Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Change of Venue

I'm throwing in the towel and opting out of hosting next month's Bookworms Carnival. Why? Basically, I'm getting tired and terribly annoyed with the spam submissions I'm getting via the submissions form: mostly thinly disguised posts about get-rich-quick books or evangelical messages. It's been so frustrating! Do these people honestly think I'm going to provide a link to them?! Fat chance. I'm done. Kaput.

To those other few kind and generous folks who actually sent along a real post- one concerning short stories- I thank you and apologize. However, the good news is that I just received an email from Dewey telling me that she'd take over. I'll send along the links I have and if you had something in mind feel free to send it to her at dewpie at gmail dot com.

In the meantime, I had intended to introduce this quiz during the carnival next month, but seeing as that won't be happening, here it is. Though be warned, I must have been in a rather psychoanalytical mood the day I created it. Oh well, better than the pissy mood I'm in today.

Which short story are you?
Your Result: "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson

You have a slightly pessimistic outlook about humanity, and sometimes you find it hard not to be discouraged. However, unexpected twists in life at least keep things interesting.

"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell
"The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs
"Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin
"The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe
"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber
"The Gift of The Magi" by O. Henry
"The Overcoat" by Nikolai Gogol
Which short story are you?
Create a Quiz


Allison said...

I never understand with those quizzes why age matters? Anyway, my results...

"The Gift of The Magi" by O. Henry

You are slightly pessimistic by nature, but find solace that at least you are not alone. You like your stories to have a message or moral about life. If we just could appreciate all we have, there'd be less problems in the world.

Yeah, pretty much ;)

John Mutford said...

Allison: Yeah, they're a ripe piece of fluff and nothing more. Making them is a little wierd. You don't, by the way, have to weigh age toward any particular result if you don't wish to. Basically, you come up with each question and weigh potential answers towards your predetermined outcomes. For instance, I had to pick which of my short story suggestions would most/least likely be chosen by older people. It's all about generalizing and predicting really. Not worth much in any case. But hey, everyone likes a time-waster.

Chris said...

I'm The Tell Tale Heart.

Too bad about the spam. I hate spam. What a time waster. So sorry that you're not doing it. Short Stories are your thing.

Off to bury someone under the floor boards.

John Mutford said...

Chris: Me too. I think this was so frustrating because they were dumb enough to go through the trouble of filling out a blog submission form as if they thought I'd use it. Then I'd get an inbox full of submissions, which I thought I'd be able to use just to end up with that crap. Yes, it would have been fun and up my alley but I'll just continue on merrily with Short Story Mondays- they're far less frustrating.

Tell-Tale Heart, eh? Bit of a dark side?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Apparently I am the Gift of the Magi as well. Go figure.

You made this quiz? How very technologically minded of you! And how fun.

What a shame about being spammed like that. Stupid self-promoters.

John Mutford said...

Barbara: You give me too much credit. I simply plugged things into a template. See the "Create a Quiz" function above? It's very simple.

Yes, spammers suck. You know what though, it's not really the self-promotion that bothered me. If an author had actually written a short story and wanted to promote it through my Carnival, that would have been okay as it's on topic and I don't mind giving someone a break. It's the "How Can Women Compete In The Market Place" and "Why God Thinks It's A Sin To Have Premarital Sex" type posts that really spoiled it all for me.

Dewey said...

Your Result: "Desiree's Baby" by Kate Chopin

You are concerned with class and race struggles and interested in the injustices of history. You are also a little suspicious of those that jump to conclusions.

No worries about bowing out of hosting. It's very valuable to know that the spam thing is a problem, and I'd rather have had to find a new host than for you to have been made miserable with spam and not know about it and then inflict that on all the future hosts. So I'm just taking the carnival off that blogcarnival site and people can just email the hosts directly. And it wasn't a hardship at all; the first person I asked to take over this month said yes, so PHEW. I am sorry, though, that it was an unpleasant experience for you when you expected it to be fun.

HA HA I almost missed that silly tag for this post. :)