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And the winner is…

khaula mazhar!

Thanks Khaula for your entry.  Middle loved it.  Please include your mailing address in an email at catwoods (dot) writer (at) gmail (dot) com.  We will get your chocolates to you ASAP!

And the science fair winner was…

  • Not Water.  In its pure form, it froze the hardest and took longer to melt by almost an hour.
  • Not Coffee.  With no fat or sugar, coffee was still fairly pure.
  • Not Milk.  This was my pick due to the fat and sugar, but nope, it was only the fourth fastest to melt.
  • Not Hot Chocolate or Orange Juice.  Both of these melted at almost exactly the same rate.  Oj came out on top during one melt, while Swiss Miss ran a bit hotter the second time around.
  • Mello Yello.

Which made us curious, so we actually did a bit more testing.  It was the only carbonated drink and it had the highest sugar content.  A second set of tests “proved” that carbonation is the top contributor to quick melt times with sugar a close second.  In fact, sugar-water melted almost twice as fast as pure water.

So, science fair project complete and a newer appreciation for the things that we drink.

Thanks for playing and may the melt be with you!


The Liquid Battles Writing Contest

So, Middle Son is working on his science fair project.  Last night we carefully measured out one tablespoon of various liquids into an ice-cube tray.  Today, we will time them to see which liquid melts first. 

It’s a fight between pure, clean water, carbonated Mello Yello, fatty milk, frothy hot chocolate, sugary-sweet oj and brewed coffee. 

Who will win?  Or would it be lose?

Regardless, we will spend our day watching ice melt.

And like all things in life, this got me thinking about the characters in our novels.  Each is like a different liquid.  Some are pure and wholesome, while others are bitter and dark.  Still others are so sweet they make your teeth hurt.

Good analogy, eh?

While it’s all up to the real liquid in Middle’s science fair project, the outcome of the writing contest is completely up to you.  So without further ado, I present: 

The Liquid Battles Rules and Regs

  1. In 150 words or less, create a Main Character using one of these six liquids.  Water, soda, hot chocolate, orange juice, coffee or milk. 
  2. Entrench your MC in a conflict with other liquids so we can see his/her attributes in action.
  3. Include your Battle in a comment to this post by Friday March 4th.
  4. Third grade Middle will read your entries over the weekend and declare a Liquid Winner!
  5. Results will be posted on Monday the 7th along with the winning entry.
  6. Our Liquid Hero will receive a sweet treat of assorted Ghirardelli Chocolate Squares.  (Participants must live in the US for ease of shipping, however, if an out of country writer wins the battle, we will happily post a link to your blog or website and send sweet thoughts your way.) 

A mystery bonus gift will be included in your prize package if your Liquid MC also happens to match the liquid that took the longest to melt. 

So, tap into your inner child and give us a battle of epic proportion.  You have nothing to lose and bragging rights to gain. 

Let the Liquid War begin…