OK, first of all, this post has nothing to do with yesterday’s post at all. The title seemed to carry on well with it, so I thought why not. And the post yesterday was, in a roundabout way, to do with connections. So, this post is kind of connected to yesterday’s post by that virtue.

Not that today’s post is really about connections, but again, in a roundabout way it is.

Talk about waffle! Deep breath. Gulp.

Roundabout now is April 1st – somewhere in the world it is, in other places it isn’t yet. To most people, it’s April Fool’s Day. To me, it is day one of my super new challenge, 101 tasks in 1001 days.

Already I’m appealing for help!

I’ve started to add a list of the tasks I need to complete over the next thousand days, but don’t bother reading it yet… I’ve only got eleven items at the top, and one at the bottom. There’s a huge space in the middle that needs to be filled. And this brings me to my appeal.

No, it isn’t for you to come up with the remaining suggestions for me, I’ll do that as time goes on. No, it is for help with task number 11, that I added yesterday.

        11. To appear in at least five random short stories on other people’s blogs

There’s no timescale for this (well, there is, it’s a thousand days from April 1st 2012)  to be completed, so it doesn’t need to interfere with any current writing projects or arcs you currently have on-going. It isn’t a competition, so there isn’t a prize, but I will post your story on this blog as a ‘guest post’* – something I have never done before. The story doesn’t need to be of any great length, and can be around any subject of your choosing.

Bear in mind that I have the body of a Greek God, many super-heroic abilities, occasional vampire tendencies, time-travel experience with a supernatural pull to the Seventeenth Century, various Inner Beings who try to take over my persona, and exceptionally unruly (at times) hair. I live in a Mansion that crosses the border between Reality and Surreal Reality that contains rooms even I haven’t seen yet. And I love to fly and soar through the wonders of the Universe.

I don’t mind how you portray me in your story, but the better you make me appear the more to the truth you will be. No! Only joking. Honestly. I’m actually leaving the handling of my on-line character in your hands. Can you actually say you have been given this much trust from a virtual ‘stranger’ at any time before? My Inner Child smiles as he says “Be kind”.

Now. The rules.

I don’t do the award things because of the rules, but this isn’t an award thing.

The challenge is that I appear in at least five stories on other blogs, so you will have to write about me on your blog. Sorry about that. And link back to my blog, if you feel the need.

Once you have published your story, I will then publish it on my blog, with a link back to your blog.

*If, by some random fluke, every blogger on the planet decides to take part in this challenge, I may not be able to publish every story on this blog. I will need to post my own posts as well, so I apologise in advance if this happens. Even superheroes have to do their day jobs.

And really, them’s the rules. If you would like to help out, please have fun writing. This is meant to be a fun challenge, so go and enjoy!

Please let me know if you are interested in helping me with this challenge, either in the comments or by email or telepathy. My telepathic skills aren’t the best, I’ll admit, but at times they are on par with my email service.

If you are interested in participating in the 101/1001 challenge, click here for more details – actually frequently asked questions provided by Sarah, the lady behind the challenge.

Oh, and White Rabbits! Happy April!!!

Posted by Tom Merriman

A future writer living in the present day

22 Comments

  1. Happy April Fool’s Day! This sounds like fun 😉
    Red.

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    1. Happy April Fool’s Day to you too, Red!
      I don’t know if this will work or not, which was why I set the target to only five. It may be one of the tasks that’ll be changed as time moves on…

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      1. I think I just got roped into A-Z….

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        1. I roped myself into an A-Z challenge last January, Red. It was fun to start off with, but then grew all the more challenging. By X I had given up! I think I’d decided to stop at W, so I wouldn’t reach X. Hope you enjoy yours! 🙂

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          1. If I could only find the official sign up sheet I would be in business.

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  2. It just so happens that was thinking about adding another script similar to the Knights of Ravenwood Castle, actually I have renamed that posting so many times since writing it in 2008 that it could be the Castle of Ravenwood Knights or even the Ravenwood Castle of…

    Well you get the picture but the main thing is, that I might be offering another one and as you are already a Sir I will be including you within the script, of course it won’t be just be about you so perhaps my offering sits outside the guidelines of your quest but either way I am hoping that it will be a jovial adventure nonetheless 🙂

    Enhoy your day and evening Sir Aquatom and good hunting…

    Androgoth

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    1. Please note:

      There won’t be as many typos in the story either…
      My keyboard has totally lost it me thinks 😦 😦 😦

      Androgoth

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      1. Andro, my typing skills are amazing the second time around! 😀 Don’t worry about typos!

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    2. Not at all. My challenge is for me to appear in a story, so leading role, bit part, supporting character, character in flashback or dream sequence, signature on a letter or name mentioned in passing all count, Andro!
      I look forward to reading your forthcoming tale!
      Enjoy your Sunday as well! 😀

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  3. What an interesting challenge! I like the way you think.

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    1. Thanks, Tilly. I only wish that I could think of a few more fun tasks! 😀

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  4. Well, how exciting, Tom. I can’t think of a nicer bloke to write a story about.

    Now: research: I notice your posts are all beautifully organised up there at the top of your blog. Is there one with all the ‘you’ posts in it so we can all potter away and re-familiarise ourselves with some of the older posts?

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    1. Thank you, Kate, what a very nice comment to leave! 🙂
      As to your research question, I’ll have to see if I can arrange something. There’s the about me page, obviously, which gives the briefest run down of my Aquatom persona, and I do have a few posts which touch upon my ‘secret identity’ side which I could gather together. I’ll see what I can do… 🙂

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  5. Tom, I wish you well with your Challenge and anyone else who take up the Gauntlet.. I look forward to reading some interesting stories my friend.. 🙂 ~ Sue xxx

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    1. Thanks, Sue. I’m looking forward to reading some too! 😀

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  6. Ooo..have you already completed this task? I know I’m about 2 months late…but if not this sounds interesting and would like to take it up 😉 Let me know!

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    1. Hi Shree, no, it isn’t complete yet. I don’t think anyone has taken up the challenge as yet – not that I’ve seen, anyway! If you’re happy to go ahead and write a tale, please do… I’m looking forward to reading it!

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      1. Hey! I’m up for the challenge!! Just need some time to think up of a story! 🙂

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        1. Thanks, Shree… there’s still lots of time! 😀

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          1. Hey Tom! The deed’s been done. I’ve put a link back to this page so you should be able to get to it through that 😀

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