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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!



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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.  
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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.
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Elle  
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 Dragon- come play DDG! 2133386 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.
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Have you ever wondered if ~ Aqua ~ internet down 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 - Crazy Teenager 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 ~ internet down !
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I wasn't kidding when I said you are my poetry guru Bigsmile *Heart*
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Elle  
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*
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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.
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Me too
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Well, at least for items 1 and 2 ... you have plenty of boxes *Rolling*
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Elle  
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.
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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?
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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.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-internet-ads-are-taking-over-new-ze...
Elle  
Ha ha, no, I hadn't heard about it. *Smile*
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If you'd like to know more about blue jellybaby 's road to publication, and what she's been doing since the publication of her debut novel, check out my interview with her:
An interview with author Alice J Black  .
Elle  
It's September 2 here in NZ, and tomorrow is Father's Day. We're catching up with my dad for lunch today (and hopefully going to play the song quiz!) and having dinner with my father-in-law tomorrow.

I have plans for the rest of this year. It''s actually scary how little there is left of this year!

First and foremost, I'm going to revise and complete "Grand & Epic Adventures. It is the children's fantasy novel I started in 2012 for "October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge. It stars my children, my nephew and my godchildren, and a variety of mythical creatures. I intended to give it to my kids as a gift, but the kids in the story are 11 and 7 years old, and my kids are now 16 and 12. *Facepalm* Still, I want to finish it, and the sooner I give it to them, the better. I mean, better at 16 and 12 than 32 and 28, right? *Laugh*

Once the story is finished (and revised because all the reviews I got tell me it needs more conflict in all but chapter 3), then I intend to handwrite it into journals for the kids. See, the story centers around a handwritten journal, so it seems apt. For added motivation, yesterday I bought three journals (for my son, daughter and nephew's copies).


Because we're saving to go to my sister's wedding in the UK next year, we've decided not to do Christmas presents this year. So these will be perfect, yes?

I have a bunch of other stuff to do too, not even counting "The Twelve Labours of WDC which starts on September 10. Wish me luck!

Oh, and thanks to everyone who has been nominating items for "The Quill Awards. I really appreciate it, and I promise that updating "Quills 2017 Nominations is on my list too. *Smile*
*Heart* The Song Quiz!! *Bigsmile*
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Elle  
Me too, and I'm pretty sure it's the only reason Jayden is coming with us. I mean, he's a 16 year old boy, spending time with family is NOT on his list of priorities. He does love the song quiz though. *Wink*
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It's comforting to know that I'm not the ONLY person running behind this year and meeting myself going and coming. Speaking of which...I hope to fill out my interview form over the long weekend...
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I've written a few poems lately, and am planning to write more. Some have potential, some don't. *Rolleyes* This one, I'm not sure why I feel compelled to share it with you, when I usually just leave them hidden in my portfolio for people to stumble across. Maybe because it feels so quintessentially Kiwi? Maybe because it made me feel all nostalgic, both the subject matter and the style. Maybe because I have a hankering to listen to Barry Crump recite his poems in that unique, but oh-so-rural-NZ voice he had, and it's not fair that I'm suffering the lack of his poetry by myself. *shrugs*

"Halfway 'cross the Kaimais

If there's anything in it that you don't understand, just ask. *Smile* I was inspired to write it after a character in a book I finished reading last night mentioned 'The Man From Snowy River' by Banjo Paterson. Although that's a poem about the Australian outback, written by an Australian, the style of poem made me think about Barry Crump and rural New Zealand and how much I miss it now that I'm living in the city...
Elle  
Oh, and if anyone knows a more suitable description than 'Free verse poem with ABCB rhyme', shout out. It's not a specific form, but maybe there's a better way to say it?
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I'd probably call it four line stanzas or quatrains. That kind of verse generally has a song-ish feel.

Looking forward to read it.
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I found this interview with Choconut really interesting. You might too! Did you know she's going to write a memoir? And apparently she can't write while listening to Stayin' Alive by the Beegees. *Laugh*

An interview with Rachel Peck