The deadline for submitting an entry in The Nest’s First Annual Contest of Whatever has come and gone! Did you get your squirrel, possum and unicorn creation in on time? Tomorrow, the winners will be announced to much joy and celebration, and a few jeers from the losers.
A quick count of the pingbacks I received on my contest announcement post shows that there were 13 entries… fittingly my favorite number! I will now link to the posts of all 13 contest entries and say a few
impartial words about each entry. You can judge for yourself which entry is the best and cheer on your favorites….
I will post the entries in random order. Since there were 13, I assigned each entry to a playing card like so:
And drew the posting order at random. I will use this same method and card designations tomorrow morning to choose the second chance random drawing winner.
And now for the thirteen official entries in the First Annual Contest of Whatever!
Juliette managed to weave the required animal trio into one of the magnificent tales of life and romance from the perspective of the modern vampire that she is well known for. If you love baby unicorns, petting possums, and squirrels being squirrels… you will enjoy this entry. Well, you should enjoy it anyway!
Alice’s daughter Thing Two decided to get in on the contest, probably knowing she could do better than her mother. She drew this picture of a Uni-kitty named Possum. What an awesome name! There is also a story to go along with it involving wizards, Batman, and origami Yoda collections…
Being the master of fiction, DJ contributed a short story of a squirrel and possum encountering a magical unicorn. What they each did when offered one wish by the unicorn may surprise you, though the ending is no surprise to anyone who knows a possum!
Alice already had Squirrel and Sad Poneh… er, Unicorn as mascots, so all she needed to do was throw in a possum and voila! She describes her drawing in more detail in the entry post, but I can never look past that possum, who looks like he’s just been forked by the branch through the gut. I am always dreaming of new ways to off Buster…
Goldfish is a master at creating the absolute cutest drawings of pretty much any critter you can imagine. I was quite pleased that my contest finally got her to
embrace draw a possum! Isn’t he adorable? She assembled her critters in front of this colorful background, and I assure you the sun isn’t the only one with a huge smile on its face as it takes in this scene!
C.K. went for the kill in her last minute entry and crafted a story that incorporated many in the blogging community, as well as a number of shoutouts to the worlds both of our blogs revolve around. You’ll find everything but police car dancing here… and it’s not even finished yet! I can’t wait for Part 2 (and neither can Brett the zombie killer)…
Yelloz and Servant Z submitted a charming story of love and treasure acted out by the characters above. A unicorn and a possum impostor share a secret love for each other that they only discover after they gain and lose a fortune.
Aunt Sharon pulled out all the stops with a crocheted version of each animal… offering up a Rainbow Donkey using the awesome pattern from Squirrel Picnic (see sidebar), one of her signature glove squirrels, and a genuine Australian common brushtail possum! Very cute and colorful!
Draliman, who is legendary for his short stories sprinkled with dark humor, offered up a story of a poor squirrel who had lost his nuts, and a possum who was enjoying the humor of the situation all too much. Be sure to check out the Dralidoodles of each animal in the story as well!
Grandmalin’s trademark character Just Jazzy partying with my three favorite critters and a little wine! This is just too perfect and cute!
I put up no constraints on the type of art form one could submit, and Judah chose the minimalist approach of a haiku. It has all three required animals in it, so it’s good to go! And this was the only poetic offering in my contest.
Merby’s story starts off like a joke… “A squirrel walks into a bar”. To find out what happens next, just go to her post and read it yourself! It’s high comedy…
Finally, there is Youngatfifty, who crocheted a topsy-turvy doll that is a squirrel and possum all in one! She even based each critter’s design on my characters ES and Buster. Also included is the head of a Rainbow Donkey. Make sure to click on her entry to check out these creations!
So there you have my very first contest’s entries! May the best and luckiest submissions win!