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Still Ben's Mom

Whatever you’re feeling, it will eventually pass. You won’t feel sad forever. At some point, you will feel happy again. You won’t feel anxious forever. In time, you will feel calm again. You don’t have to fight your feelings or feel guilty for having them. You just have to accept them and be good to yourself while you ride this out. Resisting your emotions and shaming yourself will only cause you more pain, and you don’t deserve that. You deserve your own love, acceptance, and compassion.

Lori Deschene

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The Second of Three 3rd PLACE WINNERs in the July 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest: Sharon K Connell, “Spirit Lake”

Dan Alatorre

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It is my pleasure to present to you the second of three 3rd place winners from the July 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest, Sharon K Connell’s “Spirit Lake”

Sharon brought us a classically told eerie story I think you’ll enjoy.

Have a good time reading this story. I’ll give you my reasons for why I liked it at the bottom of the post.

Enjoy!


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THIRD PLACE WINNER

“Spirit Lake”

Sharon K Connell


Everyone says it’s just a legend. I know better.

My name is Patrick Nahmana. I’m a mystery writer. My Uncle Jelmer had recently died and left his old log cabin on Spirit Lake to me. For weeks, my wife Jen had insisted on a two-week vacation away from the bustle of Chicago life. Probably so I’d pay more attention to her than my computer. So, peace and quiet beckoned as we set off for Menagha…

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Profile of Word Weaver Writing Contest: The Third of Three 3rd PLACE WINNERS, “Ice Cream” by Geoff Le Pard

Dan Alatorre

img_2351-11What goes on inside the writerly mind?

Let’s sit down with one of our Word Weaver Writing Contest 3rd place winners, Geoff Le Pard, and find out.


If you follow the blog, you’ll recognize the name Geoff Le Pard as the 1st place winner of our March Word Weaver Writing Contest. That doesn’t mean he gets a free pass to make it as a finalist for this contest. His writing is consistently good, which is why we see him here in the winner’s circle again. It thrills me to have good writers come back and compete, but anyone can win these contests!

DAN: Did you write your story for the contest or was it part of a larger piece or something you had written before?

Geoff Le Pard: It started life as a 199 word piece of flash and, well, it grew. And grew.

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The Third of Three 3rd PLACE WINNERs in the July 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest: Geoff LePard, “Ice Cream”

This one is really creepy ya’ll…

Dan Alatorre

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It is my pleasure to present to you the third of three 3rd place winners from the July 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest, Geoff LePard’s “Ice Cream”

Geoff gives us a fun story with a macabre tone. Don’t want to say too much – no spoilers!

Have a good time reading this story. I’ll give you my reasons for why I liked it at the bottom of the post.

Enjoy!


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THIRD PLACE WINNER

“Ice Cream”

Geoff LePard


‘Arnold, will you stop that racket?’

Arnold Crump rocked back on his heels, his lips forming a tight line. He had barely started trying to remove the rust from the side of his ice cream van and already his mother was moaning. He placed the wire-brush carefully on the ground and stood up, squeezing his free hand so tightly that his knuckles went white. How hard would he have to…

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The First of Three 3rd PLACE WINNERs in the July 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest: Heather Kindt, “Cabin 5”

Dan Alatorre

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It is my pleasure to present to you the first of three 3rd place winners from the July 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest, Heather Kindt’s “Cabin 5″

Heather’s story was fun to read.

Have a good time reading this story. I’ll give you my reasons for why I liked it at the bottom of the post.

Enjoy!


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“Cabin 5”

Heather Kindt


Brittney hefted her duffel bag from the trunk and swung it onto her shoulder. It must’ve been a half-hour on a one-lane dirt road to get out to this hellhole. She glanced down the hillside—cabins, canoes, and a lake. Everything that screamed camp to her. And it was exactly where she didn’t want to be.

Her stepdad didn’t even bother getting out of the car, just took a long drag on his cigarette before flicking the ashes out the window. “Don’t do anything…

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Profile of Word Weaver Writing Contest 2nd PLACE WINNER: “Where The Black Tree Grows” by MD Walker

Dan Alatorre interviews me!

Dan Alatorre

img_2351-11What goes on inside the writerly mind?

Let’s sit down with our Word Weaver Writing Contest 2nd place winner, MD Walker, and find out.


MD WALKER

DAN: Did you write your story for the contest or was it part of a larger piece or something you had written before?

MD: I wrote this story specifically for the contest and it’s not part of a larger work. This is the first short story that I have written.

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Tell us about your writing process. What is the journey from idea to published piece/completed story?

Once I saw the announcement for the contest and decided I wanted to participate, I spent a week or two deciding on a plot outline. Then I started writing and it all flowed rather quickly.

Did your spouse help you? How?

Yes, he did. He listened as I talked through ideas and read it after…

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The 2nd PLACE WINNER in the July 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest: MD Walker, “Where The Black Trees Grow”

Dan Alatorre

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It is my pleasure to present to you the second place winner from the July 2018 Word Weaver Writing Contest, MD Walker’s “Where The Black Tree Grows.”

MD’s story was a blast to read. She hooked me from the opening and held me straight through to the end.

Have a good time reading this story. I’ll give you my reasons for why I liked it at the bottom of the post.

Enjoy!


SECOND PLACE WINNER

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“Where The Black Tree Grows”

MD Walker


My dress clung limply to my body, drenched in sweat, as I rushed through the pitch-black alleys and side roads. Trash littered the walkways and mysterious shadows lurked around every corner. Still I hurried on. Mama always said that New Orleans after dark was no place for proper young ladies, but proper young ladies don’t set out to do what I had planned.

I whipped…

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