Why hello there, Ghoul Friends!
What a blessed day I send to you all today! Here in my office, I’m staring out the windows and basking in the grey, cloudy sky on this rainy Tuesday. I love it, to be quite honest! It’s fitting for me because of our latest challenge series. As you know, we’re focusing on colors this go-around, and, on days like today, as I stare out my window, I’m welcomed by the various hues of green, which just so happens to be my favorite color. The greens outside are so vibrant under a grey, cloudy sky–even the dark greens of the kudzu in my neighbor’s yard is enhanced by the gloomy sky. I’ve always been a sucker for this kind of day–cool, wet, cloudy, grey–so many people that I’ve know have felt gloomy on days like this, but not me–I revel in this! I always thought it was because I was slightly off from center, but, looking at it today, I have a new respect for days like today.
That’s what I get from the view outside my windows–a sense of life, or, rather, more correctly, new life. This view is the essence of Spring to me–freshly born leaves, vibrant and almost glowing in the cloudy light, set against the soft brown earth and trees; petals blossoming in bright, beautiful hues of pink, red, and white. Everything seems rich with newfound life, and there’s something sweetly inspiring, albeit a little cliché, about this view of Spring. There’s also something very dark and sad about this, because it doesn’t last. Yes, it will come back in another year, but this newfound life outside isn’t permanent–it will fade and wither away with the passing days, months and seasons. That is, perhaps, the beauty of life–we must appreciate and bask in the beauty of now because it won’t last forever!
Now, before we get to our winner’s list, 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 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.
- 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 #48 are:
|1st:||Jenny of Coffee in the Rain with Orange. This wonderfully crafted tale is chock-full of imagery, and it does a superb job of adhering to the demands of this challenge series–an excellent example of the focus on the color in the prompt image! Amazing writing! Don’t forget to grab that winner’s badge!|
|2nd:||Cathy of Views from Around the Corner with Picnic of the Gods. This charming piece is witty, mixing together modern items into Greek Mythology for a lively look at the cause of an eruption!|
|3rd:||Maria of Doodles and Scribbles with Tough Love. This poem takes the image and the color, and weaves together a plea for love that broke my heart, and probably the hearts of our voters!|
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 #49 where your word limit will be 13 words.
Until next time, au revoir, and SHARE THE GEEKDOM!