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Dark And Stormy Night Contest - FINAL VOTING OPEN!!!

  1. Maddie Ruud profile image80
    Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago

    Just a quick heads up that there's something new and fun going on, now 'til June 15th, headed up by our very own lmmartin.  If you're familiar with the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, you'll know how much fun this can be.  If you're not, head on over to the HubPages blog to see how it works.  No monetary/material prizes, but that means everyone can enter, regardless of where you live, and the winner will be entered in the official Bulwer-Lytton contest later in 2010.

    Have fun!

    1. Greek One profile image74
      Greek Oneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      so are we to write an entire story?

      1. Maddie Ruud profile image80
        Maddie Ruudposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Nope, just the worst opening line for a story you can think of.  If you follow the link to the blog, it has more info, and also a link to the hub with full instructions and the comment capsule to post your entries.  There are some really funny ones already up.

        1. Greek One profile image74
          Greek Oneposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          yup.. got it.. starting now..tx

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          dorothyblueeyesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          here's the funniest line I ever heard,in a movie"Did we fail to mutually nurture each other?" who said that?Clint Eastwood, to his ex-wife(who he did not understand,and attempts to,by reading women's magazines).Funniest line I ever heard in my life.I would marry the marine on the spot. Or,at least ____ him. ha hah hah.

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        priyawtposted 7 years agoin reply to this

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        msyriddickposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you for informing me, I must say it sounds interesting and can give me a good taste of practice. Thank's again Maddie.

      4. DzyMsLizzy profile image97
        DzyMsLizzyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Sounds like fun--I've bookmarked this...;-)

      5. Winsome profile image83
        Winsomeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you Immartin and Maddie--a great time was had by all!

    2. rmcrayne profile image95
      rmcrayneposted 7 years ago

      Later in 2010?

      1. Maddie Ruud profile image80
        Maddie Ruudposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Ha.  That's what I meant.  Fixed.

    3. blondepoet profile image74
      blondepoetposted 7 years ago

      This sounds like fun Maddie....worst line...this is going to be bonza..I am in. smile

      1. frogdropping profile image86
        frogdroppingposted 7 years ago

        I dropped some silliness. It's a great bit of fun - give it a go guys. Just drum up the worst possible start to a story. Like - utter waffle, makes no sense, over flowery, nonsensical smile

        1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
          Uninvited Writerposted 7 years ago

          This is fun smile

          1. AEvans profile image79
            AEvansposted 7 years ago

            I will submit a few , sounds like fun! smile

            1. calpol25 profile image72
              calpol25posted 7 years ago

              This sounds like my kind of thing, I am definitely gonna have a go smile

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                dorothyblueeyesposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                I already know the worst writing in the whole world; it's called "Peanuts." I rest my case.

            2. Daniel Carter profile image78
              Daniel Carterposted 7 years ago

              I had not idea that I could be so inane, redundant and trite. What fun...
              Thanks, maddie and Immartin!

              1. Glenn Raymond profile image58
                Glenn Raymondposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Yes, I am in full agreement.  This is just the ticket to break the tedium.  I can have a lot of quick fun with this.  It is a great idea, thank you.

            3. Maddie Ruud profile image80
              Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago

              There are some really funny entries up already... I was just reading through them and giggling.  So get on over there and get in on the fun!  Remember, each entry must only be one sentence.

              1. cupid51 profile image75
                cupid51posted 7 years agoin reply to this

                Is there any guideline regarding the number words?

                1. Maddie Ruud profile image80
                  Maddie Ruudposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  No official guideline, but if a sentence runs on tooooooooooooo long it makes it hard to read.  The official Bulwer-Lytton contest tells you to try to keep to 60 words or less.

                  1. Norah Casey profile image69
                    Norah Caseyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    I'm not reading any entries over 60 words. Some of these sentences are longer than anything I have encountered in a novel, even bad ones wink

                    Really excited by these entries everyone, keep them coming!

              2. katiem2 profile image60
                katiem2posted 7 years ago

                This sounds fun Maddie, I'm in thanks for the heads up! smile

              3. Don Simkovich profile image59
                Don Simkovichposted 7 years ago

                Hmm, this could be scary . . . sounds like the fiction I write.

              4. browsed profile image59
                browsedposted 7 years ago

                Ghosts and vampires all around.

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                  Home Girlposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                  I could not resist and broke the rules, but I was not the only one, so I am not going to apologize... Hubpages is such a fun!

                  1. kmackey32 profile image61
                    kmackey32posted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    lol

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                Home Girlposted 7 years ago

                it was a dark and and stormy night - still waiting for my bus allright!
                Sorry, could not resist I am addicted to this phrase, confess!

              6. waynet profile image79
                waynetposted 7 years ago

                It was a dark and stormy night and my willy had a fright, goodness me, it's gone white!

              7. restoremyheart profile image62
                restoremyheartposted 7 years ago

                On that dark, stormy night, I was asleep in bed:)

                1. Stevennix2001 profile image92
                  Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago

                  it was a dark and stormy night unlike no other, the winds sent a chill down my spine, as I couldn't help but feel that something awry and mysterious would soon change my life forever.

                  that's how i enter right?  just by posting my ideas here in this forum?

                2. Stevennix2001 profile image92
                  Stevennix2001posted 7 years ago

                  it was a dark and stormy night, I was fast asleep in my bed dreaming of better days, until I felt an weary presence that was unlike anything I had felt before.

                  1. blondepoet profile image74
                    blondepoetposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    Hi Steve you go here http://blog.hubpages.com/2010/05/it-was … -hubpages/ and it shows you where to post your entries. smile

                    1. Stevennix2001 profile image92
                      Stevennix2001posted 7 years agoin reply to this

                      oh okay.  thanks bp.  i appreciate you telling me that.  i knew i could always count on you.  smile

                3. raisingme profile image82
                  raisingmeposted 7 years ago

                  It is the worst of times and even in the best of times I cannot recall having seen worse times than these wherein we cry over a drop of milk spilled on the white kitchen floor even as we scroll down the screen without so much as a glance at the havoc our greed has wrecked upon our poor, blackened planet!

                4. raisingme profile image82
                  raisingmeposted 7 years ago

                  Not without standing could he overcome the fact that he had fallen yet again and it left him wondering how his knees could withstand what his bottom found so unbearable.

                5. alekhouse profile image83
                  alekhouseposted 7 years ago

                  Done. Great idea and lots of fun

                6. Gerber Ink profile image84
                  Gerber Inkposted 7 years ago

                  The perfect way to spend the morning over a cup of coffee!  I'm in!

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                  LEWJposted 7 years ago

                  Hey, I LOVE dark and stormy nights!

                8. jez_jay33 profile image60
                  jez_jay33posted 7 years ago

                  Worst opening for a story? Can it be any kind of story, like fictional or suspense? Where can i find the details about this? Sorry for my newbie questions because i just started here in hubpages.

                9. Pamela Kinnaird W profile image85
                  Pamela Kinnaird Wposted 7 years ago

                  It's a great little contest.  Do notice, though, that the first part of the Comments section is for your entry.  There is a break in the middle with a photo of fireworks or something similar and then the second section of Comments is actually for Comments you might have.  That's the way it was the other day -- unless it's changed since then.  So if it is still like that, you put your entry in the first area of comments not way down below like I did.  I scrolled to the bottom and added my entry there.  Don't do that unless you're making a comment.

                10. abidareacode profile image72
                  abidareacodeposted 7 years ago

                  People look for contest with monetary reward.But this is a nice one.

                11. Eric Calderwood profile image82
                  Eric Calderwoodposted 7 years ago

                  I've heard that practicing writing poorly is actually a good way to improve your writing.

                12. Maddie Ruud profile image80
                  Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago

                  It's not too late to enter, guys!  You've got until June 15th.  Even if you don't want to play, there are some hilarious entries, so head on over and read up!

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                  Home Girlposted 7 years ago

                  I could not write anything right on a dark and stormy night.
                  I know, I know, it's an addiction, I need some medication, h-e-e-e-l-p!

                14. Maddie Ruud profile image80
                  Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago

                  Only 5 more days!
                  If you haven't already, get over and play!

                15. Maddie Ruud profile image80
                  Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago

                  Entries must be in by tomorrow, June 15th!!!  Get in while the getting's good!

                16. Maddie Ruud profile image80
                  Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago

                  The Top 10 Finalists have been chosen, and now it's time to cast your vote!  Get on over to the Official Dark & Stormy Finalists Hub and pick the worst opening line for yourself.  There's quite a cross-section to choose from!

                17. Teresa McGurk profile image60
                  Teresa McGurkposted 7 years ago

                  Ooooh!  I'm deli--, no, wait,  I'm astou--; NO! Dammit!  I'm downright chuffed to find my vile verbiage in such great dreadful company.  Thanks, guys!
                  (But y'all should go vote for frogdropping's stormy sentence; it rocks.) (I mean, it blows rocks.) (Or maybe it's just plain rock-solid ROFL.)
                  And to the HubTeam -- great work! (not that I'm biased).

                  1. Patty Inglish, MS profile image93
                    Patty Inglish, MSposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    Congratulations! it tickles me truly.

                18. BadHubbit profile image60
                  BadHubbitposted 7 years ago

                  I might be bad but your 'vile verbiage' takes the cake Teresa. big_smile

                  1. Rutchell Cobol profile image59
                    Rutchell Cobolposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    This is really interesting and open to some debate. I can see how one side feels this way and yet others feel another. Personally, it's very hard to say. I think I'm not going to take a stand on this yet. Curious to see

                19. thirdmillenium profile image60
                  thirdmilleniumposted 7 years ago

                  Only worms taste better than roaches ............

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                  cosetteposted 7 years ago

                  i just want to say that i thought itakins' ones were a riot! they really made me lol and were very clever besides. if they had a 'hubber's choice', itakins would definitely get my vote smile

                  1. itakins profile image82
                    itakinsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

                    Thanks cosette,that's so nice of you.......I really must work on even worse writing smile

                21. rebekahELLE profile image88
                  rebekahELLEposted 7 years ago

                  I voted. what a hoot. good luck to the final 10.

                22. Maddie Ruud profile image80
                  Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago

                  Teresa McGurk and frogdropping are emerging as frontrunners, but it's still anybody's game!  Vote!!!

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                    cosetteposted 7 years ago

                    haha....if that is your worst writing then your good stuff must be sublime.

                    seriously, it had me in stitches! big_smile

                  2. Maddie Ruud profile image80
                    Maddie Ruudposted 7 years ago

                    Last day to vote!!!  Cast your ballot!

                   
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