I am pleased to say that January’s winner, with her very authentic take on the writing prompt inspired by Christina Rossetti’s ‘In the bleak midwinter’, is lassfromlancashire. A well deserved win and, once I have liaised with her, I will get back to you with the writing prompt for February. (Scary that we are into February already – where did January go??)
Voting for the first mini competition of 2015 is now open so please vote and ensure that your favourite wins. (With only 3 entries, I can’t promise the excitement of the Greek elections, but I’ll do my best! 😉 )
As usual, voting will remain open until the end of the month and the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt.
Who will you vote for?
Here’s my own cheeky little entry, which I thought I would squeeze in before tomorrow evening’s deadline. Keats it certainly isn’t! 🙂 Still, it’s just a bit of fun, so hope it at least provides a temporary distraction from all the bad weather… (and I love the picture!)
Halloween is in October,
Thanksgiving’s the next month,
then it’s Christmas in December,
families and turkey lunch.
But January has nothing
bar cold wind, ice and snow.
Amid bleak winter, hasten Spring,
help us and nature grow.
I am very happy to welcome back Jan with her take on the writing prompt of ‘in the bleak mid-winter’. It is perhaps a less literal take on the theme, but one that works equally as well and has a glimmer of hope at the end. Thank you Jan for taking part once again.
Clutching her little, well-loved Teddy bear that she had been given for her 3rd birthday, 7 year old Tracy hid beneath the sacking in the barn.
It was cold, mid-winter, but at least she was out of the biting wind and lashing rain.
“We will be fine here Toby until the morning, then we can creep out of the village;they won’t know where we are until later. After all, the party will go on late and they will be too smashed to notice I’ve gone. Sorry Toby, they won’t notice WE have gone.”
Toby seemed to nod sagely, his glass eyes staring blankly at her.
“Why do you think they don’t love me Toby? I love them, even when they yell at each other. Is it something I’ve done do you think?”
She snuggled down and tried to sleep, clutching her beloved bear. The rain beat down on the corrugated roof, the sound eventually helped her to drift off to sleep.
Tracy woke up to the sound of sirens, and people calling out her name.
“Oh, thank the Lord, Bob, she’s in here. Tracy why did you run away? We were frantic with worry.”
Tracy looked up solemnly at her mother and a large solitary tear escaped and trickled down her cheek. “Mummy, you and Daddy are always fighting and yelling at each other, and it’s all my fault.”
“No, oh no it’s not your fault darling. Daddy and l have been having a few problems, but we are trying to work things out and it’s nothing to do with you, I promise. Please pet, don’t worry us by running away again, we both love you so much.”
At that she swept her Daughter up in her arms and carried her to the waiting car.
I am very pleased to share with you the first entry for this month’s mini competition, which I think has addressed the writing prompt perfectly! Thank you and welcome back to lassfromlancashire.
After a frenetic December, which all but disappeared in a blur, I am happy to be back and to wish you all the very best for 2015. I hope you had a lovely festive season and have lots of plans for the new year.
What are your writing / reading ambitions? Mine are to try to get a bit more structure in my writing life (and to that end it is fantastic that I can now finally see my desk again having just cleared it of wrapping paper, sellotape, cards, pens, lists, labels, and other festive remains – yesterday was my twins’ 7th birthday so we go right through!!) I also aim to submit more work to magazines and to enter writing competitions, particularly in the writing for children field, where I feel I have a bit of momentum behind me at present. Fingers crossed 2015 turns out to be a good one!…..
As far as reading is concerned, my only problem seems to be that there are so many great books out there that I would love to read that I am spoilt for choice! One book that I received as a Christmas present was Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’, which I had asked for after hearing good things about it. If you haven’t already read it, then I would recommend it as a no-nonsense, straight-talking insight into how a successful writer approaches the craft, with a bit of biography thrown in for good measure.
In regards to this blog, if you recall Jane Dougherty won the last mini writing competition of 2014 and so I will be asking her to set the first writing prompt for 2015, and will get back to you shortly.
Hope you have a fruitful coming year and look forward to catching up! 🙂
I’m very pleased to say that the winner of November’s mini writing competition is Jane Dougherty with ‘In the fields of the flat lands’. Well done Jane and thank you for submitting such a moving and evocative piece of writing. I will get back to you in the New Year for the next writing prompt if that is agreeable to you, and in the meantime I hope you have a lovely festive season.
Thank you again to those who took part in this month’s mini writing competition with the writing prompt of ‘Memories’. Voting is now open so please vote and ensure that your favourite wins. As usual, voting will remain open until the end of the month and the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt.
As December is shaping up to be a bit of a busy month and, given that most people will have more than enough to keep them occupied over the festive season, I would propose that the mini competitions take a break until the new year. Therefore the winner of this month will be setting the first writing prompt of 2015, and good luck to all.
Who will you vote for?
I thought I would make the effort and sneak in a last minute entry for this month’s theme of ‘memories’. It’s a bit simplistic, granted, but I wanted to have a play with shapes and structure, and it hopefully still manages to get the (again simple) message across…..
By the way, happy Book Week Scotland 2014, which starts today. Lots of exciting things happening, not least a trip through to Edinburgh with some writing group friends to pitch to an agent and publisher. What a fantastic opportunity (if a slightly scary one!) Pitch is prepared, so fingers crossed!
A dwelling place
Filled with children’s laughter
Warmth and safety
Family all grown
With their own lives
But memories linger