Shapeshifting 13 #50 Kickoff

April 20, 2016

Well, well, well, Ghoul Friends!

Look at the time. It must be time for–

Another Shapeshifting 13 Challenge!

But, before we jump into this challenge, I want to continue our conversation about books. Now, yesterday, we talked about how fast or slow we read books, but, today, I simply want to talk about the books we’re excited to read and why we’re excited to read them. I wish I could say that I am an elevated person who knows a lot about authors and themes that I’m interested in, but the truth is that my interest is quite random. My interest in reading material comes from what I read in the synopsis, which I don’t think is entirely fair, but I can’t overcome this. If the synopsis grips me and makes me say, “Ooh! I want to read this,” then I’ll typically reach for it. I’m reading Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus now, and I plan to read Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies next, but I can’t remember what it was about these two books that originally intrigued me. Wait, that’s a lie for The Night Circus–the cover intrigued me.

I know! I know! I’m ashamed!

I’ve asked you before what it is about books that intrigue you or just get you to pick them up and give them a chance, but today I’m asking: What books are you currently excited to get to and why? 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 13 words. This week, in exactly 26 words, your challenge is to write a story or poem inspired by the following color in the following image:

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 #50 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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  • Jacqueline Casey April 20, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Tony, I have linked my piece, but it is not showing up…again! Thanks.

  • TN Kerr April 20, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    OK Tony,
    I’m currently reading “The Painter” by Peter Heller. It was recommended by a friend.
    Do you know it?
    Do you know Peter Heller? He also wrote “The Dog Stars”.
    I’m less than a hundred pages in and although this is one of those books I would love to read in a single sitting I am forcing myself to slow down and savor it.

    • Tony Lovell April 21, 2016 at 9:52 am

      If you’re suggesting an author, I’ll definitely seek them out! I like how you say that you are forcing yourself to slow down and savor the book. I’m envious that you have that skill and discipline. Being a slow reader naturally doesn’t seem to lend itself to comprehension very well. Do you think this is a skill that you have naturally, or have you had to teach yourself to slow down and savor?

      • TN Kerr April 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm

        I’m not sure. I honestly don’t remember consciously working on this so I guess it’s something that I just do. Maybe that’s another super-power? What do you think?

  • Jacqueline Casey April 21, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I am a dog, chasing its tail! I’ve tried since last night at 7 PM to link to this page. Dripping with exasperation! It is just too frustrating! and, I can get no help from Inlinkz, tho they have tried! This should not be so difficult. Takes all the fun out of the endeavor of writing in the first place! This has been going on for a couple of years now. There has got to be an answer for me or I give up!

    • Tony Lovell April 21, 2016 at 9:50 am

      I understand your frustration, Jacqueline, and I’ve sent you an email on this matter. To sum that email up here, your submission is now appearing. The link to your submission itself was incorrect, so I fixed it, and there appears to be an issue with the backlink in your post. However, this can all be corrected manually, and I will never let your submissions go unadded to our lineup. I hope you don’t give up–there has to be an explanation to the issue, and I think it could be the backlink. Check out my email to you, but rest assured that no submission to us will go unnoticed. This is for everyone–I check inlinkz periodically, so I’ll notice if there is a post listed for moderation.

      • Jacqueline Casey April 23, 2016 at 11:35 am

        unable to link to grammar ghoul at all! cannot view or vote on entries… Jackie 4.23.2016

        • Tony Lovell April 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm

          I’m not sure why you can’t view–that could be an issue that might be resolved by clearing your browser history. As for voting, voting doesn’t open until tomorrow night at 8pm ET.