Wednesday, 1 October 2014

A new winner on WWBH day!

Alright folks!

It's Wednesday! It's the first of the month!  Which means of course ...

Well, to a lot of people it means IWSG day, and for my post please go here. I'm not having a good time at the moment, so my IWSG moment is something of a plea for encouragement :-)


http://readingwritingeverything-heather.blogspot.co.uk/p/writer-wednesday-blog-hop.html

But, besides IWSG, it's also WWBH time. Yay for all the acronyms, hey! 

It's exciting today, we get to see who the latest winner is for our featured blog hop author space.

There have also been some slight additions to the rules for this here bloggy hop, so please cast your eye over before submitting your fabulous stories.

Today Leanne is in charge, so here we go!

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"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." ~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables 

Welcome to October! I love October for many reasons, but the main reason is because I was born this month--on the 5th to be exact. :) 

Today is pretty special in its own right because it's Wednesday AND the first of the month, which means we have an extra reveal for you in addition to a fresh prompt. May I introduce to you our featured blog hop author for October: 

Morgan Kellum!

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Congratulations, Morgan! Above is her button that you can display on your blog to support her blog. We pick a new winner each month--all you have to do is submit a blog hop story at least four times and your name goes into the hat! 
We love encouraging our writers in storytelling and encouraging our community to get to know one another--so be sure to head on over to Morgan's blog to say hi and check out some of her other work!
 
Next up: Here are the stories birthed from last week's photo prompt. Read 'em and show a little comment love to the authors. They all did a fantastic job!

The Hounds of Well by Love Happy Notes
Mad Dogs by Scott Taylor
Preparations by Sally Stackhouse

Okay--real quick, I am going to post the longer detailed version of the blog hop "rules," just as a refresher since we have some new folks joining us. Welcome to our new participants!


1) Use the photo(s) and prompt to write a 500-word story; all elements of the prompt must be a feature in the brief story you create.
2) When 1 photo/5 words is the theme, the 5 words MUST be clearly referenced in your story. Variations on a word are allowed within reason (for example: adding s, ed, ing to the word to be grammatically correct); but creating a new, unrelated, word is not.
3) We ask that you keep your story to approximately 500 words (give or take). We aren't counting but, please, no 1000-word entries.
4) In order to honor the community-purpose of the blog hop, please Do Not share photos and/or prompt words as your own. We ask that you please include the photo(s) and reference the blog hop in your post so your blog audience and the blog hop community may all be connected. Photos are the property of the hostess for the week, unless otherwise mentioned. Thank you so much for understanding! Let us know if you have questions on this. :)
5) Link your story through the blue froggy at bottom by the following Tuesday (direct link to story, not your whole blog, please). If you are unable or need help, contact your hop host: Leanne, Debb, Heather, or Tena.
6) Have Fun! Take your writing seriously, but let those creative juices flow! Don’t fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over the blog hop, instead let this be an exercise in letting the imagination run wild while staying within the discipline of flash-fiction—short and compelling!

 Without further ado; your photo and 5 words for this week:


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Mandatory words:
blister
grease
frock
pirate
bishop

Caught by the blogging blues - An IWSG post

Insecure Writer's Support Group 
Hello to all! I hope the first day of this new month finds you all well.

I've not been doing too badly of late, but I'm floundering a little when it comes to the bloggy world. I seem to have lost the drive and enthusiasm right now, and I'm not entirely sure how to get it back.

Friday will be the third anniversary of this here blog of mine, and I was determined not to let it just fly by like last year. But here I am again, not really venturing out into the world and the date is upon me once again. Where does all the time go?


I've grown rather despondent, and not just in regards to my blog, but lots of other life stuff too.

I've tried not to mention too much about it, but when I had my baby daughter at the beginning of June my life was turned up on its end, and in more ways than usual with a new baby. 
She was born with a serious defect that could have claimed her life at the time, had it not been for a wonderful consultant at our hospital who saved her for us.

She is thriving now and, despite continued hospital visits and one more scheduled operation, she is in no danger. However, the whole experience has left me feeling very strange. 
At times of crisis, your body just takes over and you get through it because that's what you need to do, but now the dust has settled, all the emotions are creeping up on me. I feel very spaced out a lot of the time if I'm honest. I've felt like this isn't really my life at all, and I'm just going through the motions of what needs to be done every day.

I feel so flat all of the time, writing and blogging are the last things on my mind, and I'm teetering on the edge of giving up on it. It's things like this hop that have kept me hanging on by my fingertips, but I'm struggling to get back into the same groove that I've been in before.

Self-doubt and low self-esteem are the dominant forces at work in my mind right now, and some words of advice and encouragement would be hugely welcome. Tell me I'm not the only one who's been caught in this pit of seeming despair ...

Love and hugs xxx 

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First Weds of every month 
For more information on the amazing entity that is the Insecure Writers Support Group, click on the link and head over. Here you will find everyone else participating and it's well worth a browse to see what everyone's insecurities are. Trust me, you're not alone, there are plenty of us on the same wavelength.


 Happy IWSG Day!


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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Wednesday again! Here's WWBH!

 http://readingwritingeverything-heather.blogspot.co.uk/p/writer-wednesday-blog-hop.html


OK, so I'm a bit late with my WWBH post, but this week is going so quickly I might just pretend it's Wednesday again. Is that alright with you folks?

Debb is in charge this week with the prompts, so here she is ...


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Hello dear friends! Happy First Day of Autumn! 

I don't know about you, but Autumn to me means: back to writing. I'm so sorry I wasn't able to write a story this week, but I'll give you a hint: The three stories below all touched me and made me smile. 

Take a look:  
The News by Scott Taylor

Trick In The Treat by Leanne Sype  

Will You... by Heather Musk 


I challenge myself, and you, too, to submit a story by next Tuesday evening, September 30th. 

In case you aren't familiar with the guidelines, they are: 

1) Use the two photos or one photo and five mandatory words, whatever is given, in your story.
2) Keep your word count 500 or less.
3) You have until next Tuesday night to link up your story to the little blue frog at the bottom.
4) Have fun, don't stress, and let those creative juices flow!
5) Check back next Wednesday to read the new stories -- if they touch you in any way, please feel free to reblog them.

Okay...ready for the prompts? I held back from choosing five words (my favorite kind of prompt) and will go with the two-photo prompt idea...

dogsbythedoor 


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Your Blog Hop Hostesses:   Leanne, Tena, Heather, and Debb
 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

It's fun to be in the ... WWBH!!!

So, we're now halfway through the second week of little legs being back at school, and it's been really weird for me after having her around for six weeks. I've felt a little lost if I'm honest!

Baby legs is starting to fall into a loose routine now, and I'm working around her to get things done of the writerly and readerly kind. I'm so pleased about this, I've actually managed to submit a story for last weeks WWBH prompts! Yippee!


http://readingwritingeverything-heather.blogspot.co.uk/p/writer-wednesday-blog-hop.html


I know you're probably familiar with the drill by now, but just in case you're not ...


The rules are pretty simple:
  • There is either one picture and five random words, or two pictures given out each Wednesday, which are to be used in the story.

  • The word count must be 500 words or less.

  • The deadline to link up is Tuesday of the following week.
  • Please include the pictures and/or random words in your post, with clear reference to the WWBH. This is a community forum, with an aim to share and encourage around the blogosphere. It's important to link back to one of us so that we can spread the word of your fabulous flash fiction entries.

  • Don't forget to link up with one of the lovely hostesses:
Leanne Sype at Writings and Ruminations



Tena Carr at Jottings and Writings



Debb Stanton at Stanton Sunshine



  • Most importantly, have fun!


 
Before we get to the fresh new prompt for this week, cast your eyes over these efforts from last week. Hopefully they'll get you inspired and fired up to bring your own contribution to the table!



Consequences by Sally Stackhouse

Help me ... by Heather Musk



And for this week, how about making a story out of this ...


 and this ...



Good luck everyone!


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Give me a W! Give me a W! And a B! And an H! It's time for WWBH!!!

Hello to all! I hope you're all having a good week. 

The sun is still shining here, thankfully, and I'm finally getting back to some kind of normal now the kiddies have gone back to school. There's certainly something beautiful about being able to enjoy your own thoughts again without a constant background noise of television, music, or 'mum, can I have ...' and 'mum, can I just ...'

Tena is our host for this weeks hop and photo reveal, so it's over to you Tena!

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Hey there fellow bloggers...

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Here we are at the midway point of the week and at the "Wednesday Writer Blog Hop" time. Make sure you read the rules (outlined below) . The rules are simple, but we have gotten some entries that have been questionable as to whether or not they were actually related to the "hop". Before I go further, let us look at last week's entries:


Okay, now that you're back... Here's a quick run through of the rules.


1) You will have until the following Tuesday to submit your entry.

2) We ask that you keep your story to approximately 500 words (give or take). We aren't counting but, please, no 1000+ entries.

3) *sorry, this is a bit long but important* In order to honor the community-purpose of the blog hop, please Do Not share photos and/or prompt words as your own. We ask that you please include the photo(s) and reference the blog hop in your post so your blog audience and the blog hop community may all be connected. (If you need assistance with inserting the photos, please let one of the hop ladies know via the comments). Photos are the property of the hostess for the week, unless otherwise mentioned. Thank you so much for understanding! Let us know if you have questions on this. :)

4) When 1 photo/5 words is the theme, the 5 words MUST be clearly referenced in your story. Variations on a word are allowed within reason (for example: adding s, ed, ing to the word to be grammatically correct); However creating a new, unrelated, word is not.

5) Link your story to linky/froggy below (direct link to story, not your whole blog, please). If you are unable or need help, contact your hop host: Leanne, Debb, Heather, or myself.

6) Most Important, Have Fun and let those creative juices flow... We look forward to reading what you write.


Here is this weeks photo:

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And the 5 Random Words that must be included are:
  • Gunnysack
  • Pathology
  • Croquet (the game)
  • Elate
  • Human 


Wednesday, 3 September 2014

At the hop!!! The WWBH hop that is...

Hello all! It's a rather misty morning here in the UK as I write this. I wonder if that's it for our summer, and if it's all down hill from here. Still, the winterly nights are a great excuse to stoke up the wood-burner in our new house! Mmmm, cosy ...

http://readingwritingeverything-heather.blogspot.co.uk/p/writer-wednesday-blog-hop.html

But enough of that crazy winter talk! It's not here just yet, and there are still plenty of Writer Wednesday blog hop prompts to get in beforehand too.

This week Leanne is in charge of the prompts, so without further ado, here she is ...


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It has been a slow couple of weeks for the Writer Wednesday Blog Hop, but that isn't uncommon for the end of summer. So let's take a deep breath, stretch our creative muscles and dive in this week.

You ready?

Here are the rules for the blog hop:

1) Use the photo and five mandatory words to create a 500-words or less story; all elements of the prompt must be a feature in the brief story you create.

2) Stay with the 500-word limit.

3) Craft and link your post by the following Tuesday.

4) When you have finished your post, link up your story using the inLinkz frog at the bottom of the prompt. If you have trouble, let one of us know in the comments section and we'll help you get linked up.

5) We were going to tell you to not take this too seriously, but reconsidered it because we know full well that asking writers to write something means that they will take it seriously. So, take it seriously, but don’t fret/panic/pass out/hyperventilate/lose sleep/run in fear over it.

Ready? It's a tough one, but we can do it!  

sunset kiss              
Mandatory words:

bus station
encyclopedia
icon
travel
sale

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Roll up! Roll up! The last WWBH for the summer!

Happy prevening all! Welcome to the latest edition of the Writer Wednesday blog hop, and this week we're in the lovely hands of Debb at Stanton Sunshine



There was one story from last week's prompt, so why not follow in Scott's footsteps and knock-up something from this weeks prompts. Don't be shy!!!

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Hello all, A Happy Wednesday to you story lovers and writers!

Here is the great story that sprung forth from last week's hop:



Are you new to the Hop and thinking about participating? We love to find new-to-our-hop writers -- the more, the merrier!

Here are the rules:

◾ There is either one picture and five random words or two pictures given out each Wednesday, which are to be used in the story.

◾ The word count must be 500 words or less.

◾ The deadline to link up is Tuesday of the following week.

◾ Don’t forget to link up to the little froggy below and with one of the hop hostesses:

Tena Carr at Jottings and Writings 

Leanne Sype at Writings and Ruminations 


Debb Stanton at Stanton Sunshine   


SOOooooo...[cue drum roll]

Here are the new prompts:

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  Champagne Sunrise