You may be surprised and/or heartened to know that I am still completely ready for the challenge of choosing finalists out of the, um, lots of entries in the Largely Indispensable First Paragraph Challenge. I’ll have you know I have only broken down in tears once in the last few days (that was when I woke up to 47 e-mails and a corresponding number of new entries). But then I remembered that we’re not even a close to a billion entries! 500? Pshaw! I’ve done worse.
Meanwhile, May Vanderbilt of Good Girl Lit has not yet threatened to back out of judging the contest (I think that may have something to do with the fact that she apparently hasn’t checked the number of entries). She wrote me this morning:
“I’m getting so excited about judging the first paragraph contest. You’re still giving me a bottle of bourbon for helping you, right? Do you think you should pass along that anyone using the words “plethora” or “veritable cornucopia” will automatically shoot to the top of my list? Also please tell the entrants that I have a big thing for unique adverbs like coquettishly, quaintly, and pallidly. Oh, and do I get the bourbon after services are rendered…or during the judging?”
Shhh… let’s not tell her how many entries there are until after I’ve given her bourbon. A veritable cornucopia of bourbon.
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Remember, you have until Thursday night to enter! Thanks everybody!