Shapeshifting 13 #69 Kickoff

August 31, 2016

Hello there, Ghoul Friends!

What fascinates you? 

Personally, there are too many things to count. Right now, though, I’m watching a show on Hulu called Penn & Teller: Fool us! I’ve always been fascinated by magic and misdirection. It’s absolutely fascinating to me to see something happen right before my eyes that doesn’t look like it should actually happen. I’m easily fooled by a lot of magic tricks. I’m not ashamed to admit it. And books with magic as a central focus are books that I seek out, or want to seek out. I’ve not read quite enough, honestly. I love stories about magic–the Harry Potter series, books about witches, books about magicians, and more. One of the most recent books I’ve read that dealt with magic was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I always feel this pull inside me that makes me wish that I could do something spectacular that could result in a could of colorful smoke and sparkles that plume out with a lovely assistant appearing or disappearing at my will–or having something levitate or me taking over someone else’s mind. What have you. But I know this is all fiction. Or is it? Too often, I find myself believing more and more in the (seemingly) unexplainable–the magic in a magician’s act. Could it be real after all? I think books have that same effect on me. I remember the first time I read the Harry Potter series–I, like so many others (I’m sure), longed to be whisked away to Hogwarts and study magic with the other wizards. Books, like magicians, have this incredible way of making us believe in the unbelieveable. I like to think of authors as highly sophisticated magicians–artists who are able to craft these spells that do unimaginable things to us. The Houdini-like wordsmiths always leave me in awe. I would love to learn a magic trick or two. This brings us to our discussion question this week: Do you have any magic tricks up your sleeve? Do you believe in magic? What fascinates you? What leaves you sitting in awe–whether it be in writing or life? 

Before we get to this week’s prompt, 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 segment we’re calling “Celebrating the Ghouls”! If you’re interested in being a part of this project, please email out past celebrations here. Don’t forget to check out our latest Ghoul Celebration of Cathy Avilez.
  • 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.

Last week for THE SHAPESHIFTING 13 challenge, you were tasked with creating a story or poem in just 52 words. This week, in exactly 13 words, your challenge is to write a story or poem inspired by and using either definition of the the following word(s):




1. to read slowly and with difficulty
2. a spoken word or form of words held to have magic power

Retrieved from Merriam-Webster.


The General Shapeshifting 13 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 #69 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!

Until next time, au revoir, and SHARE THE GEEKDOM!

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