Catherine Ryan Hyde Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 25 published and forthcoming books, including the bestselling When I found You, Pay It Forward, Don't Let Me Go, and Take Me With You.

           

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The Bet Rides Again and Again

Catherine Ryan Hyde

My horse, ItsmyluckdayOkay, I'll admit it. This year's Kentucky Derby snuck up on me. I didn't realize it was coming up this weekend until I noticed this tweet from madcap fellow author and Bet Associate Brian Farrey:

BrianFarrey7:13am via tGadget To add drama to #TheBet, I'm continuing to trash talk my fellow Bettees. @cryanhyde, yo mama.

I guess you have to know Brian.

This is the third year running that four slightly unbalanced authors, myself included, will bet the writing of a short story on the Kentucky Derby. No money. All stories.

It works like this. We each choose a horse. I chose Itsmyluckyday. Brian chose Revolutionary. Kimberly Pauley chose Fear The Kitten on name alone (Fear The Kitten is 50-1, so I hope you have some story ideas, Kimberly). Andrew Smith chose Oxbow. It doesn't matter if none of our horses do well in the race. For the sake of The Bet, they are only running against each other. Even if they are the four slowest horses on the track tomorrow, somebody will come in ahead of somebody else. The author whose horse comes in first doesn't have to (get to?) write a story, but gets to assign a story title to the second-place author. Second-place author writes a story to that title, and assigns a title to the author whose horse comes in third. And so on. The big loser gets to write a story, but not stick anybody with a title, which is a big part of the fun.

It's all rather odd, I know. But it's become tradition.

You can read the first year's (2011) stories by following the links in this blog post

2012 stories here.

Wish me luck!