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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

WEP wrap up and WINNERS of the Valentine's Day challenge!

Hello Everyone!

Thanks to all who participated during the 2016 Valentine's Day WEP challenge. It is amazing how different each entry was which made the reading delightful. Some had to think deeply before posting as they are not into VD at all, but they rose to the challenge with great aplomb. There was a good mix of fiction and non fiction. If you still haven't finished reading, please continue, using the links on the previous post.


We value each and every story submitted to WEP. Here is a quick overview of the entries (in  no particular order): (In the interest of time, I haven't linked them. The links are found in the previous post.)

LG KELTNER - Dani Dinklemeier's Valentine's Day Survival Guide. "Valentine's Day can be a tough time for those of us who don't fit into the typical order of things." 

PATRICK CONOLGAN - How you need to think Valentine's with Education - An intriguing and very different take on love and communication.

ROBYN CAMPBELL - A striking poem 'Love's Lost and Found Day'. In the preamble, Robyn said: "I wrote this to show how I felt when my husband fell off our roof a couple of years ago. The kids and I thought he was dead."
NILANJANA BOSE: Two poetic types for Valentine's - a sonnet and a ghazal. Both were amazingly written, poignant and moving with context provided to deepen the experience - minimalist, rhythmic and replete with imagery.
DEBORAH DRUCKER: Love in Autumn. Older women know who they are and that they have a depth of experience and life to share.
PAT GARCIA - STINE. A Valentine's story which could be seen as an abusive relationship just beginning. Or just a happy-go-lucky girl who doesn't mind a controlling guy...for now.
SAMANTHA: The Bridge Between Lost and Found. A unique entry which used the winners of Sam's commenting contest on her Lost and Found Blogfest entry, to people her playful story set in a sleepy little town nuzzled in the North Carolina mountains.
M PEPPER LANGLINAIS AT PEPPER WORDS: A Valentine's non-fiction entry about friends and Valentine's Day.
MADILYN QUINN: A blossoming love story between Judah and Tabitha set on campus. Very well-drawn characters.
ELEPHANT'S CHILD: Sue has given us a touching true story of the gift of an 'unromantic' husband.
NANCY WILLIAMS: The Annual Coloring of Flowers Day. A delightful story of the love between faeries, Wondrous and Raindrop.
kalpanaa: Valentines becomes Galantines. A great non-fiction take on Valentine's, where a group of girls choose to celebrate together in India.
LINDA KATMARIAN: A vampire story with a difference with mostly charming characters. We would all love to know a Rosa and we'd all like to see that healing quilt finished.
HANNAH BANANAFACE:  A heartbreaking story loosely based on real life drama yet filled with hope. A warning to stay away from cigarettes.
OLGA GODIM: Hannah's Rugelach was moving and so very beautiful. Full of hurt and hope. A Holocaust survivor story, yet much more.
RIVER: The Guilted Rose. The receiving of guilt roses/flowers is nothing new, but crafted into a clever non-fiction story by river.
C LEE MCKENZIE: A true story of Jolly, Lee's first dog who still has her heart.
ARPAN GHOSH: Forever. Another vampire story, but very subtly wrought. Some of the commenters weren't quite sure until the bite marks at the end. Very atmospheric.
KATE MCMANUS: The Lost Letter of Valentinus. I read this while waiting for a plane and found it riveting. Cleverly told through the voice of a sixteen-year old boy working on his Latin dissertation.
SALLY'S SCRIBBLES: The Generation GapA lovely reminder that generations do need to know about their families,They need to hear stories such as this. And what a beautiful illustration!
ROLAND YEOMANS: Love does not exist in a vacuum. There is no excuse for killing for killing's sake, especially of the innocent.
YOLANDA RENEE: Snow MoonHaunting, beautiful, heart-rending tale of lost love.
DENISE COVEY: To My Darling Valentine. An imaginary letter penned in the Simpson Desert of Australia lamenting lost love and the end of hope. 
The entries that made the long list are:

Arpan Ghosh
Linda Katmarian
Elephant's Child
Samantha Redstreake Geary
C Lee McKenzie
Olga Godim
Deborah Drucker
river

The entries that made the short list: 

river
Arpan Ghosh
Samantha Redstreake Geary
Olga Godim

Francine Howarth, our guest judge generously took the time to put the final 4 into the winning order.

Francine wrote, " Thanks again for asking me to judge and to write a guest post (which can be found HERE)."

So without further ado – The Winners!
  
THE OUTRIGHT WINNER OF THE
2016 WEP VALENTINE'S DAY CHALLENGE IS:

ARPAN GHOSH
&
FOREVER

Francine said, "'Forever' is a refreshing break from the standardised Valentine's Day tale of romance, and it duly crushed the inevitable happily ever after. Luckily, I am quite at home stepping into the dark side of romance."

Congratulations Arpan!





Please accept the winner's badge and display on your blog with a link to your excellent story. 

An Amazon Gift Card of $10 will be winging your way shortly.

THE RUNNER UP OF THE
2016 WEP – VALENTINE'S DAY
CHALLENGE IS:

OLGA GODIM
&
HANNAH'S RUGELACH




Congratulations Olga on your touching Holocaust survivor story!

Please accept the Runner Up badge and display on your blog with a link to your excellent story. 



THE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR THE
2016 WEP – VALENTINE'S DAY CHALLENGE
GOES TO

SAMANTHA REDSTREAKE GEARY
&
THE BRIDGE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND




Congratulations Writerly Sam for your wonderful collation!

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CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!


Thanks everyone, for an exciting February!
You're all winners in our eyes!

The goal is to take on a challenge, surprise not only your readers but also yourself, and turn that experiment into a true masterpiece.


We'll be back in June 2016 with a new challenge - Gardens! Meanwhile, write as much as you can!

Please click the social media buttons below to share this post! Yolanda has been compiling the pre-written tweets, but is unwell at the moment. Sorry. Must learn this skill! Get well, Yolanda!! 



Monday, 1 February 2016

#WEPFF - VALENTINE CHALLENGE - SIGN UP TODAY!

Hello folks!

Welcome to the first WEP challenge for 2016 - we open the year in February and it's all about the Valentine.

Does it hold special meaning, or is it just another day? Do you have fond memories such as the angst of young love waiting for a Valentines card from a schoolyard crush or were you the one who missed out while all your friends got loads of cards?

Did you have a nasty boyfriend or girlfriend who texted on Valentine's Day to break up?

Alternatively, did you have a husband or wife, the romantic at heart, who surprised you with a secret Valentine's Day trip to the place of your dreams?

These are just a few examples.

Poetry – Valentine's Day is all about the poetry – I doubt our poets need any prompting here.

For a non-fiction piece or a tale of fiction, 1000 words or less, use the prompts above or a story special to you.

For a visual piece, do you have a Valentine's tale that goes along with a saved Valentine, or one you created on your own – share it and tell us the story behind it?

Alternatively, post a picture of love or something that signifies what the holiday means to you.

We also know there are anti-valentine folks out there, and that's fine too. Tell us why and how you celebrate love, without the need for a holiday.

Make this challenge yours – what does Valentine's Day mean to you?


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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

#GuestPost, Francine Howarth, on writer collaboration in Anthologies

Hello friends!

Denise here.

Our Valentine's Day challenge is to be judged by Francine Howarth, UK prolific author of Regency Romance. Francine was my original partner in RomanticFridayWriters, which morphed into Write...Edit...Publish so as not to bamboozle those who didn't think 'romance' was their thing. But really, when we think of the stories we love, most have some romantic element, (see my blog post on Romance V Romantic Writing here) and that was what RFW was all about...edgy flash fiction with a romantic element within.

Francine Howarth
Francine Howarth
Francine has moved on to a very successful career. Last time I checked her Amazon Author Page, she had 21 books listed! She has tapped into the pulse of what makes a successful romance author. But today she has chosen not to talk about her writing career...rather she chose to talk about one form of collaboration which has always intrigued me, and I hope, you too...well, let's hear it from Francine...


Hi, I’m Francine, and first let me say how honoured I felt when asked to do a guest post for Write, Edit, Publish, so thank you Denise and Yolanda.

It’s all very well saying, yes, I’ll do a piece for magazine, blog, whatever, until the mind goes blank. Yikes, and did my mind go into dead zone, until inspiration hit. So here I am, and rather than promote myself and my own books per se, I’m writing about the daunting task of compiling works by many authors for what became a charity anthology set within the Georgian & Regency eras.

As one would expect, the process of getting together for a collaborative working relationship is just the first stage in finding like-minded people. Our ideal became a themed anthology comprising of its own history base The Chocolate House which required a little forethought, more especially when the participants were from all around the globe and not one member of the group had met the other in person. Trust was therefore a major factor until the group slowly began bonding as a whole, thence mutual support from within built with every aspect of the process, and became enjoyable as the project proceeded.

In the early stages of our anthology characters came to light and names were cross-referenced, and thereby namesakes cropping up in different storylines saved the anthology from falling foul to the unmentionable of a Lady Jane Marchment in one story, and a Miss Jane Whitcombe stepping out in another story. Admittedly Jane is a common enough name for the eras depicted, but two Janes in the same anthology . . . Well, simply put; we were not at home to Mr Cockup.   

As always in writing stories, blood was sweated, tears were almost shed, laughter arose from amusing quips, and we came through with a sensual blend of Chocolate, Romance, Murder and Mystery at "Masqueraders". Each novella is a complete story, though one or two may now, or did when first written, link to other novels by individual authors.

The overall background setting is the beautiful City of Bath, famous for its Roman Spa, its Abbey, its Pump Room; Assembly Rooms, and Sally Lunn’s bun shop. The city itself has been made famous within the literary world by the likes of Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and other authors of Georgian and Regency historical novels. Thus Bath is renowned as a place for intrigue and romance, but few readers will have stepped across the threshold of Masqueraders’, a notorious and fashionable Chocolate House, that existed within the city from 1700 to the latter part of the reign of William IV. What happened to it thereafter no one knows, for sure. Nor does anyone know why Sally Lunn’s bun shop disappeared in the mid 1700s, and remained undiscovered for decades until renovation work and the old ovens were rediscovered behind panelling in the 20th century.


So it could be said, essence of chocolate drifting on the ether denotes where the seemingly mystical Masqueraders’ once existed. All stories are in some way linked to The Chocolate House, and each author is represented with a brief biography and links to appropriate web pages. We’d love it if you would visit us and like our FB page at: https://www.facebook.com/thechocolatehouse/



If you would like to go one step further, you might like to purchase a copy of “The Chocolate House”:  Amazon UK -  AmazonUS


All  royalties earned will be donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London. 

And thank you for reading.

Thank you Francine for visiting us and sharing the story of a successful collaboration. 

Maybe there is a writer you've thought you'd like to collaborate with in the future. Maybe Francine's post was just what you needed to encourage you. It can be done. Like to read more? L.G. Keltner, who has written for WEP, won the IWSG Anthology competition has posted on the IWSG website on submitting to anthologies.

And a huge shout out for Yolanda who made the cut into the anthology. Congratulations Yolanda!

Now this post is to whet your appetite for the first WEP challenge of the year! The Valentine's Day linky will open on February 1. Please join us!


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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

#WEPFF - 2016 CHALLENGES & ROMANCE

Happy New Year!

As everyone gets the New Year off to a great start, your hosts have been working on the details for WEP 2016 challenges. Here's the new menu and a link to the 2016 Challenges Page which is still under construction, but the dates and prompts for each challenge are listed. We hope you'll put WEP on your calendar and get your muse flowing with the possibilities.


Our first challenge is all about that elusive or not-so-elusive icon of love, the Valentine.
  • Does it hold special meaning, or is it just another day? 
  • Do you have not-so-fond memories such as the angst of young love waiting for a Valentine's card from a schoolyard crush? 
  • Were you the one who missed out while all your friends got loads of cards? 
  • Or were you filled with glee that your Valentine' Day cache was overflowing while your friends looked on, filled with jealousy?
  • Did you have a nasty boyfriend or girlfriend who texted on Valentine's Day to break up?
  • Alternatively, did you have a husband or wife, the romantic at heart, who surprised you with a secret Valentine's Day trip to the place of your dreams?
These are just a few examples to get your creative juices going. None of the above needs to have happened to you...they are just possible scenarios for those unsure how to proceed.

Of course, you don't have to write a fictional story at all! Plenty of other options.

Poetry – Valentine's Day is all about the poetry – I doubt our poets need any prompting here.

For a visual piece, do you have a Valentine's tale that goes along with a saved Valentine, or one you created on your own – share it and tell us the story behind it? A Valentine's Card used as a post, created or real, would be a stand out.

Alternatively, post a picture of love or something that signifies what the holiday means to you or someone close to you or someone completely imagined.

We also know there are anti-valentine folks out there, and that's fine too. Tell us why and how you celebrate love or lack thereof, without the need for a holiday.

For a non-fiction piece or that tale of fiction, 1000 words or less is the suggested limit. 

Can't get enough of Valentine writing challenges???

THEN THERE'S THIS!!!!!


We'll post the Linky for sign-ups to our very own WEP challenge on the 1st February. Don't forget to sign on, and remember it's the same day as posts go live for the Lost & Found Blogfest being held by Guilie and Arlee.


You can learn more about the Lost & Found and sign up  HERE.

We can't pass up a blogfest about romance so we're helping by being co-hosts.


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PLEASE JOIN US FOR NOT ONE, BUT TWO, 
VERY SPECIAL BLOGFESTS 
TO KICK OFF THE NEW YEAR!


REMEMBER: The Lost & Found blogfest posts on February 1st
The WEP Valentine blogfest posts between February 17th- 19th



Tuesday, 22 December 2015

#WEPFF – WEP- HOLIDAY CELEBRATION WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Happy Holiday's Everyone!

Thanks to everyone who participated during this very busy time of year. The challenge was particularly difficult as you were asked to write in a science fiction genre, but you rose to the challenge and we have some true masterpieces to enjoy. If you haven't yet, use the links in this piece or click HERE!

AlexJ. Cavanaugh, our guest judge generously took the time to read and comment on each entry. Without any input from us, he's chosen the following winners.

Alex wrote, "It was a difficult choice although I wish nailing down the winners of the IWSG Anthology contest had been this easy! Thanks again for asking me to judge and to write a guest post."

Thank you Alex. Denise, and I find choosing the winners near impossible!

So without further ado – The Winners!
  
THE WINNER OF THE
2015 WEP – HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS 
CHALLENGE IS:

&

Alex said, "Not only did it use several of us in the story, (not that that swayed me), there were pop culture references and lots of humor. And presented in such a unique way! Hooked me immediately."

A world without war is the universal wish. If only.

Congratulations EC!
This is your year!




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THE RUNNER UP OF THE
2015 WEP – HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS
CHALLENGE IS:

&

Alex wrote, "This came across as a reporter’s story and it was so interesting because it was based on real facts about the International Space Station, ISS and more. Fascinating stuff."

I think we all learned something from reading Nila's non-fiction piece.
Congratulations Nila!



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2015 WEP – HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS CHALLENGE
GOES TO


Alex said, "Told from an alien’s point of view, this one had humorous elements. Dug the main character and would like to see more of him."

Despite his reluctance, alien, Lyd-Co found the Christmas Spirit and saved the holiday for a young believer.

Congratulations Olga!



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CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS!

This year's entries included poetry, excerpts, and flashes that embraced the challenge's criteria.

Such as Book Lover's 'Earth Day'. Alex wrote of Donna's piece, "She told a solid story about young men and what they’re willing to do to gain an audience with a young woman. It had personality and could easily be a longer story." Donna's story made the short list!

We agree. So many of the stories could be expanded to either novellas or books. It's happened in the past, and it's what the WEP is all about.

The goal is to take on a challenge, surprise not only your readers but also yourself, and turn that experiment into a true masterpiece.


Excerpts such as

Poetry

Thanks everyone, for an exciting December!
You're all winners in our eyes!
Now the WEP will be taking a break 
as we all adjust our lives for the New Year.

But we'll be back in February 2016 with a new challenge!

Denise here. I want to thank Yolanda for helping me bring WEP back to life. She's learnt fast and is a fabulous partner. Thank you Yolanda! There would not have been these 3 challenges without you! And so much fun would have been missed!


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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

#WEPFF- HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS that are out of this world!


December is the month of celebrations worldwide, below is a list of just a few. For this challenge, we want you to give your favorite celebration a Science Fiction twist. This month's judge is Alex J. Cavanaugh, author of the Cassa Series and Dragon of the Stars.

Winter Holidays Around the World


Diwali - Recently celebrated, Diwali is also known as the festival of light is celebrated at the start of winter in India, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Fiji.

Hanukkah - Also known as Channukkah is a 'Festival of Lights'. One of the most important Jewish holidays.

Boxing Day - Also known as St. Stephen's Day, is celebrated the day after Christmas. On this day it is common to give gifts to the poor and needy.

Las Posadas - This is a traditional winter holiday celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala and Southern parts of United States of America.

St. Nicholas Day - This day is especially celebrated in Northern Europe on December 6. St. Nicholas was a protector of the weak against the rich and the strong.

St. Lucias Day - This is a winter holiday celebrated on December 13 in Sweden in honor of St. Lucia, who lived in the third century and is regarded as the patron of light.

Eid-al-Adha - This is a feast that is celebrated by Muslims, to commemorate Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, at the behest of God.

Kwanzaa - Literally meaning 'First Fruits', this has its basis on an ancient harvest festival of Africa which celebrates ideals like collective responsibility and work; self-determination; co-operation; purpose; creativity; faith; and unity.

Hogmanay - This is a Scottish word which means the last day of the year and is basically celebrating the New Year, according to the Gregorian calendar, in the Scottish way.

Japanese New Year - New Year celebration is one of the most major events in Japan. New Year's Eve is known as Omisoka in Japan. The Japanese spend a lot of time shopping and cleaning their houses in preparation for the new year. This symbolizes getting rid of the past and starting afresh.

For this month, we want you to take us out of this world, whether in a flash fiction piece, a non-fiction piece, a poetic interlude, maybe a photograph or an artwork with an otherworldly flavor and explanation for how it relates to the challenge. This time the sky's not the limit! Think on some of the holidays above and if you need more prompting, remember these are merely suggestions and in no way have to turn up in your entry.

Further prompts:

What if space travel was necessary?

- The world is succumbing to the abuse of its population, and flights to other planets occur regularly...or

- It's simply an opportunity to travel to other planets, say for vacation, a job opportunity, or because it's always been a dream, but you depart or arrive during the Holidays.

- How would you write a farewell scene that takes place on that special Holiday? It could be lovers, families, or friends that are departing.

- What if your job is the Entertainment Director of a new settlement? You have a diverse population, what would you do to celebrate the 'holidays' of the crowd or would you imagine an entire new celebration?

So, scriveners, use your experience, memories, or your out-of-control imagination to write a Holiday Celebration that is out of this World! Or a farewell that is of this world!

December 16 – 19
1000 words or less



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