Friday, April 08, 2011

Backspace Query Contest leads to fisticuffs...surely you're not surprised.

The Shark, The Suzenator, the Were-Mer-Bear from the Lair, along with several other agents who shall remain under the desk clutching a bottle of Macallan 12 whimpring No Mo Query, No Mo Query nameless if not non compis mentis, gathered on Monday to read the entries for the Backspace Query Contest.

Each query was read by three different people who each voted yes/no.

Then the queries were separated into two piles:

1. The queries with three no's
2. Everything else

Each of us read the remaining queries, marking yes or no as we read.

Once a query accumulated three no's, it joined the pile of "not this time."

We were left with a pretty fair chunk of queries.

We read them all again and ranked them.

And then we had a fistfight.

Then Suzie brought out the firehose and threatened to melt me down like the Wicked Witch of the West.

Meredith Barnes leaped in front of me shrieking "no! no! She doesn't melt when you douse her with water, she turns into a REAL shark!!"

Suzie turned off the hose just in time.

Cooler heads prevailed.

We voted.

And we have two winners.

Congratulations to:

 Kris in Brooklyn

and

Joe in Florida!




I called them both tonight to share the glad tidings.

I love this job, I do!

21 comments:

Lisa Iriarte said...

I'm sooooo proud and excited for my husband, Joe (in Florida)!

kriswaldherr said...

Thank you so much! Very pleased and thrilled. :)

Eliza Faith said...

Grats to the winners! See you at backspace!

Rob said...

Joe is a great author, and has won or placed for several awards for his stories this year. Great choice.

li said...

It's a wonderful thing to have a job that you love! But, is it the joy of rewarding talented authors, or the fisticuffs that make it so fulfilling? :)

Marybk said...

Congrats to Kris and Joe! What a finish.

Joe Iriarte said...

Right on!

Guess I can stop refreshing your page every twenty minutes or so--you should notice a decrease in bandwidth costs forthwith. *g*

Josin L. McQuein said...

And THIS is the thing you choose not to put on YouTube! I vote instant replay for the camera.

:-P

Ari said...

Too damned funny! Congratulations to Kris & Joe.

Debra Lynn Lazar said...

Congrats to Kris and Joe, and thank goodness Suzie turned the hose off in time. NYC might have been able to defeat Godzilla, but it wouldn't stand a chance against The Shark.

Slush said...

Congrats to Kris and Joe.

Trisha said...

Congratulations to the winners!! :)

Marie Rearden said...

Congrats to the winners! Counting the minutes until Backspace...

Karen Dionne said...

How wonderful! Congratulations to the winners, and a HUGE thank you to our contest judges. You guys ROCK.

Lynn(e) said...

congrats to everyone!!!

jesse said...

kudos

Tara Maya said...

LOL. I would have liked to have seen the shark attack after the water came on.

kriswaldherr said...

Thank you all for your congrats! Am still so pleased about winning this. When I entered, I honestly thought, "Oh, you'll never win, but this is a good excuse to write a query synopsis for yourself." So this is beyond the icing on the cake. Looking forward to Backspace!

J. H. Bográn said...

Congratulation to the winners.
And thank God the water flow was turned off in the nick of time.
We have enough sharks...

Rick Anderson said...
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Rick Anderson said...

congratulations everyone.

No samples to see what we are up against?