February 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm pdwalterfan1 says: P.D., you are a tough one to beat!! All of the Susan Read and Rachel Rosenberg fans better start voting for ‘Fogger’ every time they vote, or one of those ladies may soon be competing against you!!
February 14 2017 Rob Onofrey says: Good luck, everyone! I just wanted to give a re-cap of my comments (with some additional notes) on each of the remaining stories:
“Fogger” Wow. I love how creepy this story is. You nailed it, Vicky. And it’s so relatable; those restaurant crayons are just that awful. This is a spine-chilling story that is written in a simple style apt for the narrator. Off all the stories remaining, this is definitely the darkest. And it works so well.
February 19, 2017 at 8:39 am P.D. Walter says: Still no sign of this mysterious ‘pdwalterfan1’ who shows his/her loyalty to me by throwing support to Vicky… curiouser and curiouser…
Well, while we await his/her return, perhaps another poem: THE LIZARD’S/S’ LAST STAND “Long is the road that we must run Out here in the blistering desert sun Dodging lizards and miserable puns And knocking down sign posts just for fun The list of dangers grows ever long Check off bombs and check off guns With lab-grown fingers sewn right on And bony shadows to tag along Tossed into the dusty gorge of Death Where no wind blows from East or West And spying opposite the Very One — You call their bluff, but no one comes…” (cue the forlorn whistling of Old West theme music that precedes a duel)
February 17, 2017 at 5:20 pm P.D. Walter says: Vicky, it’s official – the favourite son I may not be, but I do have ONE fan who is willing to go on record! (Wish I knew who they were ) Do you want to run the fan club, pdwalterfan1?
Perhaps you’d like to share with the world what about my story brought you over to official fandom? (Unless you’re just a Fandom Menace? <– there’s one for all the avid punsters on this site!!)
And, yes, they should vote for ‘Fogger’ if they wanna knock me out — it’s a great story. And Vicky is the comeback Queen! So this weekend will be TENSE!
February 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm Hege Lepri says: Since the lizards have been out again – I thought I’d try to appease them with a poem: There’s a mighty lizard swarm, Out at night, but keeping warm, -downvoting to their hearts delight, Anything they see as slight, or opposition to their might. Their keepers, on the other hand Pretend to be a different brand And never touched a thing unpure Of that you can be utterly sure Forget you think you saw a spoor
February 17, 2017 at 5:53 pm P.D. Walter says: Like.
Makes me wonder what this comment board would have been like if we’d been obligated to write in VERSE the whole time!!
February 18, 2017 at 9:48 am Rachel Rosenberg says: Not good for me. I reached the height of my poet skills at 7 years old and it has been a loooooong drop since. So much so that I stopped writing poetry entirely in my very early 20s, and haven’t looked back since. On the other hand, might have made for a fun writing exercise. February 17, 2017 at 6:07 pm Hege Lepri says: That would have been unfair competition, I think
– I come from a very long line of rhyme-smiths, my mom even gets paid to write odes for other people’s celebrations and addiversaries February 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm P.D. Walter says: Awesome! “This game has incentives that indeed are perverse But at least someone’s mom writes occasional verse…”
February 17, 2017 at 10:29 pm Hege Lepri says: Though rhyming is no mortal sin it won’t bring you closer to a win ‘Tis weaklings comfort, writing verse and poetry won’t fill your purse
February 17, 2017 at 10:57 pm Hege Lepri says: ’tis weaklings’ comfort, writing verse and poetry won’t fill your purse but put your karma under a curse… February 18, 2017 at 10:57 pm P.D. Walter says: But poetry does cleanse the soul And if mental hygiene is the goal Then there can be no straighter course Than to bet it all on the poet’s horse
February 15, 2017 at 8:40 pm Hege Lepri says: Firstly, as far as the pettiness goes – I don’t need more karma at all, as I’m no longer in the contest, but the downvoting affects the hierarchical organization of themes in the discussion and therefore the quality of the debate.
Secondly (though Franzen clearly had a lot of characters in his writing that bore a striking resemble to real people in his milieu) among the stories in the semifinals (not my own), I probably find Fogger most intriguing, also because I feel the story ended where it was getting interesting. What does Fogger do next? Merely adapting and pretending to fit in doesn’t seem to fit with the personality. So I’d like to spend more time with Fogger. February 15, 2017 at 9:33 pm P.D. Walter says: Nice. I hope Vicky sees your comment whenever (and wherever) her plane lands. It is an intriguing story, and I too wondered how long the Fogger can stay in that old folks home. February 17, 2017 at 8:39 pm anniebobaddy says: broken pencil needs to start selling “i survived deathmatch” tshirts in their shop.
February 18, 2017 at 9:42 am Rachel Rosenberg says:
For REAL. I would be giving those out to my parents at Hanukkah for sure.
February 19, 2017 at 12:35 pm mitchandarlo says: lol (snot bubbles)