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[*] posted on 9/26/2008 at 08:29 PM


ohhh so it was her idea to try and bribe the judges contest before last. power of suggestion...



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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 04:48 AM


:2010x::Champagne2x: I'm so glad that you finally picked up on this!! This was the contest I entered my terrible short story in, for the Summer version. It was crazy, and short stories are way out of my comfort zone! But I like that every contest the topic changes, and the word count. I had a rough month, so I didn't enter this time >:( But you who did have to let me know how the topic/word count went and how you liked it!
The last one was on a Saturday, I believe, and I had a bunch of stuff I was doing, so didn't get my story even in till early morning! It was crazy..It got an honorable mention though, and I got a couple of helpful e-book type things, so that was good.
Angela Hoy, who runs the WritersWeekly site, is really helpful, and crazy (like Michy!). She will get back to anyone who needs help, and such.
Ok..that's my soap box, heh (I've been getting the WW emails and such for a while, so enjoy their site a lot)...:903a::biggrin:




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 06:27 AM


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Ok I will do my part since I am not entering.

I shall bring virtual coffee to the writers. :Waiter0298x:

And I shall resign myself to not getting emails from Susan for one whole day. darn it.


You'll get emails.

They'll be along the lines of:

ARRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!


well, those will be a change from the dirty stuff she normally sends me.

:whip:


Oh, sure...make me out to be some kind of pervert.

Oh, wait.... :whistle:




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 07:25 AM


Well, considering I didn't fall asleep until about 3am, then woke at 4:30, 6, 7 and now 8:25.... I finally gave up and decided to stay awake.

Noon is too far away!




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 07:33 AM


If it makes you feel any better, my dog woke me up way before I was ready this morning. Thank the gods for coffee...the elixir of life.

No, it's not as bad as the lack of sleep you've been dealing with, but I do have plans for a nap today.

Maybe inspiration will strike in my dreams.




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 07:37 AM


I figured I'd nap at some point, probably immediately after getting the topic and length, you know, sleep on it?

Right now, I'm reading the PDF again, start to finish, to make sure I have the guidelines down perfectly.

I hate having to do it in an email body. Formatting is difficult in a plain text email....

I am looking forward to this though.




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 07:46 AM


I feel the same way about the email part of it. I'm nervous about using Yahell, but that's what I signed up with. (sigh) Oh well.



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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:00 AM


I think I'll still type it up in Word and then cut and paste to hotmail. Aint no way I am going to trust that system to keep my story in....it may require extra formatting time when I'm done, but it's better than losing it half way through...

I stayed up until 3 and then crashed hard (I had been up for 20 hours) so I am just now waking up, except for a brief moment to feed Rain earlier. Now, as soon as we get the topic, I want a shower...




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:01 AM


O.K. Are we ready? 4 minutes until launch.



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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:01 AM


Sooo, what is the theme and word count?

I am virtually cheering you guys on! And since this is virtual I am in a short little cheerleader outfit and have the body of a play boy centerfold.

How 'bout them pom poms!:coolgleamA:




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:05 AM


850 words or less...

The cast iron pot was blackened and warped, but had provided years of delicious concoctions. Movement caught her eyethrough the cracked window. She turned her head, but sawonly red, orange, yellow and brown leaves racing by in thefierce wind. She shivered as cold air leaked through thewindow's cracks, and leaned down to stoke the fire. Squinting at her recipe book, she scratched the mole on hernose. The fourth ingredient was always the hardest to find...




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:07 AM


ok I am not sure what we are supposed to do. It isn't a topic. it is the beginning of a story... Do they want us to create the fourth ingredient or make a whole new story???


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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:09 AM


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I think I'll still type it up in Word and then cut and paste to hotmail. Aint no way I am going to trust that system to keep my story in....it may require extra formatting time when I'm done, but it's better than losing it half way through...

I stayed up until 3 and then crashed hard (I had been up for 20 hours) so I am just now waking up, except for a brief moment to feed Rain earlier. Now, as soon as we get the topic, I want a shower...


Type it in Word, then choose Save As, and select Plain Text, save it to notepad, and then you can copy and paste from notepad with no problems.




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:11 AM


Laurie:

"Your story must touch on this topic in some way to qualify. During each contest, several writers ask if they must quote from the topic directly. No, you don't. You are even permitted to change the gender and age of the character(s). But, it must be obvious to us that the story was written specifically for this assigned topic."




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:25 AM


I still haven't received the email.... anyone else get the actual email?

Anyway, I already have an idea. Now, I just have to write it.




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:30 AM


I just got the email. So what is the topic? the 4th ingredient, the cooking scene, and i am getting nothing. This is a scenario not a topic.



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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:32 AM


oooh,ooh, I have an idea and an end...not I just need the beginning and the middle....

Off to shower :)




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:32 AM


Ohh I wish I would have done this- I have an idea too!



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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:33 AM


Write it anyway...850 words...and I'll meet you in the feedback forum!

Nice outift by the way, except I always hated cheerleaders. Far too perky!:2611a:




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[*] posted on 9/27/2008 at 11:34 AM


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I just got the email. So what is the topic? the 4th ingredient, the cooking scene, and i am getting nothing. This is a scenario not a topic.


Agreed... but if you'll read last year's winners and see last year's 'topic' you'll see that it doesn't have to be exact, but just 'touch on it'. They seem pretty lenient on it, but want to make sure you wrote a story specifically for this contest and didn't 'cheat' and write ahead of time, so they make you touch on the topic.

It'll be whatever you want it to be....




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