Writing Challenge #26

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WEEKLY CHALLENGE #26

  1. WRITE:  National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is just around the corner! This challenge is to write a summary for a short story or novel, but write it as though you were pitching it to a publishing house. You only get TWO PARAGRAPHS, though. Can you do it? Of course you can! Looking forward to reading them all.

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2. COMMENT: You MUST comment on FOUR other entries to qualify. If you do not, your entry will be disqualified from the challenge. Give and take… Keep the cycle going.

3. IMPORTANT In order to qualify, you MUST vote for your TOP TWO choices. If you don’t vote, you cannot win this challenge (even if you receive the most votes!). To vote, you need to reply to the email that goes out for the Weekly Challenges. In that email, if you scroll to the bottom, you will see all the information you need to vote for this challenge.

You must join our mailing list in order to receive the weekly voting email. 

4. DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 4th at 11:59 p.m. PST. Voting booth will open for this challenge on Wednesday, October 5th, and the winners will be announced the following Wednesday, October 12th.

CONGRATULATIONS: To the winners of Challenge #24… Charles Stone, RissRyker and Marcia Yearwood!

THIS CHALLENGE IS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS!

Have fun!


Author Notes

74 Comments for “Writing Challenge #26”

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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This Time Forever

Ben’s cruel breakup during a short telephone call from London, nearly destroyed Angie. Just before leaving for a brief visit to his family, he had proposed. Suddenly, without explanation, but with terrible finality, Ben was out of her life. She had no way of knowing he was equally devastated about what he felt he must do, nor about the tragedy that made him do it. They never forgot each other. As the story opens, Ben is divorced and Angie widowed.

Twenty-three years after the split, they run into each other in a store. Ben is delighted. Angie is terrified at her strong response to seeing him. Despite a strong inner conflict, she ignores the alarm bells in her head telling her to run the other way. After having coffee, they agree to meet again. Angie realizes her whole existence could change and is ambivalent but excited. Ben thinks there are feelings left between them. He hopes she can understand, if not forgive, his decision to cut her out of his life. This is the story of their mid-life romantic quest to re-ignite the fire of a passionate love.

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Mary, This has hooked me to know what happened at the beginning to cause a cruel break-up. Then to meet years later. I would like to read the entire story. This is a good story promotion.

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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Thanks Patricia. It is for a book that I’m trying to write.
Nice to know the story line interests you. Mary

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So, I take it Ben never told her the details of why he broke off their engagement? This should be interesting…coming back together after all this time. I have a very close friend who reunited with the love of his life after thirty years. I often wonder if it is such a good idea, we change so much over time, and the expectations could be devastating. Yet, it is also very intriguing! Nice write-up on this romantic story.

Write On!
Becky

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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Thanks for reading it, Becky. Reuniting of past loves seems to happen mostly to mid-lifers and older. It’s been fun to see how the course of a romance, no matter how old folks are, seems to be similar for all couples. You’re right though. Always many adjustments. But what a joy if it works out! Glad you liked the pitch. Mary

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October In New York – October In New York is about chance meetings and the unconventional love affair of Gwendolyn North and Thomas Winslow, two people destined to be together. Late one night, while visiting New York City, they get stuck in an elevator at their hotel. After an hour alone with her, trapped between floors, the handsome, reserved businessman from Chicago is intrigued by the lovely, free-spirited artist from Massachusetts. He invites her to have a drink with him in the lounge. Wanting to see her again, Thomas asks her to dinner. The attraction between them grows stronger over the next six days, until a lie threatens to destroy any chance of a relationship.

Both have been disappointed with love in the past. Unable to deny their feelings, they follow their hearts and face the obstacles of a seemingly futile romance.

Carol Moore

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Toni’s Adventures
Toni Bess Page comes from a impoverished background, she enters a wealthy lifestyle and is constantly striving to succeed in whatever she does while caring for her two children and a number of other people. Dead bodies have a way of finding her where ever she is. With her last mystery solved of who her and sister Katy’s parents were, could there be another mystery around the bend.

This story is about how people who are related and not related can exist as a family unit living together, while solving mysteries.

Anisa Claire

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Sounds like an interesting mystery novel, Carol. One thing I noticed…
“could there be another mystery around the bend.” <-- That should end with a question mark. Anisa

Carol Moore

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PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN A QUESTION MARK, THIS STORY HAS BEEN POSTED SINCE I JOINED THE SITE IT STARTED OUT AS P.A.D. THANK YOU ANISA 🙂

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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Toni leads a fascinating life, Carol. The pitch makes me wonder how these folks came together. Where do the bodies come from? Sounds like a good story. Mary

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I have read many of your chapters on this story and so I understand your pitch and your family sentiments, but I think you need to be a more specific in what it is about. Or is the book a series of short stories? I read it as a very general approach to your book.

Becky

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ELEKTRA

Elektra, warrior princess, is found gagged and bound in the base of a hollowed-out tree by two of her brothers, Tilliam and Uzziah. Her infant child, Rory, has been kidnapped by the ruthless father, Rurik, bastard son of King Ryszard, and taken to Rurik’s mother who lives on Mount Orionus with a band of black witches and demons. Elektra and her brothers seek help from their father, Kratos, who is a weapons craftsman, and find that their mother, Necia, has been practicing white witchery for years to keep the family homestead from being seized by King Ryszard’s Kingdom. They also enlist the help of a third brother, Rubeus, who fought in the Hagan wars and has ties to the remaining soldiers posted at the base of Mount Orionus.

As this family strives to regain custody of Rory, years of family estrangement are explored and together their family bond is renewed in the quest to save Elektra’s son. In order to save the child, they must battle supernatural powers and magical spells. They discover each family member has hidden skills brought forth by the battles they must face, and spiritual and supernatural forces unite to fulfill the quest. Family bonds are tested and many life lessons are learned as they face these trials together.

Anisa Claire

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Love all the name choices, Rebecca. This has an old world feel to it, mixed with with fantasy and supernatural elements. It definitely sounds like something I would be interested in reading.

Anisa

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I have seven segments of this story posted here on WC, and I know you did a review of the first part. I would love to have you read the rest and give me some critique when you have time. Thank you!

Becky

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A lot of interesting elements to this story, Becky. Good pitch. Well done.
Lina

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Thank you, Lina. The first part of the story has been started and you can find seven segments posted here on WC. If you are interested, please read and critique! You can find them by clicking on my name at the bottom of this post and going to My Writing Page. The story is titled Elektra.

Becky

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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Rebecca, This is one action-packed supernatural tale. Nice blend of fantasy, mystery, discovery, and family loyalty. Intriguing pitch. Well done. Mary

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Thank you, Mary! If you are interested in reading the beginning of this story/novel check out My Writing Page here on WC and you will find seven parts posted here on WC. Would love your thoughts and critiques.

Becky

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Becky, I have read two chapters of this exciting novel and intend to continue reading. This synopsis gives me an overview of the story and I will use it as a guide. I just finished reading Guinevere, a wonderful story by Rosalind Miles. Elektra reminds me of it. Good writing!

Tim Hillebrant

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I remember reading this, Becky, and am still hoping you’ll post more.
It’s a great story, and what you’ve posted follows the outline here perfectly.

Well done!

Tim

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I need my ass kicked to get writing more on this. I have received great feedback here on WC and from others and need to make some necessary edits and changes, and continue. Thanks for your support and comments, Tim. 🙂

Tim Hillebrant

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So get writing!! 😀

I need to do the same, and get more of An Immortal Heart posted too. The feedback is truly great.

And your story is a good one, and well worth the time spent reading it. So fingers crossed I get to read more soon. 😀

Tim

Tim Hillebrant

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Gem of the Mountains- The Idaho wilderness is no place for the faint of heart, or of spirit. Mountain Man Jedediah Smith learns to understand this intimately as he wends his way across forests, mountains, deserts, and prairies, fighting the elements, animal attacks, hostile natives, and sometimes his own rotten luck. Traveling with him is his dog, Bear, and a mute half-breed girl he calls Ruthie. It’s together they have to eke out a life, in the wild lands they’ll call home.

Gem of the Mountains takes the reader on a thrilling journey of one man’s self discovery. He must learn to put away his prejudices, live off the land, become self reliant, and find strength in courage and force of will if he is to survive in the wild lands of a new country.

Anisa Claire

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I always enjoy stories that take on survival in nature. Does this story have a fantasy element to it? I ask because of the ‘half-breed, Ruthie’. Makes me think she might be something more than human.

“Mountain Man Jedediah Smith learns to understand this intimately as he wends his way across forests, mountains, deserts, and prairies, fighting the elements, animal attacks, hostile natives, and sometimes his own rotten luck.” This sentence is a tad long and could really be split into two.

Good job, Tim!

Tim Hillebrant

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Thanks, Anisa!
To note- “Halfbreed” is a derogatory term used to describe someone half white, half native american.
Part of Jedediah’s lifechange is him learning she’s not less than human, but his equal in many ways.

I appreciate your comments! Thanks!

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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Well done, Tim. The descriptions of hard terrain and potential dangers are finely drawn. Ruthie is interesting. Want to know how she is connected to jedediah. As a dog admirer, I’m thinking Bear will have a big part in everyone’s survival. Pitch makes me want to know more. Mary

Tim Hillebrant

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Thanks, Mary!

I’ve been toying with writing a multipart Mountain Man story for a while.

I might just give it a shot. 🙂

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Sounds like a very interesting adventure story that also whispers of learning life lessons and accepting people and situations. I love that he has a dog…. lol Is this the story you had started posting a while ago about a man stranded in the blizzard and trying to make his way back to civilization, or a new story?

Becky

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Tim, You have captured my interest. I really like survival stories. I am reading Lily of the Mohawks about Kateri. Your story sounds intriguing and I hope you complete it. One nit – I agree with Anisa. The one sentence could be broken in two. Good writing!

Tim Hillebrant

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This one is a new story. The one you’re referring to is more modern day. The new one would be set in the mid-1800’s.

Thanks, Becky!!!

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THE DOG MEN – Ten-year-old Wyatt and eleven-year-old Hannah uncover the dark world of illegal dog fights when they trespass at a Vermont farm and peek through a barn window. And when crotchety old Lester Cranshaw’s dog, Paddy, turns up missing, there is no holding him back from investigating the situation and the kids join in. In the dead of night, after the trio are captured and held hostage at the Inglis farm, Wyatt will need all of his wits and courage to escape in order to save the lives of his friends.

THE DOG MEN draws the reader into a tempest of animal abuse, lawlessness and kidnapping within the confines of small-town happenings. A chilling plot and a peerless relationship between kids, adults and pets.

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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Hi Patricia, This pulled me in from the first sentence. You’ve written an intriguing capsule of the plot with a few well chosen words. The main characters are already interesting because of your descriptions. I want to read this. Mary

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Thank you for your comments Mary. This is a published thriller I have success with on Amazon. I hope it is permissible to use here. I’m still finding my way in this site. If it is permissible, I will post it as a completed work. I think you would like it.

Tim Hillebrant

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Gee, Patricia, I think you’ve done this before. LOL

I really enjoyed reading this, and also the great example you’ve set, through your writing here, for us to follow. Namely me. LOL

I would read this story in a heartbeat. I think it would be good, and educational, reading.

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Thank you for your uplifting comments Tim. As I said to Mary, I am still finding my way in this site. At times, I am not sure what is permissible. The Dog Men is a published novel on Amazon but I would like to post the completed thriller here. I really appreciate the writers such as you on this site. So helpful with each other and encouraging. Good luck with your writing.

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Very well-written pitch on this intriguing story, Pat! I am an animal rights person, and also admire and donate for Rescue animals. This story would be sure to capture my heart. I may have to check it out on Amazon! Do you have any parts/chapters posted here on WC?

Becky

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Becky, I am an animal rights person also and I donate proceeds from this book to a shelter. I did a lot of research on pit bull fighting in our area. Horrendous! Thanks to a lot of caring people, it is getting under control. I own all rights to this book once again and intend to publish it with a new group. It is still on Amazon or I have a copy. Thank you for comments. I intend to get back into Electra.

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Dinner!

It’s close to midnight and a couple stand by the grave of their son. The doctors had done experimental testing on him to keep him living, but he finally dies. The parents are anxious; suddenly a hand pops up out of their son’s grave. They sigh in relief that the experimental testing hadn’t effected him. The wife looks at her husband, eye dangling from it socket and gurgles, “See, he’s perfectly undead. The experimental drugs did nothing to him.”

However, the Zombie couple are in for a rude awakening. The experimental testing that the living had done on him does effected him. Instead of being a member of the brain-eating community of Zombies, the parents are now mortified — there son is a vegetarian!

Mary Cooney-Glazer

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Hi Michele, This has twist after twist! It’s a fun read.
A small word use issue….take a look at the meaning of ‘effect’ vs ‘affect.’
Great story for Halloween. Mary

Tim Hillebrant

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Great story idea, Michelle! I love it, and it sounds like a lot of fun reading.
You’ve certainly found a great twist for a zombie.

Tim

Anisa Claire

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Haha. Interesting spin, Michelle. It’ll be interesting to see how you turn this into a full-length novel. “that the living had done on him does effected(effect) him”

Anisa

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Sounds like you have a humorous twist going on in this experimental Zombie story, Michele…lol And it would be fun to read! A couple nits for you:

-They sigh in relief that the experimental testing hadn’t effected him. (affected)
-The experimental testing that the living had done on him does effected him. (affect)

Becky

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