Filling in the Blanks. Did you Guess?

One more delay before I post more helps for authors who can’t afford to hire a professional editor. I should have that posted by Thursday. Today I’m announcing winners for my guessing contest for Rachael Harrie’s Platform Building Campaign Second Challenge. See my last post to read the entries if you want to take a whack at guessing before you read the answers below.
Congratulations to Irika S., chosen by Rafflecopter as the $5 random voter entry.  I want to make it clear that I did not require voting for my entry to enter or win the contest. I just provided the link and asked people to vote for any contest entry.  Rafflecopter did the rest.
The first and only person to guess my post theme was Dovile P. She guessed my theme was “Light in Darkness” and she was right. No need for Rafflecopter to choose her as winner, so her name is the only one of the three winners not displayed on the entry form.

My flash fiction didn’t end well. The thumping in the second half of the story was CPR, in case you didn’t guess that. And since I intentionally chose the names of the characters from the movie Meet Joe Black (You can read the wikipedia synopsis here) for both my flash fiction and my book pitch, I managed to fool everybody about my book pitch ending.  Rather than declaring a tie between endings all the opposite of mine, I let Rafflecopter choose a winner, and it picked Amy S. Here’s the movie poster. It speaks volumes.

And now you get to read the whole book pitch for Meet Joe White, sequel to Meet Joe Black, with the previously missing words now underlined:

Susan leans against the rusty support of some bridge remains. Crying, she wipes Joe White’s leg with her wet hair. They talk, their lives presented in flashbacks as his consciousness fades in and out.

At her father’s party, Joe’s photos preserve fireworks as streaks. Later, they marry and travel as he photographs everything from starving children to water art—until their son chases a ball into the ocean. Distraught, they also attempt drowning, except Joe gets cut.

In vision, they see their son embrace the starving children’s photo.  “Adopt,” he whispers.

The ambulance arrives.

So you see, Susan and Joe not only get to see their son, but they both live to feel the love and joy of another child by adopting. Although I loved reading the sad endings you supplied, I felt that finding a new purpose in life, starting again from the depths of sorrow, was very much in keeping with the end of the movie. What do you think?

Share A Heart

Indie author-friendly freelance editor, children's book blogger for picture books through YA, kid lit, SF/fantasy lover with special fondness for middle grade, pun-loving SCBWI member, meter-maid for poetry and rhyming picture books.


  1. This is a great post! I really like your writing: the style is phenomenal. You have an amazing blog.

  2. Another great movie about adoption, suttle, most loving film I’ve ever seen from the mother learning of her pregnancy, contemplation, finding a friend who eventually becomes family to her and her (or, their) child. Bella. Absolutely beautiful! Here’s a link for your convenience & viewing pleasure 🙂

  3. Thanks to you both, Gina and Angel(a). I’ve already visited your blogs and both impressed me. I checked the movie link and that’s one I missed. I’ll have to see if it’s on Netflix now because it does look good. We almost adopted 2 times and started foster parent apps 2 times, but I got pregnant each time. 4 sons later, I wish I’d adopted a girl.

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