I recently began subscribing to Ragan’s PR Daily Newsfeed, a daily email compiling really great articles on social media and PR. (Thanks for the tip, Joy!)
Yesterday (March 4), I noted they were holding their first-ever limerick contest to celebrate Grammar Day. I wanted to enter, but the deadline was 1 pm EST and I was booked in meetings until then. Yet somehow I managed to press send at 12:58 pm, and beat out 100+ other entries. (And I thought I was the only poetic grammar geek!)
What I learned from this exercise:
- You have nothing to lose from going for something. Don’t be your own censor and defeat yourself before even trying.
- Sometimes it’s better not to over think things. Inspiration thrives in open air.
- Deadlines have an amazing ability to force you to make decisions. I literally came up with the 4th line and idea for the overuse of commas in the last 2 minutes… while I was on a conference call.
My winning limerick:
My ex-boyfriend’s, grammar, was minimal,
His, intelligence sharp, but, subliminal.
But, finally after, cracking,
I sent, him packing,
Because his, use of, commas, was criminal.
More information about the competition can be found here. Congratulations to the other finalists!
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to collect my prize….