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Short short story: a WW contest

A WASHWORDS CONTEST!!!!!!

Write me the shortest short story you can.

Winner gets a prize! (tbd) Reaaaddddy setttt gooooo.

In my “work” fun for DCBlogs, I noticed over the last few weeks that content across the area seemed to be… well, shrinking.

Chalk it up to the beaaauttiffffull weather or maybe (probably) I’m/we’re still not looking in the right place. DCblogs founder Pat had another thought: Writing reducer, thy name is Twitter!

He has a point; not only were there fewer (DC-related, clean, funny, sweet, or otherwise engaging) posts out there, but some that did catch my eye, were literally only as long as their title. That got me thinking….

Twitter’s “thing” is that you leave status lines of 140 characters or less only (think facebook, if you’re umm new to this whole interweb thang; or IM, if you are really new, or umm the p.s. at the end of a letter to your BFF (best friend forever) at sleepaway camp if you have NO idear what i’m talking about.

Full disclosure and/or comfort if you’re in that latter group: I had a brief romance with Twitter, early in my blogging time, and admit being pretty solidly in the “eh?” category now. But what I DO like about twitter: the simplicity, the parsimony of saying something in very few words and letters, as few as possible.

Many former journalists, wanna-be-writers, editors, readers of 8 million page reports put out by government agencies can appreciate that I bet.

So, with a nod to the loverly six-word memoirs, and sites such as this, I present: A WASHWORDS CONTEST!!!!!!

Write me the shortest short story you can.

Winner gets a prize! (tbd) Reaaaddddy setttt gooooo.

The fine print:

  • Leave all entries in comments and/or present a link on your blog.)
  • Deadline Next Thursday April 30, 6 p.m. (when I usually work on my Friday DCBlogs entry.)
  • My scoring algorithm is still in development completely at my whim, but I can tell you there’s points for story, points for short, and bonus points for working in Washington and words.

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Can’t get enough with the contests?

Here’s one more for you bloggery types.

The thing is, don’t enter anything tooo good. I’m hoping to win this one.

Wit in Twitter

Okay, you can, but tell him washwords sent ya. Dunno what twitter is? Daniel Smith over at SmithereensBlog does a darn nice job of explaining it all for you. And you should be on there! Really. When you go, look me up. Washwords. Have fun!

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So, remember the contest?

Okay, so now you’re learning some of my secrets.

1) I LOVE love LOVE starting projects! Finishing them… mmm… not so much. (Duh. I mean I’m writing this post during work hours time I surely could be putting to better use.)

2) I fear conflict and delivering bad news. How can I tell anyone they didn’t win?

3) Despite my snarky, grumpy, vitriolic side (grr), I genuinely do believe and see the good in everyone /everything. Awww. Really, I loved loved loved EVERY entry I got.

For these and other reasons, while the contest was FUN FUN FUN, I should have realized picking a winner would be… challenging, or as we say at my place of work, a Learning Opportunity.

Anywho, that coupled with travel and work demanding I do work has contributed to my delay in posting results. Also, I’m a giant slacker/ champion excuse-maker.

But I love you people, my loyal ‘logger friends, so…. I pushed past these Issues and am ready to announce The Winner of Washwords First Blogger Contest.

And the Winner is….

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