So! The 650+ contest entries ended up being around 235,000 words (I’m currently about 1/3 of the way through). Here’s the Wordle.net word cloud for the entries:
I’ll be back tomorrow with the finalists.
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@Sheila – That's why I didn't enter! Yikes, you're brave. 🙂
Like, everybody already made the "like" joke, so I'm not gonna make it again. Nathan, you must be like "give me a break" after reading all these comments!
I posted mine first, and then read the other entries. I'm not sure I chose to do that consciously or anything… I just wanted to get to it.
Plus, I don't have Nathan's patience. I love to read, but egad, there were a lotta entries before I even posted, much less now!
Great word cloud – what a neat idea!!! Can't wait to see who the finalists are!!!
I wonder if you get disqualified for using anything other than a teen voice of today? Teens, for the generations I've witnessed, seem to have a common language, without necessarily using the same words.
Rachel Hamm says
I didn't read anyone else's before I wrote and posted mine, though I kinda wish I had. I thought I was being unique in addressing my entry to God, but the one right before mine did the same thing! haha.
Sarah from Hawthorne says
Wow! That's just, like, you know, a lot of words to read.
Kim W says
Your optometrist is going to be very angry with you! At least print them out, save your eyes from the glare!
Ashley A. says
I wrote mine first and then read the others after posting. I was afraid I would be discouraged if I read the other entries first!
Tawny Taylor says
Did anybody else get Angst Overload after reading those entries? After about half, I had to go find something happy to read.
Sean Patrick Reardon says
hallelujah, my brothers and sisters…Can I get an O M G!
J.J. Bennett says
Wow…Thanks for the input everyone. Sorry Nathan. Looks like I kinda took over this thread without meaning too. Many thanks for a great contest by the way. I haven't made up my mind yet on my choice. I'm still pondering between two of them. Thanks again! 🙂
Nathan Bransford says
Not at all, it was a good question.
Love that! "Like," 'just" and "know" are all words I have to watch out for in my writing.
My brother-in-law once told me my writing suffers from "the Baptist disease."
"You know," he said, "Dear Lord, we just pray that you'll just, just keep us in your care and we just ask, Lord that you just watch over us, Lord and just…."
Veronica Barton-Dean says
Oh Nathan the likes win again! Did none of us learn from the last contest:)