Shapeshifting 13 #105 Kickoff

May 10, 2017

Welcome, Ghoul Friends!

It’s so nice to have you here!

Lately, I’ve been working on several creative projects–from an illustrated children’s book to three novels that I’ve been writing in my head for years, from self-publishing my first collection of short stories and poetry to self-publishing my first mini cookbook, and more! When it comes to self-publishing, I’m free to publish things whenever I want. True, I only get a small cut from the money that project makes, but I’m getting my work out there–even if it’s only friends and family who actually purchase the books. But how much content is too much? I’ve been asking myself this a lot lately. I’ve got content pieced together for a second collection of short stories and poetry, but I just published my first collection little more than a month ago. True, I haven’t sold many copies, but I’ve sold  some, and I want more to sell. With that said, part of me feels like I should hold off before putting out more content, but I’m impatient and I know that my time will be limited come this summer and for the foreseeable future after that. With my job as a counselor at a summer camp this summer and then my preparations for starting my classroom, and then actually teaching, I know that I won’t have the time I’d like to indulge in creative projects. So, part of me wants to put it all out now as I have it ready to self-publish. I’m sure there are cons to inundating the world with so much content in a short amount of time, but I want to get it out there. This brings us to our discussion today: If you plan to publish your work, how often do you prefer to do it? Do you want to wait a few months (or years) before putting out something new? What possible issues do you foresee with putting out a large amount of content in a short amount of time? Share your thoughts in the comment section below, and let’s start a conversation!

Before we get to this week’s prompt, here are a few important reminders:

  • Submissions for our Mutant 750 close tomorrow (Thursday) at 8pm ET. You’ll have until Saturday at Noon ET to cast your votes for your three favorites.
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  • The Shapeshifting 13 goes live every Wednesday at Noon ET. The grid will stay open until Sunday at 8:00 p.m., after which voting will open. Voting ends on Monday at 8:00 p.m., so you get about 24 hours to read and vote for your favorites pieces. Winners will be announced in a separate post on Tuesday at Noon ET. Further details can be found here.

Last week for THE SHAPESHIFTING 13 challenge, you were tasked with creating a story or poem in just 26 words. This week, your challenge is to write a story or poem in exactly 39 words inspired by/using the following word:


–  receive (money, property, or a title) as an heir at the death of the previous holder

The Rules

  •    Challenge submissions must be fiction or poetry.
  •    Submissions must be exactly the number of words specified; no more, no less.
  •    Submissions must use the prompt(s) as directed, but it can be in any tense.
  •    Submissions should be written in response to the challenge, so they shouldn’t pre-date the kickoff post.
  •    One submission per person.
  •    Make sure to give proper credit to the artist if you include the image in your post.
  •    Please put lengthy explanations at the end of your post, not at the beginning.
  •    Don’t forget to add the code for the challenge badge to your post.
  •    When voting, you are on the honor to not vote for your own piece.

Now, while you’re getting ready to post those wonderful words, don’t forget to grab the Shapeshifting 13 #105 badge from the right side of the page, and insert it into your post. Remember, you have until Sunday @ 8pm Eastern Time to submit something. Have fun!

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