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Monday, November 18, 2013

Arlee Bird is the 2013 CheersFest Recipient (Dec. 9)


“Ever attended a Christmas party where you bump into the one person who was always there for you during the past year. You’d thank them for being such a RockStar, right?”
So began the inaugural CheersFest (aka AlexFest) when our Ninja Captain, Alex J. Cavanaugh, was roasted and toasted in December 2012.

Everyone, including A-Cav had such a great time that we’ve decided to do it again.

(Tears really big envelope with a flourish…)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the 2013 recipient of CheersFest is none other than Arlee “Lee” Bird.”

On his main blog, “Tossing It Out,” Lee describes himself, in part, “as a writer, speaker, entertainer, music lover, collector, husband, father, grandfather, friend, traveler, seeker of truth and wisdom.” He majored in English while at the University of Tennessee, has blogged since 2008, and currently has six blogs that delve into his diverse mind.
The original brains behind the annual A to Z Challenge, Lee can be counted on to pay it forward and is a well-respected member of the blogging community.
Hosted again by Mark Koopmans, Morgan Shamy, David Powers King, Stephen Tremp and The Ninja Captain himself, CheersFest 2.0 will go LIVE! Dec. 9, 2013.

In order to proper cheer (or roast) Lee, here are four questions for you to answer on CheersFest Day, but please keep the retorts short – (no longer than 20 words each):
·         Why did Lee come up with the A-Z Challenge?
·         If someone dreams about being a juggler, what does it mean?
·         Is a post by Mr. Bird worth two in the bush?
·         Who could play Lee in a documentary? (Living or dead.)

In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction using all these prompts:
·         Bird
·         Juggler
·         Challenge
·         Brown Jacket
·         Tossing
For Bonus Points:
·         In +/- 40 words, can you come up with a caption for Lee’s Facebook picture?


 As usual, the Very Demanding Rules of CheersFest include:
·         Join the Linky List *below*
·         Have fun
·         Post your 200 (total) word contribution ON Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
·         No, seriously. Have Fun!

Two winners – chosen by Lee – will each win a prize:
·         An autographed color photo of Arlee Bird appearing as the Court Wizard in the World of Fantasy Players. Also included in the first prize pack are an assortment of promotional materials from Lee’s show biz days with a personal letter and a brief history of his entertainment career.

·         A personalized graphics design from Jeremy at Being Retro for the winner’s blog. (Jeremy will design a header, badge, button, banner, or whatever might appeal to the winner.)

Excited to roast and toast our blogger buddy, Lee?

If so, the Linky is now open. Sign up and we’ll see you on Dec. 9th


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Ready to roast Lee! Will be fun on the other side this year. Maybe too much fun...

Unknown said...


I read about this over at Alex's and Arlee couldn't be a better choice! Unfortunately, I'll have to pass this year. I'm simply too swamped with other commitments. I'll certainly enjoy reading everyone's posts, though. Have fun!

M.L. Swift, Writer

Anonymous said...

Oh, this sounds like too much fun! Couldn't think of a better recipient too!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Mark .. Lee is going to have so much fun - I'm probably away at that stage ... but I'll enjoy reading ..

Cheers Hilary

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I remember last year but I'm out of town for few days at that time this year so I'm going to sit out. I will enjoy visiting the participants and reading some fiction.

David P. King said...

Oh, I'm MORE than ready to get this roast going! And I look forward to co-hosting this big bird with you, Mark! :)

Morgan said...

Love. Love. Love. Seriously can't wait! :)

Rachna Chhabria said...

This sounds super fun. I am looking forward to it.

Arlee Bird said...

Thanks for the honor Mark and company. Bring it on! I can take whatever the bloggers have to dish out. They don't even have to be nice, just so they're funny.

Tossing It Out

Donna K. Weaver said...

That was such fun last year. I can't wait to read Arlee's stuff!

Stephen Tremp said...

I'm glad to se Lee as the recipient this year. He has earned the right to be honored and roasted.

Oh what fun we will have!

Tina said...

Oh that's awesome! Lee is mighty deserving of being roasted and toasted and honored and talked about! Great choice. Count me IN.
Tina @ Life is Good

LD Masterson said...

I think Lee is the perfect choice. Not sure if I'll be able to participate but I'm already looking forward to some great posts.

Jay Noel said...

Hee-haw, this is gonna be fun!

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I think this is a wonderful tradition and am happy to see it happening again this year. :)

Elephant's Child said...

What a brilliant idea. Thank you - I will be watching with interest.

Unknown said...

Congratulations to Lee. :) You'll have fun!

Julie Musil said...

This will be so fun to watch (and read!)

Unknown said...

Arlee really does deserve cheering - six blogs?! I struggle to keep up with one!

Melissa said...

Is a post by Mr. Bird worth two in the bush?

I saw this on Alex's blog yesterday, and I'm *still* laughing about it. :D

It's a shame I'm going to be on hiatus. Y'all are going to have some serious fun.

Philip Verghese 'Ariel' said...

Nice to read this note here too>
Arlee deserves it!!
The right choice Alex
Let us wait for the D day. :-)
Thanks for dropping by.
Keep inform Koopmas (Mark) :-)
Best Regards

Philip Verghese 'Ariel' said...

Sorry I mean Koopmans !!! :-(

Michelle Wallace said...

I can remember how much fun we had last year!
Looking forward to "roasting" Lee!

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