No such luck. Four bars of power and zero static. I put on my headset so I could at least multi-task.
“He---ll---oooooo?” I said, in my best static-y voice. “I can’t hear you …”
“MOV, it’s me. I know you can hear me. Hey, just eight questions, that’s it, then I’ll let you go. Come on, this won’t take long.”
I wanted to slam the phone down dramatically, but it was a cell phone. The only sound it made when I shut it off was a soft, whispery tune, like a beautiful bluebird singing a lullaby. No matter how fiercely, how violently, how emphatically I closed that cell phone, it was never going to have the desired effect.“What do you people want—blood? ‘Cause I’m out of that, too,” I whimpered.
“Oh, MOV, you are so funny! Eight questions. How can we improve things for next year if we don’t get feedback?”The only thing I wanted to feed was my Sleep Piggy Bank.
And the only things I wanted back were the last 30 days of my social life.
“Fine, fine, if you’ll leave me alone after that, I’ll answer your questions.” I felt like the sole witness to a carjacking, and the police had taken into me into custody for interrogation.
1. How’d it go? Make some friends? See, there is that good cop/ bad cop thing.
"Can I get you a donut, MOV?"
2. What were the highlights? I liked finding new blogs that were my taste (silly/ funny/ inspiring, and a little bit ridiculous).
3. Did you enjoy posting daily? You know, I usually do post daily, but it is self-imposed. I gotta say I did not really enjoy knowing that I HAD to post daily. It pushed me, but not necessarily in the best, most creative way. Plus, I was insane enough to do the challenge on two blogs simultaneously (the other blog is Word Cut —I did a travel theme).
4. Was time management an issue? You do know I’m Virgo, right?
5. Did you have a theme? My theme was what I always write: humor in the mundane. (I can find the funny in nothing!) However, I did try to map out all the letters in advance, you know, in case I forgot the order or something.
6. What about comments? I did stumble on quite a few blogs with word verification. Please tell everyone to get rid of word verification. Here is the link to my friend Stephanie’s blog (Clay Baboons). She walks you through turning it off.
7. Next year? Too far away to think about.
8. Advice for the hosts of the event? Yes! Please have the bloggers put themselves into categories and list them that way (e.g. humor, religion, sci-fi, cartoons, fantasy, family, etc.).
I was just getting started on giving him some great feedback and advice, when we were suddenly and inexplicably disconnected. That’s okay: I know he’ll call back next year.