Carrot Ranch is a dynamic literary community online for those practicing craft, reading stories and discussing process. Charli Mills is the lead buckaroo who hosts a weekly flash fiction challenge, a jam session for writers.
You might think of the Ranch as a writer’s getaway: read, write, repeat.
The core of this literary community is the Congress of Rough Writers, who challenge themselves to explore creativity, craft and voice. Equally important are the Friends who read, comment and offer encouragement.
The Ranch schedule includes:
- Mondays: Admin day with #MondayBlogs participation on Twitter
- Tuesdays: Ranch Business/Guest Authors (essay and advanced flash fiction topics follow for 2018)
- Wednesdays: Weekly Challenge Compilation posts
- Thursdays: New Flash Fiction Challenge posts
Guest authors can sign up for the 2018 schedule January – September. There are 38 open slots. Essays will continue to include Raw Literature (about the creative process and early creations in writing) and Platform (about marketing tactics for authors or bloggers). A new essay opportunity is to write a Peer Book Review on a fellow Rough Writer (or Friend who joins us in writing at the Ranch).
In 2018, Carrot Ranch will challenge flash fiction writers to push their craft with Advanced Flash Fiction. If you are interested, you can sign up for the 6th Sense Challenge, History Challenge, or Ultimate Flash Fiction Challenge. Each will be explained on an upcoming new page this month (Submissions). If you are interested in being a guest author at Carrot Ranch in 2018 contact Charli Mills.
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LEGEND OF CARROT RANCH
A buckaroo called Charli once decided between saddle and pen. She chased an ink trail across the Rockies to the city-slicker lights of Minneapolis. She signed on to an outfit writing roughshod over marketing communications, wielding their brand.
That’s where she discovered carrots — the food movement that believes in accessibility for people. Food for people matters. The kind of horse a buckaroo rides matters. And words matter, too.
“With lots of junk food on the market, people deserve access to fresh carrots and words.” ~just a thought from a buckaroo
One day, the ink trail turned west, toward stories and sunsets. Charli found a place to settle her pen and she called it Carrot Ranch. Other word wranglers joined the show. That’s the legend, and Charli is sticking to it. Rumors that Charli Mills is a country-western singer can easily be dispelled — just ask her to sing.
Carrot Ranch provides words for people: stories to read, encouragement to practice craft and a commitment to creating community through literary art. That’s something we can all raise a carrot to.
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Introducing the Kid, keeper of Ranch Yarns. Author, D. Avery, begins the serial:
The sky, sun-blistered blue, was punctuated by patient buzzards. Heat soaked, every rock and bit of sage shimmered, illusory to their uncertain eyes. So when they spotted it they stared, blinking and unsteady, wondering if it were real. They stumbled on.
Sounds of laughter and conversation drew them on. Finally they reeled through the gates. “Please”, they croaked. “We’re parched. Please, give us some words.”
In a flash the ranch hands refreshed them with words, cool and crisp. They gulped thirstily.
“Whoa, now. There’s plenty. Just take 99 at a time.”
“I’m Shorty. Welcome to Carrot Ranch.”
For more Ranch Yarns visit ShiftnShake.