he's a cyclist (Anderson)
he's the dreamiest (Buffy Andrews)
he's a contestant on Literary Chef (Lara Zielin)
These lines just cracked me up
"Criminal, the way Keith Kahla, Editor to the Stars, flaunted his textuality." (Mattew Masuccii)
"Oregano have another round" (Mama Bear)
"Slevin Brides for Slevin Brothers" (Paul C. Maurer)
“Lucky for me I’m fungi-free,” I said as I skimmed a manuscript." (Paul C. Maurer 10:08)
Some of you thought Slevin was a:
horse (Kari Lynn Dell) and (Katt)
dog ( Latoya Alloway)
chef (Melissa Emerald)
goon (Vincent Kale)
steel beam (Rick Anderson)
wild creature (Nate Wilson 9:27)
cat (Josin L McQuein)
card shark's move (Nancy Coffelt)
Rick Anderson's entry had brilliant twists on word usage:
Keith sat on Slevin steel beam number 187 looking at the Oregano Sissies occupying the office built by him and union brother Kahla Editor. ”To the Stars, with you all” he thought, aiming his Crash rivet gun for one lucky shot.
Crash Kahla, self-appointed Editor to the Stars, noticed Keith. “That guy” he said to the small number lucky enough to be in his presence, “will never taste an Oregano Slevin, or buy an original Keith …”
Crash Kahla’s brain grew “number” as it turned to oregano when Keith’s lucky shot of Slevin steel sent the editor to the stars.
You'll recall the contest asked for a story. A lot of you did pretty well with only 100 words!
Kari Lynn Dell
Paul C. Maurer (10:08pm)
Laurie Lamb (If Suzie Townsend was judging this would have been high on her list too!)
In the end there were two entries that really stood out, and I had to read them both several more times before deciding:
Kat Zhang's entry:
Day number 476.
I’m lucky the lamp didn’t crash into my face; a bruised face is hardest to hide.
The kitchen smells of the oregano I’d chopped before Steven came home screaming.
I force myself up and head for Mattie’s room—I have to leave.
Mattie smiles as I lift him from his cradle.
“Slevin,” he says. He hasn’t quite got the hang of words yet.
“Shh,” I say, his tiny chin resting on my shoulder.
“Slevin,” he says again, reaching for something behind my back.
“Slevin,” Mattie says.
I whirl around. “Steven!”
But it’s too late.
JDH's 4:47 entry
“I just don’t understand the advice I got from the Query Shark,” the author complained. “I mean ‘Slevin Your Oregano’? What is it? Some kind of coded message?”
“It’s an anagram, although an unintended one,” Keith Kahla, Editor to the stars, replied. “Janet’s computer suffered quite a crash. It did a real number on the Query Shark. The shark is lucky to have survived, albeit with British spellings.”
Keith smiled at the befuddled author. “What the shark is telling you is that now you have a shark-approved letter, you must take time to ‘Organise Your Novel’ with the same care.”
In a VERY close competition, the winner of the CRASHERS audio set is Kat Zhang. Kat, if you'll send me your mailing address, we'll send you the CDs! Congratulations!
This really was a lot of fun! Thanks to all of you who entered!