I'd like to introduce you to writer Maude Larke, a contest entrant. Here is her site.
Q:If you could date someone famous, who would it be?
Q: You get to be Santa Clause for one day. While you're driving your sleigh around town, you have the chance to run over grandma. Do you do it?
A: If it's the maternal one, yes: the paternal one, no.
Q: Who is your favorite author?
Q: What's your favorite hobby?
Q: What's your favorite movie?
A: 1973 version of the Three Musketeers
Q: Name one pet peeve?
A: Only one? Well, people who don't know how to recognize the space they're occupying
Q: What's your favorite color?
Q: In 200 words or less, tell us about a project you're working on, a story you've written, a book published, or a future project.
A: I'm working a project titled, Allanrgando. Rachel Ellinson – feisty, ambitious, passionate about music to the point of one-sidedness, ready to “show the sexists” – arrives at Northeastern Conservatory to participate in a conducting competition along with her “soccer mom” parents and her mentor, Randall Fielding, as well-known for his conducting as for his arrogance. When she wins, the judges ask Rachel to spend a week at the Conservatory to share her experience with the students, and during this time she gets to know the runner-up better – Madeline, gifted, articulate, a real sharer; they compare their different attitudes to music and to sexism. As Rachel begins her career, she descends into a vicious circle, responding aggressively to the hostility of the musicians which she attributes to this sexist attitude. It is at the point when she is about to scuttle her career out of frustration, irritation, and incipient alcoholism that she thinks of Madeline’s example reassesses her approach.
Q: If nothing sticks to Teflon what makes the Teflon stick to the pan?
A: Double-stick tape.