Shapeshifting Winners of #42

March 1, 2016

Welcome back to the winner’s circle, Ghouls!

With coffee in hand, I come to you from beneath a cacophony of dreary electronic sounds gently floating out of my headphones. Do you ever hear a song, witness a scene in a film or television show, or read a passage in a new book and think to yourself:

“I wish I had written that?”

I’m currently experiencing that. When the credits started rolling on a show that I’m currently obsessed with, a song titled “Heaven” by Majical Cloudz started playing, and the music and lyrics just gripped me for some reason. It’s atmospheric and beautifully dark–though, I’m fully aware this type of music isn’t for everyone. I, however, currently have this song on repeat. There’s just something about it, something I can’t quite place my finger on, that makes me wish I had written it or something like it–something that can stop me in my place and yet make me move all at once. Do you ever experience this? If so, does it drive you to try and write that or create that piece of art, try to replicate what you just witnessed in your own words or style? Or do you simply move on, and try to create anything with this newly found vigor? Let’s talk about it in our comments section below!

Before we jump to our reminders and winners details, let me remind you that a new Ghoul Celebration went live this past Friday! For our February celebration, we held an interview with writer Joy Pixley. Check out this interview as well as all past interviews here.

Now back to our regularly scheduled reminders:

  • Our Winter Writing Contest is in full swing! The deadline is March 13th, 2016, at Midnight ET. We have two challenges–Short Stories, 1000-3500 words & Flash Fiction, 100-1000 words! This is a splendid opportunity, so don’t miss it! There is a $10 entry fee for each story, but first place wins $100 plus publication in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of The Ghoul’s Review.
  • On the last Friday of each month, we will celebrate a fellow writer here at Grammar Ghoul Press, in a new segment we’re calling “Celebrating the Ghouls”! If you’re interested in being a part of this new 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.

Are you Ghouls ready?! The winners of the SHAPESHIFTING 13 CHALLENGE #42 are:

1st: Joe of Joe2Stories with Finally.  This was a purr-fect use of our prompts last week, and is quite a funny look at our pets’ reaction to a certain common procedure. (This especially resonated with me because I just had this done to my dog. Thankfully it wasn’t one of my felines!) Great job, Joe! Don’t forget to grab that winner’s badge!

2nd: R. Todd of R.ToddWrites with Gadgets and Gizmossuch a witty story that is all too familiar to anyone with a feline furbaby!

3rd: Dave  of ParkInkSpot with And the Hunter Home From the HillWonderful writing here, and another special look at the quirks of our feline pals!


You all did a wonderful job this week! Give yourselves a pat on the back! Check back in tomorrow for our Shapeshifting 13 Challenge #43 where your word limit will be 39 words.

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

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  • TN Kerr March 2, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Wow, that was a pretty tough vote. Anyone could have been a winner, anyone!

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