Of 119 contestants; my 35 favorites. I wasn't keen on mine this week, which is why I didn't include it.
Again, I only included entries I could read. If they were friend-locked or the journals have been deleted, I could not include them. I apologize if you have trouble viewing any of the friend-locked links below.
An explanation of the importance of hope to horror fiction.
How a special relationship with a cat helps cope with pain.
The story of a dog named Hope.
An explanation of why the author doesn't hope for much.
Personal struggles teach the author not to give up hope.
Learning to move on years after abuse.
A mother's litany of hopes for her children.
A moving open letter to a friend suffering from MS.
A stream-of-consciousness exploration of hope.
A fascinating look at how hope translates in Japanese.
A lyrical look at decision making.
Making a difference in the life of a schoolgirl named Hope.
A voter reflects on the importance of her vote.
A poetic tribute to an ancestor.
A powerful, evocative depiction of the moments after an accident.
How a stranger gives the author hope to carry on.
The breathless retelling of her daughter's birth.
An essay about the import of Barack Obama's election.
The story of how the author fell in love with her husband.
The author shares insight into coping with mental illness.
Personal vignettes help illustrate the significance of Obama's election.
The tragic back story of the ghost character, Pels.
A contemplative view of hope, through metaphor.
Hilarious look at how hopes change over time.
Being inspired by women who stand up to abuse.
A short fiction piece inspired by the myth of Pandora.
A snarky look at the reality of hope.
Another take on Pandora's tale.
A vivid depiction of the author's view of hope.
Taking time to acknowledge hope in the author's life.
Learning a valuable lesson from an optimistic comrade.
Finding hope through connecting with nature.
A terrifying experience puts live in perspective.
Reflections on the American presidential election.