Since the first of November, I have had the exquisite pleasure of burying my disappointment with the election, in the speedwriting of a novel, I am calling "The Great Chain of Conversation", and which includes many of you, my dear and valued readers. If you wish exemption, please step forward and claim your prize.
You still have time to participate, and I would highly recommend it, especially if you have already written a lot this month on your blog, as you can include that within your novel, and simply write around it, collect your prize, and march bravely into the future as an award-winning novelist.
The key, folks, is that they don't read it. They just count it. But since you are a person of quality, you will want to make sure, for your own sake, that it was all written in the month of November '04, or that, if you do include any old work, that you also make up for it by exceeding the 50k hurdle.
The point is the magic of deadlines, and how they can create conditions whereby Parkinson's Law may find closure where closure might be otherwise ever-elusive. Parkinson's Law, as I recall, states that work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion.
You've got until November 25th to sign up, but it must be done by November 30th.
Hope to see some of you there...