Apologies for my general crapness of post over the last week or so. Damien Duff broke my laptop.
Luckily (?), now that I’m back at work, I can make good use of school resources and post from here instead.
The Sue Guiney Competition results.
It was a really close run thing, we had some excellent entries and I’m impressed that so many of you had weather rubbish enough to warrant sitting in front of a computer screen trying to edit your way down to 50 words.
Well done all you pastey pastey people.
In the end it came down to two which Sue and I debated for a while.
“Lauri’s is “right scary,” and Jamieson’s is heartbreaking. How to choose? Do we have to?” Was Sue’s thoughts.
But she’s nicer than me.
I think not.
There can be only one.
And so, like I said, it came down to “right scary” or “heartbreaking”.
And, well, you know me.
There are two routes to my heart.
And “Right Scary”
So, without further ado, the winning entry:
“An arm in the corner, a leg in the truck bed, the headless torso folded in the pink blanket- like a human slaughterhouse or a fun fair for serial killers, she smiles thinking unsuitable mother thoughts. The baby screams and she dreams about the silent deception of her first doll.”
A worthy winner so congratulations Lauri.
Lauri chose pages 155-160 as she chosen excerpt and so anyone interested in a pdf copy email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace remembers a special birthday dinner she had alone with her husband in London. Years later she can still recall each dish, each taste, and the important role that meal had in the realization of the shift in her relationship with her husband.
As I said, it was really close, so close in fact that, even thought there can be only one excerpt choice Jamieson’s entry was indeed so heartbreaking that I think it deserves to be seen by all too.
“I was twelve when my grandfather died. My grandmother jokingly said to him: Lets play 52 Pick Up! When he went to pick up the cards, my grandfather fell and an ulcer burst. He died instantly. I haven’t played any card games since that day. They remind me of death.”
Congrats to Lauri and to Jamieson and thank you to all those who entered, don’t worry if you didn’t quite manage it this time, tomorrow I’ll be started a new competition you can have a play with.
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