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All You Need to Know to Rodeo

The Rodeo is coming! GET ready to write flash fiction for the month of October. No entry fee… CASH prizes!

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Weekly Flash Fiction Challenges are on hiatus until November 1. Just like hands on a ranch, we’re going to take a break from our regular chores to challenge and show off our skills. We’re going to have us a rodeo! A flash fiction rodeo.

THE TUFFEST RIDE

Judging for TUFF began after the final September Free-Write. These writers were in it to win it. A free-write is a scary contest to enter because it makes a writer feel vulnerable, but vulnerability is exactly what a writer has to push past to write deep, to meet the muse, to follow gut instinct. Drafting is all about trusting the spark of creativity.

We will post a video on October 1 (right here in the blog feed) to announce the five writers who will advance to compete every Monday. They will write a new story to a fresh prompt, then each week revise…

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Colleen’s Coming Attractions: “The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody,” by Marcia Meara

Hi everybody! It's my favorite time of the year - Autumn! The days shorten and the nights get longer... Perfect for bedtime reading. ❤ Today, I'm sharing a new release that will soon be on your horizons from Marcia Meara. I can't wait to get to some of Marcia's books, and this story looks fabulous!… Continue reading Colleen’s Coming Attractions: “The Emissary 2: To Love Somebody,” by Marcia Meara

author interviews

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author & Poet, Annette Rochelle Aben

Hello everyone! This week I'm thrilled to bring you author and poet, Annette Rochelle Aben. I asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions. Annette and… Continue reading Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author & Poet, Annette Rochelle Aben

Book Reviews

Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “The Lady’s Slipper,” by Author, Deborah Swift

Title: The Lady's Slipper (Westmorland, Book One) Amazon Author Page: Deborah Swift Publication Date: August 20, 2016 Formats: Paperback & Kindle Genres: Literature & Fiction, British & Irish, Sagas, Historical Romance Goodreads IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS: A sweeping historical novel of orchids, obsession, and murder  England 1660 When artist Alice Ibbetson discovers a rare orchid, the lady's-slipper, growing in… Continue reading Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “The Lady’s Slipper,” by Author, Deborah Swift

Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenges

Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 103, “Fall & Try,” #SynonymsOnly

WELCOME TO TANKA TUESDAY! Hi! I’m glad to see you here. Are you ready to write some syllabic poetry? HERE’S THE CATCH: You can’t use the prompt words! SYNONYMS ONLY! I hope you will support the other poets with visits to blogs and leaving comments. Sharing each other’s work on social media is always nice too.  … Continue reading Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 103, “Fall & Try,” #SynonymsOnly

Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Recaps, Tanka Tuesday Poetry Stars

Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 102, “Energy & Vigor”, #SynonymsOnly

Welcome to the Tanka Tuesday Poetry Recap featuring the work of poets from around the globe. If you would like to participate in this challenge, you can learn the rules on the menu item called Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Guidelines. PLEASE NOTE: Don't forget to count your syllables. Use this site: howmanysyllables.com. Click on the workshop tab.… Continue reading Colleen’s #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge Recap No. 102, “Energy & Vigor”, #SynonymsOnly

Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenges

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge – Vigor & Energy

A marvelous Tanka poem by the lovely Miriam. I’m honored to be included in this group of bloggers and authors who make a difference in our blogging world. Thank you for your kindness. ❤

The Showers of Blessings

Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge this week, the prompt is Vigor and Energy, Synonyms Only.

I was invited to do a PowerPoint presentation on Thursday, September 20, 2018, to a group of writers and authors. Some members of this group have published many books without many sales. The coordinator of this group asked me to demonstrate how to create a blog as part of networking and promotion of their book.

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In addition to the process of creating a blog, I included some websites from WordPress and some blogs provide blogging tips and support, networking, and promotion. These blogs have been a personal help to me. I was able to answer their questions regarding the following blogs.

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“When Time Stood Still”

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge is on! In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a parade of nations. It can be literal, or it can be a phrase that you use to describe a situation. Explore what it could be. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by September 25, 2018.… Continue reading “When Time Stood Still”

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Dishing Up Pasta

A great wrap-up of the Carrot Ranch crew writing 99-word stories about dishing up pasta! Enjoy. ❤

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

It’s a mac-and-cheese kind of read — comfort food for the literary soul. From beyond the myths of Marco Polo, pasta has traveled the globe in many forms from different cultures. Which came first, the Chinese noodle or the Italian spaghetti? Who knows for certain, but we do know that Thomas Jefferson introduced the colonies to macaroni and cheese, solidifying a future for America’s top pasta.

Writers took to pasta like worker bees, buzzing around the idea of how to dish it up in a story. Like fine dining or a casual dish to pass, these stories will leave you wanting seconds.

The following is based on the September 13, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes pasta.

PART I (10-minute read)

Tradition by Reena Saxena

We love Grandma, and yet are never on the same page where food is concerned. She cannot…

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author interviews

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Andrew Joyce

Hello everyone! This week I'm thrilled to bring you another fabulous author, Andrew Joyce. I asked him to pick a few questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful writers and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions. Learning from the experiences… Continue reading Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Andrew Joyce