photo by Robert McCaw.
With the winter storm and shovelling out every two hours, yesterday I identified with the white rabbit.
Today I feel more like the Lord Kitchener-style owl.
Each story submitted to the Weirdly contest had its strengths -- magic writing bits that made me go whoo! and tempt me to enthuse at length.
This contest, however, was set up as a conditional give-away and not as a critique exercise.
Nevertheless, I will post praise/critique/tweak if any of you wish to be subjectively dissected -- with emphasis on the subjective -- to explain what I liked/made me go humm about each entry.
Faced with choosing a winner among so many excellent entries led me to understand (finally) what was meant when they say that agents/editors look for reasons to discard submissions -- based often on mere personal taste/mood, rather than on objective standards.
Still, it was very hard. I liked nearly all for different reasons -- for high, ringing drama, for achingly beautiful lines, for endearing characters, for wit or style or voice, for their soul.
I even enlisted the aid of a qualified assistant. He had the same difficulty.
The winner of a copy of Weirdly: A collection of Strange Stories(Tales) is:
WRITTENWYRDD -- # 25.
Writtenwyrdd beat out Jason # 16 by a hair -- largely because I couldn't stop chortling over the sly line "Set, who generally chaired..."
Again, thank you all for the opportunity to enjoy and showcase your wonderful and diverse stories.