Shapeshifting 13 #48 Kickoff

April 6, 2016

Hello, Ghoul Friends, and welcome!

Do you ever have something play on loop in your mind? I certainly do. Usually it’s scenes from a movie or a snippet of a song that I’ve recently heard. Sometimes, though, it’s a word, and, when this happens, it’s an odd word or a word that I find interesting.


That’s one that I started thinking about this morning–not sure why, but it just popped in my head. Granted, I tend to use it often in my writing. I’ve found that it adds something specific to moments where a quizzical look or a shocked tone is needed. But the word itself–what’s so special about that? It just popped in my head, and I would think of this word over and over again–while pouring cereal for the kids, while brushing my teeth, while beginning to write this post. It’s weird, but it got me wondering: What is one word that just pops into your mind randomly that you can’t stop thinking about? What do you do with that word? Do you research it, try to use it in your writing, or just try to forget it? Tell us in the comments section below!

Before we get to our new challenge series, here are a few important reminders:

  • On the last Friday of each month, we will celebrate a fellow writer here at Grammar Ghoul Press, in a new segment we’re calling “Celebrating the Ghouls”! If you’re interested in being a part of this new project, please email out past celebrations here.
  • Our Lair is currently taking a hiatus, as is our Mutant 750 challenge. Should either one open up, we’ll announce it here!
  • 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.

Ghouls on Rainbows!

Each week, you will be provided a visual prompt. The visual prompt may have several colors in it, but we’re focusing on one color at a time. Each week, we will tell you the primary color of the week, and your job is to write a story or poem, abiding by that week’s word count, using/inspired by that color in that image. Sounds easy, right? I assure you, it’s not as easy as it sounds!

Last week for THE SHAPESHIFTING 13 challenge, you were tasked with creating a story or poem in just 39 words. This week, in exactly 52 words, your challenge is to write a story or poem inspired by the following color in the following image:

Color Prompt

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 as directed.
  •    Submissions should be written in response to the challenge, so they shouldn’t pre-date the kickoff post.
  •    One submission per person.
  •    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 #48 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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  • Cathy April 10, 2016 at 9:53 am

    It has a name? 🙂 That gives it legitimacy, right? I love the interrobang. I often use it in text conversations with my sister. It doesn’t offend my grammatical sensibilities at all. Isn’t it the bomb?! Now if only we could come up with a word for he/she.

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