Good morning, Flames!
Our July contest is almost over. The only thing left to do is read our week four entries for "The beginnings of all things are small."

I hope you had fun writing with us this month. We truly enjoyed having you. Hopefully, you are already cooking up plots for RicoChey's first August challenge. (There was no sign-up so you can jump WRITE in.)

Be sure you invite your friends to read with us and write with us. The more contestants that turn out, the more opportunities for challenge we will have.

Remember to share feedback with your fellow writers. Being voted for is nice, but most of us also want to know how our writing appealed to another - be it our wordplay, our imagination, or choice in character. Talk to each other - share some #commentlove - this is a community to promote growth in creativity and craft.

Your reading list awaits.

Title: it starts small in all directions
Author: alethessa
Word Count: 109 or 211
Warnings: domestic violence implied in one direction of reading

Title: Lunch
Author: ayumidah
Word Count: 400
Warnings: none

Title: Prophesied
Author: Bibi Nafeeza Yusuf
Word Count: 400
Warnings: none

Title: From small beginnings
Author: bluegerl
Word Count: 317
Warnings: no warnings

Title: Germ
Author: Kathy Boles-Turner
Word Count: 336
Warnings: Experimental; Creative Nonfiction; A Judgment On Humankind

Title: The Text
Author: Kristina Van Hoose
Word Count: 399
Warnings: None

Title: The Camel
Author: Shane Bell
Word Count: 400
Warnings: Severe Language

Title: No. My Birthday.
Author: skyllairae
Word Count: 341
Warnings: emotional trigger: abuse

VOTE HERE
Week three set a challenge to our writers to weave us a bit of fancy using the prompt "Glitches" in 350 words or less. They have responded.

Congratulations to last week's winner Bibi. Who will sweep the voting this week? Help us decide. You have until 11:45 pm EDT on Thursday, July 30th to cast your vote. Be sure to leave a little feedback for our writers in the form of #commentlove.

Title: Trouble
Author: ayumidah
Word Count: 350
Warnings: none

Title: Emotionlessly Emotional
Author: Bibi Nafeeza Yusuf
Word Count: 350
Warnings: none, i think

Title: OOops
Author: bluegerl
Word Count: 350
Warnings: none

Title: He Was Foretold
Author: Kathy Boles-Turner
Word Count: 344
Warnings: Mention of death; witchery

Title: The Countdown
Author: Kristina Van Hoose
Word Count: 349
Warnings: none

Title: Glitches #1 - #3
Author: quill_quirks
Word Count: 350
Warnings: some sex

Title: The Chinabot
Author: Shane Bell
Word Count: 350
Warnings: Language!!

Title: Glitches
Author: Sonya Oldwin
Word Count: 344
Warnings: mature & murder

VOTE HERE





Marcus Tullius Cicero, one of Rome's greatest orators once said,

"The beginnings of all things are small."


Let this be the spark for your last submission in our Month-o-Minis - the seed for your beanstalk, the frenetic atom that sets a new universe in motion with a bang.

Our week four contest is for the prompt, "The beginnings of all things are small." Use it as inspiration for an idea or even your first sentence, the choice is yours. All entries should be no more than 400 words and are due by 11:45 pm EDT on Saturday, August 1st. Only one entry per person, no JFF entries accepted.

Thank you all for writing with us this month! We have enjoyed your writing and your feedback.
Registered writers for week four:
Shane Bell
quill-quirks
Kristina Van Hoose
B.Nafeeza
Heather
skyllairae
Sonya
Kathy Boles-Turner
ayumidah
bluegerl
hwango
alethessa

Good writing!

Just a reminder for those who are new to Brigit's Flame. Your entry should be posted to an online blog or journal with public reading access for the duration of the voting process (anywhere from three days to a week). Work you submit to the contest always belongs to you. It should be original work and first written for the prompt provided.

Submit Here

The whole month of July we will be exploring small things to accommodate our tiny word count caps.
For week one your prompt is:

Knothole






Knotholes form due to the removal or decay of a branch during the life of a tree. Process a felled tree into boards and the knothole remains - a testament to what once was. In a wall or fence, a knothole becomes a place of note to curious passersby. They can peek into a space otherwise off-limits. The knothole offers an eyeful of the forbidden, the forgotten, the secret lives of strangers -- for some it is the glimpse of another life to seed their dreams.

In 150 words or less, tell us what you see and submit it by 11:45 pm EDT on Saturday, July 11. Have fun with it!

This week’s winner will receive an eBook on the writing advice of their choosing ($5.00 limit) via Amazon.

Below are the writers who signed up for this week's contest and are eligible to submit entries:
Shane Bell (full month)
skyllairae
RicoChey
Cristina Van Estes
Heather
Sonya
SCFarber
Kathy Boles-Turner
beansgerlbehan
quill_quirks
ayumidah
hwango

Each of those signed up may submit a maximum of three contest entries as long as the submissions do not rely on each other to tell one story and are not continuations of one another. Poetry and other forms of written expression welcome. There are no JFF entries this month.

For those of you who are writing with us for the first time. Your entry should be posted to an online blog or journal with public reading access for the duration of the voting process (anywhere from three days to a week). Work you submit to the contest always belongs to you. It should be original work and first written for the prompt provided.
At the end of this post is an electronic submission form - please share a direct link to the post containing your entry and a few stats so we can label the piece in our reading list and voting poll.

Submit Here
Good sunshiney morning, Flames. March is one of our special five-week months, so we have an Art Contest Mini for your entertainment! Don't forget to keep your eyes open for Week Four voting as well.

Netflix has a habit of giving me exactly what I want. Most recently, it gave me one of my favorite television series in its entirety: 3rd Rock from the Sun. For those of you who are not familiar (for which you should be ashamed), 3rd Rock is about a team of aliens who land on Earth with the common goal of studying human nature. Using this simple premise, the show examines completely average topics but, of course, makes them hilarious and points out (even more glaringly than life already does) just how ridiculous so many of our human customs seem. In this episode, S4:E16 "Superstitious Dick", the High Commander, Dick Solomon, discovers human superstition when he is given a chain letter. I had forgotten all about chain letters, despite the fact that Facebook and Tumblr still circulate a certain version of such a thing. I never believed in them, for which I am grateful. I don't think I could have handled the psychological stress caused by realizing I had improperly forwarded such a thing.

That is not to say, however, that I am never superstitious. My superstitions just happen to be pretty unique to me, as opposed to following a social trend like letters, broken mirrors, or black cats. Honestly, I think a lot of it is just an extension of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, with which I live. I'm pretty sure the fear of leaving the mustard in the wrong slot inside my refrigerator door will cause me a terrible comeuppance is not a socially acceptable superstition. I am, however, rather fascinated by old folk legends and wives' tales, particularly those with a magic(k)al background. To this day, I smirk to myself when a broom falls in the kitchen, and I am never surprised when unexpected company arrives that same day.

Are you superstitious? If so, will you share a few of your beliefs or suspicions? If not, why? Do you consider superstition to be legitimate, or a little hokey?

Bonjour mes amis, mes flammes!


Week two of the drabble extravaganza is far less extravagant, but that's okay, I'm guessing the PBJ challenge wasn't for everyone. Here's hoping our week three topic of "heart-shaped paper" re-ignites their imagination.
Let's jump into the week two reading.

This list is made up of submissions written for the drabble prompt - PBJ.

Title: Different
Author: [personal profile] ayumidah
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: When The Time Comes
Author: [personal profile] darlinleo
Word Count: 16
Warnings: none

Title: PBJ
Author: missflyer
Word Count: 9
Warnings: none

Title: PB&J
Author: RicoChey
Word Count: 100
Warnings: Trigger, dark material. I don't believe in spoilers, so I won't be specific. Sorry.

Title: Into the Great Maw
Author: urb-banal
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: PBJ
Author: bluegerl
Word Count: 100
Warnings: hurt?

Title: Pro Bono Justified.
Author: bluegerl
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: PB-Just for Fun.
Author: bluegerl
Word Count: 100
Rating silly. well. factual but JFF.

Title: Tradition
Author: cedarwolfsinger
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: Breakin' Up Is Hard To Do
Author: cedarwolfsinger
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: High Society
Author: cedarwolfsinger
Word Count: 100
Warnings: mild profanity (the F-word once)

The voting will not be open all week, so get your reading done early and cast your votes by 11:45pm on Thursday. There will be only one winning drabble, but we'll give you three votes to weigh in with the other readers.

Don't forget to drop a note to your fellow writers to let them know they are appreciated. If it's an off-site blog and you have trouble with commenting, feel free to share your comments here and we'll pass them along. In fact, I encourage you to share some public thoughts below with the community. Let's talk about what we read, together.

We love it when our Embers write, but we also need the community to come together and read what's being submitted. Even if you didn't have time to write this week, please take a few minutes to read and encourage your friends to read as well. Share our fire!

VOTING POLL

Heart-shaped Paper






Please refrain from metaphors
Made of heart-shaped paper,
And I will know your love was real.
Describe it glistening with viscera,
Not rose-scented.

Authentic emotion is far removed
From that bloody muscle laced with blue veins…
It’s down beneath the pasty brown stink
Of the liver, in the vicinity of the appendix,
That love throbs and twists–where it thrives
Or dies.

That muscle to the north
Keeps pumping on, uninterrupted,
Unaffected, as love gets ripped from the gut.

I Will Know Your Love Was Real by Kathy Boles-Turner






For the month of February, we will be hosting a series of weekly mini contests for drabbles. If you are unfamiliar, a drabble is a short work of fiction of around one hundred words in length (not including the title). The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.

For our purposes, we will require 100 words or less. You may submit up to three per week as long as they are all related to the theme, but not to each other. You do not need to single one out for competition, they are all eligible.

Your topic for mini contest 3 of 4 is "Heart-shaped Paper", interpret it however you like.

Concurrent with the contest, we will have a workshop open for anyone who would like to practice their drabble prowess for a live audience before the deadline hits. Share your thoughts and difficulties with fellow embers and the mod team a dedicated drabble forum.

Enjoy!

Submit your entries here - this phase ends Sunday, February 22nd at 11:45pm EST



#gowrite #brigitsflame #wehaveourownpoet
Guten tag mein Flamen!

Welcome to the first reading list of our drabble extravaganza.
Let's welcome the return of bluegerl after her few months hiatus and embrace our returning friend balloonhat with joy.
I'm happy to see all of the submissions. I've been receiving notice of them dropping in all week and each alert made me smile. Let's dive in!

This list is made up of submissions written for the drabble prompt - Curiouser & curiouser.

Title: Onward
Author: amri
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none really

Title: Abrupt
Author: ayumidah
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: Curiosity's Toll
Author: Balloonhat
Word Count: 100
Warnings: None really? I warn you that it's been years since I wrote anything. Pardon the rustiness.

Title: Curiouser and Curiouser
Author: bardiphouka "bardi"
Word Count: 98
Warnings: none

Title: People
Author: darlinleo
Word Count: 99
Warnings: none

Title: This Curious Life
Author: missflyer
Word Count: 90
Warnings: none

Title: The Rare Ould Times
Author: RicoChey
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: Hearts Desire
Author: urb-banal
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: Escape
Author: skyllairae
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: Breathe
Author: skyllairae
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: Curious: What they want you to think (don’t listen)
Author: skyllairae
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: The Thinker.
Author: bluegerl
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: The Little Girl.
Author: bluegerl
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: Curioser and curioser.
Author: bluegerl
Word Count: 100
Warnings: Rating R for... Warning. The Cheshire cat!

Title: Prophecy
Author: cedarwolfsinger
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: Insomnia
Author: cedarwolfsinger
Word Count: 100
Warnings: none

Title: Requiem for Miss Ann
Author: cedarwolfsinger
Word Count: 100
Warnings: death of a beloved elder

The voting will not be open all week, so get your reading done early and cast your votes by 11:45pm on Thursday. There will be only one winning drabble, but we'll give you three votes to weigh in with the other readers.

Don't forget to drop a note to your fellow writers to let them know they are appreciated. If it's an offsite blog and you have trouble with commenting, feel free to share your comments here and we'll pass them along. In fact, I encourage you to share some public thoughts below with the community. Let's talk about what we read, together.

We love it when our Embers write, but we also need the community to come together and read what's being submitted. Even if you didn't have time to write this week, please take a few minutes to read and encourage your friends to read as well. Share our fire!

*** VOTING POLL ***
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