More about the writing competition in a minute but firstly, as Valentine’s Day approaches, I thought I would give this post a ‘romantic’ touch.
Here is my tip for any single ladies out there who’d like to meet a man (or men looking for a woman). May I suggest a dog? I don’t mean a dog instead of a man (although, that’s not a bad idea) no, I mean, get a dog, in order to meet a man!
I am ‘home alone’ this weekend and this morning when I took Bonnie for a walk, I ‘encountered’ and spoke to, no less than four rather attractive, solo men.
There was the one in the field, with the ..er, wild (rearing, like a stallion) black Labrador (the dog was rearing, not the man); the one with the nice brown smooth-coated dog (breed unknown), the one with 2 gorgeous fluffy Labradoodles and, finally, the one with 2 golden retrievers.
It was like a procession, one after the other, all walking towards us! (Bonnie thought I’d laid it all on, just for her. She was very excited).
And the thing about having a dog – and them (the men) also having a dog – is that you HAVE to stop – because the dogs want to have a good old sniff and then you get chatting. It’s sooo natural. Now, yes, I realise that those 4 men had all probably got (lazy?) wives and kids waiting for them back home (but, perhaps not…!?)
I’m not looking for new chap, of course, but if I were..well, ‘dog as icebreaker’? It’s a thought…!
Writing Competition c/d: 1st March 2014
Right, sorry this has taken a bit longer than expected but I am finally here with my little writing competition.
It’s got nothing to do with dogs and nothing to do with Valentine’s Day. (Thank God, they say).
I have used this handy ‘random word generator’ to come up with 5 words and, well, it’s the usual: I’d like you come up with a flash fiction story OR poem (yes, the poetry is new!), max 100 words, (plus a title), that includes all 5 of the words.
The words are:
The words can be used more than once and can be used in the title. And you can use ‘extensions’ of the words – eg: ‘t-shirts’ or ‘feverish’.
Check if you’ve used them correctly by doing a ‘search’ on your finished document for the 5 words. As long as they are highlighted, then you’re OK (tragedies wouldn’t work though, for example).
The prizes are significant! (as our tennis coach always says – and we laugh because they aren’t, of course). But well, these are not bad. I’m giving away a £25 Amazon e-voucher as first prize and a £10 Amazon e-voucher as second prize. Yoo hooo!
• One entry per person.
• Open to anyone, anywhere and it’s free to enter
• Maximum 100 words (you can submit less), plus title.
• Please don’t copy or plagiarise – you will be found out! (and it will be embarrassing and shameful)
• Your story/poem’s title is in addition to the 100 words
• Any theme or genre is acceptable
• Your entry must not have won or been placed in another competition.
• Judge’s / judges’ decisions are final.
• Email your entry in the body of the email, NOT as an attachment, to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Saturday 1st March 2014 (3 weeks today), along with your name.
• By entering, you agree that your entry, or an extract, can be posted on this blog when the shortlist of 5 is announced.
• I will shortlist 5 entries and someone else will choose the winner, anonymously. I am being vague about the ‘someone else’ because I don’t know who it will be yet, but someone other than me and someone who will take their task seriously.
If you have any questions, feel free to post them as a comment, so that everyone can see the response! Thanks – and good luck!
P.S: thanks to everyone who left a nice comment re. my first ever story in Take A Break. (*the words she thought she’d never type*) and to those who kindly enquired, I don’t know when it’s going to appear yet but I’ll let you know when it’s published!