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Saturday, September 11, 2010

** September Contest **

It's time for my September Contest! Begins today, September 11th. Ends September 18th at Midnight CDT.

Using this picture as your writing prompt, write a story about this scene, using 100 words or less. (I took this picture in September 2008, when I was visiting relatives in Iowa. It is a garden shop, but you can make it be whatever you want. It's YOUR story!) Only one entry per person, so make it a good one, because instead of a random drawing this time, I'm asking The Ronald to help me choose the best story! You do not have to be a follower. Please e-mail your story and do not put it in the comment section. 

I have set up a separate e-mail account just for contests, so mail your submission to: BecSeptCont53@aol.com

So, what is the prize? I think it's pretty nice, but I'll leave it up to you to decide!


It's these 5 things. They are all brand new and have just been waiting in my "gift stash", for the right time! The kitchen towel has a crocheted button-top for hanging over hooks or knobs. I got it at a craft fair.


One pair of authentic Chicken Soup for the Soul, Comfy Cozy Socks!

This is a cute pink, shabby chic birdie tea-light holder.

This is a Pampered Chef, small serving tongs

This is the back of a tiny (about 1" square) pewter Christmas ornament.
It says: "8th in a Series of Historic St. Charles Ornaments, by Holiday House"
And then: "School House/Collier Cottage 1830"
I bought a few of these a couple of years ago when the series was ending and they were On Sale!

This is the front of this adorable building that still stands today on Main Street in Old St. Charles, Missouri.
Until not too many years ago, it was the site of Main Street Books! I loved to shop there and bought many books, CD's, book marks, note cards, you-name-it! Main Street Books is now located in a much larger store, but it is still on Main Street....just a few blocks down! I still buy quite a few items there. I always try to support small businesses and obviously a book store is one of my favorites!
P.S. I obviously remember what this date in recent history means to all of us. I'm not ignoring it. I just chose to not post anything about 9/11 today, mostly because I knew countless others would. I may at a later time, share some of my thoughts and emotions from that day, and how I feel about it all now.
"Why do writers write? Because it isn't there." - Thomas Berger

22 comments:

  1. Say, I could use those socks with winter coming on! I'd better put on my thinking cap! It is a beautiful picture.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog,Becky. Have a good Sunday tomorrow...

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  2. I have a crazy week, but I'll try to submit one if I can manage it. If not, I'll be rooting everybody on!

    =)

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  3. thanks for the incentive to write! I just sent you my entry - I really hope you like it! have a good Sunday.

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  4. Becky--Thanks for offering the contest. I'm working on something. The 100-word limit makes it a real challenge!

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  5. ooooooooooo........our ma would love that chicken!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Thanks for the blog comments, Becky, and I certainly do recognize the ornamnet. I am looking at mine about computer as I write.

    The 100 words are a challenge, often tough. I am so glad you do it and that you lead me to Centus. These 100 worders make you practice writing tight! I thought I had no ideas for your picture...but after tea and muffin on the coolish deck this morning, a little wheel began to turn. I think I can do something anyway...now if The Roland will approve! :)

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  7. Becky---I sent off a 100-worder last night. Let me know 1) if you did not get it (and I'll resend it) and 2)what can I bribe The Ronald with...

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  8. I'd love to win those things but unfortunately for me I'm talented enough to even enter...fortunately for you I won't even try:))) Love your quote to your husband...very special indeed!

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  9. A story in 100 words or less? Now that is going to be a fun one.

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  10. So many contests, so little time!

    (P.S. Yay for you, getting in The Zone. I'm determined to finish rewrites of my ms this month. See you in The Zone-oh, and Goodreads, too! Look me up over there :-))

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  11. love the different to win items. the socks are my favorite. thanks for your coment on my post reflect. take care. rose

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  13. The picture is beautiful! Hope to see you soon!

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  14. Just sent you my entry! That was a fun warm-up for my writing today. Thanks for the challenge. :)

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  15. Hi Becky,

    I might participate in this one. A story popped up in my mind immediately.

    The prizes look great!

    I really enjoy your monthly contests. Have a wonderful week.

    Kathy

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  16. I like the colors in that house.

    sandie

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  17. Becky,
    I don't know if I can participate in the contest. It will depend on my time, of course. But really, mostly on my courage.

    Good luck with it.

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  18. Hi Bookie ~ There ya go! You need socks....good incentive! :D

    Hi Sue ~ I hope you'll have time to submit something!

    Hi OJ ~ Thanks! You were my first entry! Go Girl!

    Hi Sioux ~ Thanks! And I received yours, too.

    Hey Strawberry Mallard ~ That's not a chicken....it's a birdie!! But tell your ma to submit a story!

    Hi Lisa ~ Thanks and I hope you enter, too!

    Hi Cheri ~ Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting! I really appreciate it, and please give the contest a try. It's free! And thanks for mentioning my quote to my husband! That was sweet of you to notice it.

    Hi Jennee ~ Thanks!!

    Hi Cathy C.~ So glad you're in The Zone, too! And I will definitely look you up in Goodreads!

    Hi Rose ~ Thanks so much!

    Hi Jo ~ Wow, Is it really you?? You're a blogger now? Yay! So, are you going to enter??

    Hi Oregon Kathy ~ Great! Please do send a story in! Thanks!!

    Hi Chatty! ~ Are you going to try at writing a story? I'm sure you can do it!

    Hi Myrna ~ Thanks so much for stopping and leaving a comment! And I did receive your story! I'm so glad you had the courage, too!

    Hi Kaelin ~ Thanks! I hope you will enter, too!

    Also, Thanks to any of you that mentioned this contest on YOUR blog! That's always so supportive!

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  19. Okay, I just sent you my entry.

    That was fun! I love how you are focusing your blog on writing and helping me get motivated with my own, Becky.

    It is great that The Ronald is joining ranks with you on screen.

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  20. What fun!

    My entry is on its way. Took me two tries because I wrote down the wrong e-mail address.

    Donna V.
    http://donnasbookpub.blogspot.com

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I love comments, especially because I know the time it takes to stop and type one, even a short one! Thanks very much!