Happy Halloween!

| Friday, October 29, 2010
Today's Tune: The Invasion From Within

You ever have one of those days where you're just totally burned out for creativity? I wanted to do some sort of cute/silly Halloween post, but my brain, it does not want to work that way.

So I'll link you these TOTALLY AWESOME HALLOWEEN COSTUME MAKE-UP IDEAS for nerds. You're welcome.

Also, here are some kitties in costume that will KILL YOU IN YOUR SLEEP.






IT'S A TRAP: The "Multitude-of-Genres" Novel

| Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Today's Tune: Le Disko

Halloween's coming up soon... you should write a SCARY 130-CHARACTER TWEET and then post it along with the hashtag #hallowfic. Yes, I'm going to keep pushing this until Halloween. MOAR SCARY STORIES :D

I've met a lot of writers in the past couple of years. A lot. Of writers. And most of us are awesome, dedicated, sensitive, artistic people, and I love that. There are a few duds in the bunch (mostly haughty buttheads who think they are THE MOST AMAZING THING IN THE WORLD), but you'll get those in any group of people.

Every once in a while, though, I'll meet someone who is genuine and really believes in what they write, but they'll do this thing. It's a thing that makes me feel kind of uncomfortable. Like I want to be supportive, because they are a cool person, but I also think they are maybe kind of a little bit delusional.

I'm referring to this infamous comment: "Well, there's not really a genre for what I write. I'm multi-genre. My novel is like, thirteen different genres. I've never seen or heard of anything like what I'm writing."

And I admit that this puts me off. The "thirteen different genres" thing isn't an exaggeration, btw. I actually had a person say this to me once. I'm sure they were being hyperbolic, but still. I hope they were being hyperbolic. Oh boy, what if they weren't?

Anyway. The reason this puts me off is actually threefold.

1.) I am not opposed to cross-genre fiction. It can be supremely awesome. But multitudes of genres? I don't know. It's probably very likely that what you think is this revolutionary new "undefinable" novel actually DOES fit into a genre that currently exists. There are a lot of them. And if your novel genuinely does pull from 4-10 different genres? It's probably going to be a little... scattered. Chaotic. And not in an artful, literary way. In a "this makes no sense" kind of way.

2.) The thing about "undefinable" novels? They don't really... work. Most of the time. There are always exceptions, of course, but we really can't bank on the bookstore/library making a brand new section for our book. And if it can't be placed in a bookstore/library, well... uh oh. If your new "genre" has never been done before, there might be a reason. Sometimes "I'm multi-genre" is code for "I'm not sure what I want to write yet."

3.) I can very much relate to the desire to be unique and special among the rest of the crowd. To have my work stand out. But sometimes I think authors desire that uniqueness so much that they're determined to prove how special their work can be. As much as we like to believe that there is absolutely nothing out there like that thing that's inside our brain, similar stuff DOES exist. I mean, there has been no book about teenage cyborgs in Edwardian Chicago THAT I KNOW OF SO FAR, but there have certainly been books about teenagers and cyborgs and Edwardian Chicago. I'm not that special.

So, I blathered about that for a while. Yeesh. I want to be clear that I'm not discounting true creativity or trying to tell people that they're not special. Well, yeah, okay, I'm kind of trying to tell people that they aren't that special. But that doesn't mean we non-specials aren't capable of breaking the rules and writing THE BIG BREAKOUT FICTION NOVEL THAT NO ONE EVER CONSIDERED BEFORE.

All I'm really saying is: consider not viewing your novel as a BRAND NEW GENRE or a MULTITUDE OF CROSS-GENRE BRILLIANCE. Don't stretch too hard for uniqueness. Just write a novel that works.

And it is late and I'm writing this to post in the morning and I am VERY TIRED so I'm going to bed now. SEE YOU FRIDAY.

CAPSLOCK.




john green plays singamajigs.

| Monday, October 25, 2010
This video makes me so happy, you guys. I love authors.

Also, DO NOT FORGET THAT THERE IS A SCARY STORY TWITTER PARTY HAPPENING AT THE HASHTAG #HALLOWFIC PLEASE POST YOUR HALLOWEEN MICROFICTION KTHX BYE.



speculative fiction.

| Friday, October 22, 2010
Today's Tune: Feathers

Tweet your scary/gross/funny Halloween microfiction along with the hashtag #hallowfic. All the cool kids are doing it!

I wanted to talk about "speculative" fiction.

What is speculative fiction? It's an all-encompassing term for fiction that doesn't take place in the "real world," basically. It includes horror, science fiction, fantasy, dystopias, alternative history, and everything in between. It's a term that's historically been used to distance oneself from science fiction and its limitations, though these days it's come into wide usage as an umbrella term.

It's a term I hadn't heard much until I started getting really involved in the writing community, and I found it interesting. It makes sense to have one term for these genres, since there are so many literary magazines that publish multiple "imaginative" genres, like horror/paranormal or science fiction/fantasy. It also includes all those weird new multi-genres that don't quite have a traditional place yet.

At first, it rubbed me the wrong way a little bit. I thought it was a jab at science fiction - a way to distance oneself from the stereotypically negative connotations of sci-fi (stuffiness, nerdiness, boring). After some pondering, I now believe that while it can be used that way, it actually can be used to break away from the truly negative ideals of science fiction - that it's male-centric, highly specific, elitist, etc.

It also defines the undefinable. Those of us who write sci-fi-that-isn't-quite-sci-fi or fantasy-but-not-really now have a term for our genre.

But what does it really mean? Does it mean the same thing to everyone, or is it one of those "I know it when I see it" things? Is it too broad? Or does it give us the freedom to work without a label while still being able to tell people where our book would be in the store?

Curious. What do you think?

the darkness of teenagerdom.

| Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Today's Tune: Silver Lining

If you're on Twitter, you should absolutely post 130-character Halloween microfiction along with the hashtag #hallowfic. Do it do it do it. I WILL MAKE THIS A THING.

ANYWAY.


"Isn't this too deep for teenagers?"

"Wow, that's dark. I don't know if teens are this dark."

"This makes me think a lot. I don't think teens want to think this much."

"I thought YA literature was supposed to be, you know, light. Easy to read."

Do any of these questions or statements sound familiar to you? They've become very familiar to me over the past year.

Granted, my writing edges toward the dark and heavy (murder, depression, drug use, pain), so it's not an incredibly surprising reaction. Even so, I've never once sat back and thought, "Hmm, actually, this is TOO rough for my audience." I'm very mindful of the variety of teen experience, and very often draw on my own teenage years for the scenes I write.

And here's the thing: I wasn't an especially unhappy youth. Outwardly, I was well-off and well-adjusted. Just your average kid - nothing too horrifying in my past, relatively naive/"innocent," decent high school experience. Very little that would indicate that in reality I was a storm of emotion.

My life certainly wasn't the image of suffering, but no more was it a rosy sunrise. I was a quiet introvert who choked back feelings of rejection, hurt, rage, and terror. I am absolutely positive I wasn't alone, though I often felt that way.

I found escape by finding the darkness inside my mind and heart reflected on the pages of books. No, my parents weren't dead and no one wanted to murder my friends. But darkness in YA isn't about reality - it's about having an outlet for the stormy feelings of being a teenager.

Since I've been showing my work, I've had the strange experience of people telling me they had no idea such darkness could come out of me. On the outside, I'm an optimistic, bright-color-wearing, happy-go-lucky blond. That's who I am, but only in part. There's also a part of me I often keep locked away, where I hide all my wounds, all my pain, all my suffering - a lot of it from my teen years. And that place is somehow always accessed when I write.

Maybe it's subconscious self-therapy. Maybe it's just what makes most sense to me when I write for teens - I'm writing to my own teenage self. I'm not sure. But what I am sure of is that I'm writing for teens, and there are teens out there who understand where I'm coming from.

Even though I've come to expect it now, I'm always surprised when I come across people who seem to think teenagers aren't deep, dark, or pained. That they don't want to think. I'm not sure if their teen years really were a breeze, or if they can't remember that adolescence really kind of sucks. Everything hurts, physically and emotionally. Overthinking is par for the course.

Sure, as adults, we can look back and see exactly how we overreacted, or how that thing we thought would be the end of the world was really no big deal. And it's easy to write off present-day teenagers as silly, frothy and melodramatic.

But it is not so. Those feelings aren't any less real now than they were then. When my high school crush rejected me? I was destroyed. When my parents divorced? Gutted. When my best friend got new friends and left me behind? The pain was so cutting I could barely breathe. I'd react differently now, but it's only because my skin's gotten tougher. Every time something similar happens in my adult life, some small part of my mind remembers. I shut it away immediately, but I remember.

"Teenager" is not some overreaching umbrella term. Teenagers are as varied as adults. Some are shallow, some are deep. Their literature should be as varied and complex as they are. Mine just happens to reflect their darkness alongside their light.

Because that's me - light cutting through dark, reminding me of the way. And everything I went through to get here.




Tweet Your Scary Microfic to #hallowfic!

| Monday, October 18, 2010
Today's Tune: Everyday

AAAAARGH HOW DO MY WEEKENDS GET AWAY FROM ME LIKE THIS.

I apologize for the lack of EPIC CONTENT lately, guys. I keep telling myself I've got to shape up and post something SUPER AWESOME, and then before I know it it's 9PM and I'm staring at a blank entry form going OLHSD*^FP^{(#*Y%({ YT(EGSDHGHUW*)&^$(TYGOHG.

Yes, that is the sound I make when I'm stressed/frustrated.

BUT ANYWAY. I do have a few things.

1.) I am going to another SCBWI conference this weekened! This is my local chapter's conference, and it's just one day, but I'm sure it will prove to be awesome. I'm having a manuscript critique this time around, which will hopefully be enlightening. I will take lots of notes. Since I'll be there with authors, editors and agents, are there any questions you'd like me to ask should the opportunity arise? I WILL DO IT FOR YOU!

2.) If you are on Twitter, you must help me spread the word about the following, because I want it to spread like wildfire across the writing blogosphere. Let's have a scary story Twitter party from now until Halloween! Here's what I want you to do: Tweet scary/gross/funny/creepy stories in 130 characters or less along with the hashtag #hallowfic. Then, tell all your friends to do the same. And we will have a party! And we will creep each other out and make each other laugh with our awesome stories! And it will be fantastic! EXCLAMATION!

P.S. I was going to go with the hashtag #microween, but after polling a few acquaintances, I realized I wasn't alone in thinking it might be confused with small penises. So we'll go with #hallowfic.

Go forth and spread the word! I want to see your scary tweets. We have two weeks. Do it do it do it!

And I will see you again on Wednesday, mis amigos :D

Q&A Vlog: Answers!

| Friday, October 15, 2010
On Wednesday, I posted an open Q&A, and a few followers responded. So here's my video answer to all those questions. Plus some "OMG am I seriously still in college or what?" style recipes.

Seriously, YouTube always picks the ABSOLUTE BEST SCREENSHOTS to show as my stills. BRILLIANT.

/sarcasm

Direct link here if you can't view the embedded video. Enjoy!

Ask Me Anything!

| Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Today's Tune: All You Wanted

AAAARGH BLAH yesterday got away from me and I didn't have time to craft a post. BUT I AM UPDATING ANYWAY BECAUSE IT'S ON MY SCHEDULE.

So let's make it a Q & A post, since I've never done one of those before. Ask me anything, and I will answer next post! Within reason and tastefulness, of course. I'm not going to tell you my social security number or what I look like naked.

Ask away!

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT TIME!

| Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Okay, okay, I've kept all my lovely blogfest participants on the line long enough. The day is here!

I could do some annoyingly flashy thing to keep tension high, but I won't be that mean. So without further ado...


THIRD PLACE goes to the lovely Emily White!

SECOND PLACE goes to the fabulous Tessa Conte!

and

FIRST PLACE goes to the amazingly talented Elena Solodow!

Congratulations, winners! Here's the prize rundown:

***

FIRST PLACE: Your choice of one of the following prize packs.

STARDUST PRIZE PACK


The Stardust graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess


AND The Stardust DVD, which is SUCH A GOOD MOVIE


AND your choice of one of the following perfumes from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab*:

Lady Una - Honey musk, green tea leaf, blackberry leaf, vanilla bean, and fae spices.

or Tristran - Dust on your trousers, mud on your boots, and stars in your eyes: redwood, tonka bean, white sandalwood, lemon peel, patchouli, rosewood, coriander, and crushed mint.


or the EDGAR ALLAN POE PRIZE PACK


Tales of Death & Dementia - Four of Poe's short stories illustrated by Gris Grimly

AND an Edgar Allan Poe action figure


AND your choice of one of the following perfumes from BPAL*:

Detestable Putrescence - A melty vanilla ice cream!

or Hideous Heart - A macabre Valentine: Wild black cherries, licorice root, & cinnamon.

*Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab creates unique perfume oils in small vials, and are of very high quality. The scents are not synthetic, and can vary based on skin chemistry. They can be worn by men or women.

SECOND PLACE: You will receive the other prize pack - First Place gets first dibs.

THIRD PLACE: You will receive your choice of a $20 Amazon gift card OR Eat Me perfume from BPAL (Three white cakes, vanilla, and red and black currants).

***

Thank you, once again, to all the participants and voters for this 'fest. It was so much fun! If the winners would please email their addresses to me at sesinkhorn [at] gmail [dot] com, I'll get you your prizes! Elena, please go ahead and select the prize pack you'd like, as well :)

master list of YA lit mags and journals.

| Monday, October 11, 2010
Today's Tune: Unlike Me

~Update 11/11/2012 - Soundings Review added~

Okay. As you may have gathered by now, I write young adult fiction. When I started on my journey toward "serious" publication, I did all the typical research. Including that bit about trying to get a few short pieces published in literary journals and magazines, both to prove dedication to your craft and to show potential agents/editors that other professionals in the industry think your work is worth publishing.

I quickly discovered a problem, though. After looking around quite a bit, I found that magazines and journals directed toward adult writers of YA literature are sort of hard to come by. There are many options for adult fiction, and quite a few available options for young (under 23) writers. Unfortunately, if you're over the age of 23, it becomes more difficult to find outlets for writing aimed at teenagers.

But I was determined. I kept looking. I sorted through Duotrope's Digest and other publishing guides, determined to find short story and flash fiction publishing options for YA authors. And I did. And now I'm going to share them with you :)

These are mostly magazines that are on a paying scale, which means they're pro or semi-pro. Some of them don't pay, but are still of a high quality. I'm going to list the magazine/journal along with a link, the age group it's aimed at, and a short description. Hopefully you'll find this information helpful!

AIM (America's Intercultural Magazine) - Aimed at high-school aged kids. Interested in creating a world without racial and religious prejudice; want stories showing races in equal light. Looking for stories, articles & poems up to 4000 words.

Boy's Life - Aimed at boys 8 to 18 years old. Boy Scouts of America magazine; wants "crisp, punchy writing." Interested in stories up to 1500 words. *Update - No longer taking unsolicited manuscripts.

Calliope - Aimed at ages 9 to 14. Looking for theme-based world history and retold legends. Interested in fiction up to 800 words.

Cicada - Aimed at ages 14 and up. Literary magazine for teens and young adults. Interested in short stories, poems and novellas up to 5000 words.

Cobblestone - Aimed at ages 8 to 14. Looking for theme-based history and retold legends. Fiction and poetry up to 800 words.

College Bound - Aimed at high school students. Wants college preparatory articles and stories; light-hearted and fun. Articles, advice and experiences.

Cricket - Aimed at ages 9 to 14. Literary magazine for preteens and early teens. Interested in fiction and poetry up to 2000 words.

Crow Toes Quarterly - Aimed at ages 9 to 13. Looking for dark, creepy, witty literature for children & preteens. Considered a "creepy version of Cricket." Interested in fiction and poetry up to 3000 words.

Faces - Aimed at ages 8 to 14. Theme-based magazine focusing on world cultures. Encourages viewing the world from different perspectives. Interested in articles, stories and folk tales based on this theme. Takes fiction up to 800 words.

Hunger Mountain -Takes pieces for all age groups, but has a special section for YA and Children's Lit. Literary journal looking for "polished pieces that entertain, that show the range of adolescent experience, and that are compelling, creative…" Takes short stories, poetry, novel/novella excerpts, and creative nonfiction.

Listen Magazine - Aimed at teenagers. Discusses drug-free possibilities for teens. Takes narratives up to 1200 words.

Lunch Ticket - Antioch University Los Angeles's literary magazine. They publish fiction, non-fiction, poetry, young adult literature, and art. Accept YA stories and flash fiction up to 5,000 words.

New Moon - Aimed at ages 8-12. Portrays women and girls as powerful, active, and in charge of their lives. Interested in fiction and non-fiction.

Odyssey - Aimed at ages 10-16. Scientific writing. Looking for scientific accuracy, lively approaches to subject, and the inclusion of primary reasearch. Themed. Interested in fiction up to 1000 words.

One Teen Story - A subset of One Story, Inc., a literary magazine that publishes one short story a month. Submissions are only open for a certain amount of time every year.

Read - Aimed at ages 10-16. Literary magazine intended for schools. High interest to teens. Looking for short stories and novel excerpts.

Scape - Exclusively online magazine dedicated to speculative YA. All submissions must have a speculative element. Takes poetry, art, reviews, and fiction pieces.

Seventeen - Aimed at ages 13 to 21. Beauty, fashion, entertainment, guys, health and teen issues. Accepts occasional issue fiction pieces up to 3500 words.

Soundings Review - A bi-annual publication in conjunction with the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts MFA program, publishes poetry, fiction, children/young adult, and prose, including essays and interviews.

Sucker - Aimed at young adults (teens). Fledgling online-only literary magazine associated with Pine Manor College. Currently seeking YA fiction ONLY. Accepts fiction pieces up to 10,000 words.

Suddenly Lost in Words - A new literary magazine offering professional payment (5 cents a word) for YA short stories of up to 3000 words. Because it is so new, it may take a little time to get the feel for it and make sure it's going to flourish.

Twist - Aimed at ages 14 to 19. Teen mag capturing the "energy, attitudes, and interests of young women." Interested in articles and input from teenagers.

YARN - Young Adult Review Network. Accepts YA poetry, essays up to 3000 words, and fiction up to 6000 words. Also accepts photography.

As a rule, you should always conduct your own research into a magazine or journal's submission requirements before submitting, as they may change from what I have listed here.

I'd like to eventually make this into a master literary journal/magazine list for YA writers, so if you know of more, please leave them in comments and I'll add them!

Reminder: Mash-Up Blogfest voting!

| Sunday, October 10, 2010
Just a quick reminder that voting for the Mash-Up Blogfest will close tomorrow, with winners announced on Tuesday. If you haven't yet voted, please go check out the nominees and give them your votes!

Thank you :D

he singed me with his violet eyes.

| Friday, October 8, 2010
Today's Tune: Blue Eyes

Every time I type "singed" I feel like I'm typing the past tense of "sing." And then I have to remind myself that the past tense of "sing" is "sung" and that I am a total spaz.

But! That is not what I wanted to talk about in this post.

I wanted to talk about violet eyes.

They're everywhere. What is it about smoldering, beautiful, shockingly violet eyes? I've even discovered them in my own writing. Yes, once upon I time, I too fell under the spell of a purple-eyed character.

Is it the mystery? The exotic factor? The "this character maybe-probably has some sort of supernatural ability" foreshadowing? The uniqueness? Or the fact that the color is REALLY REALLY PRETTY?

I'm genuinely perplexed by this. Nearly every paranormal/fantasy writer I know has had a character with violet eyes at some point.

How about you? Have you ever been bitten by the violet-eyed bug? What were you trying to say with those eyes?

So, I'm a runner-up for the Katherine Paterson Prize and stuff.

| Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Today's Tune: The First Single

Don't forget to get your vote in for the Mash-Up Blogfest! Voting is open until October 11th. Help your fellow writers win sweet prizes ;)

I have an announcement today. I've been yapping about this all over to everyone lately, so please indulge me if you've heard it before. I'm excitable, what can I say :D

Much earlier this year, I submitted a YA short story to Hunger Mountain for consideration for the Katherine Paterson Prize. Months and months went by, the deadline came and went, and I just kind of let it slip to the back of my mind. To be honest, I knew I was competing with highly-skilled writers, MFA students and graduates, so I didn't expect much. Maybe the editors would give me some positive feedback. Maybe.

Then, on September 21st, I received an email letting me know that my story, "Chasing Shadows," had been chosen as the YA runner-up for the Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children's Writing. And that they wanted to publish me in the January 2011 online edition of the YA and Children's Literature journal. And that guest judge HOLLY FREAKING BLACK thought my writing was "beautiful and lyrical."

And then I proceeded to wig out.

And I'm still kind of wigging out, because OMG, SERIOUSLY, YOU GUYS. SERIOUSLY.

I decided to sit on the information all this time because it hadn't been officially announced yet, BUT NOW IT HAS AND I CAN FREAK OUT IN PUBLIC.

I'm not sure I can put into words how gobsmacked and honored and flattered and excited and crazy and awed this makes me feel. I've always felt like a "real" writer, but now I feel like a REALLY REAL FOR SERIOUSLY SERIOUS writer. Like, a writer who wins literary honors holy crap. People whose job it is to know good writing thought my writing was worthy of a runner-up spot. GAH. GAAAAH.

I know I wasn't the "grand prize" winner (that honor went to Jaramy Conners - congrats, dude!), but that definitely doesn't put a damper on my mood.

Okay, I'll stop gushing now. It's just... wow. Wow. I'm going to be published in a literary journal! SQUEE!

And more congrats to my fellow winners and finalists!

Mash-Up Blogfest Nominees Announced! Please VOTE!

| Monday, October 4, 2010
My gosh, you guys don't make these blogfests easy, do you? THANKS FOR MAKING MY JOB SO HARD OMG.

I'm not really complaining :D I absolutely loved all the entries for this 'fest. The creativity and talent were fabulous, and I adore each and every one of you! Thanks for making my first blogfest awesome!

Alas, I could only select five nominees, and it was extremely difficult. I had to whittle it down to nitpicking for a lot of these. I ended up going with those that I felt were extraordinarily creative, with great characters and a few really good twists. Please keep in mind that my one opinion in no way, shape, or form dictates your worth as a writer. Keep writing! Read all the way to the end for your instructions on voting for the winners.

First, I'd like to give a few Honorable Mentions.

Honorable Mention #1: Christi Goddard, for a really intriguing look at the anonymity of the internet. Creeepy.

Honorable Mention #2: K.C. Robertson, for a sort of Dante's Inferno meets YA Romance. With a spunky narrator!

Honorable Mention #3: Arlee Bird, for an absolutely gorgeously written piece about Sasquatch, which was very unfortunately a few words over the limit.

And, without further ado, here are my "Top 5" nominee selections! In no particular order:

Elena Solodow, who mashed Cookbook and Horror... LOL

Eeleen Lee, who mashed Historical/Military and Science Fiction

JC Martin, who mashed Detective/Crime and Monster Horror

Emily White, who gave us a Steampunk Zombie Romance

and Tessa Conte, who mashed a Murder Mystery with Urban Fantasy

Again, it was SO HARD to select only five, but in the end, I had to do it. I loved each and every entry, and I love you all so much for putting them out there!

Now for the voting:

I've selected five nominees for the prizes, and now YOU, my readers, get to help me decide who wins the goodies! Please read each of the five nominated entries and post your votes here in the comments. Please vote as follows:

1.) First Choice
2.) Second Choice
3.) Third Choice

First Choice gets three points, Second Choice two points, and Third Choice one point. Whoever has the most points... well, you can figure it out ;)

Please vote! In the event of a tie, I'll be the tie-breaker. But please don't make me! This was hard enough, haha. Entrants, feel free to announce the open voting on your various social media outlets, but please don't suggest your readers vote for you in particular, of course!

A thousand thank yous to everyone who participated, read, and commented.

Voting will remain open for one week.

The Mash-Up Blogfest is HERE!

| Friday, October 1, 2010
My very first blogfest has come to fruition! HUZZAH AND HURRAY!

Welcome one, welcome all, to the Mash-Up Blogfest. Today, our gallant entrants will be posting short works of fiction (or poetry) in which they've combined two or more conflicting genres. Will there be Romantic Horror? Sci-Fi Court Drama? Fantasy Spy Thrillers? TODAY WE FIND OUT!

I will be visiting every entry some time before Sunday night, and I will be commenting to let you know I've been by. I will not be posting any sort of feedback (yet!) as I want to reserve judgment until I've read everything. So, don't feel bad if you get a generic, "Okay, been here, read this" comment, because that's what everyone will be getting :)

Entrants may post entries until 11:59 PM this evening (I'll be checking timestamps - if there's no timestamp, I'll use my best judgment as to when it was posted). I will then select FIVE entries based on a number of factors: creativity, incorporation of the theme, entertainment factor, spelling/grammar/punctuation, personal taste, etc. Those five entries will be linked in a post next week, and then my readers will vote for their top three, and those top three will win THE PRIZES! If there is a tie, I will be the tie-breaker.

I was going to participate as well, but 1.) I didn't want to take away any reading time from the other participants, and 2.) my head exploded and this week was very, very crazy.

So! Without further ado, please click the Mr. Linky link below to be taken to the Master List of participants, and enjoy! Thanks so much to everyone who joined in on the fun :)


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