#BlogFlash2012: Day Thirty – Winning

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#BlogFlash2012: Day Thirty – Winning


I’m delighted to be hosting #BlogFlash2012 – 30 Days, 30 Prompts 30 Posts.

Today is the last day of #BlogFlash2012 but if you’d like to jump on board for future events you can also follow via the Facebook page or follow me on Twitter.

Don’t forget to leave your “Day Thirty” post link in the comments below so I can stop by!

I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has participated in #BlogFlash2012, either by taking part in the challenge or by reading the posts. I’ve loved every minute!


#BlogFlash2012: Day Thirty – Winning


‘Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing.’

Vince Lombardi, coach Green Bay Packers


WinningNo, Mr. Lombardi, winning is not everything nor is it the only thing. The New Orleans Saints ‘bounty hunting’ scandal-players received $1000 for intentionally hurting opposing players, $1500 if the player was taken off the field in a cart-shows the lengths some of us will go to when winning is the only thing that matters.

To win, we lie: fabricated test results put consumers at risk; cheat: athletes are routinely banned from their sport for doping; steal: rampant plagiarism mars both media outlets and academia; slander: political campaigns (need we say more?). In these and myriad other ways we hurt and, in the worst cases, destroy other people.

What does this say of a culture that tolerates-and even rewards-winning-at-all- costs behavior? What does it say about us? What does it say to our children?

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Please do share your #BlogFlash2012 thoughts (and post links) in comments!


Goodbye to #BlogFlash2012, but not to BlogFlash!


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About the Author:

Terri Giuliano Long, a frequent guest blogger, with appearances on hundreds of blogs, is a contributing writer for IndieReader and also wrote for Her Circle eZine. She lives with her family on the East Coast. Her debut novel, In Leah’s Wake, winner of the Global eBook Award, Popular Fiction, and Indie Discovery Award, Literary Fiction, has sold over 130,000 copies worldwide.


  1. Afsaneh August 30, 2012 at 9:55 am - Reply

    We're at the end, Terri!

    I'm SO sad now :(

    But I'm so so glad I joined in. Thanks for holding this challenge.

    But here's my entry http://dreaming-of-stories.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08

    • Terri Giuliano Long August 31, 2012 at 4:47 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Afsaneh! I'm thrilled you joined in with challenge. I'm sad too, but I'm also excited about future #BlogFlash events. See you in 2013 for more fun?

  2. Ruth / Bullish August 30, 2012 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Winning isn't everything – I've had to learn that on the flash fiction circuit. Every judge is looking for something different but my lesson has been that if I am happy/excited by/pleased with what I produced, that is what matters!!

    Thank you so much for hosting this terrific writing experience, Terri!!

    My link for the day is here: http://www.sweetbananaink.com/2012/08/30/blog-fla

    • Terri Giuliano Long August 31, 2012 at 4:41 am - Reply

      Thank you so much for taking part, Ruth! It has been an amazing month and every day brought something new and wonderful!

  3. Melina Gillies August 30, 2012 at 10:23 am - Reply

    Wow Spot on Terri. A wonderful way to end the challenge.

    Here is my entry:


  4. Lisa Shambrook August 30, 2012 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Thanks for the opportunity to try something new Terri! I've had a great time crafting my own tale and even more fun reading everyone else's flashes! There's some fantastic fiction and writers out there!

    Here's the last day for my Flood: http://www.thelastkrystallos.blogspot.co.uk/2012/

    • Terri Giuliano Long August 31, 2012 at 4:53 am - Reply

      Thank you, Lisa! I've enjoyed your series immensely. You really brought your characters – their emotions, their struggles, their fears and hopes – to life!

  5. Lesley Beeton August 30, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Too right, Terri. Winning isn't everything, it's the taking part that matters. And I'm so pleased to have participated in BlogFlash2012 – thanks for hosting, thanks to everyone for wonderful words x.

  6. Christina Krieger August 30, 2012 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Thank you for hosting BlogFlash. I've had a blast participating and reading others' posts. Definitely do another one soon!

    Here's my day 30: http://christinakrieger.com/2012/08/30/blogflash-

  7. Eighty Six August 30, 2012 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Coincidental you should bring up the Saints.

    You know what Marshawn Lynch thinks about the Saints:


    I can't believe it's been thirty days. Thanks for all the support and interest. You all have bolstered my self-esteem heading into two months of busy writing.

    Some gifts for my new friends:

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    Because nothing is more valuable than an honest review.

  8. Candy Little August 30, 2012 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I echo all the sentiments of my fellow writers. I've had a blast and thank you so much for organizing this. http://candylittle.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/last-

  9. LoveTheBadGuy August 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Wow — it seems like only yesterday that I was posting three responses a day in my struggles to catch up.

    And now we're FINISHED! Insane…

    Well, for the last time, here's my story for today:

    Thank you for a lovely Challenge, Terri.

  10. Heidi August 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    This has been fun, enlightening, and a great way to get the creative juices flowing. I've enjoyed your posts and hope you've enjoyed mine.


  11. carlie cullen August 30, 2012 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    No winning isn’t everything – it’s the taking part and fair play that’s important. Your final post is very insightful and fitting.

    I want to thank you for hosting #BlogFlash2012. It has challenged me in many ways, opened my eyes to some incredibly talented writers, and I’ve made some new friends to boot.
    To everyone else that’s taken part, I thank you for some wonderful writing and entertainment along the way.

    I’m really going to miss the challenge of interpreting the posts in a creative way, but most of all I’m going to miss everyone who took part! Big hugs to you all, but especially to you, Terri, for this fantastic rollercoaster ride of creativity!

    My final post shows a different side to winning, but as it’s the last one, I think it’s very fitting. http://wp.me/p1UhOl-bz

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  15. alchemyofscrawl August 31, 2012 at 5:21 am - Reply

    I only missed two, wait one day because I still have today to get mine done. :) Great event!!

  16. Terri Giuliano Long August 31, 2012 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Thank you, Candy! You've shared such lovely posts – I'm so glad you took part!

  17. Terri Giuliano Long August 31, 2012 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Thanks Joy!

  18. Terri Giuliano Long August 31, 2012 at 5:40 am - Reply

    Thank you so much! You've posted such clever pieces – it's been amazing to read them.

  19. Terri Giuliano Long August 31, 2012 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Thank you, Heidi! I'm thrilled to hear so many people enjoyed it. I've loved this month and feel excited that it was so wonderful, but very sad that it's now over.

  20. Terri Giuliano Long August 31, 2012 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Thank you, Coral! I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

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