My Kind of Mad Lib Fun Contest Winner!

So laughter rocked the walls of my office tonight!

I read through all the entries with my husband and my two oldest daughters listening in. The judging was fairly subjective — we’re writers, so we are used to the whole “it’s subjective” thing, right?

Based on the amount of laughter produced, the winner of the first, but definitely not last, My Kind of Mad Lib Fun Contest is:

Coleen Patrick!

To refresh your memory, participants had a list of 21 words — a combination of names, verbs, nouns and numbers. Here’s the story I plugged those words into:

A writer named ________1______ (name) was writing a __2__________ (genre) novel. Her heroine was a ___3__________ (occupation) named ____4________ (woman’s name). Her hero was a ________5_______ (occupation) named _____6______ (man’s name). And the villain liked to _____7_________ (verb), and everyone called him _____8_________ (nickname.)

She was all ready to _____9___________ (verb) the ____10_________ (number) draft of her Great American ______11______ (noun), but then the ___12____________ (noun) rang. It was her agent, telling her that a publisher wanted to _____13___________ (verb) her book!  The advance was for _______14____ (number) dollars. The writer was so excited she ___15___________ (verb) and _________16______ (verb).

“Wait!” she said. “Before I sign the ___17___ (noun), I need to know if I get to go on a _____18__(noun) tour and if I’ll be a guest on the ______19________ (TV) show.”

Her agent told her yes and so she signed on the dotted __20_______ (noun), thrilled that all her ____21_______ (plural noun) were coming true.

And here is Coleen’s winning entry:

A writer named Anastasia  was writing a rom-com novel. Her heroine was a commercial diver named Eve. Her hero was a hand model named Ian. And the villain liked to surf, and everyone called him Pumpkin.

She was all ready to hiccup the one millionth draft of her Great American wax, but then the chia pet rang. It was her agent, telling her that a publisher wanted to eat her book!  The advance was for zero dollars. The writer was so excited she frolicked and sweated.

“Wait!” she said. “Before I sign the confetti, I need to know if I get to go on a spider monkey tour and if I’ll be a guest on The Today show.”

Her agent told her yes and so she signed on the dotted blueberry, thrilled that all her eyelashes were coming true.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Go here if you want to check out the other entries and plug them into the MKOML story! Believe me, your family/co-workers will gather around you wondering what’s going on.

My family suggested I write up an entry with my favorite words from all the entries combined. I’m considering it. What do you think?

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13 Comments

  1. February 2, 2012, 6:07 am   /  Reply

    Fun activation and neat way to choose. I can almost hear the rollicking laughter from here and it made me smile, too.

    • Beth Vogt
      February 2, 2012, 7:00 am   /  Reply

      Oh, yes — there was no way I could choose all by myself. Everyone was so, so creative!

  2. February 2, 2012, 6:56 am   /  Reply

    That’s hilarious! I used to love Mad Lib as a kid. I’d occupy many a road trip with the game. And yes, you most definitely should compile one with your favorite words for each! 😛

    Such a nice break from fast drafting, yes? 😛

    • Beth Vogt
      February 2, 2012, 7:01 am   /  Reply

      A much needed break from fast drafting — and a good reminder to use strong verbs and vivid descriptions!
      8)

  3. February 2, 2012, 7:01 am   /  Reply

    So funny! I’m laughing over my morning coffee!

    • Beth Vogt
      February 2, 2012, 7:24 am   /  Reply

      I know … “spider monkey tour?”
      I want to go on one of those!
      🙂

  4. February 2, 2012, 8:42 am   /  Reply

    Thanks Beth!
    I’m smiling and frolicking . . . I think I need to go call someone on my chia pet!
    🙂

    • Beth Vogt
      February 2, 2012, 9:34 am   /  Reply

      Ah, the chia pet … yes, that was a ROTFLOL word!!

  5. Loree Huebner
    February 2, 2012, 10:02 am   /  Reply

    Very funny!

  6. February 2, 2012, 10:51 am   /  Reply

    What fun!

  7. Jeanne T
    February 2, 2012, 1:56 pm   /  Reply

    So funny! Had me laughing out loud, even on the second read through. 🙂 Congratulations, Coleen! And make sure when you dooo sign on a blueberry that it’s not too ripe. 🙂

    • Beth Vogt
      February 2, 2012, 2:07 pm   /  Reply

      Since Jeanne and I live so close to each other, we have the advantage of meeting together twice a month. We got to read the MKOML together at a local coffee shop.
      She wants a chia pet and a spider monkey tour too.
      😉

      • Jeanne T
        February 2, 2012, 3:36 pm   /  Reply

        Bring it on! 😉

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