Join Us in Despair

You know when you were a kid and your diary was full of angst and woe-is-me-ness? That is what this blog is for. Lost your job, dog is sick, someone stole your parking spot, crashed your car, just generally glum? This is the place to put all that lovely grey and those long drawn out sighs.

Lists of sad songs. Depressing movie reviews. Top ten reason to stay in bed. All things not happy. Bring them here.

Are you sick, are you tired? Have you been sick & tired for a year? Share it here. Unhappy, gloomy, dismal, down in the dumps, miserable only. Did you have a bad day, a month... share. Not that tragedy and despair can't be funny, contributors are welcome to make their posts goofy, witty, laugh-out-loudable, just not happy or upbeat.

Would you like to be part of the DD&D project? Do you have a sad story, a rant, a poem of a lost love? Join us as a contributor.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Invite to Participate and the Rules

This is an open invitation to you to become a writer at Despair, Devastation & Dysfunction. You can post once a month (that is the minimum) or every day (that is the maximum) or any where in between.

Rules/Guidelines for Contributors –

1. Email me at themuse.honey@gmail.com asking to be added as a contributor and put in that email your gmail email. You must have a gmail account to do so but that is easy enough. If you don’t have a gmail account simply click on the Sign In option on the top right corner of this page, and get signed up. It might take you five whole minutes, and that might be too much stress, so really, just put it off a few days first if you must.

2. Once I have your email I will send you an invite that you accept and assuming nothing goes technically wrong, which it probably will, you will be ready to share your darkness with the blogging community.

3. Posts – you will avoid the inclusion of anything cheery, uplifting, or positive. You know when you were a kid and your diary was full of angst and woe-is-me-ness? That is what this blog is for. Lost your job, dog is sick, someone stole your parking spot, crashed your car, just generally glum. This is the place to put all that lovely grey. Are you sick or just tired, have you been sick & tired for a year? Share it here. Unhappy, gloomy, dismal, down in the dumps, miserable only. Now, that said, you can make it funny, witty, laugh-out-loudable, just not happy or upbeat. You can share if something happened after that was happy, but that should not be the focus of any post.

4. You may offer sad and depressing songs, wild rants about politics, essays about lumbago, poems filled with heartbreak, just a recitation of crappy day, you can go on and on for 1,000 words about laundry for all I care. Yes, you may write fiction or non-fiction (though letting us know which is which is helpful). It is all up to you.

5. Cussing to be kept to a minimum. If you need to use a F word (or any other similar profanity)… do this F*%#.

6. No sharing of any illegal activities you have committed. Unless it involves stealing stamps at work or something mundane of that ilk. Charles Manson is not welcome to share his evil darkness here. This blog is for those everyday icks and blahs.

7. No discussions of suicide. If you need to kill yourself please call your mom, sister, best friend, or an unlucky co-worker, or even better your local suicide hotline. As we here in the blogisphere really can’t do much to stop you from being that selfish, and really don’t want to feel that bad. Yes, selfish, suicide is selfish, get help!!

8. If you go two months without posting you will be removed as a contributor. Yes, even here in the darkest places depository you can be ousted from the club.

9. When you post add your name to the Labels for this post area under each post creation template, use the same name every time. Nothing else please. This will make your name searchable for all your posts. Unless you screw up and then you will get hard to find and no one will probably read your desperately sad posts anyway.

10. The Despair, Devastation & Dysfunction Administration reserves the right to edit (probably only for swear words) or flat out remove any post that it deems entirely inappropriate or a violation of the rules. No, you don’t get a vote. Though this is about all things melancholy, gloomy, sad… strangely it is meant to be a bit fun. No evil, demented or vicious (start your own blog titled that if you want).

11. While you may quote a story, or some other depressing bit, do make your posts yours. Just posting sad news stories isn't what this is about. If you want to use something sad/depressing/heartbreaking do offer the appropriate links and such.


Rules for comments –

1. Don’t be mean, hateful or nasty.

2. I don’t know, that's about it… if I think of something else I will let you know.

1 comment:

katwilkens said...

You crack me up, Laura, with your zany ideas! Now I can't wait until I have something really depressing to write about! --KW