1.23.2012

#WeekendWritercize 2 Winner - Catherine Noble

Wow! What a group of entries!  I was floored last Monday poring over the entries, and am once again impressed by the quality and creativity that everyone exhibited.  You guys make me want to start the writing week off with a bang.

Before I move on to why I chose this week's winner, here was the challenge:

writercize: Put two people who you would not expect to see together in a room and see what happens. Write about where they are, their dialogue and body language.

See all the results here.

We ended up with quite the cast of characters and they were all so fun to read. 

Congratulations to the #WeekendWritercize 2 Winner:
Paris Hilton and the Dalai Lama

I chose this story because outlandish as the pairing was, the dialogue and circumstances felt very natural and true to their characters. I really enjoyed the humor and the light-hearted exchange.

Just look at the following dialogue between Paris' personal assistant and financial advisor.

Paris scowled at Meredith. She would try and change Daddy's mind about firing her when she got back.

“Never mind Mere-bitch,” Fran├žois hissed, “I happen to know 100% that he performs miracles. There's absolutely nothing he cannot do. Face it honey,” he placed a hand on his hip, “do you think we'd even know who he was if he couldn't?”
Catherine, please pick up your badge below, and congratulations!  I look forward to reading more of your work.
Honorable Mention:
Taylor Swift and Rooney Mara

I selected Rossandra's entry as this week's honorable mention because her entry read so smoothly that I could picture the scene immediately in my head. If the format were altered just slightly, I would be reading a play or movie script, and the actors and director would have an easy job interpreting the scene. I also appreciate how the tension builds up and then gives way to mutual adoration in the end.
(Note: We had a couple fewer entries this week than last, so I have decided to vary the number of honorable mentions weekly, depending on the number of entries and other variables. I could hardly leave only one out or award everyone ... though you all deserve recognition for your hard work!)

Participants:

Nicole (@MadlabPost) - Amy Chua and Jada Pinkett-Smith - I love how you interpret the ferocity of Amy and grace of Jada, both very powerful mothers who ultimately want the best for their children. I also found myself wondering who else might have been at that casting call!

Aurora Lee (@AuroraLee) - This entry is just a lot of fun! I like the nod to the partnership between Scully and Mulder that might have more than a few secrets hiding away, and Buffy's casual responses to being chased and faced with a weapon.

Christopher H Mitchell - Charles Dickens and Harry Chapin - I like the time travel element as a literary master meets a musician in a scene reminiscent of Midnight in Paris. My favorite line: He took the hand and squeezed it. It was surprisingly warm for a dead man. 

Thanks to all who played and read this second edition of #WeekendWritercize! Come again next week, and bring your friends! 

8 comments:

  1. Congratulatiins to Catherine and Rossandra!

    I liked the Hilton/Dali Lama pairing as well and must say, as a former Buffy fan who watched X-Files despite being creeped out by the show, it was fun to read Aurora's mashup. To this day, don't be surprised if you find me with a Scully and Mulder doll in my possession. ;)

    Thanks, Alana for getting me out of my comfort zone and into the fictional short story land.

    The Madlab Post

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    1. Thank you Nicole! I am so glad you joined in and had a lot of fun reading your take! I know it is not easy to venture out of the comfort zone, but I'm so glad you did ... and I always feel like for myself it sparks new ideas and connections to do so.

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  2. That was fun. I wanted a little different challenge. Look forward to doing more.

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    1. Thank you so much for participating! I really look forward to reading more from you.

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  3. Interesting pairings. I recall starting a story similar to this concept back when I was in high school, but I never finished it. The story was meant to be an allegory in protest of the Viet Nam War. Now I can't remember who the players were except that one was the President of the U.S.


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    1. It would be interested to go back and reread it, and maybe finish. Personally, I had in high school and I still have such a hard time finishing stories...

      (Notice the ellipses at the end even there!)

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  4. Yay! Well done everyone; that was a fun excersize.

    I'm so chuffed that I won! The other entries were excellent. :)

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  5. Hooray! I am so glad you enjoyed it. Loved all the entries!

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