#WeekendCoffeeShare: In Which Allison Wins and I’m Judging a Writing Contest


If we were having coffee, I’d be cleaning the house a bit, so I’d likely ask you to bring your coffee and sit while I give the pup a bath and clean the bathroom and kitchen. I should’ve done all of this yesterday, of course, but I was Busy Doing Nothing…And maybe playing a few video games. Anyway, Tank is pretty good during bath-time, so you’ll be plenty safe as long as you stay outside the Splash Zone.

My friend Cat and her family are visiting tonight to watch Alabama/LSU football game. She’s the only one who cares much about the game, but she’s entertaining enough in her own right–avid football fan is putting it mildly, and rabid fan is closer to the truth. ūüėČ Anyway we’ll be watching the game with a few beers in hand while the kids play video games and hang out, and I’m looking forward to the evening. Cat has been my friend since before I can remember, and it’s such an amazing thing to finally be back in the same place together, raising our families together. We celebrated her birthday this week, so forgive me if I’m a bit on the mushy side—I suppose it hasn’t dissipated yet.

The weather tonight is supposed to be poor again, which is unfortunate—the book festival we were taking the kids to was cancelled, as was the birthday party Little Jedi was supposed to attend. At least we did have several good days of sunshine this week. I’m still feeling the depression quite a bit, though the sunshine and getting some writing done have both helped.

As I mentioned early this week, I’ve been suffering from writer’s block recently. Part of the trouble is that¬†I’m having trouble thinking of what to say, but in another sense the problem is really that I have to make myself do the difficult work of sitting down and writing through the shitty parts. I think I made a bit of progress toward the end of the week, which was a nice feeling.

In the coming week, I’ve got a lot of writing plans, and I’ve got some reading plans. I want to start reading more of the NanoPoblano participants’ blogs, so I’m making myself a schedule to start reading more blogs. I’ve become lax about that over the past few months, but I really enjoyed reading other bloggers’ work when I first started PTM. Nablopomo is a good time to get myself back into the habit of that.


If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m happy to say that Allison has won the October Go Play Challenge! She completed 31 challenges. The Geek Couple and Corina were next, with 18 and 15 challenges completed respectively, and Nerd in the Brain, Behind the Willows Clan, and Kay Nyman round out competitors with 8, 6, and 3 challenges completed. I’m super-happy that you guys participated in the challenge, and I hope everyone had fun! If you have ideas or suggestions about the challenge, please e-mail me at parttimemonster_dg@yahoo.com! Since this is the first time I’ve done anything like this on the blog,¬†I’d love to hear from you!

And speaking of things on the blog—I managed to meet my goals for national blog posting month and posted every day this week, though the content wasn’t quite what I had planned.¬†Regardless, I at least met my goal. This week’s goal is a bit bigger, so we’ll see what happens.

On Monster Monday, Alex will be here in the a.m., and I’ll be posting another small post on Monday afternoon. I want to keep up with my own posting for nablopomo, but I don’t want to interrupt the flow of the blog, either.¬†Top Ten Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday will be back, too.


If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’ve been given the awesome chance to judge a writing competition that will benefit Shawna Ayoub Ainslie’s family as they work toward getting her son Noah a service dog. Noah is nine, and he has severe Autism-related anxiety. A service dog would protect Noah and comfort him during times of high-anxiety. Service dogs are specially trained to recognize signs of attacks in their owners and to help minimize those effects.

Noah has been matched with a four month old poodle named Appa. ¬†But service dogs are expensive. There are costs associated with breeding, training, and housing dogs, and insurance doesn’t help.

I’ll be involved with judging The (De)Caffeinated Confessions Writing Competition. You can find the rules here.

The way this writing competition works to help Noah and Appa is this: a $15 submission fee is required to enter the contest. All submission fees will go *directly* toward helping pay expenses associated with getting Appa home. You can submit as many times as you like while the contest is open, but please observe the contest rules regarding content—

From the Submittable:

Consider this the Olympics of caffeine.¬†I want your funniest, craziest, most unexpected, wild-ride, true or false¬†caffeine stories. Don’t tell me which is which.¬†What happened when you didn’t get your coffee first thing in the morning? What about when your tea wasn’t herbal like you thought?¬†Give me your decaffeinated mishaps, your bumblings and stumblings and coffee tummy rumblings.¬†Offer them up steaming with humor. Cream and sugar? As you like it. But pour me a cup and make it funny. I expect to laugh.

The Gold winner will receive a not-so-humble coffee bundle and optional publication in the e-zine On the Verge with Shareen Mansfield. Silver and Bronze prize winners will also be selected and rewarded for writing excellence.

  • One story per submission.
  • Submissions should not exceed 2000 words.
  • Submissions should be in pdf or¬†docx format.
  • Do not put any identifying information in your submission document. Judging will be blind.
  • This competition is open to all ages. Kids, go ahead and share your parents’ embarrassing decaf moments with their permission.
  • Submissions should make me laugh and say, “Hey, me too.” The best writing is universal. The best caffeine is any caffeine.
  • You are welcome to submit as many times as you want. After all, this is a fundraiser!

What to check out Shawna’s site or the other Four Paws for Noah writing competition? Go here.


And now, I leave you to hop around and visit one another, and I’m coming to visit you, too. I missed my weekly visits while I was off doing Halloween-y things, so my reading-more-blogs starts with making the coffee rounds. Meanwhile, link up your posts below, and use the #weekendcoffeeshare tag on Facebook and Twitter!



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