Hello there, Ghoul Friends!
It’s amazing how quickly things can change, no? Just this past weekend, time changed–not any form, not in any way supremely special. We just “sprang back” an hour, and doesn’t that just leave us all a little more tired?
Unless, of course, you’re a morning person.
Things change, though. That’s a way of life. We are constantly growing older. Our bodies are constantly changing. I read some things recently that struck me as interesting, creepy and a little odd. One phrase stated that, at this moment, you are the oldest you’ve ever been, and the youngest you’ll ever be again. Another phrase I read stated that from the moment of birth, we are dying. Both phrases struck me because, though they were probably written to catch someone’s eye and go “viral” on the internet, they are both true, and both are incredibly important phrases, in my opinion, because they highlight a single fact of life: Everything changes, and you must be okay with that because you can’t stop change–you either accept it and carry on, or you fight it and grow miserable. Change is inevitable, and, yes, we can bring about some changes that are unnecessary, but my view of life is that things happen for a reason–everything happens the way it is meant to happen. I’m not talking about a predetermined destiny–more like “Fate”. I’m meant to be a part of Grammar Ghoul in this manner, for example–at least that’s how I look at it. When it comes to change, change is meant to happen, but what you do with that change is your free will. The change you bring about in your life is of your own free will, mostly. Sometimes, though, change is thrust upon us–either by someone else or circumstance. The change that we must create ourselves, though, is the most challenging because we must hold ourselves accountable for dropping that pebble into the surface of the water, and some people are too afraid of how big those ripples are going to get.
It bears repeating, though: Change is inevitable! You must either accept it, carry on, and be happy, or continue fighting it and be miserable.
Just a crumb of what’s going on in my head this morning!
Now, before we get to our winner’s list, here are a few important reminders:
- The deadline for our Winter Writing Contest has been extended through March 31st, 2016, at Midnight ET. We have two challenges–Short Stories, 1000-3500 words & Flash Fiction, 100-1000 words! Time is running out, so get your submissions in today. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out past celebrations here.
- Every quarter, we will have a new series-challenge in the Shapeshifting 13. As you know, we have “Ghoul Festival” in October and “Ghouls in the Cabin” in January. In April we’ll have “Ghouls on Rainbows”, and in July we’ll have “Ghoulish Inquiry”! We’ll have more information about these new challenge-series soon.
- 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 #44 are:
|1st:||Dave of ParkInkSpot with Race for the White House. As funny as the images in this piece are, this piece is a haunting look at the political climate of America right now, aptly examining the clowns beneath the makeup that make up our presidential candidates. Great job, Dave! Don’t forget to grab that winner’s badge!
|2nd:||TNKerr with Wait Till You Hear.|
|3rd:||Maria of Doodles and Scribbles with Hear me, please?.
CONGRATULATIONS, TO OUR WINNERS!
You all did a wonderful job this week! Give yourselves a pat on the back! Check back in tomorrow for our Shapeshifting 13 Challenge #45 where your word limit will be 13 words.
Until next time, au revoir, and SHARE THE GEEKDOM!