Daily Archives: March 3, 2008

Who Needs Sleep?


In an effort to curb the insomnia, I tried going to bed tonight as soon as I felt remotely tired, which ended up being 9 pm. It felt good to go to bed early and know that waking up at 8 am wouldn’t feel as rough. I’d be more alert, bright-eyed and, well, you get the picture. My brain, however, had other ideas. When my clock hit 1:30 am, my eyes popped open and I felt wide-awake and ready to go. I tried laying there, willing myself back to sleep, but to no avail. Finally, I decided to grab my computer and sit in my bed doing scholarship and grant research — might as well make effective use of my insomnia. Most of the stuff I found was crap, until I got to this interesting gem:

Win a $5,000 scholarship towards your Masters Degree!
The Writers of the Future Contest chooses fiction, fantasy and science fiction short stories written by aspiring writers looking to further their writing career through education.

Sounds good so far, right? Then, I clicked to read about the contest history:

Established in 1983 by L. Ron Hubbard expressly for the aspiring writer … books.jpg

And that’s where red flag number one was raised. The rest of the page went downhill, tell you in order to enter, you must read and comment on L. Ron Hubbard’s book, which, conveniently, you could purchase at several different links available on the page. I closed out the window once I read the words, “act now!”

I’d rather not become the Tom Cruise of the writing world.