All over the Lower Mainland and out on the islands, and across the continent, and throughout the world, writers are pounding out novels at breakneck speed. The 3 Day Novel Contest is happening now and if you haven't started your story yet, you better get busy. The 72 hours of the world's most notorious literary marathon are running out fast. They have only two more days to complete a work that will dazzle judges.

Can you produce a masterwork of fiction in a mere 72 hours? I know I can't. The last short story I had published took me years to line edit to my idea of finished and many more years to find a good closing line for. But, the power of a deadline never fails to amaze me. Hmmm, maybe I should try. There's still a little time left. Damn, you have to register ahead of time. I'll have to wait until next year.

I'm pretty sure the guy sitting next to me at the table at Blenz where I've been working all afternoon is pounding out his opus, and I know that on Cortes Island, a number of hopefuls have assembled at the Whaletown Institute where novelist Ruth Ozeki and short story writer Oliver Kellhammer are hosting would be Dostevskys amped up for the digital age.

I shudder to think of all the literary coffee that is being consumed all over the world during 32nd Annual 3-Day contest. It'll be worth every drop. Anything for literature! Good luck, fellow writers, and may the best story win.

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