Shapeshifting 13 #77 Kickoff

October 26, 2016

Why, hello there, Ghoul Friends!

Let me ask you something.

Have you ever just wanted to write about something specific?

Have you just had this inkling to write about a specific topic or in a specific genre that has intimidated you? What do you think it is about the topic, genre or whatever it is that you’re craving to write about that keeps you from doing it? You see, I have a fascination for Steampunk. I say “fascination” instead of “love” because I know very little about the Steampunk genre, and my fascination for this genre of fantasy comes mostly from the visuals that I’ve seen in major pop culture references. The zeppelins, the copper gears, the Victorian Era clothing, etc. I love the way Steampunk looks, and I love the idea of the past being the future, and the future being the past. However, I believe that my deep lack of knowledge about the genre, the mythology and more that goes along with it, keeps me from attempting to write in that genre because: 1) I probably wouldn’t do the genre justice; and 2) What in the world would I write?! How would I write it?! I’ve vaguely and barely touched on this genre with my idea for Captain Morrow–a “series” I started writing within for challenges here at Grammar Ghoul Press about a year ago, but I haven’t written in that series much for these same reasons. The ideas seem convoluted and juvenile. I don’t feel educated about the material enough to attempt to write in it. There seems to be a very simple resolution for this, though: RESEARCH! It would behoove me, I’m sure, to do research about the topic and genre, to look up the mythologies, to analyze established and published examples, classic and modern, of the Steampunk genre, but therein lies the issue. I’m rather lazy! It’s more like, I just don’t have the time, but who am I kidding! I know myself too well. I just don’t have the drive to do all that research. What about you? If you think you really want to write in a specific genre, or about a specific topic, do you reach for the encyclopedias (or, rather, the Google search bar) first, or do you simply start writing? Does that mean I don’t really want to write in that genre as much as I think I do?! Who knows. Answer the above question in the comments below, and let’s start a conversation!

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.We have a new celebration going live this Friday!
  • 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 cause (someone or something) to be deeply affected by a feeling or to have a certain quality

2 : to permeate or influence as if by dyeing

3 : to tinge or dye deeply

4 : to provide with something freely or naturally : endow

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 #77 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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