UTAH – Farewell Statement
Harvest has ended. Disappointed as I am to bow out so near the end, I take some consolation in my Fourth Fiction run coming to a close along with the crop season. Coco deserved to win as much as anyone else; in fact my better half is glad the winner is someone whose primary language is not English. It may have cost her in votes along the way, but it goes to show that what readers most value isn’t technical competence but compelling narrative.
I just went through and read your comments to me over the past few months. It was a privilege and honor to have had for a readership such a diverse and lively company, or as one of you put it, an “attractive & crazy posse.” The commenters section of the last video was especially moving. I could watch it endlessly and I doubt it would lose any of its emotional impact. It’s as if somewhere along the way the readers had become characters upon some larger canvas. That may explain my initial surprise at seeing your faces.
The phrase ‘online community’ doesn’t sound as funny to me now as it once did. I hope the bonds don’t break with the end of the contest. As for Delia, Corey, and Jacob, you can be sure my last writing wasn’t the last you’ll hear of them.
As much as I eagerly await the pseudonymous restrictions to be lifted, it’s been entertaining to imagine what the contestants look like, who they are, and to what degree they’ve shown their true identity.
Finally, a sincere thank you to our newly mustachioed host, despite his autocratic practice of barring contestants from the website! 😉
Congratulations, Coco. Like the others I eagerly await your post.