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Sunday, September 26, 2010
All right! This is the first contest since April, and that one didn't have many entries. Before we start up again, let me type a few words about my philosophy of the contests. I want them to be fun, but they can't be so easy that everyone will get everything right, or there won't be a winner. And, although you might have to spend more than five minutes on them, there is a tangible prize... a do follow link with your 125x125 avatar for a month.
I hear a lot of people saying they don't enter because they are afraid they won't get them all right. Hey! This isn't school! I won't embarrass people (I hope). Just play, and have fun- maybe you'll win.
Send entries to email@example.com before midnight Eastern Daylight Time, October 1, 2010. That gives you 5 days and a few hours. Ready? Here we go!
1. Tell me where the insect is in this picture, and what kind it is. If you need a clue as to what you are looking for, see A Fairy Tale in Green and White.
For 2-7, follow these directions. Visit each of the blog posts below. They were chosen from recent top commenter's blogs, in no particular order. In each post look for one of the six bright rainbow colors in the text. Then, write down the name of the person who writes the blog, the color, and the item which is described as having the color.
Example: (not one of the real answers)
At rainfield's blog, read A Desperate Fantail.
The name of the person is in the clue: rainfield
Look for a color- You will find black in the example, but it's not a rainbow color, so it won't be one of the ones in the actual contest. The sentence is "It flew away, only leaving the post and landed on the nearby black bin." Then grab the word the color describes, which is "bin."
So, your answer should be: rainfield, black, bin
2. At Lin's blog, read Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
3. At Ivy's blog, read Here I Go Sterotyping
4. At Jean's blog, read European Starlings in the U.S.
5. At Ann's blog, read Looking Back
6. At Dennis' blog, read Arthroscopic Surgery is Not Always Minor
7. At Chuck's blog, read Six Names You Go By
8. Tiebreaker- take the 6 words, with or without their colors, and the name of the insect from question 1, and write a short essay using all of them. If the word has more than one meaning, feel free to use any meaning or nuance. Create!
So, a complete answer will have
1. the name of an insect and an approximate location in the picture
2-7. name, color, item
8. a short essay using 7 items
Again, send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight Eastern Daylight Time, October 1, 2010.