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Rooglewood Countdown: 12 days

For the next 12 1/2 days, as we do our final countdown until March 31st, I'm going to do 4 posts asking about something you would like to see in the Snow White collection.

     There are so many ways all of us, writers and readers alike, can win in this contest.  Maybe a familiar name makes it into the final five -- hurray!  Maybe a story in your favorite genre ended up in the collection this year -- woohoo!  Maybe you finally get to read a winning story about an evil king and his Snow White son -- how awesome!

     So, in celebration of all the many things we can root for, I want to know some of the things that you think would be cool to find in this year's set of winners.

     Without further ado, here is my question for the day:

What is a point of view you would like to see in this collection?  Would you like a story written from the prince's perspective?  A story from Snow White's perspective?  The evil queen's perspective?  A dwarf's perspective?  Wh…
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Rooglewood Countdown: fast forwarded

Did I say 18 days?

How about 16!!!

Anyone and everyone is invited to join the Rooglewood contest Facebook page on March 31st for a very special announcement party. While the official announcement will be on April 2nd, we get a sneak peak 2 days sooner.

The party will celebrate, not only the five winners, but also the finalists and honorable mentions and perfect scores. It should be so much fun, and I can't wait to read about everybody's stories and see who won!

Furthermore, I have been assured that I don't have to keep the news a secret. So, even if you can't join the party, I can still share the exciting news with you before April 2nd.

So guess what -- the countdown just got fast-forwarded! Only 16 more days!!!

Rooglewood Countdown: 18 days

Guys!!!  We're almost there!
     It feels like this Snow White journey has lasted forever, but did you realize that at this time last year, we had no idea that we would be writing a Snow White story?  It was June before this year's fairy tale was announced.  And then I still had to decide if I was entering and what I would write.  For several months, I puttered along on my story while life caught me in its whirlpool of busy-ness.
     Then came crunch-time for me.  I was racing to finish it, to cut it down to size, and to polish it up enough for submission.  It was December before I submitted it to the judges.
     The deadline came on December 31st, although they extended it a little bit for some people.  But that was the day that I felt like the Round One judging started for real.  So it only feels like it's been in the judging phase for 2 1/2 months.  Except that it also feels like it's been FOREVER!!!!! Lol.
     But whether it feels like forever or it has p…

An Arranged Marriage - 11

The time allotted after each tournament for the women to dress for the evening ball was far too much for the men.  Detlef found himself stiff and starched for the night and with half an hour to spare.  He strolled out into the gardens, losing himself in his thoughts.
     Left to their own devices, his legs carried him toward the swing.  When it was only one bend away, he quickened his steps.  
     But as the bend in the path brought him face to face with the swing, it revealed the coveted spot to be already occupied…by Emil.  The blonde-headed young man lounged across the swing without respect toward its owner.  His winners laurel hung casually over one foot.  He lifted his head at Detlef’s approach, and a smirk covered his face.
    “How is your leg?”  His voice carried the sound of suppressed laughter, and his eyes mocked Detlef.
    Detlef ran his eyes over Emil, measuring him.  “I have something to say to you, and I may as well say it now than later.”
    Emil lifted one eyebrow …

Don't Run Away -- I'm Still Here

Greetings, my friends!  I am playing around with new blog designs.  So pardon my mess while I figure this out and experiment with ideas.  Things are looking different, but this is still me.       I am open to feedback if you see something you like or something you don't like about the way the blog layout is changing.  :D

Rooglewood Update

We interrupt your regular programming to bring you this important announcement!  Anne Elisabeth Stengl has finished reading all the finalists and honorable mentions!  And, what's more, she has selected her Top Ten which she will now take to the Rooglewood Team.  And, even more than that, she thinks she knows which 5 will be chosen!!!       How exciting is that?      And, for the record, one of the 5 that she thinks will be chosen was not a finalist but an honorable mention.      It's just barely more than 1/2 a month until the winners are announced.  So this is perfect timing for them to wrap up loose ends and get the announcements ready.  And, even though these last 3 weeks may seem like forever, it really isn't that much longer to wait.      I have had times, over the past 2-3 months, when I was exhilarated over my chances of winning and times when I was quietly despairing over my chances of being relegated to a "no, thank you" pile.  I have to say that w…

Rooglewood Countdown: 25 days: 5 Tag Lines

If you read the back of the Five Glass Slippers collection, you will find this intriguing collection of tag lines:

"What happens when Cinderella is so painfully shy that she cannot bear the idea of attending the royal ball?  Or when the slipper fits...but on the wrong girl? What happens when Cinderella is determined to oust an imposter prince from her rightful throne? Or when she's a cendrillon miner working from a space station orbiting a cthonian planet? What happens when Cinderella, a humble housemaid, is sent with a message for a prisoner trapped in a frightening fairy circus?"      I don't know about you, but that paragraph of five tag lines were incredibly captivating.  I couldn't WAIT to read those stories.

     So here is a fun game for you.  Think about the Snow White collection of 5 winners.  Imagine yours is one of them.  What question could you pose to make people want to read your story?

     Then, think about 4 other ideas that sound cool.  Put…