The time has come to reveal the winners in my Second Annual Contest of Whatever! The discussion has ended, the voting has concluded, and the bribes have stopped being accepted.
Even with a narrower field than last year, the decision was still extremely tough for me to make. There were three or four entries that I could have declared the winner and felt alright with my choice. But there can only be one… and the blogger who I’ve chosen as the winner of this year’s contest is none other than………..
Draliman’s combination of art and storytelling was brilliant, along with his trademark deviously black humo(u)r. I have to admit, the fate of Team Possum won him more points in my book than even having Team Squirrel be the winners…
If you do not follow Drali and read his wickedly clever and often morbid takes on the Friday Fictioneers and Finish the Story Mondays prompts, you are truly missing out on the greatest master of horror who does not hang out at Fenway Pahk.
So, that takes care of this year’s winner of my choosing! But we still have the random winner to choose from the eight remaining entries! Once again, like last year, I numbered each participant by the order they got their entry in:
- Grandma Lin
- Ally Bean
I also retained the services of the most prestigious accounting firm in the feline world, Ody & Biskit, LLC, to supervise the drawing to ensure everything was on the up and up…
Ody has 29 years on the job (Those are either cat years, or he’s fudging his resume a bit), and his ethics are absolutely impeachable… unless you rub his belly, then he’s willing to turn a blind eye to anything. But he’s handsome enough to get away with any imperfections in his character…
Biskit is the quiet partner of the firm. Some say he’s merely a “yes cat” for Ody… but don’t let his diminutive nature fool you. Biskit has an eagle eye for fraudulent activities, and is not afraid to use his claws to cut through wastefulness…. or the couch, whichever’s closer.
OK, we’ve got the cards numbered Ace through nine, and removed the seven for Draliman…
I shuffled and shuffled and shuffled the cards in front of my two witnesses until I was sure I had no idea what card was on top. I then placed the deck face down in front of the cats, and turned the top one over. And the winner of the second chance random drawing is…..
Congratulations to Merby!!!
And like last year, the random winner’s entry was definitely one of my final contenders for the top prize, so two of the best entries wound up victorious! You may both feel free to browse my shop and find an item for $20 USD or less that you would like to claim as your prize. And since all items are the same price regardless of the design, if there’s a drawing of mine you’d like on an item that you don’t see there, feel free to let me know! I know you’ve both emailed me before, so you know where to contact me!
The winners also get this cool badge to display on their blogs!
And for the runners up….
And for everyone else who entered the contest but just got the loser badge…. well, there’s always next year! I enjoy all of the wonderful creations you all come up with to my simple, open-ended prompts, and can’t wait to do this again next February!
Thanks to everyone who played along, or even just watched from the audience!