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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Repeat (01/24/13)

TITLE: One More Time
By darlene thompson


If there was one man that fully understood the word repeat, it was Thomas Alva Edison. When he created his inventions, he faced failure numerous times but instead of quitting, he began again and again. His drive was relentless. He said, "Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration."

During his time of discovering the right filament for the incandescent light bulb, Edison experimented with platinum and other metal filaments but eventually returned to the carbon filament. His first successful test lasted for 13.5 hours He repeated the experiment and improved his design many times before he was successful in obtaining a patent on November 04, 1879. Even after the patent was granted, Edison discovered a carbonized bamboo filament that provided 1200 hours of light.

Edison developed many inventions. The phonograph, flurososcope, stock ticker, kinetoscope, two-way telegraph and many other inventions hold his name. Repeating experiments led to his success and opened the doors for a modern America. Edison was in the forefront of mass communication, telecommunications, battery for the electric car, electric power, recorded music and motion pictures. Altogether,
Edison held the patent on 1,093 inventions.

Edison was known for his long work hours. When he failed, he returned to his project and began again. Edison said, "I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

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C D Swanson 02/02/13
Great points with an important message. I enjoyed it. Thank you. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/03/13
I think you did an awesome job on this story. I found fascinating and full of facts that I didn't know before.

My only bit of red ink would be the number of times you repeated the word filament. I know they're probably are a lot of synonyms for it, though I did find a few like wire, tendril, fiber. Also another tiny thing I noticed in your opening line you say if there was but it should be were because this follows the subjunctive verb rule. It's one of those rules that is gradually fading into oblivion, but for now, especially for authors, still a good one to remember.

I think, however, you didn't overall fantastic job. You started out with a great beginning that motivated me to read write in till the very end. I also thought your message is a great one that we all need reminding of from time to time.
Cheryl Harrison 02/04/13
Edison said, "I have not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

I enjoyed your mini biography. Good job.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/07/13
Congratulations on ranking 6th in level two!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/07/13
I just reread my first comment and realized my voice comment thingy on my tablet switched my words from there aren't a lot of synonyms to there are a lot. I hope you realized it was a typo (or in my case I guess a speak-o) because it is hard to find another word for filament for sure!
Catherine Craig 02/10/13
I have a little poem titled "Don't quit" by my computer. One line says "...you may succeed with another blow..." Good message.