Catherine Ryan Hyde Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 25 published and forthcoming books, including the bestselling When I found You, Pay It Forward, Don't Let Me Go, and Take Me With You.


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The Bet, Part Two

Catherine Ryan Hyde

For those of you who didn't read my first blog post about the bet, the whole thing goes a little something like this.  I'm in a 4-way bet with three other authors, inspired by the bet in this Atlantic article about a Stephen King short story, “Herman Wouk is Still Alive.” Fellow author Brian Farrey found and tweeted it.

“Every year my son Owen and I have a bet on the NCAA March Madness Tournament,” King said, “and last year the stakes were that the loser would have to write a story [with a title] the winner gave to him. And I lost. Except I really won, because I got this story that I really like.”

Along with the link, Brian tweeted, “Anybody wanna make a bet with similar stakes w/me?”

Well, here's who did.  Me.  Andrew Smith.  And Kimberly Pauley.

Here's how I understand the bet, and I'm putting this out as something like a memorandum of understanding among the four of us.

We have each picked a horse in the Kentucky Derby.  Maybe none of our horses will win, but they have to finish in some kind of order.  The one with the best showing of the four gets to dictate a story title to the person whose horse had the second best showing of the four.  That person not only writes a story, but dictates a title to the person whose horse had the third best showing of the four.  And that person not only writes a story, but gives a title to the person whose horse had the worst day.

Seems to me the two fun spots are in the middle, because writing the story will be fun, and so will inflicting--I mean gracing--a fellow author with a story title of our choice.

The three authors who write stories will post them on their blogs for all to see.

All agreed?

If so, here is the field as it relates to the bet. 

Kimberly Pauley HAD Uncle Mo (see below)Brian Farrey has Dialed In





Andrew Smith has Pants on FireI have Archarcharch