Friday, September 4, 2009

The Entries Are In! It's up to you now...

"He'd putt-putt his way in his little machine, all shiny and bright and incredibly clean.." From the play, Good Night Sweet Prince, Act 2

Our little canine Frenchman Balzac is at it again, elegantly strutting and putt-putting his way into our hearts as only a Frenchman can do, but thanks to three talented writers, I won't be the author of the final act. You will now have a chance to see three alternative endings to M. Balzac's adventurous exploits in the City of Lights!

I want to thank these writers who will remain anonymous for the time being, for their generosity; in the midst of busy lives, they decided to put pen to paper and try their hand at some poetry and prose. Here is what you can do as the audience:

1. Read each entry.
2. Use the voting gadget on my sidebar to vote; you can only vote once due to the nature of the gadget.
3. Wait until next Saturday when I post the winner and present the final act.

So now, sit back, let your imagination take you to the streets of Paris' posh fashion district and cast your votes!

Entry #1:

The character of Toto is sweet and charming...
but what happened to him was strange and alarming...
what ever can little Balzac do...
can he change his fate.. and the link to Toto too?
Or is it better to keep in mind
that every character is sweet and kind
and in this world you sometimes need
more then one character, yes! indeed.
One that's brave, and one that's bold
one that's warm when days are cold
one that's funny to make you smile
one that's patient and can wait a while
one that's clever, one that's smart
one with compassion and one with a heart
one that's that's daring
one to understand
that when you mix them all together
all can be your friend.


Entry #2:

Oh no! Look what I found!
That dear Pomeranian lost what I have found!
Her hanky so wet from those tears shed for me...
Shall I be what I've been, or be what I'll be?

Her fur was so fluffy, it set me in a spin!
Surely now I must behave to be her next kin.
The theater life has left me quite stuffed,
I'm chasing that hanky and her cute little tuff.

I am so smitten, my life spread so thin,
I must catch the next plane, it will be no sin,
Sadie Mae was her name, she's no plain Jane!
I'm settling my paws on her window pane,
it's the hour for me to rise and shine,
'cause that cute little Pomeranian will be mine all mine!


Entry # 3:

He went as fast as his legs could take him

this scruffy ragamuffin.

Through alleyways and boulevards he was on his way a puffin'.

Soon he would round the corner of La Rue de Sainte Honoré

through peoples' legs and winding streets he soon would find his way.

It was fine with the kids, all the hugs and kisses

but he belonged in the salon with society's minxes

how he loved to upset their apple carts

With his crazy antics, this little upstart

even Madame Chou Chou was heard to whisper

"How I dearly miss that little trickster."

M. Balzac entered the salon that day

"Fear not fair lady", he seemed to say.

"For I have come back for good at last to stay

Gone is my wanderlust, and to this day,

I will stay faithful to my friends forever

But I am still a scamp, a scoundrel and clever!

And if I do not hear a sincere "Merci"

Your shoes may make their way off the balcony!

Balzac! Monsieur Bergeron cried out with joy

Oh mon petit chien, my sweet little boy.

The clients were hushed by this beautiful scene

all their protests were just a silly smokescreen.

All’s well that ends well I believe they say

A sweet ending to this magnificent day!

There you have it. Cast your votes, take advantage of the refreshments in the lobby and we will see you next week as the curtain rises to present the winner and the final act of Good Night Sweet Prince!

Illustration by Shane Harrison from Blog Fancy


Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Such fun dear one!!! Blessings!

Tristan Robin said...

what fun!

I felt guilty choosing one over another - but I did.

looking forward to the continuing saga!

Unknown said...

Are we having fun now or what...yipeeee!

The Dutchess said...

O my Goodness..we did arive to late......our internet is playing tricks on us...Wonderful entry's,and we did pick one..
And I agree with Jacqueline..aren't we having fun:)))

icandy... said...

Love this!!!

Anonymous said...

hi anita, yes, I am back, I had problems with my computer and have lost most of my email addresses, so email me and we can find a time to see each other! Henry starts school on tuesday, and I am sure you are busy with school too, but we will figure something out!
muchos besitos!

Jorgelina said...

Hi Ana!!
what fun!
Of girl my dog was equal to yours.
Pampi was called.
In my blog I have translator. Happy weekend

Unknown said...

Ooooh, I love this song Anita. I love all the endings, but I voted for one. So much fun!

Happy Pink Saturday, Karen

deb famularo said...

oh my, what great endings all of them are, so tough to pick one, but alas I did.
Good luck everyone!!!! This was so fun, I am going to miss M. Balzac!!!!!!! That is for sure!
xOxO hugs to you, deb

Dylan said...

Eh, eh, eh, nice...

Rosemary said...

Hi Anitia,
So fun!! I voted!!
Can't wait to find out the results.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sweet Anita...

Aren't you just the most fun gal? I picked my fav....whew, that's hard. They were all great. :-)

Hope all is well with you. Have a wonderful weekend dear girlie!


Gina said...

Kudos to all the entries! They were all good. We're definitely in company with an elite group of talented writers! Anita, thank you for creating a forum for budding creative writers to unlease their work. This has been fun to watch from the sidelines. G'luck to all!


savvycityfarmer said...

I see you have a new "dress' wear it well.
What a feast of creativity you have going on here. I havent the time for such details, so I depend on you ♥♥♥♥

missn our chats


ooops i see you did...

Unknown said...

I wanted to write something but I have been a little under the weather, but I must say, all three entries were wonderful and so are you for a very creative idea.


p.s. If I must pick one, I do it with much admiration for all ~

Fete et Fleur said...

These are all wonderful, but I do have a favorite. I'm off to vote.


Bonnie said...

Hi Anita, I always have a wonderful time visiting your blog! Come visit me for something'll see!


Shell said...

Anita Dear,

I cannot seem to find a link to your email on the site and it's not in my mail archive.

You won my empty nest prize drawing for the giveaway at my ShellinSnohomish Blog! Please email me when you can @

I've tried to let you know earlier, but my posts kept freezing the last 36 hours or so!


Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Good Evening Anita! Cute endings to your play....all of them! Can't wait to see who wins!~Hugs, Patti

The Dutchess said...

Hello dearest...I just came home,after a wonderful family party..I was very happy to see my internet was working so I invited Jacqueline...and posted my Monday I am off to see Miss Moussie..have a nice day..take care:))

LiLi M. said...

You are such a clever hostess Anita, saving the refreshments for the last, I think I will stay here for a while.... Love the entries, all of them, but like the others I had to pick my favorite. What a great idea this contest and I love the way you have decorated it all, and your taste in refreshments is divine!
Good luck to all contestants, they are all winners in my point of view. Have a lovely day Anita!

Rattus Scribus said...

I love Balzac. I know him well, having first met him and his hutzpah in Paris. His first act was to do an about face and show me his...well...I don't want to be rude. True story.
Mr. B.

Kirsten Steen said...

Oh my, I'm having trouble choosing. But just wanted to say, congrats to you for creating such lively entertainment. Loved your acts with all their photos and fun. What a great idea!
Have a lovely week!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Thank you dear Anita....have a wonderful new school year and use that hand sanitizer!~Hugs, Patti

Woolytales Miniatures said...

All are lovely entries, but I did have a favorite and I vote.... Can't wait to see the final.*smiles*

Fifi Flowers said...

J'adore the second photo with the beret... FAB photo... he is PRECIOUS!!! May I borrow that photo for a painting?

Anonymous said...

This was so much fun Anita. I had a little post ready to go but of course it is lost with the rest of my things. I am now able to post but having great difficulty reading the print. I enjoyed your posts so much. I have cast my vote and cannot wait until next week to see who the winner is. I hope you are having a wonderful week with all of those beautiful children in your class :>)

Unknown said...

Hi Anita, Back again to say that I hope you are having a wonderful week at school.


Hope Adela Pasztor said...

that dog is so cute!!! =)

Barb said...

Hi Anita,

I'm really late but I made it. I have to say that when I voted, I was surprised.
You have done a fabulous job and I appreciate all your hard work.


P.S. That photo of you is STUNNING!

The Victorian Parlor said...

What fun! I'm off to vote:).



deb famularo said...

Hello anita!!!
Thank you for all your kind thoughts!!! You are so sweet, and so busy- yet you take the time to say hello all the time- thank you!
TGIF huh!! Hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!!! Lots of love, deb

à la parisienne said...

Three very well written entries here. How might I select that which I prefear?
Sorry...I felt like rhyming as well, but realized the necessity to rhyme meant to misspell!

Although I missed the chance to write for Act Four, there is truly one entry that I do adore.
Off to your sidebar to cast my "scrutin." I can't wait until next Saturday to learn of Balzac's final "destin!"

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bonjour Anita!

I think I'm too late to vote but if I could vote I would vote for #1. All the entries were wonderful and exude such talent.

Bisous, Sherry

Martha's Favorites said...

I was thinking about you this morning. I had not been by to visit, sorry. I will do better this month. Hope you are doing well. Love the story, I will have to enter next time. I love putting in my two cents! LOL! Blessings, Martha

Laurie AE said...

I could not decide among the three, c'est impossible ...

LOVE the pictures of Balzac, he is so dashing.

I saw this blog today and thought you would like it, if you hadn't already seen it:

A bientot!

The Dutchess said...

Dearest...hope your problems with the computer will we solved very soon...Something strange happened on the road to Nowhere...