Nathan Bransford, Author


Monday, May 19, 2008

TPMDC Update #1

I'd just like to say, first of all, thank you to everyone who has entered so far. If you haven't already entered, please enter only in the original contest thread. The deadline is actually THIS WEDNESDAY, not whatever date I had erroneously listed in the original blog post. Did I tell you those rules would change?

The second thing I'd like to say is that since I began reading entries this evening 21 more entries have come in, so basically, the rate of new entries is currently exceeding my reading speed.

The third thing I have to say is this:



That is all.






55 comments:

Natalie said...

I was worried for you when I first saw May 28th, thank goodness that was a typo. Good luck keeping up with the entries!

sex scenes at starbucks said...

They should change the name of Maker's Mark to "Agent's Assistant".

Kirsten said...

Is that the new prize??

Unfocused Me said...

I have an unopened bottle of Maker's Mark already in the house! If I Fedex the Maker's Mark to you on Tuesday, it can be at your office Wednesday morning. Would doing so help my chances of becoming a successful, published author? Or even just my chances or winning the contest?

Vinnie Sorce said...

Wow... You really need a partner in crime for this one.

Walter said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who had that for dinner.

Kiersten said...

You *did* ask for this, remember? What a trooper; I can't believe you are willing to do it!

Hurrah for Nathan!

burgy61 said...

I do love your contest Nathan, but I am just to busy for the next couple of days to enter. The May 28th worked much better for me.

Good luck to one and all who enter, I will enjoy reading the entries.

Nathan, if one bottle is not enough let me know. I would be happy to send one overnight to you.

Nathan Bransford said...

I'm having a great time! Has anyone else read a lot of the entries? I think this is the hardest contest to judge because it's so tough without the contest. But it's also a lot of fun.

Amy Kinzer said...

I did read a lot of the entries. It will be interesting to see what you fancy.

Maybe while your reading, your next blog entry could have poster share books they've read with outstanding dialogue.

I mention this because I just read Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter Thompson. The best dialogue I've ever read, laughed my whole way through the craziness. Absolute best dialogue I've ever read, pure randomness.

Thanks for the contest.

Kiersten said...

I've been trying to keep up with them as much as possible. There's a lot of talent, and it's fun to see how many genres are represented.

mkcbunny said...

Great contest. Not sure I'll enter, but I look forward to the entries. And the bourbon. I have plenty on hand.

Psst. Nathan, do you mean "context"? And, yeah, it's more challenging without the story behind the conversation.

Nathan Bransford said...

Ha! Yes, I meant context, although I suppose it would also be difficult to read the contest without the contest.

Kiersten said...

Well nigh impossible.

Michelle Moran said...

When I read the original date I thought, Wow, I hope he has lots of free happy hour coupons!!

Good luck!

Ward said...

I've been reading the entries. There's some good stuff here. The one by Ulysses, where Leo audits the dragon, just cracks me up!

Jessica said...

But some of the ones without context are the best! Random lines of dialogue that just have me cracking up and saying, 'Where can I read more?'

meliaka said...

I think getting to read all the entries is almost as fun as getting to enter. But, ohmyword, hope you didn't have anything planned for the next couple of days...

Bernita said...

Er...just so you know that no devious insult is intended.
I picked the name of the villain before I found your blog.

cc said...

I love reading all the entries.

Thanks, Nathan!

superwench83 said...

Damn! I go to a writers conference for one measley weekend, and I come back to find a contest. *scurries away to evaluate dialogue for an appropriate entry*

Question: If I would win the contest (ha, ha), would that partial critique have to be the same manuscript in which the winning dialogue appeared, or could it be something different?

Just_Me said...

It better be a different manuscript, what I have finished and the DL I entered just aren't the same piece (almost finished! almost!).

Nathan, you have lots of of good karma coming your way for sorting through this. Thank you in advance.

And, good luck.

Adaora A. said...

I was worried when you gave it an extra week as well.

And Nathan, where's that spicy food when you need it hmmm?

Anonymous said...

"Riley" is the new beige as far as names goes. Who knew?

Mary said...

Good luck, Nathan!

And I’d like to apologise for the number of exclamation marks in my entry. Sorry.

Sam Hranac said...

"...the rate of new entries is currently exceeding my reading speed."

I've never seen the life of an agent described so well.

Linda said...

I really liked not m/m enough storage's snippet.

the "you hit me" line is very effective and the ice cube and blue ball-point pen detail is perfect!

Linda

sharonkatherine said...

“Hey, Hollywood.” Despite the walking cast on her left leg, Claire Kincaid started dancing in place as Kate jogged over to join her. Swept into an exuberant hug more appropriate for a reunion after years of separation instead of a few weeks, Kate grinned. That was Claire. Nothing less than 200%.
“How’s the leg?” she asked when she finally disentangled..
“A pain in the ass. Literally.” Claire thumped a small fist on the cast. “Do you know how hard it is to sit or sleep with this? And no pants will fit over it.” She frowned at Kate. “Those jeans are fab. Where did you get them?”
Kate shrugged, shopping was way down her list of fun excursions. “You can have them. I have more.”
“Oh, sure, like I could squeeze my butt into something of yours.” Claire shook her head. “I’ve probably gained twenty pounds since I broke my ankle. I’m afraid to get on the scales.”
“You look great. Why do you and Mom obsess over every calorie.”
“Because, unlike you, we have DNA cells that attract every food morsel straight to the hips. Better question: How do you stay skinny as a snake? “
“Guess I took after Daddy’s side of the family.” Which, of course, was true. Her red hair, pale skin and freckles were pure O’Donnell. So were the lanky body, southpaw and quick temper. “New shoes?” she asked, changing the subject.

Nathan Bransford said...

Please remember to post in the main contest thread!

Other Lisa said...

"You're scaring me, Nathan."

allycatophile said...

Hey, Nathan,

Wanted to recommend this book and wasn't sure you ever checked your older comments :)

Great contest, btw.

The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev

I read this before I read Into Thin Air, and I think it's def worth your time, if you're interested. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Note from word limit police: 250 is the word limit, but some entries are way over that.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Nathan will take it into account.

Right?

Right?

Nathan Bransford said...

Right.

Adaora A. said...

233 entries! Holy smokes. Quit drinking from glass, chug the bottle!

Quick Question: Does 250 words include the description of the dialogue? I hope not.

val said...

Sigh.

I'd LOVE to read all the entries. Gotta get that WiFi service set up and move on from the dial up.

One more: "Thank you, Nathan. Good luck getting through them all."

Chro said...

Supporting description is included in the 250-word limit. Otherwise someone could submit an entire chapter where people don't talk much. ;)

Ithaca said...

Geoff Pullum has a great post on Language Log on what passes for dialogue in The Oxford Murders, at http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=172#more-172.

Gail said...

That's just nuts!! Over 230 entries. Now I feel so bad for Nathan I'm sorry I entered.

Adaora A. said...

Erm, to be sure...I deleted the other one and posted 250 words exactly. Hope that's ok.

Merry Monteleone said...

Yow Nathan - 257 and counting, imagine what would have happened if you let people send as many as they liked!

You are a brave, brave man. Thanks again for this, some of these entries are unbelievably good.

Tom Burchfield said...

If you're going to pass out whiskey--or pass out on whiskey--make mine MacAllan's 12

Bethanne said...

I agree with Jessica and her longhorn. Very fun to read outside of context. :) I've laughed. I've cried. I've growled in frustration. No not really, mostly just laughed.

Jessica said...

To be exact, it's a Highland cow, bethanne. ;) Crazy critters....

booklady said...

Hmm. Must time my entry correctly. Is it better to submit it before you've had the Maker's Mark, after you've had enough to loosen up a bit, or after you're totally soused? Or maybe I'm the one who's supposed to be drinking it. Oh, now I'm all confused. Maybe I should pour myself a glass just in case.

Linda said...

Holy Guacamole... 361 at 8:45 pm EST.

Them's a lot of words, Nathan. And all by yourself.

You need to upgrade your beverage of choice - and more than one bottle. Mainline the stuff?

Thanks... this is fun reading. Peace, Linda

wickerman said...

I was always partial to Johnny Walker Blue myself...

Linda said...

And I loved the snippet from mih (19 May in the evening some time)

I had a doctor's appointment *just* like that---chickenpox and all.

I thought my doc was gonna have a cornary from laughing!

Linda

sharonkatherine said...

I am so new to the blogging I don't even know where to post! Sorry. Posted my entry here yesterday. Reposted to the ORIGINAL contest blog today. Hope that doesn't disqualify my entry.
I will work really hard to blog better in the future.

Leis said...

OMG it's about to break the 500 barrier :O

250 words X 500 entries... 125,000 words--a whole manuscript!

Anonymous said...

May the force be with you...

Michael said...

500 entries and rising.

I think you're going to need a bigger bottle.

JES said...

I see Leis has done the math... but now it seems obvious the total will break 600 entries. 150K words total. :)

Chumplet said...

Can you imagine how many entries it would have been if you gave a whole week? I almost missed it -- I was glowing in the Snark comet tail and scooted over to your blog today after a brutal day at the newspaper. I rushed home (after grocery shopping), picked a dialogue segment at random from my many little snippets and snuck it in under the deadline.

You'll be up all night - a small feat compared to Pat Wood's marathon.

Yankee in Montana said...

Hey, I just found out about the dialogue contest this afternoon and mistakenly thought I had a week to enter, so I hammered out the following. Sending it to you anyway, just for the yuks.




Vinnie grimaced and looked across the table. "Jeeezus."

"What?"Tony said. "It's the friggin refried beans. I told you I didn't want Mexican. Why couldn we justa gone to Marcello's?"

"How many times I gotta tell you? This is where The Hammer said to meet. Eat your guacamole and shuddup."

"I ain't touchin that green shit. I already don't feel so good." As if to confirm this, a deep grumble gurgled within his stomach and turned into a throaty belch. The owner of Taco Flaco turned towards their table, then quickly looked back.

"Jeezus." Vinnie shook his head. "Get any on you?" He lifted his shirt cuff and checked the bright gold watch. "Where the hells The Hammer? He's forty minutes late awready."

Sweat rolled down Tony's forehead. He nudged the combo plate with his sausage-like fingers and pushed his chair back. "Vinnie, I think I gotta take a…."

A tall dark figure appeared from nowhere and pushed Tony down in his chair. His hand in the pocket of his raincoat was clearly holding a gun to Tony's head.

A childlike voice behind Vinnie said, "Hello, boys."

Vinnie swiveled in his seat and stared into the pockmarked face of The Hammer, all four foot seven inches of him.

"You bring it?" the little man squeaked, poking what Vinnie assumed to also be a gun in his ribs.

"No, we didn't," said Vinnie.

The Hammer and the thug in the raincoat exchanged glances.

"Jimmy said to give youse a message instead."

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