Shapeshifting 13 #85 Kickoff

December 21, 2016

Ladies and Gentleghouls, welcome!

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice, or just that it’s another week:

From our lair to yours,
Happy Holidays from everyone here at Grammar Ghoul Press!

So, taking into consideration that this week is a busy week for most everyone with holiday celebrations, travelling, unwrapping, cooking, sleeping, and every other merriment festivity occurring over the next few days, at least here in the States, I have a feeling that things will be understandably quiet at GGP this week. However, I want to still offer a challenge this week and provide enough time to allow everyone the opportunity to share a story amidst all the travelling and fun-having. So, this week, I’m changing things up a bit. Your prompt is further down in this post, be read the following changes carefully!

  • First, while links are being accepted immediately, as usual, you have one extra day to submit a story this week! The link for entries will close on Monday, December 26th, at 8PM ET, this week, instead of Sunday.
  • Secondly, you will be able to vote for up to three stories (assuming we have any) on Tuesday, December 27th. That means, no new post on Tuesday. Voting will close at 8pm ET on Tuesday.
  • Thirdly, the winners of Challenge #85 will be announced in the same post in which I announce #86’s prompt.
  • Lastly, as a gift, I am tacking on another 13 words for this week’s prompt challenge. Yes, you read that correctly. Your word limit this week is 65 words!

So, I’m listening to a lot of melancholy holiday music. Right now, Sarah McLachlan is singing a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “River” after having just sang a cover of “Christmas Time is Here” from the Charlie Brown Christmas film. In a moment, I’ll here Sufjan Steven’s “Christmas in the Room,” which is one of my favorite songs, period. It’s so beautiful, in my opinion, and it’s so romantic despite its melancholy feel. I relate to this song so much, especially when looking at many of the holidays my husband and I have spent together. When you don’t have much money or many things, and when you feel like the holidays are just a bit of a crap-shoot, it’s important to remember that you have the ones you love with you. This song reminds me of that. Take a listen if you feel inclined.

With all that said, I bring up my melancholy holiday music to talk about this week’s prompts. Yes, that was plural. Because this week is sure to be a quiet week here, I decided to give you options and suggestions–no, that’s wrong. Encouragement! This week, I am giving you two prompts. You can use just one of the prompts, or you can use both. While the prompts are typically associated with the holidays, do not feel as though you must write a positive or joyous holiday tale. In fact, I encourage you take the prompt(s) and turn them on their head. Surprise us! If murder, mayhem, or melancholy makes an appearance, great! If Krampus is visiting, awesome! If you are so inclined to weave a wonderful, joyous holiday tale, well that’s cool, too! Just write and share it with us!

Alright, time for the prompts:

Last week for THE SHAPESHIFTING 13 challenge, you were tasked with creating a story or poem in just 52 words. This week, in exactly 65 words, your challenge is to write a story or poem inspired by and using any form/definition of the following word(s):

“Merry” and/or “Ornament”


  1. archaic :  giving pleasure :  delightful
  2. full of gaiety or high spirits :  mirthful
  3. marked by festivity or gaiety

Retrieved from Merriam-Webster.


  1. archaic :  a useful accessory

  2. a :  something that lends grace or beauty
    b :  a manner or quality that adorns

  3. one whose virtues or graces add luster to a place or society

  4. the act of adorning or being adorned

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 #85 badge from the right side of the page, and insert it into your post. Remember, you have until Monday @ 8pm Eastern Time to submit something. Have fun!

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

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