Thursday, August 14, 2008

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

*Update: Seems another bloggy friend was thinking along the same lines when he posted a few of his own GEBL Dark and Stormy favorites of the 2008 contest.

With a horrid sense of recognition, her eyes rounded wide and her mouth a perfect "O", the amateur humorist from the dusty hot northeast Texas cattle town ducked her shameful face beneath the wide shady brim of her sweat-stained Stetson and held the "delete" key hard and fast with her righthand pinkie finger; her blog filled with side-slappin' tales and heart-felt stories would be forbidden for she could not bear to be compared to Earl Bulwer-Lytton.

(Paragraph works best if "Lytton" is pronounced like "kitten")

Bulwer-Lytton 2008 Fiction Contest

Tip o'tha inspirational Stetson to Edward, my Californian erudite friend.


Pete said...

My personal favorite 2008 B-L Contest "winner" is this:

"Let's see what this baby can do, Virgil," said Wyatt, as he floored the Charger, brushing a Dart out of the way, sideswiping an oncoming Lancer, rear-ending a Diplomat, and demolishing a row of Rams before catapulting head-on into the sheriff's Viper -- realizing that we'd indeed missed the turn-off to Abilene and ended up instead, in Dodge City.

Submitted by Paul Curtis, Randburg, South Africa

Your own personal dark-and-stormy, by the way, captures the spirit of the whole thing beautifully. Nicely, which is to say wretchedly, done!

Cowtown Pattie said...
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Cowtown Pattie said...

Why, Pete, I'm tickled pink!
And your nice encouragement is worth far more than some ol' dumb contest trophy!

Thankee, kindly, sir!