No, that was not a typo in the title of this post. I'm practicing my trash-talk voice.
For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of The Bet, it goes a little something like this. Well, actually, it goes a lot like this. Author Brian Farrey read an article somewhere about Steven King making a bet that involved, rather than money, the writing of a short story. The "winner" got to dictate the title to the "loser." (Now I ask you, how can you be a winner if you don't get to write a story and a loser if you do?) He proposed the idea on Twitter to see if any authors were crazy enough to take him up on it. Fortunately for Brian, authors are nothing if not a crazy bunch.
Here's how it works: We each pick a horse in the Kentucky Derby. For the purposes of The Bet, they are--or might as well be--the only horses running. In other words, they don't need to win. They just need to beat each other. The person whose horse comes in first dictates a title to the author whose horse comes in second, and so on. The "winner" doesn't get to write a story, and the last place "loser" doesn't get to dictate a title.
My horse this year is the very winning California Chrome. I'd tell you their horses, but two have already been scratched and the bettors will have to choose again.
Stay tuned on derby day. And if you want something to read in the meantime, here are some links to my stories from previous years: The Art of Being Stuck Here, Uncle Mo Hold a Grudge, and Even Pidgeons Can Sing. Wish me luck. I haven't won yet. Then again, I like to write stories. So I'm not complaining.
Here's a little update to The Bet 2014. As mentioned, I have California Chrome. Kimberley has We Miss Artie. Andrew Smith, whose new book The Grasshopper Jungle is eating up the world, takes Hoppertunity. That fits. Brian has Dance with Fate and David has Wicked Strong. And so it begins.
And here are the results. I WON! Not only did my horse win the inner "The Bet" race, he won... well, the race. First time in four years. I give a title to The Bet newcomer David Lubar. David gives a title to Brian Farrey who gives one to Kimberly Pauly who gives one to Andrew Smith.
The title I'm giving David, in honor of California Chrome's intrepid owners, is "The Dumbass Partners." Go David.