Remember the Challenges from the Author Platform Campaign that started last August? Sometimes my stats show someone lurking at what I wrote way back then. So some of you are interested in reading those stories. And something quite nice came of those challenges. Yes, the surprising result ~ a book! The stories were compiled into a book! Neat, huh?
I recently ordered that book called “Campaigner Challenges 2011” collected by Rachael Harrie and Katharina Gerlach, and looked my own stories up from among all the other great ones. In this book are the 176 flash stories that were submitted. The book is divided in three sections, First Campaigner Challenge, Second Campaigner Challenge and Third Campaigner Challenge. The winners are to the front of each section. There is an e-book too but I have really enjoyed rereading all the stories in this print version.
I had not been aware of how brilliant some of the stories are. And that there is one story that won and didn’t follow all the rules. Goes to show… Yes, remember how all the stories had rules to follow in writing them? There were new and made up words and certain phrases to include. They were challenges all right. And fun!
Since I don’t have a lot of published credits to my name, it’s good to hold this book ( I bought two) in my hands and re-read my stories here and see my name in print. It made me relive the joy of receiving a gift card to Wal-Mart for a recipe published in my electric co-ops news letter. I had long ago forgotten about that. The one other published item I can boast of is an essay that got published in a newsletter. So as you can see, it’s good to have this anthology.
I don’t have a *buy* button on my blog but if you’re interested in purchasing a copy of the “Campaign Challenges 2011” all the proceeds go to a charity for Harry Museley for brain tumor research. As of this date I know of 85,000 GBP that has been raised for cancer research in his name. So I’ll say thank you to all of you who made writing these stories so much fun and especially to Rachael Harrie and Katharina Gerlach for the vision to compile them into an anthology for cancer research.
One of the awesome stories that was a winner was by Candy Lynn Fit, http://www.cfite.blogspot.com/ called “Dead All Over.”
The other two winners of the first campaigner challenges were “The Girl You Like” by K. Hughes, http://1000thmonkey.blogspot.com/, and “Sweet Revenge” by Jocelyn Rish at http://www.jocelynrish.com/blog. None was picked for the second challenge and the winning entry for the third campaigner challenge was called “Spell Fire” by Barbara Evers at http://www.aneclecticmuse.blogspot.com/.
My stories were not winners. But as you can see, I’m proud of them any way. *Yay*! The first Campaigner Challenge was a children’s story. The second a rant about how hard the challenges were and the third a creative nonfiction story were all written within the guidelines given.
I’m going by way of many of my blogging friends and taking a break from the blogosphere for the holidays. My grandchild is coming for all of next week and I still have much of the getting ready to do. We are going to be busy with all the usual fun of Christmas with family, food and church festivities so I’ll see you in the new year. Merry Christmas to all of you! And a Happy New Year!
- “Fruits of ones labour of love” (thepatientdreamer.com) I think this is a post about the book “Campaign Challenges 2011“