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August 11, 2010 / Chersti Nieveen

finish the story contest

It’s contest time here at Literary Life Notes . . .

Remember those old stories where everyone adds their own sentence? Well, let’s do it!

So here’s how it goes. We’re going to start a story thread here in the comments. You are allowed to write 1 line per comment, with a limit at 4 comments total — no 2 comments in a row can be from the same author (and yes, I will delete your comment if this rule is not followed). Winners will be drawn at random. The first comment can decide the direction of the story, but each comment can change the direction.

Prize Package 1

First 10 pages critiqued by editor Rachel Giddings

Book of your choice

Prize Package 2

1 query critique by editor Rachel Giddings

10 page critique from Chersti Nieveen

Book of your choice

And just wait to see what the prizes are if we get over 100 comments!

Entries will be accepted until midnight (mountain time) Monday night August 23rd.  Two winners will be chosen, unless we get over 100 comments — in which case, more prizes / winners will be added.  First place will get their choice of prizes, then second place will choose, and so on.

So what are you waiting for? Fill it out!  And be sure to stop by the blog for more ways to earn extra entries.  🙂

Book Choices


GIRL IN THE ARENA by Lise Haines

JUST ONE WISH by Janette Rallison (signed copy)




  1. Karen Krueger / Aug 11 2010 2:00 pm

    Leave it to me to have a crush on the one boy in school with a foot fetish.

  2. Kevin Smith / Aug 11 2010 2:54 pm

    It wasn’t just a regular fetish, it was a full-blown in your face “I love feet ya’ll!” fetish.

  3. Jenilyn Tolley / Aug 11 2010 3:46 pm

    Too bad I’m completely terrified of feet–as in I can’t even be in the room with a barefooted person and I take showers with my socks on.

  4. Nikki Mantyla / Aug 12 2010 7:39 am

    Whereas Marty — the hunk with the fetish — goes everywhere barefoot: he runs marathons barefoot, does gym barefoot (gross!), waltzes through the cafeteria barefoot, even the bathroom.

  5. Rachel Giddings / Aug 12 2010 9:56 pm

    I went weak in the knees every time I saw him–but I’m not sure if it was from attraction or revulsion.

  6. Karen Krueger / Aug 13 2010 8:02 am

    And then today, out of the blue, he told me he was a Hobbit.

  7. amie borst / Aug 13 2010 8:30 am

    It made me wonder why I’d never noticed those extra large, hairy like Bigfoot, puss-filled, toe jam picked, ingrown toenail, disgusting feet before.

    • rbs / Aug 13 2010 9:32 am

      I’m still wondering about the whole “I’m-a-Hobbit” confession because he’s so frickin’ tall.

  8. Jenilyn Tolley / Aug 13 2010 1:58 pm

    Tall enough that I could barely see his twinkling blue eyes when I looked up at him and, hopeful that his dreamy face would keep my attention away from his toes, I accepted his invitation to Prom.

  9. taniamccue / Aug 17 2010 9:25 am

    But first, I extracted a promise that he would wear shoes, preferably not flip flops.

  10. amie borst / Aug 17 2010 9:36 am

    Or high heels – that would just be weird.

  11. Larissa / Aug 17 2010 10:23 am

    Unfortunately, he wanted something in return–he wanted to pick out my shoes.

  12. Nikki Mantyla / Aug 17 2010 1:35 pm

    And he insisted I couldn’t see them until he picked me up for prom, which made buying a dress just the tiniest bit difficult.

  13. Jenilyn Tolley / Aug 17 2010 6:24 pm

    So I bought five in completely different styles and colors, intending to return the ones that didn’t work.

  14. amie borst / Aug 18 2010 6:16 pm

    I just never banked on the idea that not a single one of those dresses would match the horrid laced-up, converse-look-a-like, sneaker-boots, in neon green with hot pink polka-dots.

  15. Leisha Maw / Aug 20 2010 7:35 am

    But they did work great with my bunion–oh so comfy.

  16. Karen Krueger / Aug 21 2010 3:00 pm

    But just as I was lacing them up, I looked up and saw a guy who looked exactly like Dimitri on Anastasia, and I was suddenly grateful I wasn’t in heels because now I can run away from foot-boy and go with this other dream boat.

  17. Kendra / Aug 22 2010 5:32 pm

    Only after five minutes with this Dimitri looking guy I realized this guy was a jerk, so I decided to take advantage of my new sneakers and I ran away.

  18. taniamccue / Aug 23 2010 8:15 am

    Alone, with hideous shoes, I decided to go to prom stag.

  19. Jenilyn Tolley / Aug 23 2010 1:09 pm

    It turned out that the venue was double booked with a boy scout award ceremony, so there were at least a lot of guys to choose from.

  20. sarahkay2003 / Aug 23 2010 8:33 pm

    And just when I was about to make a move on the forty-something scoutmaster with a tan line from where his wedding ring used to be, I had to stop and remind myself that this was JUNIOR Prom and I always had the Senior Ball to look forward to next year.


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