I used to know how Wil got it, but my brain's a sieve these days).
curuchamion From: curuchamion Date: 31st May 2010 23:20 (UTC) (Link)
Correction: got photographed in it. (Told you my brain's a sieve.)

The winner will be some very clever writer who not only comes up with a hilarious and halfway-plausible scenario but knows enough about both guys to do clever satirical characterization with subtle in-jokes. I can't write it, but I'd love to be a fly on the wall at the judging!
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 31st May 2010 23:37 (UTC) (Link)
At least we'll all have the opportunity to read it -- and make a contribution at the same time.

One commenter on Whatever bemoaned the thought of the resulting slush pile.
studyofrunning From: studyofrunning Date: 31st May 2010 23:01 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know anything about these people, but that's awesome and I want in on it.
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 31st May 2010 23:23 (UTC) (Link)
As a teenager, Wil Wheaton played Wesley Crusher, the Mary Sue kid on Star Trek TNG. He's now a notable geek blogger and author, as well as continuing to make TV appearances. He did a hysterical set of tongue-in-cheek commentaries on the first season of Star Trek TNG, mostly making fun of his own character.

John Scalzi is a best-selling science fiction author; his blog, Whatever, is one of my daily must-reads. He's made some outstanding posts on writing, publishing, and surviving as a creative person in the real world. He's also the current president of SFWA (Science Fiction Writers' Association) and has blogged before this on the theme of "I'm a pro and I think fanfic is cool".
studyofrunning From: studyofrunning Date: 31st May 2010 23:56 (UTC) (Link)
I've heard of Wil Wheaton, but somehow I've never read his blog or those reviews.

John Scalzi is a new name to me. He sounds really cool.
jackwabbit From: jackwabbit Date: 1st June 2010 00:32 (UTC) (Link)
Saw this on Twitter yesterday. Died.

In. In. In. In. In.

That is all.

What I'll write? No clue. But I will write!
lothithil From: lothithil Date: 1st June 2010 02:57 (UTC) (Link)
This should be interesting! :D
From: agentmeerkat Date: 1st June 2010 05:42 (UTC) (Link)
...Flying unicorn cats...? Huh...?
From: agentmeerkat Date: 1st June 2010 05:47 (UTC) (Link)
Never mind, I figured it out. Creepy. I'm scarred for life.
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 1st June 2010 05:48 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Scalzi has Much to Answer For today.
lolmac From: lolmac Date: 1st June 2010 05:47 (UTC) (Link)
Follow the link, and you'll see the picture. It's kind of an insane unicorn pegasus hippogriff kitten. And Wil Wheaton is riding it. Srsly.
From: agentmeerkat Date: 1st June 2010 06:03 (UTC) (Link)
Yes. I saw the pic...please excuse me while I find a private place to vomit...
alternatealto From: alternatealto Date: 1st June 2010 23:44 (UTC) (Link)

But teh kitteh is cuuuuuuuuute!! How can u not luv teh Cute?

Especially the insanely gleeful and maniacal version of Cute that the picture epitomizes?

From: agentmeerkat Date: 2nd June 2010 01:30 (UTC) (Link)
I guess it might grow on me...if I can get past the gag reflex first...
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