austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

Beneath this mask I am wearing a frown

So, and in news that folks who put my humor blog on their Friends page already know, the Robert Benchley Society announced the winners of their 2014 humor contest, and I was not among them. If there was a shortlist of finalists announced I didn't see it, and I haven't been able to find it, so I don't know if I made even the first cut.

I'm disappointed, as who wouldn't be, though obviously not heartbroken or anything. I feel like I've been writing better the last year than I have before, at least on average, and while it would be nice to see even more external validation --- WordPress gives me a steady stream of likes and page views, that've been generally rising with time --- I'm courageous enough about my own writing not to take something like this too personally. Also it might be that, funny as I find my own stuff is, my voice is developing far enough from Robert Benchley's that it doesn't fit the contest's aims quite well enough anymore.

Their four winners are posted over at the Society's official blog, anyway, if you do want to see who beat me. If you want to read the whole set of competitors, that's your business too. I won't tell you you're wrong.

Trivia: France's first professional ballerinas, at the Paris Opera Bellet company in the 1690s, were also among the first women to exhibit their ankles (and even calves). Source: The Essence of Style: How the French Invented High Fashion, Fine Food, Chic Cafés, Style, Sophistication, and Glamour, Joan DeJean.

Currently Reading: Russian Planetary Exploration: History, Development, Legacy, and Prospects, Brian Harvey.

PS: Reading the Comics, April 6, 2015: Little Infinite Edition, my fourth mathematics piece since the last roundup of these. Do hope you enjoy.


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