I’ve never judged a contest before.
I’ve judged lots of writing, just not officially. Or out loud.
It’s a lot easier to judge in private. Then you don’t have to tell others who is the winner. And everybody can think they won. And be happy. Joyously happy.
But, alas, I am the judge of this month’s WikiRandom Challenge. And I have chosen a winner (or two).
I loved reading the entries in the WikiRandom Challenge. My daughters, who both read my blog (one more religiously than the other – older child, I know you aren’t subscribed), read the entries and surprisingly chose the same winners as I did, give or take nine or so entries. 🙂
Before I go ahead and announce the winner, I have to say a few things. First, all of the entrants deserve credit. Our lives are busy. Our minds are distracted. But, when we give a few minutes over to a task, we can not only complete the task, but in this case tell a story. Second, I learned about love and lust and death, poison ivy and grubs, and yoga and hair dye. I love how three words inspire so many different responses. And third, I need to recognize the originator of our contest, Laird Sapir (check out her blog), not just for initiating the first round of this challenge but for her concise story in this contest that literally made my 15 year old daughter’s day. “Mom, you have to pick this one,” she said. Well, it was right up there on my list, but instead of the award, I give it an honorable mention.
I couldn’t pick just one. Sorry. There were two entries that really stood out for me.
The winners of the 2nd WikiRandom Challenge are, from different sides of the globe, Cheryl Byrne and Ellen Gregory!! Yay Cheryl and Ellen! Read their entries here.
I was right there with Cheryl getting annoyed at the damn landscaper and I was haunted by Ellen’s tale of the death before its time.
Cheryl, who should have a blog (my husband agrees, by the way, but we both love Cheryl more than life itself so maybe we are biased) but doesn’t, will not be able to host next month’s WikiRandom contest, but Ellen, who does have a very enjoyable blog (read here) can. I hope, Ellen, that you will take this opportunity and run with it. Maybe I can work out an exchange between you and Cheryl so she can offer her judging skills to the next challenge. Let’s discuss :).
If you haven’t yet read the entries, please do here. Every one of them was a story worth telling. And our blogger friend Mike Schulenberg needs somebody to appreciate his paper cranes (read his comment).
Can’t wait for next month’s contest! Touch base with me, Ellen and Cheryl. And Congratulations.
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