That combination of elements may be the reason I'm a little fuzzy on who won last week's fake word short story contest. I tallied a few times, but kept getting distracted by the gecko slurping juice from a scooped out papaya peel on the fence, and the sound of my parents' neighbor playing his ukulele on the porch.
Nevertheless, I'm pretty sure it came down to a tie between entry #2 by Joy Keeney and entry #6 by Phillip Doyle. A slight sunburn has made me too lazy to come up with anything creative for a tiebreaker, so how about if I just award both contestants a signed copy of Believe it or Not?
Congratulations to both Joy and Phillip (email me your snail mail addresses at tawnafenske at yahoo dot com) and thank you so much to everyone who wrote, voted, or giggled!
As you might imagine, spending the week in Hawaii with my parents and my gentleman friend is giving me a lot to smile about. Besides the fact that I'm here to relax and hang out with loved ones, there's a legitimate author-related reason for my journey to the island of Kauai.
The new romantic comedy I began writing two weeks ago is set here on this gorgeous island where my parents reside part-time. Though I'm awaiting my editor's feedback on the first three chapters to know if I'll finish the story, I figure it can't hurt to spent a little time researching.
Sometimes my job sucks so much I can't stand it.
I've been here just over 24 hours and have already seen several things that inspired me with hearthrobs, laughter, or some combination of both. Allow me to share:
|The honeymooners seated next to us on the flight from San Francisco to Hawaii. Both were in their late 80s. I'm pretty sure I saw him cop a feel at least twice.|
|A bumper sticker tacked to the guardrail at the entrance of a beach where I set one of the first scenes in the new book. It made me giggle on my last visit here, and still has me smiling on this trip.|
|Strolling in the orchid gardens with my mommy.|
|You probably need a dirty mind to see why this shell is funny. That means pretty much every blog reader is giggling right now.|
|My gentleman friend. 'Nough said.|
What's making YOU smile right now? Please share!