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I've added a new entry to my book, "The Kiwi Dream:
         "Driving poems

I recorded a poem on my way home tonight, using the audio memo app on my phone. When I got home and transcribed it, I discovered two other poems I'd recorded last month. So, here you go, three driving poems. *Smile*
Oh, Elle,

It is amazing how creative we are when we least expect it. The late, Elmore Leonard, once told me, (us, at a lecture) that his best lines of dialogue came from overheard snippets of conversations from the restaurant booth behind him. He would write them down on his napkins and in two cases the comments were the onus for entire books. I find that statement true for myself, my best works happen away from my computer.

These poems are absolutely wonderful, they show creativity, emotional connections, and appreciation of your surroundings, and the understanding that life is short and we sometimes forget that fact.

Don't ever erase that "record app" from your phone, I have a feeling that there are more astonishing works sitting behind your steering wheel. (who would have thought that your muse had a windscreen mode?}

Well done dear Girl, well done indeed!

For those of my fellows who pass this entry by, without reading and commenting. I offer that you are just too busy!!! And perhaps deserve your chaos, if you can't take two minutes to escape the madness.
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Beautiful, Elle.
They spoke to me as I have had thought like that when driving.
I guess I'm not with Carol, because when I am driving, the only unsolicited words that spring to my mind, happen went someone cuts me off or pulls out in front of me. The resulting limerick is often too base for even an outhouse wall.

Of course you might be one of those drivers, who doesn't see me because your head is lost in the clouds looking at the dragon faces and angle wings.

Still that should not take away from the beauty of your words.
I'm just popping in to say hi and check my emails. I doubt I'll get around to checking the 330 newsfeed posts I've missed.

I can't share much, but I've done a brief update for those who want to know. "An update It's restricted to registered authors and above.

A huge thanks to Kittiara for all her help while I'm busy with real life, and an apology to all those who have been neglected.
Kittiara is doing a fabulous job ! *Smile*
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Just popping in to say that you should support these awesome activities that are raising funds for "The Quill Awards. *Wink*

NaNoWriMo Write-A-Thon  (ASR)
A NaNoWriMo fundraiser... compete as a NaNo writer or donate by sponsoring one!
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Supports Quill Awards and PDG - All unrolled Games will be combined and rolled soon.
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I'm still just flitting in to check emails, but hopefully in a couple of weeks things will calm down at work and life will return to normal. Fingers crossed!
Thanks, sweetie~*HeartP*
It's been a hard two weeks, and while there is a (dim, dusty) light at the end of the tunnel, I still have a few hard weeks ahead. I'd tell you all about it, but it's not good etiquette to write about your job on a public forum. *Rolleyes* If you want the gritty details, just ask, but yeah, it's all work and no play right now.

I haven't done anything on WDC really in the last two weeks, except pop in on my phone every now and then and answer Kittiara 's emails and 'like' a handful of things on the newsfeed. I haven't even looked at my forums or thought about my to-do lists or things I signed up to do. Sorry, Andy~~Team Silver NaNo'ing . *Sad*

I think I've managed to sort it so I don't have to work this weekend, and I'm going out tonight (Saturday night) with my daughter. It's a live covers band that we've seen before. Should be fun. Will let my hair down and dance my troubles away. *Smile* I'm going to try and work on Andy's challenge today, and maybe throw a few entries at my Wordpress blog. Oh and I still need to finish interviewing Fivesixer ☮ and Kittiara . *Facepalm* Where are those empty check boxes when you need them, 🌜 HuntersMoon ?

Anyway, even if it's only been a couple of weeks, I've missed you guys. And I will be very quiet for the next few weeks too, so if you need me or if there's something I should know about, email or tag me, and I'll try to check in on my phone every day or two.
You can always IM me when you are on, or I can give you my personal email and we can chat if you need to "vent" about things! *HeartB*
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We miss you!
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🏊🏻 As Daddy always used to say, "when your up to your ( ! ) in alligators, it's hard to remember that your purpose was to drain the swamp." (See, Donald didn't say it first 🤣) So glad to hear you're getting a break. Here you go - already filled out! ☑️☑️☑️☑️☑️✍️

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Sorry I've been MIA for a bit, I've just been busy with real life stuff. What do you mean you didn't notice I was gone? *Shock*

I've got a bunch of stuff to do, but before I forget again, an announcement:

"The Quill Awards will now accept nominations for Best Educational Program or Class.

Title open for improvement. *Laugh* I'll update the nomination form when I get a chance, but you can definitely fire your nominations through effective immediately.

As examples, you could nominate any of the classes/courses run by "New Horizons Academy , "PDG Rockin' Reviewer's Group, "House of Sensual Prose, and "Rising Stars ! *. I know there are more out there too. Let us know which ones you think are best!

The Quill Awards: Nomination Form  (E)
Nominate someone for a Quill!
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*This is not a definitive list. Any educational program, course or class on Writing.com is valid for nomination.
I mean, you've been on FB so I knew you weren't dead. PS: Great category.
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This is really cool!

Thanks for the heads up, Elle!
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Merit badge challenge

Merit Badge in Music
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Thank you for your participation in the  48-HOUR CHALLENGE: "It's My Life by Bon Jovi" Media Prompt  hosted by  [Link To User support]  July 2017! We appreciate that you tackled this challenge... *^*Smile*^* *^*Thumbsupl*^* Merit Badge in Rock Star
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Up there with the rock stars, Elle. From  [Link To User sky1] Merit Badge in Opinion
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Yeaaaah.. I'm a bit late. *^*Facepalm*^* Happy 5th account anniversary!! *^*Heart*^* I think that's awesome. Merit Badge in Go The Distance
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To a fellow writer and colleague and friend who has been a consistent force here on WDC through the years! I so admire your spirit and your enthusiasm for all that you do, all that you stand for, your courage and your complete and convincing Muse that stands above so many others!

It is an honor for me to supply you with this MB, for it also signifies your entry into that rarified air of being a writer who has achieved 1,000 Community Awareness points! You GO Elle!

Dr J Merit Badge in Travel
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Thank you and congratulations for successfully completing your Travel project as part of  [Link To Item #1978212] .  You did a fantastic job of writing a poem inspired by travel - I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I hope you enjoyed writing it.  
Please come back and do another project soon! x Merit Badge in Disco Fever
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*^*Badge2*^**^*Confettip*^**^*Confettir*^* *^*Balloonb*^**^*Balloonp*^*    A badge that is very  c'est chic .  Wishing you a very happy Merit Badge Day *^*Bigsmile*^*    *^*Balloong*^**^*Balloonr*^* *^*Confettigr*^**^*Confettib*^* *^*Badge3*^* Merit Badge in 70s
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  On behalf of  [Link To Item #2118305]  we're sending some 1970's style love your way in honor of your wonderful work in the '2016 Quill Awards'. Thanks for all of your 'Outstanding Community Spirit', Elle. ♫♥♫

To go in the draw for your choice of the above merit badges, share your recommendation for a road trip song in the comments below, using {embed:} format to embed a Youtube video.

Multiple entries allowed. One winner (unless I cave and buy more gps). Closes Sunday 11:59pm.
When I said 'multiple entries allowed', I was thinking that sometimes it's hard to choose just one song, and so people might like to submit two or three. Not thirty. *Facepalm*
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*Hand2* Guilty for posting lots of songs (didn't quite catch up to Neon Dragon's taking control though). I don't mind going back a deleting/selecting only a few. My travel playlists typically have 30+ songs unless I put my entire music player on shuffle.
So sorry for the delaying in rolling the dice for this. No surprises, the lucky dice chose Neon Dragon's taking control ! Dragon, I'll send your merit badge.

Thanks everyone for playing! I'll do another one soon (with a specified limit *Laugh*).
Have you ever wondered if Aqua ~Need prayers for brother can write poetry in her native language? Wonder no more! *Wink*

An interview with author Hadiqa Inam  

If anyone else would like to be interviewed (happy to interview bloggers, publishers, poets, etc), just let me know. I have one with Sophie - Sing and Dance lined up, and then I'm just waiting to hear back from a couple of others.
Thank you Elle and Mandy Bigsmile *Heart*
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Awwww! *Heart* Thanks for the mention, Aqua ~Need prayers for brother !
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I wasn't kidding when I said you are my poetry guru Bigsmile *Heart*
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When "October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge helps you with your kid's homework...

Caitie: Mum, I have to write a character description for my high school English class, based on this picture.
Elle: Well, Caitie, here's a resource I prepared earlier. *Laugh*
Perfect timing! *Laugh*
I'm ever so glad it's the weekend. *Yawn*

Things to do this weekend:
*Box* Clean out my car
*Box* Clean my bathroom
*Box* Write at least one more chapter of "Grand & Epic Adventures into the journal I bought for Jayden
*Box* Write and schedule more blog posts for The Road To Elle  
*Box* Approach some more authors about being interviewed
*Box* Add some more nominations to "Quills 2017 Nominations
Come to my house after your done.
Me too
Well, at least for items 1 and 2 ... you have plenty of boxes *Rolling*
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Let me have your opinions, people! Comments also welcome...

There have been a few suggestions that we should have a category for incomplete or unfinished novels/novellas at "The Quill Awards. I want to gauge public opinion on whether this category (or a category for best first chapter or best chapter) would be desirable.
      Yes, I think there should be a category for 'Best unfinished novel/novella' or 'Best incomplete novel/novella'
      Yes, I think there should be a category for 'Best first chapter', which would also allow for unfinished works
      Yes, I think there should be a category for 'Best chapter', which would also allow for unfinished works
      No, the work should only be eligible for nomination when the novel/novella is completed.
If we insist that is finished, it should eligible for Quills the year it was finished, since sometimes these things take a while.
I think that every option here is valid in some way, first off. As a novelist, I would find that receiving a nomination for an unfinished novel would be both exciting, and maybe terrifying at the same time.

How would you define finished in the first place?

Hypothetical situation: say a fantasy writer who has a lot of world building submits a novel that's considered "complete". Let's say that the said novelist has their novel nominated for a quill in the "complete" section. And so if the author changes an important aspect of the world building, but the readers might not know, would it still be considered as complete?

Remember that only the authors themselves can decide when their work is truly complete. And frankly, I would have my complete novels offline and I would be submitting them to publishers.

But then, with unfinished novels, a novel could be nominated for the quills because the first parts are good, but how would we know if the rest of the novel is finished or just as good?

I could go either way, but I voted for unfinished novels for said reasons above.

So basically, there's a light and dark side to both sides.
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Elle , I think all three new categories would be great additions. The Quills can be a great way for an author to see what might be working in any draft. Maybe even best main character, best villain, best setting?
Have you, or any other Kiwis, seen or heard of this happening on your island?

Signs suggesting other places you might enjoy if you like the place/scenery there.