Here’s the over-long post under the July 8th comic. It includes the winners of the second contest and the rules for the third contest. I’ll also stick the winners of the first contest at the bottom of this post, since that blurb is currently buried in the archive. This will have to stand in for my Rant for today (yes, I know I’ve been neglecting the Rants lately).
1) Great WoB Extravaganza #I’ve Lost Count!
All right…a few things today. Before we get to the contests, I’ll just say that because I’m so very busy right now, this seems like a fine time to have a Great WoB Extravaganza. I may not survive it, but I’m trusting it will kick me into panic mode and help me finish my damn marking as well. Therefore, for the next two utterly exhausting weeks, West of Bathurst will appear every single day, theoretically speaking. If I fall behind, which I may, I’ll eventually catch up.
2) Contest #2: Winners
Summer Contest #2 is now over. There were many intriguing guesses as to what WoB‘s most Canadian attribute was. In the “practical” category, I’m going to have to go with the very first answer:
Nobilis: “As a European who has never been to North America I probably won’t get this right, but I’ll try anyway: WoB’s most Canadian attribute are the Maple Doughnuts at Tim Hortons.”
Sorry, Mimi S and fan; you tried, but your answers were too close to Nobilis’s. And yes, Mimi, Nobilis does have an advantage when I post the contests late at night. Today’s contest, luckily, will be posted just after noon EDT, which may or may not be inconvenient for Nobilis. We shall see.
The “creative” point goes to:
Laura: “I’m definitely at a disadvantage because I’m Canadian. I say WoB’s most Canadian attribute is the mild insanity all of the characters seem to have.”
In Canada, we are proud of our mild insanity.
Nobilis’s and Laura’s points have been added to the tally. Nobilis is currently in the lead and thus gets a bolded name. Hurrah!
3) Contest #3: Rules
Let us now begin a new contest. Hmm…let’s see:
This will be another guess-what’s-coming contest. At some point in the course of this coming week, at least one character who has previously appeared in the comic (but is not a regular) will appear again. (I should clarify that stipulation: characters who used to be regulars but aren’t any more still count as “regulars” for the purposes of this contest. Let’s say that anyone who has ever appeared on the character sheet will not be reappearing this week. The character sheet is, of course, a few years out of date, and it includes one-off characters as well as regulars, but excluding it in its entirety narrows the field a bit.) There may be more than one such character; there may be just one. Guess which character it is. You get only one try, but you may mention up to three characters. The more you get right (remember that there may be only one), the more points you get. You may repeat other entrants’ guesses. There will be no creativity point this week, just because it’s difficult to be creative when simply naming previous characters (it’s possible to be obscure, but creative? *Looks sideways at Erwaro, who is likely about to attempt to prove me wrong*). If any characters you want to mention are nameless, describe them as best you can. Links are acceptable too.
Have at it, valiant knights.
4) Contest #1: Winners
Barbara has now clarified her position a bit, so I can reveal the winners of Contest #1. There were a lot of good entries (which you can see here), ranging from the practical to the wildly inventive. Doctor Who and Star Trek both offered inspiration. But there can be only one winner. Well, that’s not true. There can actually be a number of winners. That sounds much less dramatic, however.
The “practical” winners are as follows:
Earthgirl: “Because Marie was there.”
Dances With Fish: “The mouse came back to life because Marie was subconsciously trying to create a distraction.”
Nobilis: “The mouse came back to life because Marie was (subconsciously) wishing it would.”
Dances With Fish was a bit off, but the “subconscious desire” element was there. Nobilis also offered some supplementary Star Trek-related theorising but noted that the initial sentence could be right even if the theorising was wrong.
The “creative” winner was really no contest:
“’The mouse came back to life because Marie was the mouse the whole time!’
“How does that make sense? Marie is actually a shape-shifter, though she does so unconsciously, and has not, to date, remembered any of her transformations. Casey is an alien from a very, very distant galaxy who was sent here to study our planet, who also has (much less powerful) shapeshifting abilities. The mouse came about when Marie changed into a blob-creature and then changed back. While transformed, a bit of her dripped off onto the carpet, and was, unbeknownst to either of them, still alive. Casey figured out that this fragment of Marie was alive when a mouse touched it and the bit of Marie turned into a copy of the mouse. That was a bit of a giveaway. He tried to catch the Marie-mouse, but failed. After a while, though, he came into possession of the deceased remains of Marie-Mouse. He knew it was her because of alien shape-shifting-detection powers that make total sense. Reviving the Marie-mouse required contact with some part of Marie that was still living. He ended up getting a bit of her blood when she got a papercut. He revived the mouse, gave it a tracking device (an ALIEN tracking device) and set it free, hoping to gain a deeper understanding of Marie’s transformative abilities. The mouse has mostly just run around since then, though.
“Incidentally, Marie’s transformative powers are also the reason she can create fires. Her transformative abilities regard fire elementals as perfectly legitimate creatures. And, finally, she doesn’t have to transform all the way, duh. Just a little fire elemental will go a long way.”
That entry…is simply sublime.
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