April 1, 2008

The Bicycle Has Landed

Frank Turner Hollon has spoken! I sent him the entries, and he sent back the winners in the TODD-Contest.

For latecomers, the BICYCLE/TODD STORY was told on The LIPSTICK CHRONICLES. And then FTK readers were invited to EXPLAIN the truth behind the mysterious affair in a contest detailed here.

Drumroll for the winners?

Honorable mentions to Caty and Mir, who are both completely twisted…

The first runner up -- who will receive a signed UK Edition of THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING, which launches across the pond on the 17th of this month – is…

Leanne! Here is her entry:

My theory is that the person who took the message was somewhat hearing impaired. The actual message was from a shy fellow named Todd who worked in one of the bookstores that you've read in recently. He is a rabid recycler, and when he saw that you threw some paper into his garbage can, he wanted to let you know that you should be recycling that paper. But, shy guy that he is, he couldn't bring himself to approach your glamorous self to tell you face-to-face. So, he called ahead to one of the next stops on your tour, to leave a message that you've left your "recycle" in his "garbage". He asked that the message be passed along tactfully, because although he is a rabid recycler, he has compassion for those who haven't attained that level of social conscience as of yet.

FIRST PLACE – who wins an Audio of THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING goes to…

Jo! Here is her entry:

It is painfully obvious that Frank Turner Hollon is Todd, but it goes deeper
than a simple prank.

Back in the eighties, Frank was a little blonde boy who loved cupcakes. His
parents had named him Todd. When little Joshilyn Jackson kissed her lovable
little cupcakes and offered them to him, his heart nearly burst with
happiness. He had to think of a way to get her to love him. So, he stole her
bicycle. And put it in his garage.

The trauma of the lovely pink bike's disappearance was blocked from young
Joshilyn's mind. So Todd waited, hoping she would miss the bike, but was too
shy to tell her of his love and treachery.

As they both grew and she drifted away, he heard she'd been accepted to
college up north of all places. After undergoing extensive plastic surgery to
make him impossibly gorgeous, he started seeking her out at parties. But,
when she smiled, he blurted out that he was gay and lost her again.

Finally, he went off to law school, still obsessed with the beautiful girl.
So, he went under the knife again, this time unsuccessfully, and changed his
name to Frank Turner Hollon.

He heard that Joshilyn had become a writer, started following her successes,
first with plays, then essays and finally a novel. He started writing novels
of his own so he could once again be in her circle. When she ventured out on
tour, and decided to reach out in one last, desperate attempt.

He called, his voice raspy from crying.

"Todd for Joshilyn Jackson: Bicycle of hers was left in his garage. Please
tactfully pass this message on to the author.”

He knew that she would recognize him. He waited in the garage, sitting next
to the pink bike that he had dusted faithfully every day. And he is still

Winners – e-mail me a snail addy…and thank you ALL so much for playing. I had a GRAND time reading the entries!

Posted by joshilyn at April 1, 2008 12:45 PM

Now I want to see Caty's and Mir's entries, I LIKE twisted!

Posted by: Brigitte at April 1, 2008 12:54 PM

Delurking to say I'm with Brigitte - let's see Caty's and Mir's twisted entries. I'm all curious now.

Love the bicycle story - love your books - love your blog!

Posted by: Pamela at April 1, 2008 1:14 PM

Seconding Brigitte's request--we must see the twisted!

Posted by: Therese at April 1, 2008 1:37 PM

I was robbed. ROBBED I TELL YOU.

Congrats to the winners!!

Posted by: Mir at April 1, 2008 2:10 PM

I want to see them alllll!! Congrats to the winners!

And I want another contest for fun prizes to happen sometime when I'm not out of town for the weekend and then totally brain dead from travel so that I can play too! :-)

Posted by: DebR at April 1, 2008 4:32 PM

Yes, please post the twisted entries, and please, please stop torturing Todd/Frank with your cruel, cruel, insensitive machinations....

Posted by: JulieB at April 1, 2008 8:21 PM

I want to see the other entries too!

Posted by: Tammy at April 2, 2008 8:25 AM

I love Jo's entry, but I want to see the twisted! SHOW ME THE TWISTED!

I meant to enter, really I did. But real life potentially PAYING writing interfered. So I'm with DebR: more contests!

Posted by: Aimee at April 2, 2008 9:28 AM

great entries, congrats to the winners. Now we want Caty and Mir's twisted sisterness.

Posted by: Cele at April 2, 2008 11:17 AM

Twisted-ness! The two winners were lovely, but I'm sick... I want the twisted one!

Have you recovered from the exhausteds yet?

Posted by: Beth at April 2, 2008 12:26 PM

I am so excited that I won. I never win anything. I want to see the twisted too, just so I can see that Todd/Frank deemed too twisted to win.

Posted by: Jo at April 2, 2008 12:37 PM

The recycling one is hilarious. But now you really do have to post Caty's and Mir's entries. And yes, please do have more contests!

Posted by: holly at April 2, 2008 1:42 PM

I want to see all the entries, too!

I know the entries are longer than haikus, but I still enjoyed reading all the contest entries back then. Don't taunt us by saying the Todd stories had you giggling like a loon and then not sharing. We should all giggle like a flock of loons.

Posted by: Elizabeth at April 3, 2008 12:49 PM

Good to hear the book is out on the 17th April. The british book websites all have cotradicting release dates.

Posted by: Lee at April 4, 2008 3:39 PM