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Comment Contest Update

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You can see how tired Byron looks, after staying up late two nights in a row to manage the comment contest.

We’re shooting for 47,000 comments and need just 515 more to get there.

And now for a special announcement. Some of you have suggested that the winner’s prize ought to be a nice glossy photo of Byron the Quokka, autographed with a paw print.

I think I may have found a way to do that; but it’s complicated–so complicated, that I think I’d better save it for the comment contest leading up to the major milestone, Comment No. 50,000. I’m not promising anything–just sayin’ I might be able to do this.

But for goodness’ sake, don’t tell Byron. He has enough on his plate just now.


Byron’s Mother: Very Slow Comment Contest!

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G’day! This is Byron’s mum, and I want you to know my poor son is up all hours of the night trying to make this comment contest a success, only to be teased by some… some bandicoot! about the contest progressing so slowly. As if it were Byron’s fault!

Well, I won’t have it. The goal is 47,000 comments, we have 46,438, so that means 562 left to go. Byron would be mortified if he ever knew I was getting involved with this, the boy really wants to make his mark as a contest administrator–do you know, he was working so hard at this last night, he missed his favorite Kolchak episode–the one about some Spanish moss monster from the Louisiana bayou country chasing people through the sewers in Chicago, all the quokkas love that one–but I digress.

Now I don’t want to make a fuss, I’m only trying to help Byron, so let’s just keep this whole discussion between you and me, shall we?


Byron the Quokka: Bell Mountain Trivia Question No. 6

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G’day! Here I am with another bicycle, which if Lee had any sense, he’d offer as the prize to the winner of this trivia contest. But no–he just wants to give out autographed books. He won’t listen to me.

Byron the Quokka here, and on with the contest! Here’s Question No. 6:

Who caused the avalanche that buried the Thunder King’s hall at Golden Pass?

Right, I know it’s hard to get a lot of people to play a trivia game that’s about some books that hardly anyone has ever heard of. Well, if you want to find out more about them, just click “Books.” Or visit amazon.com and read the Customer Reviews. He’s won awards for them, y’know–the first two books in the series, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, both won awards. Why do you think us quokkas read these books over and over again? And we’re world-famous for our good taste in literature!


Cuscus and Baby

Somewhere in the treetops in the jungles of New Guinea, a momma cuscus grooms her rather hefty child–that’s the big white thing scrunched up in her lap.

Byron the Quokka assures me that business will take off “like a bloomin’ rocket” if I hire a cuscus to assist him him managing my blog contests. He’s up to something, depend upon it.

Well, I remain open to persuasion. Toss in your two cents, anybody, if you want to. I have to get on to some nooze coverage.


Comment Contest? What Comment Contest?

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here–and if I ever knew it’d be so much trouble, running a comment contest, I never would’ve volunteered to do it.

Right–we’re shooting for 47,000 comments, we’ve got 46,335, so that leaves 665 comments left to go. I thought we’d be done by now. I blame Lee. He should’ve listened to me and offered a bicycle as a prize. But no, he has to stick to his autographed books.

And then there’s the Bell Mountain Trivia Contest, I have to come up with Question No. 6. Tomorrow, maybe. My mum says running two contests at the same time is fair dinkum loopy and I never should’ve let him do it–but that’s all “How d’you get to Sydney Opera House? Practice, mate–practice!”


Byron the Quokka: Bell Mountain trivia question No. 5

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G’day! Byron the Quokka here, with Question No. 5 in my Bell Mountain Trivia contest. Here it is.

Question: Who is “Et-taa-na-qiqu”?

I’m trying to talk Lee into offering a bigger prize than just an autographed book. He won’t go for a bicycle; I wonder if I can get him to make the prize an oven. We had an oven once, on Rottnest Island. A very nice family of quokkas lived in it.

 


Byron the Quokka: Bell Mountain Trivia Question No. 4

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G’day! I promised to give you all Question No. 4 in the Bell Mountain trivia contest and it took me all day to think of it! Running these contests isn’t as easy as it looked.

Right, well, here it is–

Who gave Cavall to King Ryons?

Mind you, you can’t get these answers if you haven’t read any of Lee’s books–not unless you’ve got a special kind of mind that I’m sure doesn’t exist.

And now back to the family nest for a game of Clue!


Unknowable’s House Guests

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Dig this! Wild peccaries, also known as javelinas, resting in the shade outside the office of our friend and colleague, “Unknowable.” Is that cool, or what?

If Mr. Nature were here, he would tell you peccaries are closely related to pigs: that’s why they look like miniature wild boars. They’re only half the size of wild boars and that’s a good thing, because they can be irascible.

They also kill and eat rattlesnakes from time to time. But these two don’t look hungry.


Sorry! No Essay Questions

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G’day, mates! Byron the Quokka here, with some clarification about our Bell Mountain Trivia Contest.

I don’t know how the rumor got started, or who started it, but there are not going to be any essay questions in this contest. My cousin Bengay is crazy about essay questions. He turns everything into an essay question. Ask him what’s the bloomin’ time, and he gives you an essay.

We don’t need that in the contest, do we? Short answers are the best. And by the way, here are the answers to the first two questions:

One, the best wine in Obann comes from Durmurot; and two, Martis’ horse is named Dulayl. Question No. 3–who called himself the king of Lintum Forest?–is still in play, and Question No. 4 will come up by and by. There will be 20 questions. The reader with the most right answers gets a gold watch with this green face on it that sings a creepy little song sort of like a bunch of ants would sing it–oops, I mean an autographed book.


Byron the Quokka: Bell Mountain Trivia Question No. 3

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My allergies are killing me again, and somehow I just can’t get up for covering any more nooze. So it’s time to hand over to Byron the Quokka…

G’day, mates! Byron the Quokka here, with Bell Mountain trivia question No. 3. I hope some more of you will play–nothing quite so blah as a game that nobody plays. And remember, the winner gets a bicycle–oops! I mean an autographed book.

Let me hit you with a question that’s only a little bit hard.

Question: Who was the outlaw who called himself “the king of Lintum Forest”?

I’ve never met another quokka who couldn’t answer this one, but the contest’s only open to you humans. Don’t ask me why. I guess we just like to see you folks enjoy yourselves. And we’re tryin’ to help Lee sell some books.


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