Saturday, February 18, 2017

BECAUSE SHE IS HAPPY TO SEE ME


Friday, February 17, 2017
Last week's writing contest winner posited a world taken over by machines. I loved the pure imaginative concept.  The same day I posted that choice, I was reading a piece by Jeff Somers that referenced Ray Bradbury's short story There Will Come Soft Rain. That story, as you read it, seems clearly inspired by a Sara Teasdale poem. And the idea came to me: why not use a poem as a prompt! So, here it is. (this is my favorite poem of all time):  Happiness by Jane Kenyon  

Almost all the usual rules apply:

1. Write a story using 100 words or fewer.

2. Use these words in the story:
3. You must use the whole word, but that whole word can be part of a larger word. The letters for the
prompt must appear in consecutive order. They cannot be backwards.
Thus: flim is ok, but MILF is not.

4. Post the entry in the comment column of THIS blog post.
5. One entry per person. If you need a mulligan (a do-over) erase your entry and post again. It helps to work out your entry first, then post.
7. Titles count as part of the word count (you don't need a title)
11. You agree that your contest entry can remain posted on the blog for the life of the blog. In other words, you can't later ask me to delete the entry and any comments about the entry at a later date.


Contest opens: 9am, Saturday 2/18/17 ~~ Contest closes: 9am, Sunday 2/19/17



2/17/2017   

Katina is one year old today.
There will be cake
and ice cream.
No chocolate!
And, of course,
presents!
wrapped in colorful paper and ribbons
which she will tear off
while squealing with delight.
Noisy toys, which will assault my ears
and she’ll love,
and maybe a cuddly doll or two .

Katina, my elfin granddaughter,
who can say three words I hope to hear
for the first time today

Katina, a year old                                                                                 
and no longer crawling
but walking!
towards me
with outstretched arms
and frosting-smeared lips
drawn into a smile
because she is happy to see me.



Photos by her half-sister, Christin Glicos.                

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And the winner is: Not I, but Lennon Faris for his "gorgeous writing."



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Saturday, February 11, 2017

PUBLISH OR PERISH


Tuesday marked the publication of Loretta Sue Ross's third book in the Auction Block series, a series I love so much I always hope she needs a couple revisions with every book so I can read them more than once. (Sadly, she hardly ever needs more than one set of revision notes, it's really frustrating). To mark this lovely milestone let's have a writing contest! The prize will be ALL THREE of Loretta's books, and boy oh boy you WANT to win these.
 The usual rules apply:
1. Write a story using 100 words or fewer.
2. Use these words in the story:  death  wren  red  brew  dig
3. You must use the whole word, but that whole word can be part of a larger word. The letters for the
prompt must appear in consecutive order. They cannot be backwards. Thus: wren/wrench is ok but death/dearth is not.
4. Post the entry in the comment column of THIS blog post.
5. One entry per person. If you need a mulligan (a do-over) erase your entry and post again.  It helps to work out your entry first, then post.
7. Titles count as part of the word count (you don't need a title)
11. You agree that your contest entry can remain posted on the blog for the life of the blog. In other words, you can't later ask me to delete the entry and any comments about the entry at a later date.
12. The stories must be self-contained. That is: do not include links or footnotes to explain any part of the story. Those extras will not be considered part of the story.


Contest opens: 9am, Saturday, 2/11/17 (EST)  ~~ Contest closes: 9am, Sunday, 2/12/17 (EST)



“Father is threatening to shoot my low-rent brother, Benny,” said Mr. Brewster.

“Low-rent?” said the Sheriff.

“Father calls him a low-rent joyride athlete, because Benny is-- was-- a male prostitute. He says he’s retired.”

“Sounds like he has a problem with Benny’s lifestyle.”

“Father’s indignant about it, but that’s not the problem.”

“Then what is?”

“Benny has written a salacious memoir, pornographic yet surprisingly literate for him, and…”

“And your father doesn’t want it published.”


“Oh no, on the contrary. Father’s a publisher. Benny’s book would make a lot of money. But purely out of spite, Benny decided to self-publish.”


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UPDATE:  I made Janet Reid's "long list of finalists"! :O  Final results tomorrow.


UPDATE II: Not I, but the winner deserved to win. Janet said this about my story:  
I love how Kitty used the prompt words here very deftly. And of course, it's hilarious to touch on the theme of self-publishing. This made me laugh out loud.


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