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Wednesday
Jan022013

Gender Bending Entry #10 Meghan's Bike by Marian Westwood

This is the last entry in the Gender Bending experiment. At the end of this post, I have listed the previous nine entries along with links. Everyone has until 9:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 3 to enter your guess as to whether the author of these excerpts is male or female. After that, I will close all the comments to all of the blog posts associated with this contest.

On Monday, January 7, 2013, I will post the big reveal.

Ready?

Last post and this is how it works:

Several authors submitted pieces they had lying around. I asked only that they choose something that would not easily be identified with their writing style. Fans can easily pick up on an author's voice, and since several of the authors are very well known, I didn't want people recognizing specific writing styles.

When an author didn't have pre-written piece, they wrote a piece just for this blog, primarily because we knew that once it hit the interwebs, it would become a freebie for everyone.

We took a brief hiatus for the holidays; however, I'm back now and will be running posts until we reach the end of the contest. Please keep your comments focused on the question at hand.

As always, please don't break my website.

Here we go ...

READ THIS FIRST: The rules and the prizes. Your mission: comment on whether you believe the author of this excerpt is male or female.

Meghan's Bike by Marian Westwood

Meghan sped down the hill in front of her house on Clinton Road.  Her daddy stood at the foot of the hill, at the intersection, watching for traffic coming down Trinity Street.  Meghan pumped her legs as fast as she could, imagining that she was on a roller coaster, like her big sister rode when they went to the Enchanted Forest.  Meghan wasn't tall enough at the amusement park, but here, on their hill she could fly.  Laughing, screaming with joy, she lifted her feet from the pedals and held them out to the side.

"Look, Daddy!  No feet!"

He grinned and raised his hands over his head with his thumbs up. 

The training wheels of her bike rattled across the grate of the storm drain, as she zoomed through the intersection.  As the Clinton Road began to rise again, she put her feet on the pedals and pumped as fast as she could.  This time she would make it up the hill on the other side of the intersection.  Her bike slowed, the chain barely dragging the wheels around.  She imagined a roller coaster car, clunking its way up the rise.  Meghan stood up in the seat and pushed all her weight down with each stroke.  Slowly, achingly, she climbed the hill.  

At the top, in front of the Emerson's house, she turned her bike around and waited for her daddy to give the all clear. 

He looked both ways and then nodded.  Cupping his hands around his mouth, he shouted, "Meghan Dougherty, come on down!"

She pushed off from the curb and settled her feet on the pedals.  The pink streamers on the end of her handlebars fluttered out, snapping at her arms.  She zoomed down the hill, giddy with speed.

 As the wind roared past her, Meghan closed her eyes, imagining the great roller coaster around her as she barreled down the hill.  "Look, Daddy, no eyes!"

"Meghan, no!"

She squeezed her eyes tighter as if that would prove she wasn't afraid

Her training wheels rattled across the storm grate.  Meghan heard a car horn.  Her daddy screamed.

For a moment longer, Meghan was flying.

***

Now, if you've made it this far, you have one last chance to guess the gender on Entries 1-9. All comments will close on Thursday, January 3 at 9:00 p.m. EST. Click on the link to go to the entry, and remember, one comment per entry:

Entry #1 -- Bearna by Jamie Sears 

Entry #2 -- The Ballad of Sophie Nu by Dirigible Elephant 

Entry #3 -- The Education of Rebecca Cavendish by Alice Leakey 

Entry #4 -- Untitled by Jackson Harris

Entry #5 -- Untitled by S.A. Daniels

Entry #6 -- Untitled by Kyle Schuler

Entry #7 -- The Hated by A.K. Reid

Entry #8 -- White Space by T.J. Breckenridge

Entry #9 -- The Sea-Folk’s Price by Z. Riddle

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Reader Comments (70)

Female
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMieneke
Male.

Partly the subject matter, but also because it's action rather than internalising Meghan's thoughts.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren D.
Male.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSara Townsend
Female.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterholdas
Male.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie
Female
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBephers
male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDominick Swennen
Male. Not confident, though.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCD Covington
Male.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNatalie
Female, but not sure
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentereli yanti
male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlethea
Male ?
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmmanuel Sanya
Male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhryswald
Male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Auffrey
Female. Pure guess...
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterperiklis begzos
Male.

Powerfully written.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNathan Washor
Female, I think.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMC
I'm going with Male.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris
male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarciepooh
Male.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMerc
Male. Kind of a toss up again though.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Douton (@NewGuyMike)
Female. I admit that I often automatically assume that the narrator and author are the same gender.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJuniper
Female
Guessing male.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarmin
female
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeliJ
female
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony
Male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterZeo
Guessing male.
Lynn :D
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn
female - not sure a man would describe the father as screaming.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMLW
Male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGabe
Male I think. This was fun, wonder how I did.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterN.
Male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrhodgins
Male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean
Female.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJade
Wow...
Female
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCindy Callens
Male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCyndi
Female.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLonnie
female
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersarah
Female
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTrilby
Male
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAtrus
Male.

I find it extremely unfair towards those who participated every day that you're giving people a chance to guess every text on the same day now. Not only does it mean our effort was pointless, it actually puts us as a disadvantage, since (knowing there are authors of both genders in the mix) it's easier to read everything and then make an informed guess than to guess one at a time without knowing what comes next.

Personally I'm not too concerned, because my purpose here is to find new authors - I can afford the books on my own if necessary - but perhaps others will feel differently about it.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterProtected
Stumped. Completely stumped. I'll say male but I'm not sure why.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThom
Female.

Also, boy, that escalated quickly.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAspel
Female
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia
Male.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisaC
Male.
January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Smith
Heartwrenching.

Male.
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