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A perfect opportunity to something nice for someone. If you don't have a spare 10k, hit me up.

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Spreading rays of sunshine... CLOSED  (E)
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#2187724 by Lilli ☕
Elle  
I tried to write a poem today, but I took something beautiful and made it banal and boring. I'm reasonably sure it's supposed to work the other way around. *Facepalm*
Elle  
That figures, Norb, because the beautiful words I started with were yours, and I completely ruined them by trying to turn them into poetry. *Rolleyes*
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*Heart* I'm humbled, Elle . There's always time to make it more up to your standards. *Hug1**hug**Hug2*
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If you try it again, maybe start with choosing some active verbs.
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I just wanted to share that I've officially done 1,000 blog entries in "The Kiwi Dream. Thanks to Kåre Enga, P.O. 22, Blogville for pointing it out!

Six years of entries. And I promise it's only the last four that blather on about wine (although I make no promises about future entries!).

Must thank "30-Day Blogging Challenge, "Blogging Circle of Friends and "Blog City ~ Every Blogger's Paradise for all the prompts! I have some to catch up on too...

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The Kiwi Dream  (GC)
Life in Auckland, New Zealand as I juggle a job, two teens, a husband and a WDC addiction!
#1924447 by Elle
I didn't know you were such a wine fan - I should have read your entries! *Laugh* *Glass2*
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Elle  
Hmm, it's more like I'm learning to be a wine fan. *Laugh*
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Doesn't sound like a bad kind of lesson....*Pthb*
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Elle  
How is everyone? My Easter road trip / camping trip was good fun, but my family came down sick this week, so it's been a bit miserable at my end the last few days. We're all on the mend now though.

I've come in to send some merit badges for "The Snail Mail Group and sort out merit badges and awardicons for "The Quill Awards. Oh, and sigs for HM and winners. *Wink* Then I'm off to work on my recipe book.

What are you up to this weekend? Oh, and if you didn't see it, there's a merit badge challenge in "For Authors Newsletter (May 8, 2019).
When is the challenge due by?
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Elle  
That's a great question, Medie Almost Utah Bound ! Let's say the end of the month. *Smile* That way people can polish up a story for the official contest too.
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As much as I want to do it... I've got too much going on with school ending now and my class. So unfortunately I'm going to pass.
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Elle  
I gotta be honest, I was a little weirded out to read a book featuring a 'Millenial and a Gen X-er' described as a 'May-December' romance. Um, excuse me? Isn't that more like a May-July romance? *Confused*
My mom was born in 61, myself- 79, and Hubby- 83
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@ just krista Your mom's a Baby Boomer, you're Gen X, and hubby's a Millennial.

FYI *BigSmile*
Baby Boomers: Baby boomers were born between 1944 and 1964. They're current between 55-75 years old (76 million in U.S.)
Gen X: Gen X was born between 1965 - 1979 and are currently between 40-54 years old (82 million people in U.S.)
Gen Y: or Millennials were born between 1980 and 1994. They are currently between 25-39 years old.
Gen Y.1 = 25-29 years old (31 million people in U.S.)
Gen Y.2 = 29-39 (42 million people in U.S.)
Gen Z: Gen Z is the newest generation to be named and were born between 1995 and 2015. They are currently between 4-24 years old (nearly 74 million in U.S.)
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Yeah, what Ken said. I agree with his definition, but I didn't realise that the Gen Z or Post-Millennials started in 1995. I thought they started in 2000 (literally, after the millennium).
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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: "Carry On by Fun" Media Prompt  hosted by  [Link To User support]  August 2018! We appreciate that you tackled this challenge... *^*Smile*^* *^*Thumbsupl*^* Merit Badge in Music
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Thank you for your participation in the  48-HOUR CHALLENGE: "Carry On by Fun" Media Prompt  hosted by  [Link To User support]  August 2018! We appreciate that you tackled this challenge... *^*Smile*^* *^*Thumbsupl*^* Merit Badge in Music
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Thank you for your participation in the  48-HOUR CHALLENGE: "Carry On by Fun" Media Prompt  hosted by  [Link To User support]  August 2018! We appreciate that you tackled this challenge... *^*Smile*^* *^*Thumbsupl*^* Merit Badge in Music
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Thank you for your participation in the  48-HOUR CHALLENGE: "Carry On by Fun" Media Prompt  hosted by  [Link To User support]  August 2018! We appreciate that you tackled this challenge... *^*Smile*^* *^*Thumbsupl*^* Merit Badge in Music
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Thank you for your participation in the  48-HOUR CHALLENGE: "Carry On by Fun" Media Prompt  hosted by  [Link To User support]  August 2018! We appreciate that you tackled this challenge... *^*Smile*^* *^*Thumbsupl*^*

I've got a roadtrip tomorrow that will take a minimum of five hours and probably considerably longer considering that it's a holiday weekend. I could use a little help with my roadtrip playlist. *Wink*

Read "Road trip! and suggest songs for me to add to my playlist. The list itself should give you an idea of the kind of music we like, and I've made some notes in the entry itself too.

*Bullet* Please don't suggest songs that are already in the list or have already been suggested.
*Bullet* Please be reasonable about the number of suggestions you make.
*Bullet* Please leave your suggestions on the blog entry (not here) so that it's easier for people to track what has already been suggested.


I'll give a Music merit badge to the first five songs that I add to my playlist from your suggestions. Yes, this means there's no 'luck' involved, no rolling of the dice, so please consider your suggestions! This challenge will finish when five merit badges have been given out, or when I leave for my roadtrip tomorrow morning (about 6pm tomorrow WDC time), whichever comes first. *Smile*
Moondance by Van Morrison
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Tainted Love by Soft Cell
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All the Same by Sick Puppies. The song was used in the Free Hugs video by Juan Mann.
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Please join me in congratulating the winners of "The Quill Awards!

Best Community - "Mental Health Writers Alliance"   [GC] by Charlieeee ♡
HM - "Question of the Day!"   [18+] by Lilli ☕

Best Dark - "Fuck Mother's Day"   [GC] by Lyn
HM - "The Little Arsonist"   [18+] by Jayne

Best Fantasy - "Samantha's Pet"   [18+] by Robert Edward Baker
HM - "The Impatient Fairy"   [E] by Schnujo

Best Horror - "I Am Death, the Harvester of Souls"   [18+] by Jim Hall
HM - "Sharp Advice "   [XGC] by Strega

Best Romance - "Dried Flowers"   [13+] by 🌜 Huntersmoon
HM - "Honey Crisp Kisses (33 Lines)"   [E] by ♥HOOves♥

Best Forum (Non Contest) - "a very Wodehouse challenge"   [E] by iKïyå§ama
HM - "Question of the Day!"   [18+] by Lilli ☕

Best Campfire, In & Out, or Interactive - "Corrupt-A-Wish"   [13+] by BCM
HM - "Daily Snapshot"   [E] by Genipher-gone fishing!

Best Image/cNote - "Chickadee"   [E] by Caerlynn (Away)

Best Image/cNote Shop - "Movie Quotes Gone Wrong cNotes"   [13+] by Lornda
HM - "Lilli's Sarcastic C-Notes"   [18+] by Lilli ☕

Best New Contest - "24 Syllables"   [E] by Lostwordsmith🐩💔
HM - "Second Time Around Contest"   [E] by Choconut

Best Contest - "SCREAMS!!!"   [XGC] by Angus
HM - "The Writer's Cramp"   [13+] by Sophy

Best Raffle/Auction - "Cupid's Lucky Arrows"   [13+] by Hannah ♫♥♫

Best Group - "Mental Health Writers Alliance"   [GC] by Charlieeee ♡
HM - "The WDC Angel Army"   [ASR] by iKïyå§ama

Best Blog - "Herding Cats & Squirrel Tracks"   [XGC] by Jayne
HM - "Complex Numbers"   [18+] by Robert Waltz
HM - "Loving Libby"   [18+] by Charity Marie -on hiatus-

Best Short Poem, Structured - "Scary Love"   [GC] by Robert Edward Baker
HM - "Ode to My Ex-Husband"   [13+] by just krista

Best Medium-Length Poem, Structured, goes to "The Flags Waved on a Hillside in France"   [E] by Rhychus
HM - "The Little Arsonist"   [18+] by Jayne

Best Long Poem, Structured - "Don't @ Me"   [18+] by Jeff

Best Short Poem, Free Verse - "There Are No Bad Words"   [GC] by Emily
HM - "You Break It, You Broke It"   [GC] by Cinn

Best Medium-Length Poem, Free Verse - "You Would Have Been Loved"   [E] by Azrael Tseng
HM - "Grandpa's Best"   [E] by Sally
HM - "Poor Little Things"   [18+] by Jayne

Best Long Poem, Free Verse - "Mistakes"   [GC] by Emily
HM - "Silencing The Voices"   [E] by Azrael Tseng

Best Non-Fiction - "a Dream deferred "   [18+] by iKïyå§ama
HM - "The Birds of Winter"   [18+] by Jayne

Best Flash Fiction - "Boo"   [13+] by Choconut
HM - "Adoration"   [13+] by Sally

Best Short Story (1) - "The Cane"   [GC] by Jayne
HM - "The Grass Is Greener"   [18+] by Robert Edward Baker
HM - "Cry of the Llano"   [ASR] by Azrael Tseng

Best Short Story (2) - "Offering"   [13+] by Azrael Tseng
HM - "Invalid Item"   [] by A Guest Visitor

Best Newsletter - "Copyright or Copywrong? by Sara♥Jean
HM - "Basic Meter for Beginners by Northernwrites

Best Reviewing - Max Griffin 🏳️‍🌈
HM - Cat Voleur

Best New Portfolio - Jayne
HM - Lilli ☕

Best Portfolio - Tiggy
HM - Warped Sanity
HM - Choconut

Special Contribution to WDC - 🌜 Huntersmoon
Special Contribution to WDC - Jayne
Special Contribution to WDC - Schnujo

 2019 Nomination Form for Quill Awards  (E)
Nominate someone for a Quill!
#2145930 by Elle
I think we should all send Elle something since she can't win the Special Contributions award, but she certainly deserves it! Send her a MB, awardicon, c-note, GPs, review, or whatever else strikes your fancy!

And, of course, send her nominations for next year's Quills! *Heart*
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Elle  
Thank you Jody, but I've actually received a slew of merit badges and thank yous already. *Heart*
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YAY! There isn't enough thank yous for you!
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Hi everyone, sorry for the delay with Quills. Daylight Saving between PreQuill and Quills meant the times were all out of whack for me. We'll start as soon as some minor technical issues (not mine!) are sorted. *Wink*
I'm on my phone or I'd send the link, but either scroll down the news feed or check out Elle's feed. She posted a YouTube link. You can see the In & Out if you click the link below the video. But to refresh the comments, you need another page open or you keep messing up the video, too
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Yes Schnujo I remember seeing the video, so I will open another page and click on that and see what happens :) tyvm!!
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Who's excited for the Quills ceremony this afternoon? *Delight*

 
IN & OUT
2018 Quill Awards Ceremony  (18+)
Announcing Quill winners!
#2159161 by Elle




By the way, it feels weird saying 'this afternoon' when it's 9:20pm on Saturday here in NZ, and I'll be starting the ceremony at 7:30 tomorrow morning. *Headbang*