My Passion Project, The Contest Is Completed!

My passion project is realized, completed and a success! Wow what an exciting day to say, I DID IT! Holla.

I developed and produced (with the help of my esteemed Judges and my awesome hubby) the inaugural eBook Me Up Short Story Contest.  This project came about as an outlet to give back to the writing community.  I had been thinking on this for two years while I participated in blog prompts and other contest outlets myself.  I took the K30 challenge with Kristen Eckstein, aka The Book Ninja, earlier this year and put the call into action (great course definitely recommend).

The output of this contest includes our compilation eBook entitled, Rise Above, which features the short stories of our Top Ten winners.  Top prizes for our contest included cash awards to 1st and 2nd places with author biographies in the eBook for 1st-3rd place.  We have published Rise Above on Amazon today – Get your copy HERE! The funds from those who purchase, Rise Above, support the annual contest and future contests.

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Each story is < 3000 words.  The category for the short story entries was open, so there is a little bit of everything in this book.  Our first place winner, Moroni by Robert Walton, inspired our cover for the compilation eBook.  It’s a well-crafted story that is sure to entertain you.

It was great fun and a wonderful learning experience.  I was able to connect with talented writers and learned that my financial investment in this project did not outweigh the value I gained.  I didn’t have outside sponsors for this contest, which I hope to gain in the future because it can start to add up budget wise.  However, I learned that I can do a decent job on a book cover, as well as, formatting for ePublication.  I was hands on and had great judges who were hands on as well.  A special shout out to Rene Averett, who put in time editing with me.

I hope you can support my project, by the purchase of Rise Above and honor the winners of the contest.  If you have an interest in joining upcoming contests, please join the eBook Me Up’s mailing list.  I hate spam, so you only get notices when something ‘real’ is going on.

Congratulations to our Top Ten Winners, in random order:
Robert Walton, Alan D Harris, Joao Cerqueria, Julia Church, Patricia Crandall, Michael Wettengel, Crystal LeFevre, Mary H Fox, Christina Loy and Matt Micheli.

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Courage

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This week, I’m sharing a quote from one of my favorite movies, Practical Magic.  This quote I chose this week, is one makes me think about how fearful it is to walk your own path, when in most cases you’re trying to fit in.  As the school year starts and as adults out of school, be open that ‘normal’ isn’t bad and neither is ‘different’ – courage is to walk your path.

What courageous brave activity are you taking on this week? Let me know in the comments below, love hearing from you. If you enjoyed the quote, simply hit the like button.

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The Writer’s Quote Wednesday is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, it is a weekly series in which bloggers share the quotes that inspire them. Go check it out and join in the fun.

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Halloween Prompt – What’s Your Story?

I saw this and think its great fun, so obviously I had to share.  I love this time of year, could be my birthday is around it but I enjoy the cooler weather, the pumpkin spices (almost in everything – yum) along with the costumes.  Wait till you see my costume this year (a blog is coming!).

This is a prompt for your Halloween story.

Mine is, “I screamed at an apparition in an enchanted castle.”  What’s yours?  If you choose to write something, please put your link in the comments below to share.

Happy Halloween!

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FF#29 Armageddon and Unprepared

Armageddon

Weather

Angry and Mad

Rips through Concrete Landscapes

Floods away Remains of Yesterday

Displaced

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Unprepared

Trapped

Disaster Affronts

Closing Off Doors

Howling Wind, Rain, Darkness

Isolated

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Winner stampThese cinquain poems were inspired from Featured Fiction’s #29 Disaster Thriller prompt. Challenge accepted for cinquain poem and featured theme: “The world is plagued by a series of strange weather phenomena. You find yourself trapped in a city, completely unprepared and cut off from the rest of civilization.”

Armageddon is in syllable pattern (2,4,6,8,2) and Unprepared is in word cinquain pattern.

Check out other entries and vote (click on link this weekend) it’s always great fun.

If you liked/loved my poems let me know, by liking, sharing or commenting below. Also any tips for improvement always welcomed, we should learn something new everyday.

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Want to learn how to write a cinquain poem?

I did, and this is what I found out! The cinquain (pronounced ‘sin-cane’ not ‘sin-kwane’) or also known as the quintain or quintet; is a poem or stanza composed of 5 lines.  The cinquain poetry is similar to haiku in that the rules for writing them are based on syllables.

Cinquain syllables in the following pattern:

Line 1 – 2 syllables

Line 2 – 4 syllables

Line 3 – 6 syllables

Line 4 – 8 syllables

Line 5 – 2 syllables

An alternative version of the cinquain poem, often called a ‘word cinquain’ is based on words, instead of syllables.

Word cinquain is in the following pattern:

Line 1 – 1 word

Line 2 – 2 words

Line 3 – 3 words

Line 4  – 4 words

Line 5 – 1 word

There are various opinions on what makes a good cinquain poem.  Some feel it’s best to organize to tell a story and admittedly I enjoy these kind due to the mental construction it leaves behind for the reader.  However, poetic devices such as assonance and alliteration can be used to help make cinquain poems memorable.  It’s purely up to your creative juices as there is no real wrong way to go about poetry.

Cinquain sample common story telling pattern:

Line 1 – Subject

Line 2 – Description

Line 3 – Action

Line 4 – Feeling

Line 5 – Conclusion