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“It’s very easy to quit during the first ten years of writing. Nobody cares whether you write or not, and it’s very hard to write when nobody cares one way or the other. You can’t get fired if you don’t write, and most of the time you don’t get rewarded if you do. But don’t quit.” Andre Dubus

Monday, 4 January 2016

Announcing two very special blogfests -- The Lost and Found blogfest...and WEP's Valentine blogfest!

Hi there!

If you've had time off blogging, welcome back! Hope your holidays were awesome! But...no easy little segue back into the fun and games that blogging offers us, no indeedy. We know this is IWSG week (and a little birdie tells me that the Anthology winners are to be announced), but some of us have been banging our heads together to come up with a welcome treat for you all. Not one, but two, blogfests for February, to make sure we get right back into the swing of things. February is historically the month of romance, so what would a February blogfest be without romance?

So, numero uno...

A special blogging event  inspired by a collaboration between Arlee Bird and Guilie Castillo-Oriard (thanks Guilie for the cute badges).   Joining these two romantics will be Elizabeth Seckman,  Yolanda Renee,  Denise Covey  and the ever-romantic (cough! cough!) Alex J Cavanaugh

Lost and Found:  Valentine's Edition - February 1st!


Here's the guff:

Do you remember  that special feeling of love found?   And who hasn't experienced the emotion of love lost?  Some of you might have even lost a love only to find that person later for another go around.

This challenge asks you to tell your fictional/non-fictional story about love -- lost or found -- in the first special Valentine's blogfest for the month of February.  

Your post can be a short fiction, an essay, poetry, or even a song--let your imagination run free.   Any genre is fair game, be it romance, historical fiction, memoir, fantasy or science fiction.   After all there are no limitations when it comes to love. There's no word limit, but common sense shows that short and sweet is the go!

Don't be left out!   Sign up to participate by adding your link to the list wherever you find it...it's up there in my sidebar or on any of the bloggers' sites mentioned above!

Numero due...

Most of you are familiar with WEP (Write...Edit...Publish). Yolanda and I have got it together for February and are saluting, you guessed it, Valentine's Day. (And rousing applause for Yolanda's awesome badge-making skills!) 

Now some of us love Valentine's, others hate it. Our blogfest gives you a chance to write about this 'romantic' day in whichever way you wish. 




Some ideas to get your creative juices going...maybe the angst of young love waiting for a Valentine's card from a school yard crush...the outsider who misses out and sees all her/his friends getting loads of cards (not that she's/he's worried about that)...the nasty boyfriend who texted her on Valentine's Day to break up with her...or, the husband who surprises his wife with a secret Valentine's Day trip to the place of her dreams...etc etc.

Endless possibilities.

The WEP linky will go up soon on the WEP website, as well as further information for this challenge. Posts are on the third Wednesday of the challenge month. This time it's February 17 - 19. Please consider joining us for our first challenge of 2016. There is an Amazon Gift Card of $10 for the winner. Judge yet to be confirmed.

Thank you for coming by!



38 comments:

  1. Not a story writer so not taking part. But they do sound like they could be fun.

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    1. You could do recipes for your Valentine, Jo!

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    2. Yes, Jo, food and love are a marriage made in heaven!

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  2. Those two fit together very well. A clever person might even be able to combine the two.
    And now I have a romantic image to live up to...

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    1. Alex's romantic image...that's a picture! Can't wait!

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    2. Actually he is Denise, you should hear him talk about his relationship with his wife.

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    3. Yeah, I know Jo. I've heard him. Just joshing with him! He likes to appear aloof, but we know that isn't true!

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  3. Valentine's Day is a perfect time for creating stories of the heart!

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  4. Monday has arrived and we did it! :) No small feat, but hey what's a New Year without a little stress? Great intro Denise! Kudos!

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    1. OMG, we did it all right! All that behind-the-scenes was totally worth it, friend! Thanks again for your hard work and creativity!

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  5. Hi Denise - good to see you back - bouncing around and sending us off to blog fests ... I'll see you around, but I'm afraid I'm a-waiting til the A-Z ...

    Happy New Year and will happily see who has won on Wednesday ... cheers and here's to a successful 2016 - Hilary

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    1. Don't even mention the A-Z in my hearing, Hilary, hahahaha. I'm sure you're planning something amazing!

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  6. I'm thinking about the Lost and Found blogfest.

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  7. Oh, wow... For those of us doing both the Lost & Found and the WEP, we could have a two-part story... Do, say, the Lost part on Feb 1 and the Found bit on Feb 17-19 (or vice versa)... Or, for those of us doing the Battle of the Bands too, the Feb 1 part could be the music, and the Feb 17-19 bit the actual story... My head spins with possibilities, haha — looking forward to it!

    Denise, so glad you're on board for the Lost & Found hop! Happy 2016, friend :)
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

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    1. HNY Guilie! I can see a picture of you twirling around, spinning with possibilities. What you say is quite right. Now that we've got it down I hope I can start planning my first writing foray for 2016!

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  8. Writing more is one of my goals for 2016. Both sound like quite the challenge.

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    1. Yep. It'd be nice to write again. Hope you join us Donna!

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  9. Happy New Year. Will have to see if I am up for the challenge. :)

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    1. I'm sure you will be Deborah! Thanks for stopping by. HNY to you too!

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    1. And you don't have to be a romantic to think that way!

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  11. So much love coming to the blogosphere. My life has been a little love-less, so I'm not sure if I qualify for either blog hop. I'll read as many entries as I can, though. :)

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    1. Hey Chrys, we know not everyone has a love story, but we love angst!

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  12. Looks like two interesting opportunities, thanks for sharing these Denise.

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    1. My pleasure rhonda. Would be wonderful if you could participate!

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  13. Ooh, those sound like fun! And I missed the Deja Vu blogfest! I wish I had more time to participate, but I know I'd never catch up on all the commenting. There are still a few bloggers who Blitzed me last year that I haven't gotten around to visiting personally!

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    1. Yes Deniz it is the comments that take the time but I find totally worth it.

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    2. I agree, I love the interaction in this community!

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  14. Both blogfests verrry interesting. Happy to see lots of action planned start of year :)

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    1. Great if you're part of the action Nila!

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    2. Yes please. :) Signed up for L&F and will be joining WEP too...wouldn't dream of missing that!

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  15. It sounds like another fun one! 2016 is shaping up to be a good year!

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  16. Denis, I just joined up and will place the badge with a link back here on my side bar.

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  17. Even though I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day itself (a fake, commercial holiday IMO), I do believe in celebrating love year round. ☺ Looking forward to both of these blogfests. The #LostnFound2016 badge is already on my sidebar. Happy New Year!

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  18. Blogfests sound great. So good to see you are still up and running, Denise. Your blog is awesome as always.

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