#BlogBattle 37: September 19th “Indistinct”

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Hello! Welcome to Blog Battle. Things have changed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be inspired! Below you’ll find a prompt word. Write yourself a 1000 or less word story using that word and leave a link in the comments.

I’m still checking in here, and you can click on the links in the comments to read other stories too.

Salut!

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This Week’s Story WORD theme: Indistinct

*VISIT THE GENRE PAGE OF BLOG BATTLE for suggested genres


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Want to know the truth about pop-ups?

Jean's Writing

Want to Increase Your Blog Readership? Kill that Popup! By Anne R. Allen

Shares with us the unvarnished truth about what readers think of all those pop-ups on your blog.

I agree with Anne.

Here is what I think of pop-ups!

Not gonna keep reading if I have to hunt for a tiny X to close a damn box. Or worse, fill out a form just for the privilege of reading your page. Note not gonna happen.

Ads are not so bad as long as they don’t pop up and obstruct the post. Although I have allowed WordPress to put them on my blog, I’m still on the fence about them.

So stop with the sign-up subscription or buy my book, pop-ups, please.

What do you think?

Agree with Anne? Or do you like them?

Can’t wait to hear your answers. Leave them in the comments.

Please stop by and…

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How to Begin to Write Poetry

A Writer's Path

by Diana Raab, PhD

Poetry is the voice of the soul and is often considered a free-flowing form of expression. Poets help us see a slice of the world in a way in which we might not have observed it before. They highlight details to cast a light on a feeling, an image, or an event. Poetry also helps offer insight into both the human psyche and human behavior, and it is a place where the imagination can roam free.

Letting go and writing poetry is about just allowing life and experiences to unfold as they are meant to unfold. When writing poetry, try to release or let go of your rational mind and let your sensations and emotions take over. Letting go is also about slowing down and pausing while being mindful of what is stirring inside you.

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How To Write An Excellent Beginning For Your Short Story

Rachel Poli

Once upon a time, there was a blogger who worked day and night to create awesome content for her loyal readers. Each month, she tried to think of a cool new topic to discuss and stumbled upon short stories.

In addition to her many posts about short stories, she thought to talk about how to begin them. Any writer knows that the beginning of a story is so important.

She also knew that the beginning of a blog post was super important as well. Yet, she had no idea how to introduce this “how to begin your short stories” post.

She laughed at the irony.

how to write an excellent beginning for your short story

There are so many different kinds of ways to start a story. However, while every story is different, some beginnings can be a bit cliche or even just seem old.

For example; a character waking up, the narrator or character describing the scenery, or opening…

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September 19th is National Butterscotch Pudding Day

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

BeFunky DesignHere are today’s five thing to know about Butterscotch Pudding:

  1. Food historians have several theories regarding the name and origin of this confectionery, but none are conclusive. One explanation is the meaning “to cut or score” for the word “scotch”, as the confection must be cut into pieces, or “scotched”, before hardening. It is also possible that the “scotch” part of its name was derived from the word “scorch”.
  2. In 1855 F. K. Robinson’s Glossary of Yorkshire Words, explained Butterscot as “a treacle ball with an amalgamation of butter in it”.
  3. “Doncaster Butterscotch” was known at least as early as 1848 and sold commercially by rival confectioners S. Parkinson & Sons (still trading as Parkinson’s), Henry Hall, and Booth’s, all of Doncaster, via agents in Yorkshire. Internationally, Parkinson’s was recognised as the inventor but others tried to claim the product for themselves, Parkinson’s started to use and advertise the Doncaster…

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Reading Links…9/19/17

Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author

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Reading Links…9/19/17

Traci Kenworth

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2017/09/the-leaning-pile-of-books-297/ A delightful new urban fantasy about a kitchen witch and her magical family.
  2. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/taste-of-marrow/ A team hired to rid feral hippopotami in the Mississippi Delta.
  3. http://www.fantasyliterature.com/reviews/a-secret-history-of-witches/ Five sections of mothers and daughters involved in the craft.
  4. http://www.fantasybookcafe.com/2017/09/review-of-snowspelled-by-stephanie-burgis/ The first installment in the Harwood Spellbook series.
  5. http://www.lainitaylor.com/2017/09/night-of-cake-puppets-is-in-world.html
  6. https://tomharrisauthor.com/2017/09/15/an-ode-to-tony-hart-the-amber-gallery/The Amber Moon.
  7. https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/my-bookreview-of-scifi-fantasy-aaru-by-david-c-meredith-dmeredith2013/ Scientists have invented a way for a soul to exist in a virtual world.

MG/YA:

  1. http://middlegrademania.blogspot.com/2017/09/bookshelf-detective-reviews-three.html After her mother’s abandonment, can she find it in her heart to love another?
  2. https://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/2017/09/13/cover-reveal-poppy-mayberry-return-to-power-academy-nova-kids-2-by-jennie-k-brown/ Finding out you were wrong about something important can be a let down.
  3. http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2017/09/titles-writing-workshop-bookshelf/ For the young writer and cartoonist.
  4. https://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/submerge-by-toby-easton-a-review/ Sequel to Emerge.
  5. http://www.talesoftheravenousreader.com/2017/09/blog-tour-speak-easy-speak-love-by.html A retelling of Much Ado About Nothing.
  6. http://middlegrademania.blogspot.com/2017/09/bookworm-for-kids-reveals-hair-in-all.html A teenage werewolf in a creepy and strange town called Elkwood.

Romance/Women’s Fiction:

Christian:

Historical:

Scary:

  1. https://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/2017/09/14/book-review-c-s-boyacks-the-playground/ Just in time for Halloween!

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense:

  1. http://lizlovesbooks.com/lizlovesbooks/latest-reads-bonfire-krysten-ritter/ Can she…

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19 lit mags/journals to send your current event poems

Trish Hopkinson

The listings below are literary magazines/journals that are known for taking poetry on current event topics.

These literary magazines/journals are listed alphabetically; some are currently accepting submissions, some are temporarily closed. I’ve also included whether or not it is a paying market in the notes column. These lit mags/journals also fit the following criteria:

  • Generally do not charge fees to submit (although some may charge fees for some types of submissions and for contests).
  • They accept poetry submissions.
  • All accept electronic submissions.

If you have suggestions for lit mags/journals I’ve missed, please contact me here or leave a comment below.

Lit Mag/JournalWeb SiteNotesDuotrope
Anti-Heroin Chichttp://heroinchic.weebly.comNo sim subshttps://duotrope.com/listing/20078
Consequence Magazine http://www.consequencemagazine.orgThemed, payinghttps://duotrope.com/listing/3459
Dissident Voice http://dissidentvoice.orgn/a
HEArt Onlinehttp://www.heartjournalonline.com/https://duotrope.com/listing/11826
I Am Not a Silent Poet https://iamnotasilentpoet.wordpress.comn/a
Love’s Executive Order – https://www.lovesexecutiveorder.comThemedn/a
Mobius: The Journal of Social Change http://mobiusmagazine.comThemed

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