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11/20/08
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!
11/20/08
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.
11/21/08
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!
11/21/08
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!!!
Love,
Norms
11/26/08
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.
11/26/08
I forgot to say - PERFECT and clever title. :)
Cat
11/27/08
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!
11/27/08
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!
11/27/08
I loved this - the stogie, the characters AND the ministry represented. Good story! Congrats on 1st and 4th place!
11/27/08
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.
11/27/08
Congratulations! What awesome writing.
11/27/08
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!!
11/27/08

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)

11/28/08
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