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This is an awesome story. And so very close to my heart. I have actually done the same thing. You certainly set the scene vividly. Very good job!
Your story brought back vivid memories of my grandma and grandpa, who routinely spoiled us--but Grandma allowed Grandpa to smoke his cigars in the house at Christmas. I love the fact that Grandpa wants to model giving to others but keeps a Grandfather's heart--toys for his little ones along with the lasting gifts for those in need. I am sure the grandkids will not forget the gifts or the love behind them. Well done.
Very clever story! I enjoyed it a great deal--although I'm not sure "happily ever after" will last long if he keeps smoking cigars! Fun title, too!
Great story! You set the scene well with this one - the characters are very believable. I like their folksy dialogue as well. :) A few places with missing or extra punctuation, but overall it was quite well-written. Nice work!
I will be disappointed if this does not place. It tied for my favorite in Beginner this week.
Your characters are delightful, the dialogue realistic, and I love the concept of giving to those who truly have need rather than a gift for gift's sake.
The growth in your writing skills shines in this story!
Well done on a lovely story. I hope you do well as you deserve to. I loved the way it turned out, you did have me guessing!!!
Oh, I love this! Great characterization, especially Henry. The dialog is natural and fun, and the sentiment endearing. I LOVE the very last line - it made me giggle.
I forgot to say - PERFECT and clever title. :)
I want to be the first to congratulate you on placing in the top 10!!! It's an awesome feeling, isn't it? Well, you deserve it - you definitely have the talent to write well! Great job!
I loved the surprise and the joy that comes from giving from our hearts to those who need it most. This deserved a first place and an EC... Congratulations! I am so impressed with your writing skill!
What a wonderful way to blow out of Beginner! Congratulations!
I loved this - the stogie, the characters AND the ministry represented. Good story! Congrats on 1st and 4th place!
Congatulations, Connie! Woohoo! I am so proud of you--first and fourth overall! I am not surprised. :-) Thank you for sharing your heart in every piece. You amaze me.
Congratulations! What awesome writing.
Yee Haw Connie!! Awesome piece, the opening paragraph was pefect, the story inspiring and the way you tied the stogies in at the end was the best. Great overall - big, huge congrats!!

Congratulations on your excellent win, Connie. Not only 1st Place in Level 1, but also 4th Place in the Editor's Choice. It's really an achievement for a Level 1 entry to make it into the EC, so well done.

Time to move up to Level 2 now.

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)

YEA! You done good!!! This was so very well written. Congratulations, Connie. Good to see you "movin' on up".
Great job! Congratulations on your EC!
Well written and a well-served win. Congratulations, not everyone can write so well and engaging while delivering an important message. Loren