Contest, stories, comments and character

Chatterbox, lovingly referred to as “CB”, ran a contest at her blog. Named Finish it to Win it!! (yes, you see the badge on my right panel here?), she gave us one half of a story…and asked us to complete it the way we liked, in less than 1200 words. Check out the contest, the rules, the first half of the story CB wrote, and the entries by a bunch of enthusiasts at the Finish it to Win it!! page of her blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

It was a load of fun. Or, should I say it is a load of fun, since the entries are still being posted as per the order she got them in…

What’s most amazing about this contest is the fact that ONE STORY — of a husband, wife, daughter, an ex-girlfriend and a particular situation — could end in 19 different ways! The husband, Will, now has 19 personalities; Rose (the wife) has over 10 (‘coz she came out as a loving, innocent wife in more than one entry) and Mary (the not-so-virgin ex-girlfriend) has over 15! ๐Ÿ˜€ Betty, sadly has only two: one of a sleep-a-holic and one where she’s a naughty poet! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Isn’t it stunning, that the same people and the same situaton, can end in uniquely different endings when different people look at it?

Some of the entries are so transparent of its authors’ characters: you read them and you know who wrote them :D, while others have tried to portray a scenario which so does not portray them. Some of them made it humourous, some went for unexpectedly awesome twists, some tried the romantic route, some the whacky! And one, the utmost nonsensical ROFL-material: indeed shows his/her “Will Power” !!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now, I guess the only sad outcome would be that I went mad when it came to comments and was highly critical. I’m sure I’m gonna lose ALL my blog readers for the comments I’ve put up on their stories. Sigh! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

If I’m allowed to defend myself, let me tell you: I was only being nuts. The past few days saw my most jobless and crazy days in office. Though not entirely jobless, I made more friends there, and became close to quite a few crazy ones ๐Ÿ˜€ Which effected in us having internal chats on the most craziest, LOL topics ever. And in between all those chats would come up one of the new stories. Well, crazy chats can be contagious over to WordPress too!

And when Gyanban commented, I think provoked by my looong comment, in one of the stories about how people turned subjective about these things and said “we cannot not like this story because some of our personal belief system disagrees with the concept. “, I realised maybe I went overboard! :DFor an argument’s sake, I can certainly say “I can not like something because it’s against my personal beliefs”, but well, it’s not a point to be arguing about in this context.

I apologise if I’ve been rude and have hurt any of you authors (no, no one gave me a hint that they’ve been hurt; I’m saying this because I felt I may owe it to some people).

Again, let me tell you, I’m not against any of you personally…or your thoughts, for that matter. It being a contest, and it being about having fun, I was just conducting postmortems on the different characters portrayed by Rose and Will and Mary and the rest. I reread some of my comments and felt I sounded awful — well, at least to the authors, I must’ve sounded awful! ๐Ÿ˜€ Those authors — whose story I criticised too much — must think “And she’s so good to me when she comments on my blog: because she knows it’s me. Here, when she doesn’t know, she’s being honest and herself. Hypocrite”

No, am not a hypocrite ๐Ÿ˜€ If I don’t like a story, I’ve been honest about it. If I’ve liked it, I’ve been honest about it ๐Ÿ˜€ Just like I do when I comment on your posts on your blogs too ๐Ÿ˜‰ If I’ve said “I don’t like this story”, that’s all I’ve meant: that I don’t like the story; it does not mean I don’t like you or your character. In one particular story, which was against my ideals and principles, I’ve been vocal about it. Again, that does not mean I dislike the author; it only means I don’t necessarily agree with his/her idea. Again, maybe that was just a twist the person came up with, irrelevant of his/her ideals. Except for one or two stories, I have no clue who wrote which ๐Ÿ˜€ So, there’s NOTHING PERSONAL about any of my comments.

If I’ve inadvertently hurt any of you, I seek your apology!

P.S.: I’m honestly not as bad as I sound in my comments ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
And pPlease vote for me, for I wrote the best one ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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78 thoughts on “Contest, stories, comments and character

    • Awww….you are sweetheart Priya ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

      Come on buddy chill, we all understand it was a contest for fun and we all going to read the comments in the same spirit too.

      Being honest in your comments takes a lot of courage and I am glad that you did it, for honest comments was also one of the motives of me not disclosing the writer’s names ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
      No writer can grow without criticism ( an honest one) and I know it myself for I have been there, heard that ๐Ÿ™‚

      Three cheers to you for writing a brilliant story, being an active participant and adding to the glamor of the contest ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you buddy for this sweet mention post ๐Ÿ™‚

      • hehehehe…thanks CB ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Yea…I hope everyone does…and takes it all in the right sense ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Yea, it does take courage to be honest…and well, it takes more courage to stick to that honesty ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

        Thanks. It was a sooopah opportunity you gave us all ๐Ÿ˜€

  1. now QUICK..tell me which one you wrote and ill vote for you ๐Ÿ˜‰ but tell me before the guessing authors contest ends ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ :D…so tht i can get atleast a couple right ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰
    and yeah ths post reminds me to ask you “What you meant” in teh comment section ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› coz i dnt reeaaallllly understand ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ so there u go with the ‘hurting me’ factor!

  2. Chalta hai yaar!!! This was one helluva contest and we all loved it. Commenting – leaving positive or negative feedback – is perfectly OK. I guess we had conflicting opinions on one post – but thats the fun of it all ๐Ÿ™‚ Sadly, I’m still unable to guess which one is yours ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Oh, I went and checked all your comments… ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Its ok…not to worry…I like the way you analysed the characters… ๐Ÿ™‚

    So, now which one is yours ???? OMG !!! Its becoming more difficult than I thot… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I believe that anyone who writes can’t take anything people say about the work personally, the piece that i have written is my interpretation of the situation yours would be different.
    Personally, if i wrote something and everyone agreed with it, i’d be rather sad – everyone agrees only to mundane, routine stuff… so when you disagree you make that post/story unique ๐Ÿ™‚
    Anyway, you wrote a lovely comment on my story so i can say all this ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. You actually werent critical about my post (there you have a clue about my post). But I guess being honest is much better.I always wonder if they are being truth or just sweet and now I know. Now I will have to read other posts to even have a clue which did you write or would you be a sweetheart and tell in ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. hi!! Greetings scorpria frm another fellow scorpio ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Can i throw some tomatoes and chappals at u,so tht u dont feel tht guilty? :mrgreen:
    I know u will take it in the right spirits;So just for this special occasion i had gone and collected tomatoes n eggs frm evry angry blogger who participated in the contest to throw at u!

    FIRE!!!!!!

    Btw u should have used code language if u had to be mean ๐Ÿ˜‰
    thts how i got away frm all those angry authors…next time use the Avatar ‘Na’vi’ language if u want to be to mean….hehe…its very effective i must say…. i had used it on one unsuspecting victim and she still has no clue of wht i had written!!
    Buhahaha!! Im soo evil like Mr Evil!!! Buhahahahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahaha!!!!

    Let me throw one more egg before i end this comment! FIRE!!

    • Hahaha…no, don’t throw it. I’m not guilty at al…I was only clarifying myself.

      Hehehe…yea, I saw your Navi comment. As monstrous as you ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

      And no more eggs, pls…am a veggie ๐Ÿ˜›

  8. Whoa! U hv an entry too – wow! i did nt know that @ all ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I left a lot of -ve comments too, even when I did nt try writing an entry ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›
    I think authors would love to know where they cud be better too ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. After all, you were open with your thoughts about the post! I’m sure no good blogger will take it in a negative way!
    And with so much of fun going on, no worries friend! Chill out ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. LOL, this is actually crazy !!! You have a right to comment, dont you ?? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ and if I start thinking like this, I wouldve have to write an apology post every week !! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Chill, you didnt like something and unlike a few others, you were open about it. I mean, thats how you are, so stop worrying !!!

    Ok, Cant write too many good things in a comment.

    Chey chey, you shouldnt have hurt those poor authors !!! Is this what they taught you in moral science classes??? Tch Tch….!!!

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  12. Hi Priya, First time on your blog, although it seems like we know each other.. from all those comment reading at CB’s blog..And it’s perfectly alright!! It’s okay to comment what you felt, why do you have to apologize for that?
    I’ve cast my vote.. have you? All the besst!! ~Punam

    • Welcome to AlphabetWorld! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yea, Punam…so true! The contest was not just fun, it did a lot of “Meet the tale twisters” too ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
      I’ve voted ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope the best ones win ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Came her from Vimmmuu’s. Don’t worry so much about the criticism, in fact I like the fact that you have analysed the stories so well. I would love for you to hop over to my blog and give me some feedback to some of my attempts at story-writing ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Came over from CB’s blog

    I read the comments on all the stories in the contest – and none of it (yours or anyone else’s – including the Na’vi ones !) was stuff that anyone should feel upset over !

    So feel free to bash all the other authors’continuations of CB’s tale !

    • Welcome to AlphabetWorld! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Hehehe…honestly, I didn’t hink so either…but well, some people are not very good at negative criticism…and end up hurt ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thought, might as well clarify myself…and subtly tell everyone to vote for me ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ I realised too late that there was no option to tell CB “I vote for Scorpria…whichever story it is that she wrote” ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. he he Came here via vimmu’s post… I think now that u brought this up I think I left some negative comments too but then the whole idea of contents like these is to grow as writers… its not some booker prize with all established writers

    i think authors shld be ready to take feedback ๐Ÿ™‚

    PS: I didnt write any story ๐Ÿ˜›

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  17. Hain yeh sab kab hua? ๐Ÿ˜ฏ You commented and then make an apology here? Woman you will make people like me look like a real Devil ๐Ÿ‘ฟ Come on your comments were the best among the lot and I truly enjoyed your character assassination of Will & Co. I think at many places I did say that under your comments. CB’s contest was a fun one and what made it more enjoyable was the comments.

    Any ways now you look all like an Angel and I think I should take lessons from ya ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

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