Sunday, April 29, 2007

The clarity of night contest update

The deadline for the contest has passed, and the voting has now closed. Hopefully, some of you made it over to take part in it and had fun. I know I did as always. Thanks again to Jason for holding such great contests. Okay, so you have clicked over there, saw 59 entries and thought 'WTF BD, you want me to read 59 of em?". Okay fair enough. If you don't have time for all of them I will suggest these five which were my favorites.

In no particular order:

"Without Rose" by Maht Wells

"Domestic Spirits" by Donna Gagnon

"Table for eight" by Esther Avila

"Weep willow weep" by WavemanCali

"Werewife" by Jaye Wells

And for what it is worth, my entry was as follows:

It's all relative

"Best $1000 bucks you'll ever spend and he guarantees his work. I know it sounds crazy but it may well save your marriage!"

"I don't know," Dan replied skeptically. "Look, your wife is driving you crazy right?" Constantly, nagging you about stupid stuff?"

Dan couldn't help laugh as Fred did a perfect imitation of his wife. "Rinse out the dishes before you put them in the dishwasher."

"Pick up your socks."

"Put the seat down!"

"Yada yada yada, it never ends, am I right?"

"Yeah" Dan replied dejectedly.

"Well, THIS is the way to end it! You call the damned number, and in a week or a month ALL that goes away!"

"He isn't going to hurt her is he?"

"No", Fred replied with a chuckle. "It's nothing like that. You bring this guy home to live with you for a while. A long time friend that needs help getting back on his feet right? By the time he leaves she will realize that you are not so bad after all. Here, check this out."

Dan takes the picture and looks in amazement.

"Is that your kitchen? That's disgusting!"

"Exactly! That is what he does. Before you know it, your un-rinsed milk glass doesn't seem so bad, and an occasional fart will be funny again."


"Yes really. He's a magician I tell you." Dan begins jotting down the number.

"By the way, Dianne no longer complains about the sex anymore either."



heather said...

all good stories on your favorites list, that was easily the hardest part about the whole thing. choosing just five. there were some seriously good writers there. on the next one do you want to place bets on first and readers choice? loser has to post a poem useing the winners name as an acronym.

Jaye Wells said...

Thanks for the shout-out. And congrats on the honorable mention. I really enjoyed your story.

Jeff said...

Congratulations on your honorable mention. I enjoyed your story.

heather said...

Congratulations Briliant Donkey!

see, told ya it was good. nah nah na nah na. *this is supposed to sound like a pain in the butt little sister, oh well, you'll get it. you always do.*

James Burnett said...

Nice concept and well-written. You could probably spin it into a full novel.

briliantdonkey said...

Heather: thanks, agreed narrowing it down to five was very tough to do. And don't worry too much the pain in the butt sister part pretty much comes into play as soon as I see the screen name.

Jaye: I appreciate it. Congrats for winning the readers choice award. Well deserved!

Jeff: Missed seeing your entry in this one. I always look forward to your stories.

JB:Thanks glad you enjoyed it.


heather said...
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heather said...

and to think i wasted capital letters on you! lol

Susan said...

I feel pretty today, BD. How do you feel?

I love your story, btw.

Susan said...

You've started a war. I would be kind of down but I was just thinking to myself what a wonderful day it is and wham..

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my what a wonderful day!
Plenty of sunshine heading my way
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay

briliantdonkey said...

I didn't start the war. You did with that "I feel pretty" comment that had me walking through the mall singing "I feel pretty and witty and bright." Lots of people looking at me like I should be kicked out of the man club immediately which was bad. Then the one guy offering me his phone number which was worse!.......not that there is anything wrong with that.


ohhh btw,,,,,,,

Ollllld mcdonald had a afarm eeeee iiiiiii eeeeee iiiiiii ohhhhh....

no,,,,no that doesn't work......

SMURFS! the theme from the smurfs!

Which upon further review is VERY difficult to spell out in this comment section.


Susan said...

Ok, so maybe I did start it. I am, however, the queen of annoying songs that get stuck in your head. How about the song that never ends? ya goes on and on my friend...

Were you twirling when you were walking singing it? In my head you were twirling around and dancing.

mr. schprock said...

Congratulations, BD. Jason got it right. Excellent work.

The Moon Topples said...

I liked your story as well. Almost disturbingly clever. Thanks for the mention (and, hopefully, for your participation in my fiction contest).

Thanks also for stopping by my blog last night and leaving comments. I've linked you so that I remember to stop by and read more.

Scott said...

Congrats on the honorable mention, and thanks for stopping by and sympathizing with all my whining. As Arnold famously said, "I'll be back."

christine said...

BIG Congratulations on the very well-deserved honorable mention! I loved that piece, it caught me by surprise at the end and made me laugh out loud. Always a good thing! :)