Shapeshifting 13 #80 Kickoff

November 16, 2016

Ok, Ghoul Friends!

Let’s talk about something.

Pumpkin Spice!

I know. I know. I know! This again?! But hear me out.

These days, the months of September through November see the infliction of pumpkin spice everything. From coffee and candy, to chapstick and soap. There is almost nothing that hasn’t been spiked with the pumpkin spice bug. This is an evident trend these days, especially in America. It’s a huge trend, actually. We can’t seem to turn a corner on the street without seeing at least a sign for something pumpkin spiced. At this point, many people are tired of the trend. However, as I munch on a pumpkin spice Triscuit smeared with some pumpkin spice Philadelphia cream cheese, I can’t help but giggle. It’s true, I’m a sucker for trends. I love gimmicky things! I’m always first in line to try something new, especially if it’s weird! What’s funny is that trends like this only come around once in a while. A few years ago, it seemed that pomegranate was a new trend where it was infused into virtually everything. There’s always some kind of trend, but ones that are weaved into everything–from food and hygiene products, to clothing and decor–this pumpkin spice trend is everywhere. And this got me thinking about trends in literature. A few years ago, there was a huge trend in teen fantasy with the likes of vampires and werewolves. We’ve seen multiple trends in life, but many literature trends, at least the ones the masses hear about, are contained in the teen and YA areas. What kinds of trends have we seen in adult literature, though? What kinds of trends have we seen in literature, in general, over the past few years? Do you give into literature trends? Are there any that have interested you in particular? Tell us all about it in the comments section 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 Check 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.

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 and using either form/definition of the the following word(s):

“Flail” & “Surge”




: to move or swing your arms or legs in a wild and uncontrolled way

Retrieved from Merriam-Webster.



: to suddenly increase to an unusually high level

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 #80 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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