Shapeshifting 13 #81 Kickoff

November 23, 2016

Welcome, Ghoul Friends!

It’s time for another Shapeshifting 13 Challenge!

Whoo! I’m excited!

But, before we get to our challenge, we can’t forego discussing something, anything. Today, let’s talk about the holidays. Tomorrow, at least in the U.S., many families will gather together and partake in a, for intents and purposes, gigantic feast! So, in preparation for tomorrow, HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOURS FROM EVERYONE HERE AT GRAMMAR GHOUL PRESS!

Now, when it comes to holidays, whatever holiday, do you enjoy to read literature centered around a holiday? I’ve only read one story that centered around a holiday, outside the scope of traditional short stories, tales, and children’s stories–and that was John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas, which I really enjoyed when I read it in high school. The movie version was a bit of a let down, but I like any reason to watch Jamie Lee Curtis! I haven’t read any other stories/books that are centered around holidays, though. I know there must be some out there. It’s not something that I’ve ever looked for, though, and I find it interesting because I have a story that I’m working on (that I’ve been working on for years) that takes place over three holidays–Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Though the story occurs during these holidays, the action doesn’t have much to do with the holidays themselves–they could take place at any other time when these people are gathering together. The idea was simply to tell the story over the span of the three holidays because: a) I thought that would be interesting; and b) it provided a simple reason for these people to be in one place at the same time. I originally started this story as a play–a play that hasn’t been read by anyone else, a play that begs for a rewrite, and a play that will probably never be performed–and I’m now turning it into a novel. We’ll see how that works out, but as the holidays draw nearer this year, I started thinking about whether stories that take place on or around holidays is of interest to many, especially when the central themes are not really related to those holidays. This brings us to today’s discussion: Do you enjoy stories that take place on/around holidays, even if the stories are not about the holidays in particular? Why or why not? Would you ever consider writing a story/novel where the action takes place on/around a holiday? What might that story be about if not about the holiday itself? Is it wise to forego detailing the holiday too much and not letting that holiday be, for all intents and purposes, a character in and of itself? Tell us 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. 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 form/definition of the the following word(s):



:a set of instructions for making food

: a way of doing something that will produce a particular result

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 #81 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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