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*Balloonb**BalloonG**BalloonY*Special New Year's Edition!!!*BalloonY**BalloonG**Balloonb*

*Balloonb**BalloonG**BalloonY*Enhanced Awards!!!*BalloonY**BalloonG**Balloonb*


Thanks to a generous donation by John Yossarian , we are able to announce
a further enhancement to the awards for the January, 2020 round of the "Show, Don't Tell Contest. The contest will now have the following awards.
*Bulletr* The first place story will win 100K GPS, a special, 50K awardicon, and the author earns an exclusive Novel Workshop Merit Badge.
*Bulletr* Second and Third place authors will receive 40K and 20K GPS respectively.
*Bulletr* Each entrant receives double GPS, 2000GPS, for entering.

Finally, the closing day to submit to this special editon is 8AM US Central Standard Time, Tuesday, January 31, 2020. That's 1500 Coordinated Universal Time--see here   to convert to your local time.

We're looking forward to reading your stories. Check out the prompt at the "Show, Don't Tell Contest and start writing!
Oh yeah! I need to get around to this. *Smile*
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*Balloonb**BalloonG**BalloonY*Special New Year's Edition!!!*BalloonY**BalloonG**Balloonb*

For the January, 2020, round of the contest, in addition to the usual awards the contest will have the following enhanced prizes.
*Bulletr* The first place story wins 50K GPS, a special, 50K awardicon, and the author earns an exclusive Novel Workshop Merit Badge.
*Bulletr* Second and Third place authors will receive 20K and 10K GPS respectively, double the usual amount.
*Bulletr* Each entrant receives double GPS, 2000GPS, for entering.

There is no limit on the number of entries, but please just one entry per contestant. Finally, the closing day to submit to this special editon is 8AM US Central Standard Time, Tuesday, January 31, 2020.

Check out the contest prompt and start writing! The contest sponsors, Carol St. Ann and Max Griffin πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ , are looking forward to reading your stories!

And don't forget, if you get any really outstanding entries, nominate them for the WdC version of the Oscars--the Quill Awards. *Bigsmile*

For your convenience, here's the nomination form.

 
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2019 Nomination Form for Quill Awards  (E)
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Math Speak for the Holidays
or, in other words,
Happy Holidays in Mathematics
I don't want to distress anyone on the holidays, Schnujo Loves WdC!. The little guy is fine (I've read his update), but I will amend my comment!

Merry Christmas, Max Griffin πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ!

...and thanks for taking the time to make me reflect on my life.

You hunted down the little kid on the internet and read his update? Wow! Super cool and I feel better now. Thanks. *Bigsmile* Was he just recovering from a bad test or what? lol
Jayne , I think I'm missing part of this thread, but thanks for the well wishes!!

Thanks to everyone for the encouragement and well wishes regarding my eye troubles last week.

My second ophthamologist appointment this week went well, and she no longer thinks retinal tears or detachments are likely. The most probable outcome is that the still-present floater-that-doesn't-float will resolve itself in a few weeks without further incident. While the floater is still there, I haven't had flashes or sparkers in several days, one reason for the improved prognosis. So, no laser surgery for me, just patience.

Thanks again to everyone!!
Floaters and Flashes
You are an incredibly patient man, and super sweet. I'm sure it'll all work out, and am glad to hear it's better than first thought.
I've always had floaters, but did once get told that if I get flashes or sparks to come in immediately. So I know that's super serious...or at least, it can be! I'm glad they've gone away! Be well, my friend!
Here's the promised update on my eye issues (floaters and sparklers) for those who are interested...I saw an ophthalmologist yesterday. The good news is that she found no evidence of bruising, tears, or detachment in the retina. The bad news is that my symptoms mean I'm presently at increased risk for any of these. Most of the time, these symptoms resolve without incident in 4-6 weeks, which is more good news, but until then she wants to monitor me. I have another appointment with her next week.
Thanks for the update, Max!
Good thoughts heading your way!

Glad to hear it's nothing serious... yet. And, with any *Shamrock*, it will remain that way! Until some undetermined future date, enjoy the show... *BigSmile*
How I spent my Saturday
"Floaters
Floaters and Flashes
Please join us in congratulating the winners of the November, 2019 round of the

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*Balloonb**Balloonr**Balloong* Novmber 2019 Round *Balloong**Balloonr**Balloonb*

First place to "Black Friday"   by Odessa Molinari smiling
Second place to "Ruby"   by D. Reed Whittaker
Third place to "The warning. "   by Sumojo

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I'm back with the story puzzle from my local writing group. We have a tradition of writing flash fiction for our Holiday gathering. The theme this year is "Evil vs Evil." We're also supposed to use the word "extrinsic."

My first attempt at meeting this is here:
 
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Evil vs Evil
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Thanks to those of you who read and reviewed!

We're a SciFi/Horror group, though, so I thought I'd make a second try with a more conventional evil vs evil horror story.

 
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Evil vs Evil on Christmas Eve
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As in the other story, it's a challenge to put "extrinsic" in a story.

I think I like the first story better, but I'd like suggestions and reactions to either or both.

Thanks!
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My local writing group has a tradition of writing flash fiction for our Holiday gathering. The theme this year is "Evil vs Evil." We're also supposed to use the word "extrinsic." This story is my first draft of a Christmas story tires to meet the criteria. The use of "extrinsic" feels forced to me, though. Suggestions welcomed. I'd also like to know if my POV character is sufficiently evil, just not as evil as his antagonist. He's more "evil with principles."

Thanks!!!

 
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The Christmas Puppy  (18+)
Evil vs Evil
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