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September 30, 2014

Presenting… the 2014 Story Contest!

I admit it’s weird to launch the 2014 contest while last year’s winners still remain unannounced, but October has come, and you’ll just have to trust that I have matters well in hand. I enlist your creativity, talent, and support, even as I am haunted by my own failings.

Wait a minute. What did I just say?

The theme for 2014 is… HAUNTING!

Now, what haunts? A ghost haunts, of course. Ghosts can haunt buildings or any sort of place, but can’t they also haunt people? Or animals? Or inanimate objects?

For that matter, is a ghost the only thing that can haunt? Can’t we be haunted by the past, when our own sins refuse to let us sleep in peace? Can’t we be haunted by unfinished tasks, unkept promises, unanswered questions? Can’t we be haunted, even, by something as simple and intangible as music? Surely you’re familiar with the clichéed phrase “a haunting refrain.”

So there you have it. Your theme is haunting, but unlike a phantom who may be trapped in one location or routine for all eternity, you have almost unlimited freedom with which to explore the theme. You will be judged on originality and thoughtfulness, and your word limit is 666.

While you start planning your entries, I’ll be exorcising my own demons by wrapping up last year’s results and announcing the winners very, very soon. Watch this space!

The complete rules and the submission link are right here.

September 18, 2014

Where We Stand

So here we are, officially in late September. I fell far behind again, for reasons mostly but not entirely my own fault, but now I’m catching up. I’ve reduced the backlog to under two months, which is a big improvement on the four months plus that it was a few weeks ago.

I’ve enlisted a trusted ally to assist me with finishing up 2013′s contest results, and I’ve also decided–damn the torpedoes–to go ahead and launch the 2014 contest on October 1 as scheduled.

You’ve stuck with me this long, and I appreciate it more than you can know. I don’t want to let you down any more.

May 30, 2014

Hello Again

Well, kiddies, it looks like I did it. They put a hood around my neck–though surely a garotte would have been more appropriate–and declared me an M.A., which must stand for Monster of Atrocities. But after four years of hard work, I think I’m pretty good at designing things, so if you’d like to check out my portfolio I invite you to pay me a visit at www.nathanrosen.com.

Now it’s time for me to climb back on the old shoggoth and get this site moving again. I have close to four months of backlog, and I’m going to work through it at a steady pace. And no, I haven’t forgotten about last October’s contest, either.

I have a lot of work to do, but it doesn’t scare me. Not as much as clowns, at any rate.

March 26, 2014

A Much-Owed Update

Hello, fiends. I wanted to apologize, again, for the slow pace of posting and for the long-delayed contest results. I promise that I have not forgotten you. I am currently in the final weeks of my Master’s degree program, and trying to fulfill my assignments on schedule while still holding down a full-time job amounts to one of the most rigorous tasks I’ve ever faced. One way or another, though, it will all be over by the middle of May. I’ll do my best to keep you all informed. I ask not for your pity–only your patience.

December 9, 2013

And… That’s a Wrap!

Well, kiddies, I just posted the last of the 2013 contest entries. You sent me 72 this year– that’s the biggest turnout since 2008! I’m proud of each and every one of you!

Now it’s time for me and my fellow judging staff to read our poisoned tea leaves and make some very difficult decisions, whereupon I’ll announce the winners as well as the prizes. Watch this space!

December 6, 2013

Slowly But Surely

I’ve read and posted tons of great stories submitted for the contest, and I’ve still got quite a few to go. Thanks for your patience, and I hope you’re enjoying these little treats as much as I am!

November 5, 2013

Thank You, Yermo!

My aforementioned genius coder friend, Yermo Lamers, has saved this site and my reputation. My gratitude knows no bounds. If you find yourself in need of a brilliant IT professional, or if you want to talk about motorcycles, look no further: miles-by-motorcycle.com/yermo.

More Bugs 2: The Buggening

I can’t fix this. For the first time, I’ve handed over the reins of MicroHorror to a genius coder friend, who thinks he can make this place pretty again. Updates to come soon, I hope.

November 4, 2013

More Bugs

I just updated WordPress, and things seem to have broken. Please, I need your help. If you see anything weird or incorrect on this site, even if you think I should already know about it, point it out to me. Thank you.

October 31, 2013

Time’s Almost Up…

By my reckoning, you’ve got less than eleven hours remaining to send me your 2013 contest entries, so you’d better pick up the pace! I’m doing a decent job keeping up with the submissions, but there are quite a lot of them, so I expect the final ones will be posted sometime in mid-November. Don’t worry; as long as Submittable confirms your submission before the deadline, you’re in.

Happy Halloween!

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