"It is an appendix of dubious facts, rumors, and myths. A repository of questionable knowledge, and an opportunity to dither about," explains Colonel Korsakov. The appendix holds information that is "unreliable or useless."
To this end, each knight of the Odd-Fish specializes in an area of research.
Sir Oort studies discredited metaphysics.
Dame Isobel--usual smells
Sir Alasdair--unlikely musical instruments
Dame Delia--absurd animals
Dame Myra studies improbable botany
Sir Festus researches ludicrous weaponry.
The main character's father studied imaginary languages.
Her mother studied obscure cults.
You get the idea.
1. Describe your own Odd-Fish specialty.
2. Write a short proposal describing how you would go about pursuing your line of research.
3. Funny is good; absurd is better.
James has agreed to assist me with the judging. In the event of a disagreement, The Wife (mine) will cast the tie-breaker. (I'd ask Vice President Biden, but he's busy spreading mass panic.)
Contest runs through Sunday night at 9 p.m. EST. Any entry after that will have to be really good to win.
The winner will receive the following:
- A personalized, hardcover copy of The Order of Odd-Fish, straight from James Kennedy's very own library.
- The Order of Odd-Fish soundtrack, which can be heard here.
- James has offered to critique your work-in-progress (or finished novel in a drawer-- whatever). He would like me to relay that he has never taken a single writing class. He has, however, promised to do a "diligent, careful, and supportive job." But let's face it-- anything he tells you is probably going to be more helpful than your Aunt Helen's feedback. He's got a high-powered agent, a book published with Random House, and he's extremely well-read, so at the very least he'll be able to give you his honest opinion as a reader and isn't that what really counts anyway?