Deciding on the best entry in the Writer Unboxed AlphaSmart 3000 Contest was a wee more complicated than we thought it might be (a little like juggling three trumpets, maybe).
Wanting to rule out any possible bias, we asked Kath’s hubby to take all the entries and plop them–without names, links or any identifying info–into a Word document. Then Kath and I moved to our separate corners, read, then came together to chat…and chat some more.
We really struggled deciding who to crown the new King or Queen of Unboxed-ness. There were so many fabulous entries.
Entries about daily struggles, like stealing time at 3 a.m. to write haikus on the shower wall after changing a diaper.
Entries relaying inventive stories about dragons, madness, four-footed vampires, WWII lovers and habanero pepper lip gloss (oh, my!).
Entries from people who love being unboxed or who choose what boxes they do have wisely.
Entries from people dedicated to learning all they can about craft–even when they’re waking at 5 a.m. to do it–but who also know they must stop obsessing about how things should be done at some point and write from the gut.
Entries from people who are true storytellers; who dream in rhyme, type to music, muse poetically, snub fear and embrace critique; and who’ve learned that nothing in the writing life should be dubbed sacred, because that sort of labeling cries out for a box to stick to.
We had a blast with this contest, and we hope you all did too. We enjoyed reading all the entries and getting to know all of you a little better.
In the end, we did finally make a decision, because there was ONE entry that caught our attention, and that made us stop and think and nod. And so, the winner of the Writer Unboxed AlphaSmart 3000 (plus chocolate) contest is, [Read more…]