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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Fame (05/10/12)

By Donna Howell


I am a woman who is a star in my own right. My boyfriend is too. Yes, he was married at the time he became my boyfriend, but we couldnít help ourselves. People didnít seem to mind. We have six kids now, three biological. We also adopted children from other countries to give them a better life. Iím even a goodwill ambassador. Oh, we have never gotten married, but we might some day. People tend to think we are a pretty wonderful couple. We think so too.

I was convicted of killing my pregnant wife. Did I do it? Well, maybe I just donít remember. I say no. I donít know how they were able to convict me. Maybe if I had cried a little more, and stayed off the phone with my girlfriend. Funny, she helped them convict me. You just never know someone. Iím just a nice guy who likes to go fishing on Christmas Eve.

Iím a young mother, or at least I was. Someone murdered my baby girl. They said it was me. I denied it. I loved my little girl, though I canít really explain why I continued to party and hang with my friends the week she disappeared. Guess I should have stayed away from the camera. People didnít understand. I just needed to unwind. Have fun. I was so stressed about my babyís disappearance. Yeah, I lied a lot, but that doesnít make me a murderer.

I built a multi million dollar theme park for Christians. After all, donít we deserve to have our own? Yes, my wife and I lived lavishly, but, we could afford it. Our supporters were very generous. I guess I didnít keep as close an eye on finances as I should. It seems we sold a few time shares we didnít have. The stress was great. Meeting that secretary in the hotel room, well, I just needed to relax. Guess I was wrong.

Hey, we arenít all bad! I was a cook when a famous talk show host hired me as hers. She loved my cooking! She invited me on her show to demonstrate what I could do in her home. Before I knew it, I had my own show! Good things do sometimes happen to nice people.

I was born into a rich family. A well known one at that. We dabbled in politics and I guess that became our mantra. Our name is so well known, that I have heard the media refer to us as U.S. royalty. Sad though, Iíve lost so many family members. Iím actually the only one left of my immediate family. I try to stay away from politics. I like my privacy.

I was just a young unknown when I decided to run for a senate seat. Hey, everybody has to start somewhere. Before that I was a community organizer. Crazy, huh? Well, I liked politics so much, one day I decided, Iím just going to run for president! They said I couldnít win. They were wrong. You know,I have a ďgift.Ē

I am fame.......

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C D Swanson 05/17/12
I really liked the flow of this piece. The "famous" people in the news, leaving their names out (good choice..made it more powerful) and the ending was perfect. You nailed the topic in a clever way.

Nicely done. Thanks.

God Bless~
Donna Wilcher05/18/12
This was enormously creative! It took me awhile to figure out what was going on, but once I did, I was very impressed with how you introduced this topic!

I guessed who 3 of them were, but couldn't figure out the rest...but that might be due to me not keeping up with the latest scandals.

Great job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/20/12
I think this is a great idea. I like the creative take on the topic.

My main suggestion would have been maybe to put some sort of a border after each paragraph, perhaps a line of stars **** to help show that it is a different story line because I had to stop and reread it several times before I got the idea of it.

I really liked the examples you gave. I think it was clever to show both famous and infamous examples. This is certainly a unique take and I enjoyed it.
C D Swanson 05/24/12
Congratulations! Nicely done. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/24/12
Congratulations on your ribbon and for ranking 15th overall!