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2012AD (Anything Different?)

30 January, 2012

As Queensland is getting flogged by tropical rain, and Cyclone Iggy is mauling the Pilbara, the time seems right to resume our Storm cycle for 2012, launching a new challenge on Tuesday as per usual.

Though before we get cracking in earnest, see how you feel about a few minor tweaks to the formula:

  • the formal contests (with weekend shortlist and medal ceremony) won’t be every week, but once or twice a month. A good way to keep our edge, as well as manage the backroom hours.

  • plenty of more casual whimsy and word challenges in between – much like the last few weeks have been. All fun and less post mortem.

  • maybe a chance for guest posts, or DIY puzzles, depending on your Muses.

  • open call for other Category ideas – reviving existing ones, or trialling the new. Any notions? Feel free to lodge your thoughts here, or offstage through the Email link.

  • One idea is Site-seeing, where now and then a new word-flavoured website (or web wonder) is nominated – such as our own Nib’s brilliant Die Antwoord spoof here – or any one of the English-y sites currently up for prizes in the Macmillan Dictionary’s poll. We check it, and swap impressions, or the trinkets we discover.

Anyway, that’s one idea among a dozen tangents we may try in ‘12. Always keen to harbour your genius, and hear your thoughts.

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