Debriefing about the Briefness
Running a quest takes quite a lot of work! Reading, voting, and keeping track of all the submissions was time-consuming—but quite a lot of fun! I'm just glad it wasn't "Verbosity Quest." It was an absolute treat to get a chance to work alongside the darling and delightful Debutante, she really helped to make it a good time (and, between that and her Claus duties, I'm thinking she's ready for an extended holiday).
We did have a bit of controversy over the two-word poems. I am pretty equivocal on the matter, but we everythingians need to be very careful not to come across as a bunch of spoilsports, party-poopers, and sticks-in-the-proverbial mud. Still, the whole thing was pretty silly, and got old really quickly, but a couple of the entries were quite clever.
But even with the minor squabbles, it ultimately turned out to be a very successful quest—over 120 entries, from more than sixty skillful noders. Some of the entries were funny (we even had a couple of silly cheap-laughs in there), some were very serious, many were absolutely amazing. I would like to thank every one of the participants and everyone who voted and C!d the entries. This has been a terrific experience for me. I would also like to thank The Debutante for being the best co-host that I could have possibly hoped to work with.
Because, to quote the Queen from Black Adder, we: "...just couldn't choose between our faves..." we have chosen to declare a three-way tie for first place, and a two-way tie for third place...and here are our winners (each to receive something fun in their real mailbox—but we will need addresses):
Kanoodle (one of E2's rising stars, his contributions were sterling as always)
and, tied for third place
Thanks again, everyone! Trinkets, both real and virtual will be sent soon!