Monday, 10 March 2014

Seen it before

This isn't a competition exactly, but it feels like one. The Red Line are looking for submissions which take readers on a journey somewhere they've never been. Their readers often cast spells, suck blood and buy shoes, so you'd do well to avoid those themes. The best submissions for each issue will be published and the best one of those, as voted for by Canadians or Catholics, will get a prize of £50.

I may have taken the stuff on their website a bit too literally. I do that sometimes.

Are there any story themes you've seen too much of? Or which you think deserve to be written about more often?

Now, pictures taken on our trips in the van - they haven't been done to death yet, have they? I expect you'd like to see some new ones though.  OK then, just for you I'll go on a fresh adventure somewhere I've not been before.

22 comments:

  1. Lovely photo - using it as desktop background!

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  2. LOL! Toronto or Dublin! Now I get it! LOL! Happy Monday Patsy!! Now off I go to write about a woman in her FORTIES looking for that perfect pair of shoes... :-)

    Take care
    x

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    1. I wonder if I could do one on a middle aged woman looking for the perfect pair of gardening boots, Kitty? It's getting too hot for wellies (not that I'm complaining about the weather)

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  3. Spells, blood and shoes - it's almost worth entering just for the challenge of fitting all those into one story! Lovely photo.

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    1. I wrote a spells and shoes one once, Lizy. I missed the blood, but there was cake.

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  4. The love triangle. Enough already.
    And the world can never have too many castle pictures!

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    1. That definitely has been done before, Alex.

      More castle pictures will be coming soon.

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. I was pleased with it.

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  6. I fear that The Red Line might no appreciate my type of story, Patsy.

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  7. I started wondering about a vampire looking for a perfect pair of shoes.

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    1. I imagine they'd want something classic with plenty of wear, Sheila - but I'm no expert.

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  8. Oh right. As the editor of this competition/magazine (I don't know what it is either) I can say that if you were to throw zombies in, and make the vampire a teenage girl who's dating two guys but likes the mean one the most, and who maybe writes a diary... I think we'd love it. Is it Windsor?

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    1. You wouldn't mind her being barefoot, I hope, Joshua? With all that going on she's going to be too busy for shopping. Thanks for stopping by. I wonder how you knew I was talking about you.

      Not Windsor no, but you got the first and last letters right.

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  9. Nice photo. Had to type it three times, I kept getting phoot. Is that a rose bush in front? And which castle would that be?

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    1. The flower is actually a dahlia, Oscar. Bishop of Landaff I believe the variety is - that's not neccesarily a clue to the identity of the castle.

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  10. Girl being drawn to the mysterious new boy at school...blegh! Gorgoeous flowers, can't wait 'til I get to pick some out this spring for my big terra cotta pot that I'm going to paint sage green to go w/a sage green gate I painted last year. Whew- big sentence! =)

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    1. I can imagine that's a popular theme in teenage reads, Leandra.

      The sage green sounds nice. Almost any colour plants would go well with that. I'm imagining big cream daisies with a few highlights of purple and orange.

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  11. Smashing picture Patsy, you're getting good with the camera. Is it Worcester Castle>? Have they got one there I wonder.... Secret passageways have been used too much, and gangs with diamonds or counterfeit money. I like otherworldly stories though, and imaginary places.

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    1. I've not been to Worcester, Suzy, but there is a castle there, so it's on the incredibly long list of places to go.

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