*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.