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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

WEP Guest Post, by L G Keltner, Winner of the February Challenge - In Too Deep: The Sting of Cupid’s Arrow .

Welcome to a WEP tradition - the winner's guest post.

L. G. Keltner won the February Challenge -

In Too Deep, with her flash, Contemptible Cupid.

Today she's here to discuss ‘love’ and its influence on plot.


In Too Deep: The Sting of Cupid’s Arrow

When I sat down to write my WEP piece, I knew I wanted to focus on love.  After all, it was February.  Valentine’s Day brings with it romance, flowers, and chocolates for a number of lucky people.  For others, it brings a reminder of loneliness or lost loves.  Either way, the presence or absence of love causes lots of feelings. 

Love is a popular subject to write about, whether as the primary plot or a subplot, and it’s not surprising.  As children, we’re born into families, and in ideal circumstances, those families love and nurture us.  As we grow, we make friends we come to love like family, and when we’re old enough, we may choose to begin our difficult and awkward search for a romantic partner.

Part of the desire to write about love stems from wanting to understand it.  What is love anyway?  What should we want from a relationship?  What should we expect?  Why does it happen, and why does it fall apart?  These are tricky questions to answer.

Love is difficult to define, but descriptors for it abound.  Love is patient.  Love will guide and support you through the tough times.  Love is enduring.  It’ll catch you when you fall.  These are lofty promises, but they can be met when we’re surrounded by caring people.  And if a person finds themselves alone in times of trouble, someone with a loving heart may see that pain in their fellow man and lend a helping hand.  This is love at its best.  This is how beautiful love can be.  It can enrich our lives and imbue our daily routines with a sense of meaning and purpose.

Love also has a dark side. 

Like Cupid’s famous arrow, love strikes us without warning, and it’s not within our ability to control.  We may decide whether to start a relationship with someone, but that decision exists apart from the feeling we have.   

Cupid’s arrow doesn’t care whether it’s welcome or not.  The uncontrollable nature of love can be a bloody nuisance, or worse, utterly devastating.  “All’s fair in love and war,” an oft quoted proverb proclaims.  “Love is a battlefield,” says Pat Benatar.  These nuggets of pop wisdom touch on that darkness.  Love can be inconvenient.  It can even be dangerous to fall in love if society deems it to be wrong.  At certain places and times (even today), it’s been frowned upon or outright illegal to be with someone of a different race, a different religion, or the same sex.  The consequences for embracing that love can be devastating.  Nevertheless, people have gone through all kinds of personal hardships and taken grave risks to be with the one they love.

Love can also turn to contempt and bitterness.  The transition from love to hate is treacherous and hard to understand.  Maybe that’s why writers like to poke and prod at that transition so often in their stories.  It’s baffling that such a drastic change in feeling is possible.  This is where my story planted roots and grew. 

Cupid is love’s delivery boy.  He is our attempt to comprehend the incomprehensible.  We give him credit for the happy process of initially falling in love, but I wanted to find a way to blame him for when it falls apart.  Why?  It sounded like fun.  Why should he get credit for all the good and none of the bad?  That hardly seems fair.  

My version of Cupid is not to be trifled with or trusted.  He’s dangerous because love can be dangerous.  When we embrace love, we risk a broken heart.  Is loving someone worth that risk?  We may all come to our own conclusions on that one.  Personally, I say yes, it is worth it.  Just don’t irritate Cupid.  He could use some anger management classes.

Writers everywhere incorporate love into their tales, and that’s wonderful.  We get to find inspiration, joy, and sadness in reading about all the ways love can either triumph or go awry.  We get to explore all the possibilities together.  Do you like to examine the nature of love in the stories you write?  Do you prefer stories where love remains happy, or do you prefer when it takes a dark turn?

L. G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband. Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six. Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good but now she’s the author of Author of A Silent Soliloquy ~ Cosmic Seasoning ~ Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family ~ Self-Help 101 or: How To Survive a Bombardment With Minimal Injury ~ Self-Help 101 or: How to Select a Costume to Help You Deal With People"Felix Was Here" from Parallels: Felix Was Here ~ "Treating the Beast" from Circuits & Slippers ~ "Nocturnal Noise" from 2018 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

#WEPFF - In Too Deep February Challenge Winners

How many times can you use the words outstanding, amazing, or inspiring to describe the entries for another WEP challenge? Apparently, dozens, and each time they fit. This month was no exception.
In Too Deep could have meant anything. A wrong decision with no way out. Or a literal fight with deep water. Or whatever so many clever minds made it.

Pat Garcia – always engaging, reminded us of the true meaning of the vow 'till death do us part.' Carrie Golden – reminded us that life is just too short! Christopher Scott introduced us to nanopunk and told a gripping tale of self-sacrifice. Toi Thomas – reminded us to be careful what we wish for especially at the moment of death. Keith’s Ramblings – beautifully presented, every journey, even for a princess takes trust and sacrifice.

L G Keltner – wrote a cautionary, yet superbly subtle tale - don’t mess with the God of Love! Hilary – wrote eloquently of conquering your greatest fear. Pat Hatt – delivered a gut retching close-up of pure evil. Kalpanaa – reminded us that the journey to happiness is seldom an easy one. DG Hudson – clarified the price of revenge which raised so many questions in readers. RasmaRaisters – showed us that what the heart wants, the heart wants.

Sally – in a combination of prose and poetry, reminded us that even when you’re not looking for love, it can land right in your lap. Adura – a poem that showed with true love there are no barriers. Nidhi – wrote a poem, redolent with emotion, about an unbelievable crime and hope. Deborah Drucker – pointed out that no one is too busy for love. Desk 49 – wrote poetically of love, forget expectations – just fall… J Lenni Dorner – shared a delightful tale about the meaning of Karma.

Roland Yeomans – reminds us that beauty is only skin deep unless you find the mists. Dolorah – Lunatic Walks Into A Bar – investigating murder is a daunting task. Bernadette Braganza – saw humor in a few words of playscript that lifted the heart. Elizabeth Otten – reminded us the journey to love is varied and usually offers many challenges.

And now to the announcements:





Congratulations Laura!

Cupid’s assistant describes him as a vindictive twerp, the proof - unrequited love in "Contemptible Cupid".

Please, accept the winner’s badge and display on your blog with a link to your story "Contemptible Cupid".

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





Her poem "Precious Jewel" describes an innocent child, horrific real-life tragedy, and leaves us all searching for answers.

Congratulations nidhi!

Please accept the Runner Up Badge

And display on your blog with a link to
"Precious Jewel"




Anybody, Save Me” is a clear warning that one should be careful what they wish for, especially at the moment of death. We loved your exploration into the new waters of genderless writing.

Congratulations Toi!

Please accept the Encouragement Award.

And display on your blog with a link to
"Anybody, Save Me"



And a gentle reminder: if you post especially early, please advise us somewhere--an email, a comment on the current WEP post, a comment on one of the team's blogposts--otherwise we may not pick it up on our blogroll. Please make sure you put WEP in your title.

And if you find you can't comment on a post, due to blogspot or WP difficulties, advise one of the team or leave a comment on the WEP current post. Try to set up your comment system so it's easy to comment!

Thanks, everyone, for joining us in FEBRUARY. We appreciate each and every one of you. Our next Challenge will be in April – The Road Less Traveled…

On the Challenges Page you’ll find the prompt schedule for the year.

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Thursday, 1 February 2018


Welcome to WEP - Write...Edit...Publish and the first Challenge of 2018 -- IN TOO DEEP.

February, stereotypically the month for Valentine’s and love, but the WEP’s open to all genres, not just romance. However, if you want to go down the romance path, awesome, but please, no erotica.

In Too Deep is a prompt for any situation with the potential for unforeseen conflict. Or it could be literal – a flood, a hurricane, a mining disaster, you name it. As always, the badge depicts how wide open the subject is. There are a million possible takes.

Love. War, and anything in between. An affair sours. A hobby (hubby?) goes berserk. An addiction teeters on the edge of out-of-hand. A sports tournament goes horribly wrong.

Let your creativity soar!

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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Guest Post, Adura Ojo, winner of the December Challenge, The End is the Beginning.

Hello friends!

Welcome to a new year of WEP! It's wonderful to be back and to anticipate writing to prompts every two months. Check the list in the sidebar, or go to our CHALLENGES 2018 page if you haven't already checked what we have in store for you.

Come February, we sign up for In Too Deep, which should get your creative juices flowing. However, before we launch our first challenge of the year, we hear from our winner of the December challenge, The End is the Beginning, poet Adura Ojo.

If you haven't read Adura's winning poem, you can read it HERE.


Adura has been traveling and is still on the road, but managed to get her guest post done at the eleventh hour.

Thanks for participating in WEP again, Adura, now it's over to you!

The End is the Beginning: Why Cinderella Needs a new Song

Cinderella with her glass slipper
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The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue but they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story - Chimamanda Adichie

Narratives exist for a reason. Stories are said to be as old as time, itself. For as long as we have existed as humans, we’ve been telling stories shaping our own realities. Sometimes these narratives run like a factual script in our lives, almost like an existential script that cannot be altered. Cinderella is one of those classic tales. A girl meets the man of her dreams and lives happily ever after. And why shouldn’t she? Love endures in just about every human experience that we can think of - be it happiness, pain, joy, sadness, war and death. Therein is the mystery of love as one of the most complex of emotions to grace the terrain of humanity. With the incredible endurance of love comes the danger of the single story. Cinderella became that single story.

Over centuries the existence of love between two people irrespective of class, gender or status became one of a single story of love between a man and a woman as exemplified in Cinderella. In a TED talk in 2009, Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie highlighted the danger of a single story. The danger of a single story is that it ignores, and in fact, denies the existence of other realities.

Many girls and indeed boys grow up believing that they will find love with someone of the opposite gender. The story of Cinderella as heart-warming as it is, inherits the danger of a single story. We want to see boys and girls embrace their individual realities. It is time for Cinderella to find love with a princess in part two of our human love story.

Thank you Adura. You've given us food for thought with your guest post. I've always loved the Cinderella story, and have lost count of the number of versions I've read. Yours was certainly different and challenge the traditional story in a unique way.

More about Adura: 

You can check out her book of poetry by emailing Lafia Publishing: lafiapublishing@gmail.com

Check out her beautiful blog HERE.

Adura Ojo is a British-Nigerian poet and writer. She is Pomosexual and embraces the anti-discriminatory principle of non-categorization. Her poems have appeared in Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, AcumenDrylandSentinel Literary QuarterlyThe New York Times and The Poetic Pinup Revue. A 2017 Pushcart prize nominee, Adura’s poems document what her diary once kept in a secret place. Her collection, Life is a Woman Breaking Eggs, was published in April 2017 by Lafia. 

So on February 1st, only 4 days to go Australian time, our new challenge will go live. Will it be you writing next month's guest post?


 Denise, for the team -- Yolanda, Olga and Nilanjana!

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

#WEPFF The End is the Beginning WINNERS for December, 2017!

Hello there!

What a wonderful challenge to end 2017. 

The entries were outstanding as always, and quite varied -- flash fiction ran the spectrum from time travel (Christopher) to a story of loss and renewal (Pat G), then a tale from a cat's POV (Pat H), to the macabre (Dolorah) which was countered by a funny Christmas letter (Liz). Then there was a sci-fi Asimov-inspired tale (D.G) and an environmentally-aware flash from Deborah.

Flash fiction received a challenge from the poets, with poems of healing and hope (Carrie, who made the shortlist), The Walk by Nidhi, and even a colors puzzle within a poem (L.G. Keltner.) Not to forget Desk 49 (Ellis) commented on practically every post in poetic form even though he chose the flash fiction route with his time loop. Go Ellis! 

There was non-fiction (Tyrean, an early contender), who shared her personal challenge of rising from the ashes. I'm sure each of you was mightily touched by Tyrean's will to survive. Hilary's interesting short memoir of her life, looking back and to the present made for great reading. An informative craft post was Roland Yeoman's contribution.

Each time we've read through the entries, our winners' choice changed; it wasn't easy to achieve consensus. Those finally chosen were always in the mix.  

Kudos to you all for coming out to play so close to Christmas. It was lovely to welcome new writers--Keith, Nidhi, Carrie Ann and Liz. I hope you've enjoyed the experience and will come again! 
For the newbies to WEP, with winners it comes down to who strikes the loudest chord with us as readers -- choosing is so subjective! Then it must be edited, with apt paragraphing, grammar and punctuation (as you'd submit to an editor.) An occasional lapse will be overlooked if the story touches us, of course. We also take into account the collegiality of the participants. Reading and commenting on each other's posts is  crucial to the success of WEP and we spell it out on the Submit list.  We're delighted that many of you took the time to do just that and disappointed that some didn't read any, not even the hosts', who read entries many times and use comments to ascertain people's choices.

There is a DL after each name, so you can come back at any time and read or reread for yourself. I hope you'll at least go read the winners' entries if you haven't already.
I take my party hat off to thank my wonderful team members -- Yolanda, Olga and Nila, who always write quality entries, but cannot be in the running for a prize. Ladies, thank you for your help in 2017 and into 2018 with its gorgeous challenges!
So, without further procrastination, I announce...


We loved Adura's take on the Cinderella story where the Prince is a Princess and "I Kiss Frogs No more" a powerful statement. A timely tale!
Congratulations Adura!
Please, accept the winner’s badge and display on your blog with a link to your poem.

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


"All the world's a stage" was the apt title for Keith's flash which was a clever interweaving of drama and real life.
Congratulations Keith!

Please accept the Runner Up Badge
And display on your blog with a link to
"All the World's a Stage."


Congratulations, SALLY. Please accept the badge and display it on your blog with a link to your story.

Thanks, everyone, for joining us in DECEMBER. We appreciate each and every one of you. Can't wait for the first challenge of 2018!
We know it's Valentine's month, but treat this challenge any way you wish.
Go to our Challenges Page to read the prompt schedule for the year.

Be sure to return for the winner’s guest post!

We'd love if you'd Tweet one of these:

The #WEPFF The End is the Beginning Challenge Winners announced. @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee  https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2018/01/wepff-end-is-beginning-winners-for.html
Celebrate with Adura Ojo first place winner #WEPFF The End is the Beginning Challenge @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2018/01/wepff-end-is-beginning-winners-for.html

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Happy New Year and may we enjoy your company every two months in 2018! 
From Denise, Yolanda, Olga and Nilanjana!

See you soon!!