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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Good and Bad (05/07/09)

TITLE: Newton and the Gospel
By Ruth Neilson


Judging week. It was something that he looked forward to once a quarter for the Faithwriter's Writing Challenge. It was always an adventure to read up to 200 entries. Sometimes they were good, sometimes they were bad, and then sometimes, he couldn't remember them. But then there were always the memorable stories. The question was, was he ready to begin his week-long mission? It didn't matter anymore, his week had arrived.

Rubbing his eyes he sank into the computer chair. He was almost sure that Deb was out to kill him and his fellow challengers with this quarter's theme: Science and the Gospels. Though, he could count on one redeeming factor: low numbers.

He had carefully watched the previous weeks' numbers and breathed a sigh of relief when the numbers rarely broke 150. Maybe this week would have similar results, especially with a topic as "nerdy" as "Newton's Third Law of Motion and How it Relates to the Gospel."

He opened Deb's email and followed the enclosed link in another window accessing the backdoor to the entries. He opened a level and began to read, making notations and rankings as he went. Thankfully, there were only a few new entries.

Finally, five entries later, he had to take a break. It wasn't that the writing was bad...it was just becoming tiring reading the same idea repeatedly. He sighed and looked over his rating sheet. There were two that were good, using Newton in a way that he hadn't expected, one that was semi-creative—comparing the fall of man to the actions of Christ on the cross, and then the final two...he wasn't too sure what they were talking about.

Then there were the other issues that he was judging. Exhausted, he rubbed the back of his neck. Maybe it was time to call it a night before he started trying to read another entry without really reading it. After all, it was still early in the week and he was essentially caught up.

Just one more entry... He thought, stretching lazily before opening the next entry.

The gospel is very similar to Newton's third law of motion because it demonstrates...

He paused and shook his head; it was yet another person who was just determined to just get an entry in for the week and was idealess otherwise. Must be a new person to the challenge, he mused, opening their entry with the topic, definitely a bad move. But he pressed on with his reading, I am an example of the equal and opposite reaction in full force. I grew up in a Christian home, but I chose to run from the cross and what all that it stood for...

As the piece came to an end, he bit his lip, considering his score sheet. How could an entry that started off so bad, turn into something that was that good was tough to judge. Okay, time to disconnect himself from the entry.

How well did this entry fit the topic? Surprisingly well. How creative was this entry? Not so much, but it was decent. How well crafted was this entry? He made his marking as he continued down the list before finally saving his notes and closing the program.

Sometimes it was the lower levels that surprised him the most. He knew he wasn't supposed to have any favorites, but for some reason, this one was definitely in the running. Who knew, maybe it would make the cut and make it into the coveted Editor's Choice, but, it was definitely too early to call. All he knew was that he was going to watch this entry once his job was finished, it was going to become an interesting week.

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Joanne Sher 05/14/09
Now don't you give Deb no ideas there!!!! Yikes! Definitely a creative take on the topic - and I found myself smiling, as I'm sure everyone else who has ever judged will do.
Mona Purvis05/16/09
Mine must have been one of those that put you to sleep? LOL
Different take on this weeks topic. But, I guess "Good and Bad". Not too bad?
Emily Gibson05/17/09
I think you are suggesting we should look past the initial superficial impression of "bad", no matter what it may be, to find the nugget of "good" buried within. We need to be prepared for that redemptive quality, in essays and people!
Amy Michelle Wiley 05/17/09
A challenge topic nightmere! LOL, this is a fun story. Good job with connecting to those of us who have experienced judging, and still explaining enough for those who might not be familiar with the challenge.
Leah Nichols 05/17/09
I haven't been asked to judge yet (shhh - don't tell Deb!) but I think I can understand the challenge involved in judging the challenge!

JMHO, this piece seemed a bit anti-climactic - I kind of expected a more significant ending. Good idea for the topic, though, and you draw the reader into the MC's world very well.
Betty Castleberry05/17/09
This is entertaining for anyone who has judged.

Creative take on the topic, although maybe just a bit "inside."

Well done.

Catrina Bradley 05/17/09
Great take on the topic, tho I agree with the anti-climactic comment. I was smiling and nodding all the way through. I think you've given a great peek at what judging is like for someone who hasn't had the joy yet. (Glad you didn't scare them off with the Wednesday rush. ;) )
Gerald Shuler 05/18/09
This piece certainly caught my attention. After reading it I was left wondering when did I write it? Are all judges clone copies of each other?
Sharon Kane05/18/09
A very amusing take on the topic! And a reminder to look with fresh eyes at all we read.
Carol Slider 05/18/09
Thanks for the interesting, behind-the-scenes look at the judging process. I admire the people who take on this responsibility from week to week. Great take on the topic! (I think I would find myself very busy with other things during a "Science and the Gospel" quarter...:))
Kimberly Russell05/18/09
I can't imagine how hard it is to judge- I have enough trouble just trying to read as many as I can. LOL. Thanks for the inside scoop.
Myrna Noyes05/19/09
I haven't been a judge yet, but I admire all those who take on such an important and daunting task!! This piece gave me more insight into the process!
Connie Dixon05/19/09
I loved this! I've never done any judging but this really brought me up to speed on what it might be like. Thanks for your insight and your creative approach to this subject!
Pamela Kliewer05/19/09
Wow, I loved your behind the scenes look at judging. It gave me a new appreciation for the judges! Well done.
Sharon Kane05/19/09
I didn't find this particular topic so hard. What stumped me was week three on "Euclidean Geometry and the Dimensions of the Tabernacle" 8-)

Funny enough, for a story about judging I wasn't entirely convinced as to what the point of this drole tale was. You raise some amusing and valuable issues but I felt that your story lacked a little in the way of punch.
Well, gotta go. More research to do. Thanks for the smile.
Gregory Kane05/19/09
Whoops, unusual case of unanticipated relativity. The previous comment should have had my name on it and not my wife's.
Patricia Herchenroether05/20/09
For one who hasn't gone there, it gave me a little glimpse on the inside of judging. No thrills, but a good read.