Monday, August 2, 2010

Contest Time - Fact or Fiction and Bubble Gum

Can you believe it's August already? With the new month it's time for another contest. Yipee!

Hope you all enjoy this one. Here's the deal:

Yesterday I attended a bridal shower. One of the games was a modified version of 20 questions. The bride (Kaitlin) was read a list of questions about the groom (Kyle) and given a time limit to answer. For every answer she got right she got applause; for every answer she got wrong she had to chew a piece of bubble gum.

Some of the questions she answered quickly: What is his favorite color? Where was your first date? Others took awhile to answer, or the bride answered them incorrectly. Who is his favorite cartoon character? What super power would he like to have? By the end of the game she had a mouthful of bubble gum, which made for a lot of laughs and some cute photos.

The game yesterday got me thinking about how as a non-fiction writer facts and accuracy are critical. But as a fiction writer, making stuff up is more fun.

So, today I'm hosting a contest with 10 questions about me. The answers will be true or false, except for #6 and #10, which are fill-in-the blank.

Prizes: Winner will receive a signed copy of a book from my collection, a critique of a story or an essay (up to 2500 words), and drum roll-- please: a pack of bubble gum.

Now for the 10 questions:
1. I am the middle child of seven children.
2. When I was 50 I sailed the Greek islands with two men.
3. My mother was a model.
4. I've never eaten a peanut butter sandwich.
5. I drink at least three cups of coffee a day.
6. My favorite short story writer is _______________.
7. I've been to China.
8. My father was born in Hannibal.
9. Just like Arnold Schwarzenegger, my husband is an Austrian immigrant.
10. If I could have a super power it would be __________________.

E-mail your answers to the questions to dvolkenannt (at) charter (dot) net by August 15.

The winner's name and correct answers will be posted on Aug 16. In case of a tie, names of those with the most correct answers will be put into a hat and one name will be selected at random. Judge's decision is final.

Hope these questions give you all something to chew on. Have fun, and good luck!

17 comments:

  1. Sheesh, Donna! This looks like a lot of fun, but also will take me a bit of time to think about!! I hope to be back later......

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  2. Is there an honorable mention for this contest? I only ask 'cause I'm on a run with Honorable Mentions. And if I CAN'T get an Honorable Mention, I'm not entering.

    (P.S. I entered the Whispering Prairie Press Contest that I read about here...and got 2 HM's.
    P.P.S. There were a suspiciously large number of winners from Kansas and Missouri. If only I'd signed your name...:-)

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  3. Hi Becky,
    Just give it a shot. If I don't get a lot of entries I'll post clues in a few days.
    Donna

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  4. What a fun shower game! That's a new one to me.

    **I'm totally going for the bubble gum! ;o)

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  5. Hey Cathy,

    Uh. Hadn't thought about HMs.

    Congratulations on your Whispering Prairie HMs.

    Signing my name wouldn't have helped. I entered the flash fiction contest and didn't even get an HM. Dang it.
    Donna

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  6. Hey Jennifer,
    It was a fun game.
    Go for it!
    Donna

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  7. Okay, Donna. Here are ten complete and total guesses. I figure for most of the questions, there's a fifty percent chance I'm right!

    1. True
    2. True
    3. True
    4. False
    5. False
    6. Eudora Welty
    7. True
    8. False
    9. True
    10. Ability to fly

    Pat
    www.critteralley.blogspot.com

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  8. Hi Donna,
    Tell all about the Greek Isles if that one is true. I don't know you well enough to comment on the rest, but I had a friend who hated peanut butter, so that one may be true.

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  9. What a cute idea--both the shower game and the contest. Here are my wild guesses:
    1. True
    2. True
    3. True
    4. True
    5. True
    6. Joyce Carol Oates
    7. True
    8. True
    9. True
    10. Endless energy without ever having to sleep.

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  10. Thanks, Ellie.

    Lisa,
    I got your e-mail. You did very well.
    Donna

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  11. Hi Linda,
    Thanks for your comments.
    I'll post my answers later this month.
    Donna

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  12. What a fun quiz! I'm jealous of your sailing the Greek islands. And there's a little something for you over at my blog.

    Carol
    Under the Tiki Hut

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  13. Thanks, Carol. I will check it out.
    Donna

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