There are only six writing days left until the May contest ends!
Get your submissions in no later than 04:00 EDT on 5/26 in order to have your story included in the voting. That's 4 am for those not oriented to a 24 hour clock.

The prompt (which you should have started writing for well before now) is "What is Reality?"

We've had some writing sprints along the way. If you're having trouble with your inspiration, read through them to see if something sparks.

Sprint #1
Sprint #2
Sprint #3
Sprint #4
There are two things you've got to do today -
1. Sign-up for the May contest. The teaser is here, put your name in the comments of that post to write with us. So far we have about ten writers' names on the list. Add yours today or be one of our Beta readers this month.

2. You have until 11:45pm EDT Sunday night to write your Epilogue. For April's contestants, this means wrapping up the stories you've been working on all month. For anyone else who feels like writing an Epilogue just for fun - the same deadline applies. Submit here.

I'll see you in the morning with the May Theme.
Since it is reminder day, I thought I would be fitting to stir up some old memories.
I apologize in advance to the people of other nationalities and generations who cannot relate to my memory.

Back when I was a kid there was a TV show I used to watch with my parents every week. Most of the spoken humor I was too young to get, but the characters would get themselves into exaggerated situations that were almost slapstick in nature and that I could understand completely.

That show, a spin-off of "Happy Days", was "Laverne & Shirley".

At the kick-off of the title music, the two main characters would link arms, do this little crouch-bob dance and say, "Schlemiel. Schlimazel. Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!". Being a child, I would sing along and do the dance. In fact, I was so obsessed with the sounds of the words schlemiel and schlimazel I would often blurt them out for no reason - at any time of day, in any social setting. Of course back then, most people identified the words with the show immediately. But no one ever told me they had a meaning.

Today, thanks to the magic of #wordoftheday and dictionary_reference. com I was brought back to that childhood memory and have something explained that I had stopped questioning long ago.
schlemiel [shluh-meel] noun, slang.
An awkward and unlucky person for whom things never turn out right.

schlimazel [shli-mah-zuh l] noun, slang.
An inept, bungling person who suffers from unremitting bad luck.

What are you building for Act II? Be the Bard you've always wanted to be and #gowrite

Another brick in the steps to Bardishness - APAD. We are exactly halfway through the month of April go be a poet now and share it with us. It's a known fact that quoting poetry improves your posture - added benefit.

Did you read what our Flames wrote for Act I? Today is your last chance to show your appreciation for their work through votes. #govoteflames and share a little #commentlove
(Be sure to check out Willa the Wisp's story in Act I - she's a true Flame.)

What's that you say? You want to write 10k words or more in the month of April? And you want to do it from a virtual tent? Well go join the campers over at Camp NaNoWriMo - there are two weeks left in their spring event. Get your words out.

Just a few reminders today, mon Flames.

A Shakespeare inspired month-long contest is in the offing.
Go forth and pen Act I with a mind  to The Bard's line -
"We know what we are, but know not what we may be."
Week one submissions are due Sunday by 11:45 pm edt.

It's a poem a day in April, or what we like to call APAD.
Dive in now and sing to us of beauty true.
Your soul will thank you.

And then there's Camp NaNoWriMo for all you rugged types.
Sit by the fire with Cedar and thousands of other campers - spinning yarns, telling tall-tales, and eating virtual S'mores.

See you tomorrow.


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