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Jim Westfall

I do this. I do that. I pour ketchup in my hat...and then the cops show up.

Story: Cracker Jacks Are Full of Surprises

Reviews

Roger Blankenship

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If literary genius had a name, it would be "Jim Westfall." I teach creative writing, and this is the most entertaining and well constructed story I've read in years. When Westfall sets the hook, you will laugh all the way through the story until the conclusion, where he then gently and seamlessly shifts gears. At the end of this story, you will be forced to think, and the poignant finale will touch your heart on a very deep level. If the conclusion doesn't leave you misty eyed, then you are less than human. This story is perfectly constructed, and achieves the obviously desired effect that Westfall sets out to accomplish. You need to read this story, and if it fails to win this contest, then something is terribly wrong with the process. This is an absolute gem of a story, and the Cracker Jacks analogy of opening up the surreal, hilarious and meaningless "non-synopsis" to find a valuable prize inside was not lost on me. That was a stroke of sheer genius. Westfall possesses a strong, creative and unique voice that deserves to be heard, His command of the language is superb, and it will be a shame if doesn't find a platform from which to present it. I WANT MORE OF HIS WORK! This author's work is in a class of its own. I wish him all of the luck in the world in winning this contest (even though it's not luck, but pure literary skill). Please read and vote for this story. Thank you, Mr. Westfall. I was truly surprised and delighted. I will read (and purchase) EVERYTHING you produce in the future.

Twang

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AAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHHHA... I LOVED IT!!!

Alex Norton

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Excellent!

Bob Salamander

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A ripping read, a warm & humourous tone...

Modern Primate

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Sheer genius.

Candygirl

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This was a delightful SURPRISE !!! A must read. Love, Love !!

Weather

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Good stuff

JoJo

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A mighty fine recollection of the good 'ol days by a real hill jack. You done good!

David Kazmierski

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It's like a word Oreo. The beginning is cute, the middle is very funny, and the ending is cute.

Candy Cook

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Totally great story, hilarious in every way.. !!

Chumworth

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Brilliant! Nice work, Jim...

Julz Grrrl

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Jim Westfall is full of surprises!! Always funny, never boring!

IntrospectiveApe

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Great stuff. Very talented man, that Mr. Westfall.

Tumblewood

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DAMN! That sho'ly is some fine writin' there, Mr. Westfall. Mighty fine!

TLPadilla

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Skipped the Phlegm and went for the Prize. So worth it!!! I love the cleverness, the talent, and the heart, of Jim Westfall.

LulahBelle

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An incredible story from a brilliant mind. Westfall draws the reader in on an emotional level. Laughter truly is the best medicine and he delivers - but before I finished reading, I was looking for a tissue. He gives the gift of turning disappointment into delight but the real gift in this story was the one he himself received by doing so. A fabulous read worth far more stars than this rating system allows!

TrailorTrash

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I laughed so hard, I peed a little!

Uknowaprincess

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Don't look any further because here is your winner. You MUST read this. Best story ever..............

Bill Scheft

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Everyone thinks they have a short story in them, and it's usually more transcript than story. CRACKER JACKS ARE FULL OF SURPRISES is that blessed and welcome departure. It answers the three questions you must ask about a great short story with a resounding YES!: 1) Does it move in its own unique, but accessible rhythm? 2) Is it vivid enough to stay with you long after you put it down? 3) Does it end when it should, and not before or after? Jim Westfall has a singular voice. This contest is over.

Kjhugh

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Just upped my 4 to a 5....read and see why!

PANTSSteve

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Genuinely touching, and conveys the joy of creativity. Lots of amusing specific details. Good stuff.

Sailorman

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Westfall has this incredible ability to bring the reader front and center into amusing fictional situations, then tie it to something real. One has to chortle reading his stuff. I'd certainly like to see more of Westfall's work!

swbrown22

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I laughed, I cried, I hurled.

Herr Doktor Black

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Superior! You had me at "I do this"...

dorothy wilson

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Brilliant!! One of the best things and most creative things I've read. Bravo!

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