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Saturday, 1 October 2016

#WEPff OCTOBER sign up -- CONSTELLATIONS or HALLOWEEN or a combination of both! Let's get started!

Here is the eagerly-anticipated link up for the OCTOBER 2016 Write...Edit...Publish challenge. You have a choice -- CONSTELLATIONS or HALLOWEEN or a combination of both!

What do think of when you see the word, CONSTELLATIONS?
What does CONSTELLATIONS mean to you?

Amaze us...


scare us...

It's time to scare us silly! Give us your best 'Booooooo!' 
Have you got a scary story, fictional or real? 
Have you got a scary poem?
Have you got a scary image?
Make sure we can't get to sleep after reading  your entry! Send our scare-o-metre to the stratosphere!

Here's the code if you wish to publish on your blog:

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

#WEPff #GuestPost--Nilanjana Bose--A brief history of CONSTELLATIONS--and some exciting news!

On October 1, the inLinkz list goes up, with calls for submissions for the Write...Edit...Publish (WEP) October challenge. This challenge gives you a choice:

You can write to the CONSTELLATIONS challenge, or
you can write to the HALLOWEEN challenge, or
you can be very clever and combine the two.

Go HERE to read more about these challenges.

REMEMBER: We accept flash fiction, non-fiction, poetry, photographs/photo essays, artwork. Written work needs to be 1,000 words or under to help with reading time.

We award 3 places for the best entries: overall WINNER (who receives a $10 Amazon Gift Card), the RUNNER UP and the ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD.

If you are the winner, you are offered an opportunity to write a guest post before the next challenge.


Poet and fiction author Nilanjana Bose was the winner for the August GARDENS challenge, with her amazing poem, Point me to...

Today, we open the WEP site to Nilanjana...

Thank you, Denise and Yolanda and hello all WEP-ers! I am so thrilled to be here talking about ‘constellations’ which is one of the prompts for October.

The night sky has fascinated humans from time immemorial with its magnificence and vastness.  Ancient peoples looked to the stars as harbingers of seasons and for navigation across featureless lands or seascapes. They wove them into myth and folklore, faith and spirituality.  Constellations are imaginary star patterns the ancient humans drew connecting clusters of the brighter stars. 

The earliest written star catalogues go back to around 1200 BCE in Mesopotamia.  Around the same time, an astronomy system was developed in the Indus Valley Civilisation, though no written records of it survive.  The alignment of various ancient monuments to stars and planetary bodies tells us both of the fascination for them, and the sophisticated techniques the builders employed. Stonehenge in UK and the Giza Pyramids are just two examples where the skies have influenced buildings on earth; there are many others throughout the world. 

Each ancient civilisation from the earliest known times has left behind evidence of the importance of the stars.  Heck, notched bone sticks from Africa as old as 37,000 years indicate they were used to tell the phases of the moon. Even when he couldn’t write or do any maths, Man (or Woman for all we know, women have an innate biological connection to the lunar month) was tracking the skies.  Someone was keeping records of celestial events, even in prehistory.

Originally, the study of stars was possible only through what was visible to the naked eye.  Mostly plotting the stars and charting their courses and those of the sun, moon and the planets.  A branch of astronomy that is now called astrometry.  How the celestial bodies slotted into the universe as a whole was constructed through a philosophical exploration.  By the early medieval period, the ideas from Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, India and Greece had been pulled together into a geocentric theory which assumed that the Sun revolved around the Earth.

In the medieval period the learning centres shifted from Europe east to Persia, the Levant, India and further into China. Sophisticated mathematics and engineering skills, and the setting up of new observatories in the Islamic Empire led to a manifold growth in knowledge.  The astrolabe was developed in Islamic Spain and introduced to other regions. Scholars identified and recorded new stars and celestial phenomena, and even today many terms in astronomy – azimuth, nadir, zenith - have their roots in Arabic and Persian language. Omar Khayyam, more famously known for his Rubaiyat the world over, was also an astronomer-mathematician and knew more about the ‘flight’ of stars than he let on in his poetry –

Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight
And Lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light.

Astronomy underwent a sensational sea-change in Renaissance Europe.  Copernicus proposed Heliocentrism, which was expanded and defended first by Kepler and then by Galileo with his newly invented telescope. However, this was controversial at the time - the Catholic Church ruled it heresy. Galileo was forced to recant and died an outcast alone in his home near Florence.  It took more than a century for his views to become widely accepted.  Today he is revered as the ‘father of observational astronomy.’

Predictably, my own top-of-mind reaction to ‘constellations’ is the memory of poems. Another one is Escape at Bedtime by R.L. Stevenson, published in 1913.  The final stanza –

The Dog, and the Plough, and the Hunter, and all,
      And the star of the sailor, and Mars,
These shone in the sky, and the pail by the wall
      Would be half full of water and stars.
They saw me at last, and they chased me with cries,
      And they soon had me packed into bed;
But the glory kept shining and bright in my eyes,
      And the stars going round in my head.

Poetry and stars/constellations go together like…chicken tikka masala and naan. However, constellations and stars pervade not just poetry but all spheres of art and literature, from Shakespeare to John Green via Van Gogh, everywhere you look you’ll see a million examples.  There are innumerable things to do with this prompt. The sky is literally the limit. Constellations can be tweaked to fit into any idea you may have.

Let’s take Romance.  Do the constellations work there? Yup, starlight and serenades, clandestine assignations, candle-lit dinners, I mean, darkened skies are almost a staple in love-stories.

Adventure? Yup. Think night, think navigation, think Ursa Minor or Crux. Constellations chart the course of our lives, they are the zodiac, fate, destiny, karma, repositories of mythology, they peg us to our own place in the vast scheme of things.

Crime/Mystery? Yes, of course, crime happens right under the noses of the stars most of the time!

Fantasy and speculative fiction? Yes again. And don’t let’s even start on Sci-Fi, more than half of which genre is based in inter-planetary/-galactic settings! There are constellations all around in deep space, no avoiding the things. 

And before I go, I’d just like to mention that constellation need not be of stars alone.  The word has been used as a name for paintings, music bands and albums, a cruise ship, an abandoned space exploration programme, books, films and journals.  Endless possibilities.  So bloggers, art-makers and story-tellers, let’s get the pencil points of imagination sharpened and put the prompt to work.  Can’t wait to read the results! Good luck! and see you soon…

Thank you Nilanjana!

Now we haven't forgotten about HALLOWEEN!

It's time to scare us silly! Give us your best 'Booooooo!' 
Have you got a scary story, fictional or real? 
Have you got a scary poem?
Have you got a scary image?
Make sure we can't get to sleep after reading  your entry! Send our scare-o-metre to the stratosphere!

If you can scare us while writing about CONSTELLATIONS, you're a genius of the first order!

Sign up October 1st
Post October 19 - 21

Now, let's wrap up with some exciting news!

Most of you would understand that running WEP takes a huge commitment. So that we can continue this vibrant writing community, Yolanda and I have added two more talented writers to our team, Olga Godim and Nilanjana Bose. If you don't know Olga and Nilanjana, please visit their blogs and say hi.

Olga has taken to making badges for the challenges and now will be creating the winners' badges also, and any other badges we need.

Nilanjana has been tasked with coming up with suggested challenges for 2017. She workshops them with what I'm calling the Gang of Four, and when we reach agreement, they will be announced around the December challenge.

So we'd appreciate your welcoming Olga and Nila to the WEP team. Their involvement will lead to bigger and better things in the future.

Please help spread the word for our October challenges. Copy and paste the badges onto your blogs. Share via social media. Encourage your writer friends to take part.

Announce the Guest Post by Nilanjana Bose
and introduce our October Challenge!
We'd love if you'd Tweet one of these:

A WEP Guest post featuring Nilanjana Bose @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/09/wepff-guestpost-nilanjana-bose-brief.html #WEPFF

A WEP Flash Fiction Challenge - the prompt is Constellations & Halloween @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/09/wepff-guestpost-nilanjana-bose-brief.html #WEPFF

What's your October inspiration? The stars or the supernatural or both? @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/09/wepff-guestpost-nilanjana-bose-brief.html #WEPFF

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

#WEPff winners for the August GARDENS challenge! Please pop in and say congratulations!

Hello Everyone!

Thanks to all who participated during the 2016 August GARDENS WEP challenge. The entries were truly amazing and made reading a pure pleasure. What creativity on the theme. Obviously we love our gardens and see all sorts of possibilities for ideas within.  If you still haven't finished reading, please continue, using the DL links on the previous post.

And once again, we thank Olga Godim for her excellent badges which we've now used as the winners' badges!

We value each and every story submitted to WEP, but there is the excruciating choice of choosing just one winner amongst the many of winning quality. Yolanda and I agree that is the hardest part of this job. Here is a quick overview of the entries (in  no particular order): 

The entries that fired our imaginations and made the long list are:

Elephant's Child
Olga Godim
Pat Garcia
Kate McManus
Nilanjana Bose

So without further ado – The Winners!

Nilanjana Bose!
with her amazing poem. If you haven't read it already, pop by the link in Nila's name above.

As one commenter said, "'This is astounding poetry. Rich, rich imagery that sweeps the earth, past, present, and future. By the second stanza I'm enthralled ... "and thrown them like javelins straight and hard,
when the meek come to leash the elite;'" Ann Best.

Congratulations Nila!

Please accept the winner's badge and display on your blog with a link to your excellent story. 

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An Amazon Gift Card of $10 will be winging your way shortly.

2016 WEP – August GARDENS
D.G. Hudson
with her short fantasy!

Congratulations D.G!

Please accept the Runner Up badge and display on your blog with a link to your excellent story. 

Pat Garcia!
with her tearjerker that enchanted us all.

Congratulations Pat!

Please accept the badge and display it on your blog with a link to your story!


Thanks everyone, for an exciting August!
You're all winners in our eyes!

Thank you for taking on the challenge and delighting us all with your creativity! 

Our next challenge - October -  where we're planning to offer two challenges -- Constellations or a Halloween post. If  you can somehow merge both, genius.
 Meanwhile, keep writing and taking those photographs!

Help the Winners Celebrate!
We'd love if you'd Tweet one of these:

The WEP Gardens Challenge winners are announced. @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/08/wepff-winners-for-august-gardens.html #WEPFF

Celebrate with Nilangana Bose first place in the Gardens Challenge @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/08/wepff-winners-for-august-gardens.html #WEPFF

Frost on a branch, a single rose & shadows that haunt The winners enchanted! @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/08/wepff-winners-for-august-gardens.html #WEPFF

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Monday, 1 August 2016


We're back! It's been a busy year for many of us, which is a good thing when you're a writer. The A to Z challenge, book tours, travel plans, and new projects has kept the WEP silent since February. We thank you for your patience, support, and especially for your continued enthusiasm!

The Gardens prompt is all about creativity. What picture comes to mind when you hear the word 'garden' - the spectacular beauty of carefully landscaped tiers – the fresh delights of a new snowfall on frozen branches – or the haunting beauty of shadows and wilted plants at dusk on a fall night. 

Please share your poetry, photography, artistry, or writing skills in a flash fiction piece inspired by a garden!

Your choice of medium, genre, word count (1000 maximum) and how the prompt inspires you!

Email Denise or Yolanda if you have more questions:
den.covey@gmail.com / yolandarenee@hotmail.com

Here's the code if you wish to publish on your blog.
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Help us Celebrate the Garden Challenge! 
We'd love if you'd Tweet one of these: 

Does a garden inspire you? @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee a flash fiction challenge http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/08/wepff-wep-flash-fiction-gardens.html #WEPFF 

A Write...Edit...Publish Flash Fiction Challenge - the prompt is Gardens @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/08/wepff-wep-flash-fiction-gardens.html #WEPFF 

Frost on a branch – a single rose – or shadows that haunt. Are you inspired? @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/08/wepff-wep-flash-fiction-gardens.html #WEPFF

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

#WEPff #GuestPost--Arpan Ghosh--On Writing #FANTASY--#IWSG Anthology

Hello there!
On August 1, we roll out the Inlinkz form to sign up for the August WEP challenge, GARDENS. (Thank you again, Olga Godim, for the fantastic badges!)

Whoever wins a challenge is given the opportunity to write a guest post. Arpan Ghosh won the February Valentine's challenge with his paranormal story. You can read the story HERE at Arpan's blog, Tales of Unusual Strangeness.
Tales of Unusual Strangeness

Arpan was given free rein with his choice of topic, so when Arpan offered to write a post about FANTASY, we were excited, as the next Insecure Writers Support Group anthology will feature FANTASY. How cool is that! 
Many of us aren't FANTASY writers, yet most of us love to read it or extend our repertoire. If you're interested in submitting to this anthology, perhaps you will be inspired by Arpan's post and begin thinking of a story for publication in the anthology.
Take it away, Arpan...
Hi everyone!
I can't quite remember how I came across the WEP blog about a year ago, but I'm really glad I did! Yolanda and Denise have created such a perfect playground to flex one's writing muscles, and I've had a lot of fun with their prompts so far! For my guest post, I’d like to tell you how I got into writing.
It begins, appropriately enough, with a story.
Once upon a time, there was a boy. Or maybe it was a girl. A farmer, perhaps. Or it could have been a princess, a knight or a witch. They all lived in a realm on the other side of imagination. It was a land of endless adventure, where magic beans would sprout into towering stalks, wolves would hatch elaborate schemes of deception and even the simple act of biting into an apple was fraught with danger.
When I was growing up, fairy tales were as much a part of my diet as chicken nuggets and candy, and I devoured them with just as much relish. They transported me out of a mundane world that had too much homework and a sad lack of talking dragons, and through their own strange magic, transformed me from an ordinary boy into a voracious bookworm.
Bookstores and libraries were my preferred haunts in those days (they still are, actually). They were like train stations to faraway lands. I was always on the lookout for the next carriage to board. Fairy tales instilled in me a love for the fantastical that I never outgrew, and transitioning into fantasy and science fiction was a natural step. Tales of hobbits, robots, space explorers and superheroes shaped my childhood and teenage years, inspiring me to create worlds of my own.
Writing, for me, has meant many things over the years. When I was a boy, it was a way to breathe life into my imagination, putting strange worlds and unusual people down on paper for all to see. During my teenage years, I sought out maturity by trying to ground fantastic stories in reality, revealing wizards to be mere men with fancy technology. As I've grown older, however, I've rediscovered the magic and wonder of childhood and sought to re-capture it through stories.
Writing fantasy is the act of opening a door to another world and inviting people to step through, hoping that the journey will be so much more than just a trip to the next page. I write because I want people to feel the same thrill I felt as a child, to make people believe that castles can be built among the clouds and that perhaps, the quiet old man on the train is a time traveler reliving his younger years through wiser eyes.
Setting up a blog has been a great way for me to find an audience for my stories (small as it is), and to cross paths with like minded writers. And writing challenges like WEP provide an excellent opportunity to flex the writing muscles and, quite often, to test new genres or writing styles.
With that in mind, I'd love for everyone reading this to try their hand at a fantastical tale (that is, if that isn't your forte already). The Insecure Writers' Support Group (another great platform for writers that I've recently become aware of thanks to Denise!) will be accepting submissions for a fantasy anthology soon. More details will be rolling out in the coming weeks, but it's a fantastic opportunity to put your work before an even wider audience.
So fling open that door and usher people in to see the wonder that lies on the other side.
I'll definitely be first in line.
Thank you Arpan!
Please leave a comment for Arpan.
Are you considering submitting to the IWSG Anthology on FANTASY?
Are you a FANTASY writer? Do you have any advice for non-fantasy writers?
REMEMBER: The August sign up for GARDENS is August 1, less than a week away!
Watch this space!


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via Twitter

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Monday, 30 May 2016

WEP June Challenge moved to August! Join us for the 'Gardens' challenge!

Hi WEP followers!

Yolanda and I have moved the June challenge of 'Gardens' to August, due to the 'burnt-out-ness' of those who participated in the A-Z and have not yet got their writing heads above water. That leaves us with the problem of what to do with the Constellations challenge, but I'm sure we'll work it out.

For now, Olga Godim, one of our regular WEP participants, has kindly made two badges--one pastel and one bright. You are welcome to choose one of these badges and post it in your sidebar.


Don't forget to spread the word to your writer friends that the next challenge for WEP is coming up!

Any questions/suggestions, email us.

Hoping you'll join us!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

WEP wrap up and WINNERS of the Valentine's Day challenge!

Hello Everyone!

Thanks to all who participated during the 2016 Valentine's Day WEP challenge. It is amazing how different each entry was which made the reading delightful. Some had to think deeply before posting as they are not into VD at all, but they rose to the challenge with great aplomb. There was a good mix of fiction and non fiction. If you still haven't finished reading, please continue, using the links on the previous post.

We value each and every story submitted to WEP. Here is a quick overview of the entries (in  no particular order): (In the interest of time, I haven't linked them. The links are found in the previous post.)

LG KELTNER - Dani Dinklemeier's Valentine's Day Survival Guide. "Valentine's Day can be a tough time for those of us who don't fit into the typical order of things." 

PATRICK CONOLGAN - How you need to think Valentine's with Education - An intriguing and very different take on love and communication.

ROBYN CAMPBELL - A striking poem 'Love's Lost and Found Day'. In the preamble, Robyn said: "I wrote this to show how I felt when my husband fell off our roof a couple of years ago. The kids and I thought he was dead."
NILANJANA BOSE: Two poetic types for Valentine's - a sonnet and a ghazal. Both were amazingly written, poignant and moving with context provided to deepen the experience - minimalist, rhythmic and replete with imagery.
DEBORAH DRUCKER: Love in Autumn. Older women know who they are and that they have a depth of experience and life to share.
PAT GARCIA - STINE. A Valentine's story which could be seen as an abusive relationship just beginning. Or just a happy-go-lucky girl who doesn't mind a controlling guy...for now.
SAMANTHA: The Bridge Between Lost and Found. A unique entry which used the winners of Sam's commenting contest on her Lost and Found Blogfest entry, to people her playful story set in a sleepy little town nuzzled in the North Carolina mountains.
M PEPPER LANGLINAIS AT PEPPER WORDS: A Valentine's non-fiction entry about friends and Valentine's Day.
MADILYN QUINN: A blossoming love story between Judah and Tabitha set on campus. Very well-drawn characters.
ELEPHANT'S CHILD: Sue has given us a touching true story of the gift of an 'unromantic' husband.
NANCY WILLIAMS: The Annual Coloring of Flowers Day. A delightful story of the love between faeries, Wondrous and Raindrop.
kalpanaa: Valentines becomes Galantines. A great non-fiction take on Valentine's, where a group of girls choose to celebrate together in India.
LINDA KATMARIAN: A vampire story with a difference with mostly charming characters. We would all love to know a Rosa and we'd all like to see that healing quilt finished.
HANNAH BANANAFACE:  A heartbreaking story loosely based on real life drama yet filled with hope. A warning to stay away from cigarettes.
OLGA GODIM: Hannah's Rugelach was moving and so very beautiful. Full of hurt and hope. A Holocaust survivor story, yet much more.
RIVER: The Guilted Rose. The receiving of guilt roses/flowers is nothing new, but crafted into a clever non-fiction story by river.
C LEE MCKENZIE: A true story of Jolly, Lee's first dog who still has her heart.
ARPAN GHOSH: Forever. Another vampire story, but very subtly wrought. Some of the commenters weren't quite sure until the bite marks at the end. Very atmospheric.
KATE MCMANUS: The Lost Letter of Valentinus. I read this while waiting for a plane and found it riveting. Cleverly told through the voice of a sixteen-year old boy working on his Latin dissertation.
SALLY'S SCRIBBLES: The Generation GapA lovely reminder that generations do need to know about their families,They need to hear stories such as this. And what a beautiful illustration!
ROLAND YEOMANS: Love does not exist in a vacuum. There is no excuse for killing for killing's sake, especially of the innocent.
YOLANDA RENEE: Snow MoonHaunting, beautiful, heart-rending tale of lost love.
DENISE COVEY: To My Darling Valentine. An imaginary letter penned in the Simpson Desert of Australia lamenting lost love and the end of hope. 
The entries that made the long list are:

Arpan Ghosh
Linda Katmarian
Elephant's Child
Samantha Redstreake Geary
C Lee McKenzie
Olga Godim
Deborah Drucker

The entries that made the short list: 

Arpan Ghosh
Samantha Redstreake Geary
Olga Godim

Francine Howarth, our guest judge generously took the time to put the final 4 into the winning order.

Francine wrote, " Thanks again for asking me to judge and to write a guest post (which can be found HERE)."

So without further ado – The Winners!


Francine said, "'Forever' is a refreshing break from the standardised Valentine's Day tale of romance, and it duly crushed the inevitable happily ever after. Luckily, I am quite at home stepping into the dark side of romance."

Congratulations Arpan!

Please accept the winner's badge and display on your blog with a link to your excellent story. 

An Amazon Gift Card of $10 will be winging your way shortly.



Congratulations Olga on your touching Holocaust survivor story!

Please accept the Runner Up badge and display on your blog with a link to your excellent story. 



Congratulations Writerly Sam for your wonderful collation!

Please accept the badge and display it on your blog with a link to your story!


Thanks everyone, for an exciting February!
You're all winners in our eyes!

The goal is to take on a challenge, surprise not only your readers but also yourself, and turn that experiment into a true masterpiece.

We'll be back in June 2016 with a new challenge - Gardens! Meanwhile, write as much as you can!

Please click the social media buttons below to share this post! Yolanda has been compiling the pre-written tweets, but is unwell at the moment. Sorry. Must learn this skill! Get well, Yolanda!!