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Chris Bridges
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So NYCMidnight.com is holding a contest for writers to craft Twitter-sized stories of 140 characters or less, which must include a supplied word.

So all of the entrants were split into 20 groups, with a different word for each group, and we all wrote (my word was "heaven").

So the first round now has been judged, and the best 15 stories of each group have been chosen, and now everyone gets to vote on their favorites out of each group.

And of the 15 chosen in my group, 2 of them are mine.

And now it's time for the voting. I'd appreciate it if you voted for mine (although there are some excellent competitors there). You can even vote for both of mine, if you've a mind to.

Go to the first round page and click on Group 1. Mine are the top two stories in the list. Vote!

Voting goes on till next Monday night. The writers of the 5 top stories of each group will go on to the finals, and I'd sure like to be there. I hear it's nice. Thanks!

(And check out some of the other entries, in all the groups. It's impressive what you can get across in 140 characters.)

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Voted. Just not for you.....


[Wink]

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Voted for your two and one other. [Wink]
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Chris Bridges
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As long as you voted, that's the important thing. [Smile]

On of my coworkers - the one who told me about the contest, in fact -- also has two stories up. I voted for her, assuring her that once we're head to head all bets are off.

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Voted!
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Voted for the "all dogs" one, I thought it was the best by far.
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Chris said, “Vote.” She voted. And voted. And voted. Then wondered what happened to that hour she was supposed to enter on her time sheet.
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quote:
Originally posted by Corwin:
Voted for the "all dogs" one, I thought it was the best by far.

I didn't get that one.
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I voted, and recommend the dog one, HI-larious!
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Good stuff, Chris.
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Chris Bridges
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Thanks, everyone. If you haven't voted, today's the last day. Tell your friends! Tell your enemies! Spam your loved ones!
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quote:
Originally posted by ricree101:
quote:
Originally posted by Corwin:
Voted for the "all dogs" one, I thought it was the best by far.

I didn't get that one.
He thinks he's been ordered to kill the dogs so that they go to heaven.
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Chris Bridges
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Woot! I made the finals! Thanks, everyone!

Next is the final round, where the remaining authors all get the same word. Wednesday night!

To make it more interesting, one of my coworkers also made the finals.

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lol sounds like fun! I'd say a bet is in order.....
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Congratulations! [Smile]
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Chris Bridges
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Finals are tonight, at 7pm EST. The 100 remaining writers get the same word and 5 hours to write up to 3 stories using it, in 140 characters or under.

I'm going to ignore the fact that I woke up with a fever and a sort throat. Or maybe I can use it! Writers are supposed to suffer!

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And the word was "tear." Wrote 6 stories, dumped one, and finally chose three to submit. I'll post 'em here tomorrow, after the deadline.
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Congrats! [Smile] Did they specify if this it was the noun "tear" (rolling down a cheek) or the noun/verb combo "tear" (rip)? Or did they leave that interpretation up to the authors? That would make it an interesting challenge...
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Chris, I'm so glad you are participating in this contest and sharing with us. It's a treat to watch and be a part of it with you.
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rivka
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ludosti, what about the verb tear, as in "she teared up"?
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quote:
Originally posted by Chris Bridges:
So NYCMidnight.com is holding a contest for writers to craft Twitter-sized stories of 140 characters or less, which must include a supplied word.

So all of the entrants were split into 20 groups, with a different word for each group, and we all wrote (my word was "heaven").

So the first round now has been judged, and the best 15 stories of each group have been chosen, and now everyone gets to vote on their favorites out of each group.

And of the 15 chosen in my group, 2 of them are mine.

And now it's time for the voting. I'd appreciate it if you voted for mine (although there are some excellent competitors there). You can even vote for both of mine, if you've a mind to.

Go to the first round page and click on Group 1. Mine are the top two stories in the list. Vote!

Voting goes on till next Monday night. The writers of the 5 top stories of each group will go on to the finals, and I'd sure like to be there. I hear it's nice. Thanks!

(And check out some of the other entries, in all the groups. It's impressive what you can get across in 140 characters.)

This is way more than 140 characters, disqualified
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And here's what I submitted, with titles added afterward for fun:

Last Call

"Aren't you skydiving?"

"Yup."

"You're calling from midair? That's sweet!"

"I love you..." he said, watching the tear in the fabric spread.


Father Knows Best

"But I loved him, daddy!"

"Wipe that tear away, honey. Other boys will respect you more."

"How do you know?"

"Because they'll see his body."


Anything for You

"You said you were too happy to write tear jerking songs?"

"Yeah?"

"I just stole your truck to go sleep with your sister."

"Oh, I love you!"


I also posted a few that didn't make the cut at my blog.

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Sad and sweet; horrifyingly hilarious; and just plain hysterical.
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Chris Bridges
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Woo! One of my stories made the top 25! Now I'm eligible to win the judges' award (that's entirely up to them) and/or the popular vote, which is entirely up to you.

If you're so inclined, please head to http://www.nycmidnight.com/2009/tweet/tweet.htm to see the 25 chosen, and vote for me if you think it's worth it (you can vote for as many stories there as you'd like). I'd appreciate it.

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There are some really great ones in there. Good luck, Chris!
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I thought most of the other ones were better than the truck one. The coupon one and the sewing one were both definately better.
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I voted. [Smile]

Apart from Chris's, I really liked the divorce one (but how horrible!) and the robot end of humanity one.

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There were some really good ones! I voted for you [Smile]
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I voted only for Chris...there were some others I liked, but I am nothing if not loyal. [Smile]
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Voted! Good luck Chris.
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It's kinda strange that they picked the word "Tear" as that can mean one of two completely different things. I guess the extra latitude is useful, but I would have liked them to stick to one word.

Voted for you Chris because I really liked it.

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Chris Bridges
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Thanks, everyone.

Of course, if I make the top 10 I'll get entered into their next Creative Writing contest, so I'll be shamelessly begging for votes again. Just saying, in case you want to take that into consideration [Smile]

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Voted, for Chris' and the Robot one. A lot of the others actually seemed really bad to me :/ I'm kinda surprised they were in the finals. They didn't even hold a candle to Chris' sky diving story.

And Chris - blast you, that story packs a surprising punch for 140 words...

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If I could vote (can't click the boxes; I'll try again from home tonight), I would totally vote for Chris' parachuting story. Beginning, middle, end; essential for any story. And so poignant it brought a tear to my eye.

The only others I thought were close were the two by Katherine Boboris (the robot one and "tear his heart out").

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I'm less discriminating, apparently... I voted for eight of them. (Chris's included, of course.) The only one of the 25 I totally didn't get was "If it weren’t for the tear, I wouldn’t be here." But maybe I'm just missing something there...
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quote:
Originally posted by Shmuel:
I'm less discriminating, apparently... I voted for eight of them. (Chris's included, of course.) The only one of the 25 I totally didn't get was "If it weren’t for the tear, I wouldn’t be here." But maybe I'm just missing something there...

... not [teer] but [tare]. As in torn.
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quote:
Originally posted by Fusiachi:
quote:
Originally posted by Shmuel:
I'm less discriminating, apparently... I voted for eight of them. (Chris's included, of course.) The only one of the 25 I totally didn't get was "If it weren’t for the tear, I wouldn’t be here." But maybe I'm just missing something there...

... not [teer] but [tare]. As in torn.
...sorry, I'm still confused. [Confused]
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It has to do with failure of contraception: if the contraceptive device hadn't torn (i.e., failed), the person wouldn't have been conceived, couldn't have been born, wouldn't be here.

[The ambiguity of this mini-story is intentional, I think. It's meant to provoke a moment of puzzlement and active engagement with the story by trying to make sense of it. But it's the sort of thing that is designed to make sense on the second thought.]

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Edited to add: I don't know what your personal preferences are as to details here, but that should suffice to get the gist of the story. Some people prefer (or take identity/pride in, even) not knowing the details of contraception, and for some ages such details are not appropriate, so I'll leave it at that.

If you want a more detailed answer, I expect you'd best ask explicitly, as I get the sense that is not where you really want to go.

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Ah. Gotcha. Thanks. [Smile]
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No prob. [Wink]
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Last beg: voting closes in 10 minutes or so. Vote! (Please.)
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re-voted [Smile]
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I voted, for the one about the tree, the superhero one, and your skydiving story.
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(Big breath) WOOOOO!

I won the audience award, and I thank everybody who voted!

Didn't win 1st place in the judges' award, but I did place in the top 10 so I'm entered into their next writing contest, where I'll have a little more room [Smile]

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Good job Chris!
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Woot! Great job, Chris.
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[Cool]
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Congratulations, Chris.
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I don't get this one:
quote:
About at the instruction to "tear up your CANDY wrappers and BURY them!" I began to suspect that this was a pretty sub-par ninja academy.
Chris,
I would have voted for yours anyway. I really thought it was the best. The judge's pick was just time travel cliche #14 in condensed form.

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I found the judge's pick to be pretty lame actually. I actually had ranked it in my mind as one of the lowest- groan worthy in fact.
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