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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)

TITLE: Scorned
By Author Unknown
~3rd Place


Dear Juan Teurite,
Consider this letter our goodbye. Youíll find all your things in a heap by the maple tree in the front yard. You know the place, where you met her. Yes, I mean all your things. Your pens, your sticky notes, your journals, and your USB drives, itís all out there.

Iím fed up. Iím through with this. I wonít wait a minute longer for you to come home and hit return, to wiggle the mouse, or to open my file. Iím done.

You told me once you loved me. You promised youíd be faithful, working only with me. You said youíd be with me to the end. Now look at you. You couldnít even make it to chapter three before you found her. Heck, I wish I could say it was just her, but youíve had one short story after another. I feel so betrayed.

I know I was delusional to think it could just be us. Everyone knows writers are the most unfaithful lot, but I thought I meant more to you than that. I thought itíd just be you and me all the way to chapter forty-three.

I even thought God brought us together. That together, you and I would bless the socks off readers the world over. What a joke. Youíve gave up on our purpose and me a long time ago.

Iíve considered throwing myself into the shredder. Iíve considered asking the little boy who runs around your office to come over and take a fridge magnet to the hard drive, but I couldnít do it. Do you know why? I donít deserve it.

I deserve someone who will treat me right. I deserve someone who will bring out the best in me, someone who sees all of my potential.

You think Iím a lost cause donít you? Well, I donít care. I donít need you anymore. My dream writer is out there.

What's that? Donít you think I can attract someone new? Well, honey, clearly you have forgotten about my captivating plot curves, my scintillating prose, and my deeply dramatic theme. Oh, Iíll woo, and I wonít have to woo long, either.

I know my destiny. It is waiting for me on a cozy, but brightly lit, and prominent bookshelf at Cairnes & Dobles. I can see it better than I can see my protagonist. Iíll be there, sporting a fetching matte jacket with an understated though stunning scene. Fingers will flicker across my jacket so often that theyíll have to put a fresh copy in front every day.

You, on the other hand, will walk in frumpy and disillusioned. Once you realize the others have left you dry and blocked for new material, youíll come in wandering and glossy-eyed, to cast a jealous gaze at all that might have been.

Thatís when youíll see me. I wonder what youíll notice first. Will it be my new title? A title that better grasps my essence than one you could have concocted. Maybe itíll be his name, in bold, Cambria font, just below ďnovel byĒ. Whichever it is, I know one thing, that you will be insanely jealous. I hope the very sight of me heaves your stomach. I hope youíll have to leave the bookstore green, sprinting, and broken.

You donít get to keep me. Youíve lost that right. I am moving on. By the time you find this note, Iíll be gone.

Good riddance!
Mannieu Scrippe

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Benjamin Graber05/06/10
So creative! I really love the POV of this one!!!
Lisa Keck05/06/10
Wow, makes me want to send my fiction novel roses and apologize for spending time with my non-fiction writing lately. Very good.
Kristi Peifer05/06/10
This was great! The jilted manuscript writes a Dear John letter. I love it!
Dana McReynolds05/06/10
I love every part of this.
Laura Anne Harrison05/06/10
I love this!
Catherine Craig 05/07/10
What a hoot! Personifying that doggone frustrating manuscript we all have at some point that doesn't ever seem to go anywhere. Kudos!

Catherine Craig
Joanne Sher 05/08/10
This is so INCREDIBLY clever! Just ADORE this piece. Must have been loads of fun to write. Hope it does VERY well.
Jan Ackerson 05/08/10
Superb voice! And I love the punned names. This was great fun.
angelos2 wark05/08/10

What a twist on topic.
Best read i've had all day.
Thanks. Great piece.
Amanda Deed 05/08/10
I love your characterisation of the manuscript as the jilted lover. All writers must be able to relate at one point or other! Thanks.
harvestgal Ndaguba05/10/10
Love the tone. Fun to read too. I enjoyed this.
Mildred Sheldon05/10/10
All I can say is superb. I loved this and I hope one day to be in your class. WOW
Eliza Evans 05/11/10
I LOVE THIS!! Total enjoyment.

Wonderful, Fantastic FUN. Fresh and creative with so many superb details!! The "Anna Karenina" shredder remark is priceless along with many others.

Absolutely ADORE the voice. "She" totally rocks! :)

Extremely well done!!

Gerald Shuler 05/11/10
You have exposed me as the literary cad I have always been! Many are my past creative attempts, tossed aside for better ideas, that have now formed a firm opposition to me simply because I threw them in the trash. But I really didn't know my forgotten writings were so bitter about it. Do forgotten writings ever forgive?

Excellent... Excellent... Excellent writing on this one. Marvelous POV.
Beth LaBuff 05/11/10
LOL! Love this "woman" and her fury! ...and your creativity is amazing here! What fun!
Loren T. Lowery05/12/10
Now this is a creative twist if I've ever read one. Wonderfully written and oh, so believable with the scorn oozing out of each and every word.
Melanie Kerr 05/12/10
Loved it! Jumping into the paper shredder had me laughing! Excellent - it should make all us writers think about those stories we bagan but never finished!
Carole Robishaw 05/12/10
Very funny, Lynn. I wonder if that is what my forgotten manuscript is thinking about. I hope the drawer I dumped it in is secure, so it can't run!
Joanne Sher 05/12/10
Lynn - I know I've commented on this, but I have to say, AGAIN, how much I ADORE it. WONDER FUL!! You really have matured amazingly as a writer. SO glad I found this one.
Carole Robishaw 05/13/10
Congrats on your 3rd place EC!
Joan Campbell05/13/10
Congratulations Lynn. This was very creative and great fun to read.
Carol Penhorwood 05/13/10
Very fitting that this received such high placement.

My only red ink would be "you've gave up" and hardly worth mentioning in such an amazing piece.

Thoroughly enjoyable and creative!
Beth LaBuff 05/13/10
Lynn, Congrats on your ribbon (1st place!!) AND your Editor's Choice award!
Joshua Janoski05/13/10
If manuscripts could talk! This was hilarious! I loved every bit of it, and the creativity was there from start to finish. You masterfully executed this idea, and definitely deserved your EC and third place win!
harvestgal Ndaguba05/13/10
Wow, just wanted to say congradulations on your first place win. It was well worth the win.
Allison Egley 05/13/10
Oh, I love this. Funny, and yet serious at the same time. A great combination, and one that's hard to pull off.
Jackie Wilson05/13/10
Cpngrats on your EC placing with this wonderfully creative entry! Loved their names!
Bryan Rudolph05/13/10
Oh, boy . . . my, my, my . . . what a wonderful read! Bulls-eye creative, and a hoot to boot.

Congratulations on your 1st Place Win, Lynn.