com­ments sec­tion

Broken Pencil - - Deathmatch -

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)

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