For Christmas, I sent her, and she sent me the same book!! "The Curiosities" which is a collection of short stories by Maggie and her two critique partners Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff. All three a published YA authors.
So, we decided with the new year to start writing short stories. One a month based on a common prompt.
the prompt was a quote on the Truth
I wrote this long thing about a woman with evil intent. Surprisingly, CP's story also featured a woman with evil intent.
the prompt was chick-lit/romance story featuring a tropical travel destination to enter into a competition. The winner gets some travel goodies and a consultation with an agent, and her story will be included in an upcoming anthology perfect for summer vacation. Check out this link:
Belinda Jones Travel Book Club
Here I figured out I don't do chick-lit very well as mine turned out to be more of a horror story.
But CP!!! CP did a great one and is now one of ten finalists! In my humble opinion, I think she's the winner.
The prompt was to include a night-blooming flower. I decided here to kill two birds with one stone and use this prompt for my A-Z blogging challenge theme.
CP wrote a fantasy piece which I think is one of the strongest things she's ever written.
The prompt is to include a kitsune which is a Japanese mythological creature.
The short story thing has been great! It really makes you stretch yourself in terms of writing. I already see the benefit in my writing. And CP? CP has blown me away. She is one of the ten finalists in the Belinda Jones Short Story Competition. I think she's the winner. But I may a little biased. You can check out the finalists and the first lines of their entries here:
CP's entry is called "Fia McQueen's Great Escape"
Keep your fingers crossed. Winner announced June 1st!