This is Tyner Gillies.
He's a friend of mine, and a writer.
When he's not writing, he spends his time taking down bad guys, as a Corporal in the RCMP.
When he _is_ writing, he's busy doing stuff like this:
[That's him with bestselling authors Jack Whyte and Diana Gabaldon picking up just one of the many prizes he's won at the Surrey International Writers' Conference].
[That's the cover of his brand new book, published by Dark Dragon Press and just launching this summer.]
As a writer, Tyner is on a trajectory for greatness. But he is still capable of making mistakes.
He made one today.
[No, not the bad guy he disarmed and arrested. He did that completely right. By the book, you might say.]
The mistake he made was issuing me a challenge. Most words in July, head to head.
This guy's name might be on everybody's lips in the next few years, but let me tell you -- for this endeavour, he's gonna have to go through me first.
The challenge: Write the most words, as legitimately logged, in the month of July. Words may only include original works of fiction -- no reports, blog posts or other projects allowed.
The stakes: Loser must recite an ORIGINAL poem with the subject being the general splendor and spectacularity of the winner in a public location at the Surrey International Writers' Conference this fall, in full view of a large collection of other [likely heckling] writers.
In an outfit of the winner's choosing.
Tyner's going to be tweeting shortly [once he gets with the century and fires up his twitter account] and we'll be documenting this month-long drama on twitter with the hashtags #SSS2012 and #thisdaywewrite. I'll post Tyner's twitter handle here when he sets it up, and as usual, you can find me sweetly tweeting at @kcdyer.
We'll also post regular blog updates -- mine will be here, and Tyner's at his site HERE. As I haven't written a word yet this month and I think he's up to 2000 or so already, I may well have my work cut out for me.
We'd love for you to join in if you'd like -- race us to the finish and see if you can get more words than the winner. You'll be spared the public humiliation of an embarrassingly-clad recitation, but here's what we'll do. If you manage to beat the word total of the winner, we'll put your name in for a draw of a copy of my most recent book FACING FIRE, plus Tyner's new book THE WATCH. Just post a message here or at my Facebook page at the end of July. We'll give the prize away sometime before summer's end.
Join us! It'll be tons of fun, and a great way to get your current work-in-progress moving along. With prizes to sweeten the deal.
And you know what, Ty? I have a tutu with your name on it.