NORA – Farewell Statement
Nora was eliminated at the end of Round 9
By now it is most obvious that contestants who take risks in their writing get voted off prematurely. The latest poll result demonstrates this all too clearly.
I find it curious that despite receiving overwhelmingly positive comments I was roundly rejected. Perhaps it’s retrospective thinking, but I suspect the results would have been different had we continued with elimination voting as tradition demands. No offense to the other contestants, but it appears that the readers, despite loudly proclaiming their alleged devotion to the rules of grammar, prefer the novelty of giving a charity vote to someone who doesn’t even know what a comma is.
It is indulgent to speak too much of myself right now, especially in light of the horrific tragedy at Fort Hood. Our thoughts should be with the grieving families. I would, however, like to say one last thing about my story.
As I was not given the chance to complete my novella, the bawdy and graphic scenes I depicted may have given readers the impression I condone a “swinger” lifestyle. My intention was the complete opposite. I intended in my next entry to illustrate how corrosive this behavior can be. The “eroticism” of the earlier scenes had been exaggerated to grotesque effect precisely to hypnotize readers into a state of base arousal. The next post would have shattered these vulgar fantasies. Marriage is a sanctified union between a man and a woman. One man and one woman. Unfortunately I was deprived of the opportunity to take a moral stance.
Like JD, I too wish the host didn’t feel the need to tame down my challenge that the others kill off their main character. This competition was never about fairness. However, though he was unable to keep his word, I recognize there are pressures on the host that the rest of us may not appreciate. Everything aside, thank you, Constantine, for inviting me to take part, and thank you to the readers who offered positive feedback along the way.
Good luck to the rest of you. May the best writer [sic] win.