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Friday, 1 June 2018

Welcome to #WEP - Write...Edit...Publish JUNE Challenge -- UNRAVELED YARN

Hello Writers,

Unraveled Yarn! We’re not necessarily talking knitting and crochet.  Although, knitting/crochet/embroidery could easily be woven into a backdrop, even take centre-stage, in the interpretation of this prompt. A yarn is a long and rambling, often improbable, story. But we’re not talking long and improbable, a crisp and convincing flash in whatever genre you choose is what we’re after. We are open to everything, except erotica.

Serenity, meet Disaster. A lie found out, the unpicking of a tall tale. A crime taking an unexpected turn. A bad-hair day. An ordinary walk spiraling into a crisis. A romantic encounter ending in chaos.   Take your pick with the unpicking. And have fun! 

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We're sorry to say that our team member, Yolanda Renee, is withdrawing from WEP at least until the end of the year due to health problems. Please join with us in thanking Yolanda for her seriously excellent input into WEP, and praying her health will improve. We all want to see Yolanda join us again in 2019, don't we? 

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

#WEPff #Guest Post, by Michael Di Gesu, Winner of the April Challenge - Road Less Traveled. - MOMMY KAY.

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

Michael di Gesu won the April Challenge -

Road Less Traveled, with his memoir extract from MOMMY KAY.

Today Michael discusses how a good story inspired him to dive back into writing.

Greetings all at the WEP!
Thank you so much for featuring me at WEP today, ladies. I am honored to be here.

You could have knocked me over with a feather. Winning first place in the ROAD LESS TRAVELED challenge was certainly unexpected.

As many of you know, I have had been less than inspired for the past few years, not writing much and barely keeping up with blogging. It has been a very stressful time, emotionally and physically.

But I have never given up.

I knew it would pass.

It finally has.

Inspiration can come in many forms. It could be our friends, family, our surroundings, a wonderful vacation, or just a walk around town. Spending the winter at my condo in Orlando, Florida was going to be my escape. Instead, the community here has been mismanaged, and basically the complex has taken a nose dive. After much stress, screaming, letter writing, and determination, I had the pleasure of getting to know one of my neighbors, who just happened to be on the board for our condo complex. One day she mentioned her OUTRAGEOUS mother, Kay, who had also lived in this complex. She had died a few years prior and sadly they were estranged during her passing.

Kim informed me about how her siblings had laid Kay to rest, mere hours after her death, with basically no funeral, buried in a pine box, with neither Kim nor any of Kay's friends in attendance. Sadly, Kay had made her son executor of his will. Needless to say, he absconded with everything and Kim never had closure.

As a few months passed, I met Kim on several more occasions walking our dogs. I listened to countless stories about her mother's antics with fronting and selling stolen merchandise in the 50's, 60's, and 70's, her acquaintances and friendships with many well known people of the day, and about her four husbands, ranging from the first, Kim's father, an Italian Catholic, to a Jewish diamond merchant, a Puerto Rican lifeguard, then finally a Muslim Egyptian man eight years her junior. During most of her marriages and between the wheelings and dealings, she owned a beauty shop in Middle Village Queens NY, where she was born and raised.

Kay also had a love affair with the arts and frequented Harlem to hear Count Basie, the Village Gate to hear blues singer, Carmen Mcrae, who eventually became a close friend, several off-Broadway gay oriented plays, and so much more.

But what clinched it for me was Kay’s INCREDIBLY liberal attitude in her life. Many of her clients were African American. Raised in the 30s and 40s as a white Anglo Protestant in QUEENS, NY...this was unheard of. Most people then had very similar views to the famed Archie Bunker of All in the Family fame. Kay's grandfather actually thought All in the Family was a documentary! I gasped when I heard this. My father was also raised in Queens and was an Italian Archie Bunker, so I know first hand how people thought at that time.

I then approached Kim. “This story needs to be told. Have you ever thought of writing a memoir?”

She burst out laughing. “Are you kidding me,” she exclaimed in her thick Queens NY accent. “I can’t write a memoir.”

“But I can,” I said.

Kim and I signed a contract. I am thrilled to be writing Kay's memoir. Kim told me Kay had always wanted to write about her incredible life, and now her story will be told!

I have already written the first seven chapters and I am so excited to continue.... Kay will become as famous as our beloved Auntie Mame, who happened to be fictitious. Kay is the real deal! I cannot begin to tell you how honored and happy I am to write her story. She was an AMAZING woman for her time, and to have roots from the Mayflower, Kay was definitely not anything like the typical 1950's woman.

When I read about April’s prompt at the WEP, I knew I needed to post a snippet from Kay’s story. This piece features Kay’s transformation and the new journey she began on THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED.

Kim is thrilled that Kay’s story was acknowledged. I am EQUALLY as thrilled, knowing that even though we take a hiatus from our writing, no matter how long, we can always come back and produce a winner.

I would also like to congratulate, Carrie Ann Golden, for her incredible insight into forgiving one’s self, and Elephant’s Child, for her amazing life-changing adventure to Antarctica. Writers who submit to the WEP are so talented, I don’t envy the WEP in choosing their winners.

Thank you again, ladies of the WEP, for choosing MOMMY KAY as the first place winner.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

 A creative soul, Michael Di Gesu has been in the arts since a child. Trained as an illustrator and interior designer with a BFA from School of Visual Arts in NYC, he took his earlier career in a different direction after he was discovered by a photographer from the fashion industry. He modeled in NYC and abroad until 1991, then left NYC and moved to South Florida to begin a new artistic journey.

He began his career in interior design after remodeling his home in Fort Lauderdale. He freelanced for several years until he moved to Las Vegas in the Mid 90s. There he returned to the fashion industry and worked as a hair stylist and makeup artist for major fashion adds through R&R advertising Agency.

After five years he returned to South Florida to resume interior design.

In the mid 2000’s he moved to Chicago to increase exposure in the interior design world. After five successful years, the real estate market crashed. Freelance interior design work dried up. With no real prospects, he decided to enter the literary world and write and illustrate his first middle grade fantasy novel. With a whole new world opening up to him through blogging, Michael found his new niche. The writing community was a breath of fresh air for him and he met many amazing writers who helped mentor him.

In 2013, he started his freelance book design, illustration, and creative editing business, specializing in unique and original works of art. His talent for introductions of books, lead to blurb writing.

Today he is still a freelance interior designer, and continues to assist his writer clients with blurbs, creative editing, illustration, and book design.

You can find him at his blog, IN TIME: http://writing-art-and-design.blogspot.com

You can find his creative services @ http://writing-art-and-design.blogspot.com/p/m.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DAK86

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

#WEPFF - The Road Less Traveled challenge winners! And we've added a new category!

Hi all ye who pass by...
Despite it being the A-Z Challenge , 20 hardy souls took up the Road Less Traveled Challenge and entertained, inspired and made us cry. Thank you all!
Before I get to the fun part, did you catch the WEP team's collaborative post for the A-Z challenge? It was so fun, bouncing off each other's stories to create an on-going story with a road sign as our prompt. If you haven't read it, go HERE. We'd love to hear what you think!

The reading part of a WEP challenge is easy for the team, even if we have to go back several times for a re-read. Then comes the hard part. Choosing 3 outstanding entries. Often the writers who make the final cut tugged at us and stood out above the rest. Now that there's 4 of us on the team to have this discussion, coming to a final decision should be easier, but how we respond to writing is SO subjective. What floats one's boat, sinks another's.

So after much to-ing and fro-ing, we came up with a shortlist. On this list we had in no particular order:

L.G. Keltner with her inspiring SPEECH.
Desk49 with his personal POETRY.
Carrie Golden with her heart-rending MEMOIR.
Michael di Gesu with his super-fun MEMOIR.
Elephant's Child with her awe-inspiring TRAVEL post.

Kalpanaa with her tribute to Indira Ghandi.

Right from the start, when the team came up with the idea of a Road Less Traveled, I LOVED it. This idea could take you anywhere. It resulted in some deep responses. Isn't that really the point of writing? To garner an emotional response in our readers. Here at WEP, we like being emotionally involved and that is what we were. 
Here is a quick run through of the entries, excepting your hosts':

Pat Garcia – Engaging, emotional as always. Pat's heroine was someone with insecurities most of us could sympathise with. 
Carrie Golden – reminded us that forgiving yourself is often the hardest thing to do in life.
Christopher Scott introduced us to his speculative fiction, 'Raypunk' and told a gripping tale where readers asked for more. 
L G Keltner – a new genre, L.G. wrote an inspirational speech aimed at graduating students
Pat Hatt – delivered with great panache another of his dark, nasty and extremely clever tales
Kalpanaa – through beautiful images, Kalpanaa reminded us of that inspirational lady, Indira Ghandi. 
DG Hudson– took us to Outpost Station #6, The Far Reaches, a riveting episode of sci-fi.  
Jo-ke Ojo– wrote a short, sharp poem that showed a woman fed up with waiting around...who could forget? - '...he came, she left, dinner was over.'   
Desk 49 – wrote poetically of fragments of his life…nostalgia, pathos, hope...
Elephant's Child - Whoa, a  trip to Antarctica, made more personal by her family's negative response to her once-in-a-lifetime-trip.
J Lenni Dorner – the plot thickened in an on-going flash for the A - Z which fitted with the April WEP prompt. 
Tyrean A Martinson - Literally had us clinging to the edge, as she explored flight...
Donna McNichol - showed us what it can be like - this coming home.
Roland Yeomans – through the Ghost of Carl Sagan, Roland bathed us in mystery. 
Michael di Gesu - introduced us to the memoir of Kay Hickman, written in such a way, the words bounced off the page.
Deborah Drucker – showed us that loneliness can take us down a dark path. 

And now to the announcements:





Congratulations Michael!

With its peek into a chapter from his coming memoir on the life of Kay Hickman, Michael dazzled us. Please accept the winner's badge, Michael, and show it in your sidebar with a link to your story. 

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





Carrie's memoir on forgiveness was an inspiration to us all. Thank you for sharing with us, Carrie. Please display the badge on your blog with a link to your post.

Congratulations Carrie!




Elephant's Child

Elephant's Child, we loved your free verse with the title, Antarctica, and the beautiful original photographs which accompanied your entry. Please accept the badge and display it on your blog with a link to your entry.
Congratulations Elephant's Child!

BREAKING NEWS! This month we have a new category which will be awarded at the team's discretion. 

All prospective winners are vetted for their comments before they are awarded a prize. 

Why? Because we need your comments. This is a supportive writing community where each person is valued.

There are a handful of very strong commenters, on the other hand, so this award is created especially for them. 

For the inaugural Commenting Champion Award, issued in April for the Road Less Traveled prompt, we acknowledge Desk49. He not only visits everyone, he comments in poetic form which takes real talent. 

Thank you, Ellis, Desk49. Please accept the badge and display on your blog to inspire all who come by!

And as always, we thank our team member, Olga Godim, for the time and creativity she puts into our winners' badges. 


A NEW TIMEZONE: In future challenges, WEP will post to EST (East Coast USA) time. Check the clock at the top. Please post your entry on or before the challenge date according to the clock. The linky will close at midnight at EST on the given date. This will enable the team to read, discuss and decide on winners within a shorter timeframe. Thanks!

Please comment on as many posts as you can, as stated in our submission form - - READ other entries, giving feedback as requested
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 APRIL. We appreciate each and every one of you. 

Our next Challenge will be in JUNE – UNRAVELED YARN! 
So what's it going to be? A tall story? An evil knitting lady/man plotting someone's demise (okay, Yolanda, this is for you!) Whatever pops into your mind, go with it!

On the Challenges Page you’ll find the prompt schedule for the year and further inspiration for the next prompt.

Be sure to return to read the winner’s guest post in a couple of weeks!

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#WEPFF The Road Less Traveled Winners announced. @DeniseCCovey &@YolandaRenee https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2018/05/wepff-road-less-traveled-challenge.html #amwriting #flashfiction

Celebrate with Michael di Gesu  first place winner #WEPFF The Road Less Traveled Challenge @DeniseCCovey  @YolandaRenee https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2018/05/wepff-road-less-traveled-challenge.html #amwriting #flashfiction

The #WEPFF writers are all winners! @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2018/05/wepff-road-less-traveled-challenge.html #amwriting #flashfiction

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Welcome to WEP - Write...Edit...Publish APRIL challenge -- ROAD LESS TRAVELED

Of course the classic Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken, comes to mind with this prompt which went some little way in inspiring our choice.

What could a ROAD LESS TRAVELED be?

Options. Options, Options. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

A FORK IN THE ROAD: A monumental career choice?

AN EMBARRASSING MOMENT: Turning up dressed in an odd, exotic costume for a black-tie event

A MYSTERY: A trail-blazer MC, a loner, a misfit (A Jack Reacher type)

LITERAL/FIGURATIVE TRIP: Journeys to out-of-the way places, physical and/or metaphorical. A unique holiday trip which veers into another dimension. An unusual parenting or mentoring journey. Experimental music to restore mental health. An extra-ordinary lifestyle choice.

So many ways to spin this prompt. Go to...

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A fork in the road? April’s Challenge @YolandaRenee & @DeniseCCovey https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2018/03/welcome-to-wep-writeeditpublish-april.html #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction

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Hello all! 

We wanted to update the page for the A to Z Post for G - Genre

J Lenni Dorner offered WEP (Write…Edit…Publish) April 7, “G” day for a post of 500 words. The WEP team currently consists of four writers – Denise Covey, Yolanda Renée, Olga Godim and Nilanjana Bose  - who all write in different genres. For inspiration for today’s collaborative post, we used an amazing picture of a sign. Thanks Celia Reaves for permission to use the image.

Each of the team - Yolanda, Denise, Nila and Olga wrote 100-ish words in their preferred GENRE.

Go HERE to read the post...

Thanks for helping us spread the WEP word!

Denise, Nila, Olga & Renée

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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