Congratulations, Jennifer!


The winner of the last Scribble Challenge of the season has been named! Jennifer Shelby ROCKED the challenge with an imaginative, downright creepy submission to the prompt,Your story is being told by an unreliable narrator. In less than fifty words, give your reader a clue he or she may not be telling the whole truth.”


Jennifer’s winning submission:

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The mob murmured and nodded, raising their torches. They set her aflame.

I drooled with desire for the intimate scent of her cooking flesh.

“How’d you know?” someone asked.

I shrugged, keeping my attention on the girl. They grow still just before they’re ready


Find Jennifer on Google+, Twitter, and her lovely blog, where she posts the most BEAUTIFUL pictures.


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To all other faithful #SSC participants, keep your eye out for a great new interview with winner Elizabeth Burgess on Writers Off Task with Friends, coming to the channel SOON!


#SSC 9/ May22-28th


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amazing_large_crystal_chandelier_12_light_1_1024x1024.jpgBefore we get to our challenge prompt, it’s time to announce the week seven winner. That week was all about showing a mother’s love.

The results were VERY close. We were one away from a tie. A. R. Hadley almost stole it . . . but (for the second time this month) the renowned Elizabeth Burgess took the win! Elizabeth blogs here. She’s a regular contributor to the Scribble Challenge, AND the co-author of these great titles:


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Her submission:

Elizabeth“One more push, Lina. Just one more.” The nurses’ voice was optimistic and upbeat, encouraging Lina to dig deep for the strength to carry on. Unconsciously, she touched her belly. Soon, the only reminder she’d ever been pregnant would be the stretch marks lining her hips and breasts. Soon, she’d be a normal girl again, going to summer parties and looking for colleges to attend next year.
“That’s it, honey. You’re doing excellent,” her mother said, tears brimming in her eyes. She’d wanted to keep the baby. To try. But Lina said no. Something inside of her said this baby was special and needed more than a sixteen-year-old girl could provide. Lina knew the moment she saw the profile of the family she chose that they were the ones. The Osmonds. A middle-aged couple, both in their mid-forties. They were infertile, and though several adoptions had fallen through, they were trying one last time. Lina was determined for this one to stick.
A newborn’s cry filled the cold room, and Lina heard the doctor say, “It’s a girl, Lina.” He paused. “Do you want to hold her?”
“One second, please?” she pleaded. As the tiny bundle passed to her arms, she wept almost as loudly as the newborn. Lina didn’t want to let her go. This was her child. Her baby. Her daughter who so easily quieted in her mother’s arms. Selfishness said keep her, love said let her go. Lina kissed the little one’s cheeks and tousled a lock of her dark hair. The child would not remember this day, but Lina would. “I love you. I will always love you.” After one last look at her daughter, she said to the nurse nearby, “Take her to her parents.”


Elizabeth captured the adoption beautifully. The win was well deserved! Congratulations, Elizabeth. It’s my pleasure to invite you and/or your work to be featured AGAIN in an upcoming post on Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins. This can be done in whatever way you like: a reblog, a guest blog, or even a small sample of your latest book along with a purchasing link. You decide!


Now, lets get down to the NEXT challenge.Sometimes stories are relayed to readers through an UNRELIABLE NARRATOR. There are several reasons a narrator may be unreliable. The character may be lying, or intentionally holding back what really happened. Huckleberry Finn is an example of an unreliable narrator—as a boy who doesn’t understand the significance of the events he describes. Shutter Island is a masterfully written book which uses its unreliable narrator for a dastardly twist in the final pages.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

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The Rules: There are six days to ruminate if you need them. Post one submission to the prompt in the comment section below this post.

DO NOT EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSIONS.

DO REMEMBER TO VOTE.

  • The NEW deadline? Monday, May 30th @noon Atlantic Daylight Time.
    Encourage other Scribblers. TRY TO COMMENT (REPLY) TO AT LEAST THREE OTHER SCRIBBLERS DURING THE WEEK
  • After the deadline, VOTE for your favorite submission by emailing: Sundayscribblechallenge@gmail.com. Place the lucky author’s name in the HEADER of your email.

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These flash fiction challenges fuel creativity! They’re also a relatively painless pool for writers who’ve never posted their work to wet those feet, OR for established authors/bloggers to pick up a few new readers.

So, what are you waiting for? Unleash your writerly self.


Trolls will be escorted back to their bridge along with a flaming stick of dynamite.


 

#SSC 8/ May 16-22nd


Glass-Blown-ChandelierThe submissions to the 6th Sunday Scribble Challenge were some of my FAVORITE so far. If you haven’t already, go back through the comments and check out the great responses to the prompt. Many of the writers who participate in the challenges show remarkable talent, making it a pleasure to host the #SSC each week. So, thanks to EVERYONE who shows up to play with their game face on. You’re the reason these challenges are so fun.

But . . . there can only be ONE winner. Well, unless it’s a tie (like last week). THIS week *cue movie announcer voice* there was ONE.


The prompt for week 6-

Your character is dying. In a single line of dialogue, he or she has a final request that send loved one reeling. Write the dialogue and reaction.


And the winner: The mystery writer behind A Momma’s View

A Momma’s View is a lifestyle blog about homeschooling, being an expat, kids, and life in general. Although English is not her first language, her writing is crisp and witty. It’s easy to recommend checking the site out!

Here is A Momma’s View’s response to the week SIX challenge:


mommaHer heart felt heavy. It was too long. She had waited for too long to visit him again. He was only a shadow of himself. His eyes were still crystal blue, in a way they still seemed sharp. Everyone told her that he was “gone”, that his mind was somewhere deep inside of him, not able to be reached anymore. Dementia’s a bitch.
But somehow she didn’t believe them. Somehow she felt his presence. And she couldn’t understand that they wanted her to leave again only minutes after she arrived. She didn’t understand why her step-mom started talking to him whenever he tried to mumble something. She had to see him without the others around.
Now was the time. She had told the receptionist that she had left something in his room and was granted access. After all she was his daughter.
It was getting dark outside, her step-mom sure she was on her way back to the airport. His hands were cold, the color of his skin not the way it was supposed to be. They had told her he would not react anymore. And yet he was squeezing her hand and she thought that there was smile on his face.
Gently she caressed his forehead.
“I’m so sorry it took me so long to come see you. So sorry! So many things I would love you to know. Most importantly how much I love you!” Was it her or did he blink with his eyes while again smiling?
“Can you hear me?” Again he blinked.
“You can! Do you know who I am?” He blinked again!
“You can’t talk though?” He blinked again and the smile disappeared.
“I’m wish I could help you! I hate what this disease does to you!” She didn’t want to say it out loud, it just slipped out. He looked at her in a very weird way. Suddenly there was a thought coming up, almost like a dark realization.
“It’s not the disease! You are not as sick!” Again he blinked.
“Is it her?” He blinked again, his eyes wide open for a moment.
“Is she poisoning you?”
Just in that moment the door opened and the step-mom stood there.
“What are you doing here?”
She looked back at her dad, his eyes wide open, his hand cold and his soul gone forever.


Congratulations on the well deserved win, A Momma’s View! It’s my pleasure to invite you and/or your work to be featured in an upcoming post on Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins. This can be done in whatever way you like: a reblog, a guest blog, or even a small sample of your latest book along with a purchasing link. You decide!


With those formalities aside I bet you’re wondering what the NEXT challenge is:

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Sometimes, describing food as “delicious,” “good,” or “tasty,” is perfectly acceptable while writing. In these situations the author isn’t necessarily worried about their readers paying attention to the food at all. This is not that time. This challenge is all about description. Is the food salty? Reminiscent of the sea? Or, is it sweet, reminding your character of the fresh baked buns their grandmother used to bake in the days before food was scarce?

The Rules: There are six days to ruminate if you need them. Post one submission to the prompt in the comment section below this post. DO NOT EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSIONS.

  • The deadline? Saturday, May 20th @noon Atlantic Daylight Time.
    Encourage other Scribblers. TRY TO COMMENT (REPLY) TO AT LEAST THREE OTHER SCRIBBLERS DURING THE WEEK
  • After the deadline, VOTE for your favorite submission by emailing: Sundayscribblechallenge@gmail.com. Place the lucky author’s name in the HEADER of your email.

Remember:

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These flash fiction challenges fuel creativity! They’re also a relatively painless pool for writers who’ve never posted their work to wet those feet, OR for established authors/bloggers to pick up a few new readers.

So, what are you waiting for? Unleash your writerly self.


Trolls will be escorted back to their bridge along with a flaming stick of dynamite.


 

#SSC 7/ May 9-14th


Happy Scribble Challenge . . . MONDAY!

Without making anyone wait ANY longer, it’s time to announce the winner for the fifth Sunday Scribble Challenge and post a brand NEW prompt to pump up those writing muscles. The votes were close this week, and Jennifer Shelby ALMOST took the prize. But, by two votes, (drum roll please) Frank Parker grabbed the win.


The prompt that week? Write a six word story with a twist ending.

Frank’s winning entry: Six feet under; six hands waving.

Frank is the author of: Transgression, Strongbow’s Wife, Summer Day, and Honest Hearts.

YOU can check out more of his stuff at his author site, here. Congratulations on the well deserved win, Frank! It’s my pleasure to invite you and/or your work to be featured in an upcoming post on Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins. This can be done in whatever way you like: a reblog, a guest blog, or even a small sample of your latest book along with a purchasing link. You decide!


Now, this week’s Scribble Challenge is all about showing. One of the first bits of advice new writers often receive is “show, don’t tell.” In truth, both showing and telling have their advantages. The best story tellers understand the value of each method in different situations and weave their stories accordingly.

This week’s challenge fell on the day after Mothers Day. I am particularly lucky because I happen to have one of the best mommacitas in the world226630_10150602586000105_2515096_nShe’s funny and friendly, and she does whatever she can to make the world a little brighter for the people lucky enough to know her.

This is one of my favorite pictures of my mom (taken by my very talented sister, who also happens to be the owner of the Calgary based company, Photolicious Photography). It was taken almost five years ago. Mom had planned to arrive in Calgary from Winnipeg in time to be present for my youngest hellion’s birth, but, as troublemakers sometimes do, he came early. When I called her from the hospital to tell her she missed the “fun,” (her word, NOT mine) she cried. I cried. We all cried. Now, I can tell you how much I love my mom. I can tell you she loves my kids. In this situation, it might be better to show you the scene when she finally met her fifth grandchild:


She set her suitcase beside the door, a wide smile across her face. The boys ran down in an eruption of feet thudding on stairs and squeals across the kitchen, waking the baby in my arms. He began to cry again, just as he’d been crying all night: the quiet, raspy wail of a somewhat colicky newborn, my unyielding alarm of the previous fifty-two hours. She hugged the boys and took the baby from me, telling me about her flight while swaying back and forth, bestowing my new son with the big soft cuddles that only the very best of grandmas can.

Miraculously, he settled. She rubbed his back. She smoothed his little tufts of soft baby hair. And, in a moment I’ll never forget, he leaned back to look her in her the eye as if he knew already how special she was, as if he could feel her love emanating into the very cockles of his heart, the exact same way that I do.

And just like that, everything was okay.


Okay, okay, enough with the sappy stuff.

Just joking.

It’s time for WAY more sappy stuff.

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The Rules for this challenge? It can be long. It can be short. Do what you have to do. There are five days to ruminate if you need them. Post one submission to the prompt in the comment section below this post. DO NOT EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSIONS.

Deadline: Saturday, May 14th @noon Atlantic Daylight Time.
◾Encourage other Scribblers. Try to comment (reply) to at least three other submissions during the week.
◾After the deadline, VOTE for your favorite submission by emailing: Sundayscribblechallenge@gmail.com. Place the lucky author’s name in the HEADER of your email.

*Remember:

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Participation is quick and easy, and a great way to procrastinate interact with your writing peers.

These flash fiction challenges fuel creativity! They’re also a relatively painless pool for writers who’ve never posted their work to wet those feet, OR for established authors/bloggers to pick up a few new readers.


Trolls will be escorted back beneath their bridge along with a flaming stick of dynamite.


 

#SSC 6/ May 1st-May 7th


While there weren’t many participants in #SSC 4, there were quite a few votes. And the final tally has left us with a TIE! It’s the first tie ever for our Sunday Scribble Challenge, and I am proud to extend an invitations for a guest post or reblog to both of the established authors who won.

The prompt that week?


In a single paragraph, describe the turning point where your character must rise to a challenge instilling an emotional investment in the outcome within your reader.


Here’s a quick glimpse at our winners AND there great submissions!

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Julianne Hildebrand Winter (J.H. Winter). Julianne is a fantasy writer geared toward Middle Grade and Young Adult readers, and the author of Ink and Stitches: The Writerly and Creative Life of J.H. Winter. She’s also a TWO TIME winner! Check out her guest blog, here, where she talks about finding the time to write in spite of every day life.


“I sat in the cool grass, beneath the cloaking shade of a willow tree. No doubt, they would all be searching for me by now. Expectations were high and I wasn’t sure I was the girl to bring about the change they were speaking of. I mean, who was I really? The daughter of a metalsmith? The one who preferred the company of a forge to the words of men? I wasn’t cut out for the business of marriage, let alone to someone I didn’t even know. When the prince had set eyes on me that day, though, his mind was set, and my future was set with it. I could run, but knew running would get me nowhere but alone. No. I stood up and felt the breeze of change tingle across my arms and through my elven, auburn hair. I would stand with him. I would see this land brought into a better age, for any good man is only as good as the woman who whispers into his ear at night.”


 

ElizabethOur SECOND winner is none other than: Elizabeth Burgess. Elizabeth is a fellow blogger, and the mastermind behind The Waiting Series AND the upcoming novel, Witch Dance, Book 1 of the Hopewell Coven. She lives in Northeast Louisiana’s farming country with her partner Terri, two Catahoula Curs, Bowie and Pike, and host of spoiled cats. Here’s Elizabeth’s winning entry:


“’Are you the same woman who confronted me in the middle of River City Medical Center? Are you that woman? Look deep inside, Ari,’ Millie interrupted. ‘When you opposed me about Sydney, you weren’t thinking about how you couldn’t do it… you were fighting for what you knew what right. That didn’t disappear. You’re a riser, Ari. You will not only survive, you will thrive. Believe in yourself.’
Arianne considered the words. How could Millie be so sure? How could she know? Looking down, she caught a glimpse of the crucifix resting next to her heart and found the answer herself. Faith.”


Thank you to both these outstanding writers for your great contributions to the prompt! You will be contacted shortly about a feature on Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins.


And now for THIS week’s prompt!!

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The Rules for this challenge? You have six days to ruminate if you need them. Post one submission to the prompt in the comment section below this post. DO NOT EMAIL YOUR SUBMISSIONS OR THEY WON’T BE COUNTED.

The deadline? Saturday, May 7th @noon Atlantic Daylight Time.
◾Encourage other Scribblers. Try to comment (reply) to at least three other submissions during the week.
◾After the deadline, VOTE for your favorite submission by emailing: Sundayscribblechallenge@gmail.com. Place the lucky author’s name in the HEADER of your email.

*Remember:

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These flash fiction challenges fuel creativity! They’re also a relatively painless pool for writers who’ve never posted their work to wet those feet, OR for established authors/bloggers to pick up a few new readers.

What are YOU waiting for? This week’s challenge wraps up Saturday. Unleash your writerly self.


Trolls will be escorted back to their bridge along with a flaming stick of dynamite.


 

#SSC 5/ April24-30th

157d46d349b250abd9ad5730f367f942It’s Sunday Funday, and what does that mean? It means we have a lucky new winner for the third Sunday Scribble Challenge, and a brand NEW challenge to build those writing muscles!

Voting polls are now open for #SSC 4. I’m not gonna lie, it wasn’t our liveliest challenge, with only two submissions. *insert cricket chirping* Where were you guys, anyway? Was the challenge too long?? I did promise to keep these things short and sweet, after all. (That’s why this week’s challenge is going to be whittled down to ONE sentence. ‘Cause we can all do that.)

BUT we still need a winner for #SSC 4, so we’ve opened the voting to EVERYONE, regardless of whether you entered the challenge or not! Did you hear that? That means YOU can vote! Email: Sundayscribblechallenge@gmail.com. Place the lucky author’s name in the HEADER of your email.

familyThe winner for the third Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins Sunday Scribble Challenge (and the one with the MOST submissions to date) is Ah Dad:  Devoted husband, loving dad, business traveler, fitness fanatic wannabe, bloggerenthusiastic twittee, and laugher of life.

The prompt for that week?


In just two sentences, provide your reader with a subtle clue to reveal your character is LYING.


The  winning submission:

“It wasn’t me”, cried Jimmy, as he stood with hanging shoulders next to the shattered cookie jar on the floor. If only he took the time to wipe his mouth before Mom stormed into the kitchen.

Thank you for rocking the challenge, Ah Dad! While I did a little rooting around your blog for your name, I came up empty. What is your name anyway? Do you have a secret identity? Is your secret identity Batman? Boy, that would be a twist. 130xtb

(Okay, maybe it’s Pieter) ANYWAY, Pieter, I’d like to invite you and/or your work to be featured in an upcoming post on Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins. This can be done in whatever way you like. A reblog, a guest blog, a new interview about a favorite project, or even a small sample of your latest book along with a purchasing link. You decide!

Now, without any further ado, let’s get to our next Scribble Challenge!! Here’s the ONE SENTENCE prompt (as promised) for the next challenge:

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A six word story might seem a little impossible. But, it’s not! Check out one of the most famous six word stories of all time, written by Ernest Hemmingway–

For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.

Here are a few other examples to get your brain in gear:

“Rapunzel! I am slipping! A wig?!”

Misleadingly deep puddle. Curious child missing.

“I love you, too,” she lied.

Artificial limb, bungie jump-bad idea.

The Rules for this challenge? You have six days to ruminate if you need them. (But you shouldn’t, ’cause it’s a six word story, mmmkay?) Post one submission to the prompt in the comment section below. The deadline? Saturday, April 30th @noon Atlantic Daylight Time.

  • Encourage other Scribblers. Try to comment (reply) to at least three other submissions during the week.
  • After the deadline, VOTE for your favorite submission by emailing: Sundayscribblechallenge@gmail.com. Place the lucky author’s name in the HEADER of your email.

*Remember:

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VOTE FOR LAST WEEK’S CHALLENGE!! EMAIL YOUR VOTES TO Sundayscribblechallenge@gmail.com.


Trolls will be escorted back to their bridge with a flaming stick of dynamite.

#SSC 4: April 17-23/ 2016

It’s Sunday. That means we have a winner for the second #SSC and a brand new challenge to build those writing muscles!

jhwinter2-150x150The winner for the second Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins Sunday Scribble Challenge is Julianne Hildebrand Winter (J.H. Winter). Julianne is a fantasy writer geared toward Middle Grade and Young Adult readers, and the author of Ink and Stitches: The Writerly and Creative Life of J.H. Winter.

The prompt for that week?

Your character is a villain. Your goal this week is to get your reader to root for him or her in as few words as possible.

The brilliant Julianne’s winning submission:


86b1f9a5024be03c5737fb59aa61f153I wasn’t born this way…I was MADE this way. Words hurt and I wouldn’t let them hurt me anymore. I know they say let sleeping dogs lie, but Grawk was hungry for blood, and I didn’t have the strength to stop him from attaining his meal.

“Oops,” I muttered, as my fingers pulled the final pin keeping him tethered to the earth. “He’ll be back when he’s had his fill.”

I closed my eyes, arms splayed to the sides, as the feeling of wind pushing past my face in wing-beats, signaled the end to my torment and the beginning of something beautiful.


Thank you for participating in the challenge, J. H.! I’d like to invite you and/or your work to be featured in an upcoming post on Scribbles on Cocktail Napkins. This can be done in whatever way you like. A reblog, a guest blog, a new interview about a favorite project, or even a small sample of your latest book along with a purchasing link. You decide!

Now, without any further ado, let’s get to our next Scribble Challenge!! Here’s the new prompt:

quotescover-JPG-82The Rules: You have six days to ruminate if you need them. Post one submission to the prompt in the comment section below. The deadline? Saturday, April 23rd @noon Atlantic Daylight Time.

  • Encourage other Scribblers. Try to comment (reply) to at least three other submissions during the week.
  • After the deadline, VOTE for your favorite submission by emailing: Sundayscribblechallenge@gmail.com. Place the lucky author’s name in the HEADER of your email.

*Remember:

Voting polls for this challenge OPEN immediately after the prompt deadline on April 23rd, and CLOSE one week later, on April 30th. That means the winner of THIS challenge won’t be announced until Sunday, May 1st, when the sixth challenge prompt is posted.

VOTE FOR LAST WEEK’S CHALLENGE!! EMAIL YOUR VOTES TO Sundayscribblechallenge@gmail.com.


Trolls will be escorted back to their bridge with a flaming stick of dynamite.