Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #3

Written by Charli Mills

Charli Mills, a born buckaroo, makes literary art accessible at CarrotRanch.com. She writes about the veteran spouse experience and women forgotten to history.

October 12, 2017

Septolet in Motion

By JulesPaige

Words are cast like magic spells. Some may debate the text in which such lessons exist. Religious works could be a type of Grimoire since often as children we are taught rote prayers that will lead us away from temptation. Other schools of thought may define Grimoire as a book devoted to just the teaching and instruction of magic and those amulets and talisman that would be endowed with gifting the owners with better fortunes. I quote this next line from the Wikipedia entry on the subject, “In many cases, the books themselves are believed to be imbued with magical powers, though in many cultures, other sacred texts that are not Grimoires (such as the Bible) have been believed to have supernatural properties intrinsically.

I would beg to argue that any book that transfers us to another world or jolts our imagination could be a Grimoire (even a dictionary)! We often become spellbound telling ourselves — just one more chapter of this escape from the day’s realities will set me free from the bonds of worry. Though some books might bring us nightmares!

I’ve been asked to step out of my comfort zone of participant to that, by leading a Rodeo Event. My first thought was “Me, what can I do?” But encouraged by tapping into my love of words and poetry I thought I could combine the two for this post. I have recently been reintroduced to a short form of poetry called a Septolet. A fourteen word poem that is contained in seven lines that has a break between the two sections which you can divide anyway you like. But are connected by the same thought to create a whole picture. And while seeking the online Thesaurus I once again found the word Grimoire.

I had just last week finished a book where the detective was being trained to tackle the supernatural occurrences that the regular department wasn’t capable of dealing with.

In truth all of our writings are magical when we entertain and learn from each other. Good Luck and have fun!

Here are a few of my own Septolets; as you can see the split can occur wherever you what it:

(a part of) Irons and Woods

More to

Just swinging

A club

at a

Small ball


Posture, poise

Core control


(a part of) Antinomic

Grey Heron

And a

White Egret



At the

Library pond

While I Sidled


(a part of) Dressed and Ready?


Make the man

But distress


When plans fail


Crossed wires

Coax worry


These Septolets are parts included in my Mixed forms verses at my daily short verse site: julesgemstonepages.

*Indicates the paragraph break in a septolet.

Submission Information

The Rodeo Event challenge is thus; create a piece of flash fiction (200 -300 words) including a Septolet or two as the spell or charm that helps your character out of a bind (or go where the prompt leads you). The Septolet(s) are included in the total word count. Septolet(s) do not have to have a title within your piece, but if you do have a title for your ‘spell’ in the body of the piece it will be included in the word count. Please use English, for your the Septolets. Latin may be tempting – however we are all more familiar with English! Only the Title for the complete piece will be excluded from the word count.

I’m your host and Rough Writer, JulesPaige (or just Jules), and helping to judge are Susan Zutautas, a fellow Rough Writer, author and poet. And Susan Budig, a mindful poet, and journalist friend of the Lead Buckaroo Charli Mills.

Judging for Septolet in Motion

  1. Enter contest for Septolet in Motion by October 19 (11:59 pm EST)
  2. Enter using the form below in this post.
  3. Must include name (or pen name) and email to be eligible to win.
  4. Entry must include at least one Septolet as a ‘spell’ (hyphenated words count as one word) Reminder: The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture. 
  5. Entries will be judged on creative use of the magic theme.
  6. Use of the Septolet(s) within the piece.
  7. Originality and cohesiveness.

Contest #3 Leader: JulesPaige. For a full line-up of contests, see Events. Next up: Scars by Irene Waters on Tuesday, October 17.


CHALLENGE OPTION: If you don’t feel up to entering a contest, please feel free to respond to this in the comments as a prompt challenge. Weekly Flash Fiction Challenges resume November 2.

About JulesPaige

Jules started her writing by the encouragement of her English teachers as a young Middle School student and never stopped. She continues to learn new forms to add to her over forty-five years of writing poetically. Carrot Ranch is one community that ?introduced Flash Fiction – and has wrangled a permanent place in her heart.


About Carrot Ranch

Carrot Ranch is a literary community committed to providing all writers access to literary art regardless of backgrounds, genres, goals and locations. Common ground is found through the writing, reading and discussion of flash fiction. The weekly online flash fiction challenges promote community through process, craft and exploration, and regular participants form a literary group called The Congress of Rough Writers. Their first anthology, Vol. 1 publishes in 2017. Carrot Ranch offers an adult-learning program called Wrangling Words, available to all communities where Rough Writers reside.








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  1. Charli Mills

    Jules, I always learn new forms and vocabulary from you! Thank you for stepping out of your comfort zone to lead this contest! I’m stepping out of mine to write a challenge response. Let’s all cast spells for Jules and her judges!

  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake

    Beat ya Mills!

    “Hey Pal, listen ta this, it’s about all the activity and challenge of the rodeo:

    hard riding
    flying spurs
    fast furious

    pitching bucking
    breathless whirlwind
    scrambling buckaroos
    riding hard

    It’s a septolet.”

    “Ain’t that for bull fights, ya know, the guy with the cape? Septolet!”

    “Hey, Pal yer ignorance is showin’. Try’n show some class, there’s visitors aroun’ these days.”

    “Jeez Kid. You cain’t be funny an’ ya cain’t take a joke. I hope this poetry thing don’t make everone all serious and cantankerous like you.

    Serious Kid
    Boo hoo
    Who you
    Busy busy
    Another day
    A septolet

    Lighten up

    There’s my septolet, Kid.”

    “That’s not funny, Pal. Yer s’posed to play nice here. That’s the charm of Carrot Ranch.”

    “Jest tryin’ to prompt you out of bind, Kid. Yer all bound up, I know yer still thinkin’ about makin’ Pardner laugh.”

    “Pardner? Yer my pardner.”

    “No, Le Pard. And his pardners.”

    “No, I ain’t thinkin’ ‘bout that. I don’t want to be funny, so Ha!”

    “Bull. Kid
    cain’t write
    no more
    needs grimoire
    break spell

    oh hell
    another septolet.”

    “Pal, you are an insult to a beautiful poetic form. This is a serious challenge and a dang cool prompt.”

    “I know Kid, I was jest funnin’ with ya. Jules done herself proud with this one. Hope she don’t mind our messin’.”

    • Charli Mills

      A much finer wrangler of poetry! Quicker out the gate, too! What clever septolets exchanged, and this ought to satisfy both Jules and Geoff. I was thinking it’s a dang cool prompt, too.

      • D. Avery @shiftnshake

        There’s nothing fine about these septolets, these characters are out of hand. It is a cool prompt and a new form for me.
        This rodeo is rockin’.

      • Charli Mills

        Controlled chaos at the corrals!

    • julespaige

      As you’ll can see this is a supposed to be fun and D did me proud!
      And even remembered there’s supposed to be a space. Oh yeah you can center ’em up, but that don’t matter none. There’s gotta be two parts to the Septolet.

      Done did a fine ‘spell’ of a charm here and I’m just glad someone is playing. I’m as nervous as a new foal trying to stand up for the first time.

      I think humor and conversation is a fine tool.

      Thank you kindly for riding in my event! ~Jules

      • Charli Mills

        Lovely new literary form you’ve created, Jules! You are going to be kicking up your heels by week’s end!

  3. Ritu

    Oooh! A new form to learn!

    • Charli Mills

      Jules is a wonderful teacher of poetic forms and words!

      • Ritu

        I’ll be having fun tonight then!!!

      • Charli Mills

        Oh, good! 🙂

    • julespaige

      Awe…Charli makes me blush…
      Looking forward to your ‘spell’ –
      Thanks, Jules

      • Ritu


      • Ritu

        Just submitted!!!
        Hope it was ok! Septolets aren’t easy!

  4. Charli Mills


    Missing Bird Dog by Charli Mills

    Danni scaled the granite of Beehive, leaning into the slope. One slip of her boot and it would be a long tumble. In her mind she could hear Ike teasing. “It’s not the fall that’ll kill you, Babe, it’s the snap-crackle at the end.”

    She knew if she made it to the top she could see the full canyon. Bubbie had been missing for five days now. Campers, hikers, berry pickers and even apocalyptic preppers had seen her dog. They all spoke of his long tail tipped with a funny tuft of fur.

    “He wagged his sweet tail like a child waving a dandelion for wishes.”

    “Never quite seen a tail like that on a German Short-hair. But by God, I told Mildred, just look at that fine hunting dog on the other side of the Pack.”

    “Saw the dog. If he’s got a sparkler for a tail.”

    Michael had patrol and told Danni he’d meet her at the base of Beehive, a bare mountain of granite sloped enough climb without ropes. Danni couldn’t take waiting at the base. She had to do something. Try to get a better view.

    Another voice intruded her mind, slow dialectal clicking of an elder. She knew this mountain was sacred to the Kootenai, still she was startled to clearly hear a chant inside her head.

    Bird dog
    takes flight
    a soul
    to guard
    his own

    Fly, fly, fly

    Danni repeated the final words until she reached the top. Fly, fly fly. And of all things, a duck flew over the peak, its wings beating with a crystalline sound. Fly, fly fly. She followed its flight toward the Pack River far below where she swore it hit the water and became a dog. Bubbie!

    • D. Avery @shiftnshake

      Edit, please. You beat me. This is dang good. Ike’s voice, the different voices describing the dog, then the elder voice, all very effective. That last paragraph, last line- believable magic.
      And this is still done in a remarkably short time. I concede, Ms. Mills.
      (Oops, challenge, not contest)

      • julespaige

        It doesn’t matter who’s first. All that matters is that I have players to keep me and my co-Judges spell bound.

        Dang I don’t know if I’ll be able to judge if the pieces are as creative and the ones y’all are posting! 🙂

      • Charli Mills

        You two make a buckaroo feel good about septoletting tales! Lots of character chatter and spells a flyin’ at the Ranch. You’ve got a good thing cast, Jules!

    • julespaige

      Oh… that is a perfect way to add a Septolet a prayer chant!
      See it isn’t hard at all!

      I recall some of the books I’ve read where Native Poeples and their animal guides change form. I really like this.

      Thank you for the opportunity to be a host/judge and for playing in my rodeo!

      • Charli Mills

        Somewhere in my earlier research, Jules, I met an elder of the Mdweakanton Sioux who told me that when his tribe was rounded up after the Dakota Uprising in 1861, the Fort Snelling guards told stories of birds flying in and out of cells where prisoners would disappear and reappear.

        That was actually fun, and I liked how it gave me a prayer chant to use to carry the story. Happy to play in your rodeo! Thanks!

    • julespaige


      Just to let you know I posted an invitation to this rodeo on all my sites.
      It’s the same ‘piece’. Sort of another guide or example if anyone needs something else to look at.

      It is neither a contest piece (since I can’t enter anyway) nor is it a complete Challenge…just calling a Duck a Duck…
      It’s an invitation. Which will hopefully also lead others to join the other contests too. 🙂

      Thanks again, Jules

      • Charli Mills

        That’s a great way to share the rodeo event, Jules! Thanks! 🙂

    • Norah

      Fabulous story, Charli, with a clever way of including a septolet. I can understand Michael’s reluctance for Danni to scale the sacred mountain. The ending of your story is fantastic – that final image is perfect. 🙂

  5. Believing Sight Unseen

    Intrigued – will have a go at this. Eric.

    • Charli Mills

      That’s great!

    • julespaige

      Looking forward to your ‘spelling’ 🙂

      • Believing Sight Unseen

        Haven’t a clue what I’m going to do yet? Still working on the ‘humour’ contest ~#2 deadline tomorrow!

      • julespaige

        Dear Believing Sight Unseen,

        Take your time. Please do the humor contest first. I can wait. 🙂

        (OK maybe I’ll be waiting on pins and needles… but really I can wait.)

        Good luck and remember to laugh! 🙂

      • julespaige

        Eric, I answered you from my notifications…I didn’t see your name there. Thanks for joining in the Rodeo. ~Jules

      • Charli Mills

        Thanks for joining the rodeo, Eric! We did extend the #2 humor to let everyone loosen up the laughter. 😀

    • julespaige

      Thank you kindly. Come and weave your own spell 🙂

    • Charli Mills

      Thanks, Henrietta! Hope you cast a spell, too!

  6. Annecdotist

    Hurrah, two new words! Good luck everyone.

    • Charli Mills

      Thanks for stopping by, Anne! New words and an interesting new literary form.

  7. floridaborne

    I entered using the form, but my first line is on the same line as the one that tells me to enter the words here.

    • julespaige

      We’ll look into it and let you know as soon as we are able, when it arrives.

      Thanks, Jules

      • floridaborne

        Thanks. 🙂

    • julespaige

      When I entered for Geoff’s contest I Cut and pasted my Title in the title space and the rest of the piece went in the larger space. The word spacing and sentence went a little wacky… but it was received. If their ends up being a problem… I am sure Charli can fix it or well just have to go to Plan B. So please don’t worry.

      • floridaborne

        Thanks. 🙂

    • Charli Mills

      Thanks for letting us know, Joelle! We might have a few glitches, but it’s operator error on my part building the forms. 😀

      • floridaborne

        There will always be glitches in life. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know that I didn’t mess something up.

    • julespaige

      We may have had a gremlin eat your submission. As we can’t seem to find it. Anything with your ‘handle of Floridaborne’ that is 🙂
      Can you please re-submit it.

      Just put what it asks for in the places it asks and it should go through.
      Thanks for trying again.

      • floridaborne

        It could be under Joelle LeGendre

      • julespaige

        Nope, I don’t have anything from you. You can send it to my email that you can get when I visited your blog site. Or you could just try resubmitting to the new and improved entry form. 🙂

        We’ll keep trying. ~ Jules

      • floridaborne

        I can’t find your email. I’m already 1/2 blind and about to go blinder trying to find it (is there such a word as blinder?).

        Any suggestions

      • julespaige

        When you are in WP Dashboard, Recent Comments. On the bottom of that section, Bottom left hit All.

        When you are there you will see all of your Recent Comments. You will see Icons of those who posted comments to you. You should see Julespage. It will have my website first and then below it my email.

        Or if you already have Charli’s email that you can access. Send it to Charli and she can forward it to me. We will not give up. We will make this work!

      • floridaborne

        Found it. Thanks for leading me to the right place.

      • julespaige

        Anytime. Glad you found it…

      • floridaborne

        Hope you received the email okay.

      • julespaige

        I refreshed my page… Not yet…
        Did you just copy and paste the email to where you wanted it ‘sent to’ in your email?

        I am really sorry you are having such a tough go. Hopefully it will come through soon. I’ll let you know, when I do.

        Try going to my blog and leaving a comment at one of my posts –
        Jules in Flashy Fiction
        then I’ll have your address.

      • floridaborne

        It might be in your spam folder. My email lands there a lot of the time.

      • julespaige

        I’ll check, thanks.
        Woo Hoo! Got it!
        I told you we would beat the gremlins!

      • julespaige

        I sent back a confirmation – did you get it?
        Check your spam folder 😉

      • floridaborne

        Fortunately, it escaped my spam folder, but you wouldn’t believe what ends up in it at times.

        Thanks for helping me through this.

      • julespaige

        Oh, I get a bunch of weird stuff too.
        Everything new incoming to my sites needs to be approved first .
        Most often though stuff in the spam folder can just be deleted.

      • Charli Mills

        Joelle & Jules thanks for persisting on this one! I’m glad you figured it out or else I’d join the melee and it might be the blind leading the blind (yes, Joelle, I have experienced those moments of feeling blinder). I’m learning all sort of new things about Word Press here!

      • julespaige

        Awe shucks… Just doin’ the right thing.

      • julespaige

        As for me…someone who never did the 10 Steps of WP…I’m amazed at what I’ve figured out by just snooping around. 😉

      • Charli Mills

        I found the gremlin lair and rescued Joelle’s entry!

    • julespaige

      Charli’s email is on this site so here it is:

      If you can’t find my email. Just send your entry to Charli and have her forward it to me.

      The gremlins aren’t going to win this one!

      • Charli Mills

        Not with Detective JulesPaige on the job! 🙂

      • julespaige

        Awe… I’ve been deputized!

    • Charli Mills

      It is! I was not certain how it would work for me, not having any poetic skills, but I actually liked how it added to the story and made me think about it as I wrote.

      • D. Avery @shiftnshake

        Seriously, it put a real powerful spell in your story.

  8. Etol Bagam

    Entered! When I saw the announcement last week I thought it would be just the septolet, and created one in advance. Today I had to write a story around it, after reading the rules, which was an interesting exercise. It was fun.

    • Charli Mills

      I like the combination! I’m so glad you entered, Etol!

  9. Colleen Chesebro

    Whew! This was tough. I waited to read the comments and wow! My septolet wasn’t as creative as these! You guys are awesome and it was fun to learn something new. Thanks, Jules! <3

    • Charli Mills

      It was tough for me, too and yet it gave me an expanded idea for my characters. We learn much from each other, and that’s a process I enjoy greatly. So glad you could join Jules in her rodeo event! <3

      • Colleen Chesebro

        Thanks, Charlie. That is exactly what I did. I used the protagonist from my second book. I hope I pulled it off. 😉

  10. Norah

    This sounds like a fun challenge, Jules, with some new things to try! I’m looking forward to having a go.

    • Charli Mills

      Oh, good, Norah! Glad you are always willing to try out new things!

      • Norah

        That’s what it’s all about!

  11. Norah

    Reblogged this on Norah Colvin and commented:
    And the third of the contests has begun!
    How’s your poetry? Ever written a septolet? I haven’t. Know what one is? I didn’t.
    But I’m about to change both those answers. Are you?
    Contests are free to enter and the winner receives a $25 prize!

    • Charli Mills

      Thanks for sharing the septolet love, Norah!

  12. Sarah Brentyn

    This looks like so much fun! A spell… I’ve always loved the idea of Grimoires.

    • Charli Mills

      I just like the word Grimoires, it has a haunting sound. It is a fun one!

    • Norah

      I hadn’t heard of Grimoires or septolets. I’ve led a sheltered life. I need to get out more!

      • Charli Mills

        We’ve evidently been in the same shelter! 😀

      • Norah

        I thought I’d seen you somewhere before. 🙂

  13. Sherri Matthews

    Yikes…I’m still trying to come up with something to make Geoff laugh, never mind write a septolet! What a great challenge Jules. Will be back to comment property (when I’ve had a chance to read properly) and hopefully send something over 🙂

    • Charli Mills

      Geese and dongles ought to get some tittering! Cast a spell on Fred…!

      • Sherri Matthews

        Lol!!! Not the story I had in mind…but now you mention them…here’s goes…!!!

      • Charli Mills

        Best not let Fred near the dongle…

  14. Sherri Matthews

    Reblogged this on A View From My Summerhouse and commented:
    Flash Fiction Contest #3 from Jules Paige live at Carrot Ranch! This is flash fiction with a difference: Jules asks us to use a form of poetry called a ‘Septolet’. Never heard of it? Me neither, but it looks to be a fun challenge. Read on for all the details and good luck one and all!

    • julespaige

      Thank you ~Jules

      • Sherri Matthews

        Very welcome, my pleasure Jules 🙂

      • julespaige

        Looking forward to an entry….

      • Sherri Matthews

        Hi again Jules! Took a little detour there…but I just submitted my entry, hope you got it. I had a lot of fun with it if nothing else 🙂 And you’ve taught me two things: I had no idea what either a grimoir or a septolet was. I love learning new things and I’ve really enjoyed your contest. I could have got a bit carried away, ha!

      • julespaige

        Yes’m. Just got and processed it.
        (Judging comes later…)
        Thank you so much! 🙂
        Carried away… no such thing 😉

      • Sherri Matthews

        Thanks so much Jules! I’m just so relieved I got it done…! I get carried away all the time, lol! 🙂

      • julespaige

        Some don’t believe in muses… so let’s just agree that our imaginations ‘run wild’ 🙂

        Thanks again. ~Jules

      • Sherri Matthews

        Agreed. Running wild works for me everytime… 😉

      • julespaige

        Wild is what rebels are…

    • Charli Mills

      Thanks, Sherri!

  15. elliotttlyngreen

    This Rodeo is sure firing open mmmultiple gates ! ! One contest coming right after another got me racing to wrangle them equivocal inspirations into some magic. Go. Go. Go. [We should do this every week.] Lovin THIS

    • julespaige

      Are you kidding me? Not every week. I’ve got other prompt sites I visit.
      Plus a daily blog that I put poems in.

      I’m only a couple a days in and I’m delirious. 😉

      • elliotttlyngreen

        Haha. Oh Cmon Jules. i know you can handle it! =] Its a good delirious tho right? Is there anything better than being Drunk on writing.?? But more seriously, i think this is a wonderful prompt and have always been eager to get a poem in the middle of some piece of writing… I like it! And i, too, was unfamiliar with a septolet until now. Always learning here at the ranch. Thanks Jules! And now, time to make a tiny masterpiece

      • julespaige

        Just wait until you are in the Hot Seat as a Judge! 🙂

        Looking forward to your entry 😉

      • elliotttlyngreen

        I feel ya.. im just excited with all this rodeo going on.. good luck judging =]

    • Charli Mills

      Aha! Now you know why we called it a rodeo! ????

  16. D. Wallace Peach

    This was a fun one! Thanks for the great prompt. I love the addition of the septolet. 🙂

    • Charli Mills

      The septolet adds an interesting form! I enjoyed it, too!

    • julespaige

      Glad you had fun.
      That of course was the intent!

      Cheers, Jules

  17. Judy E Martin

    Reblogged this on judyedwinamartin and commented:
    I have just got my entry in, why not give yourself a challenge and join in!

    • julespaige

      Thank you ~ Jules

    • julespaige

      I think I found the problem. You put your blog site address in where your email was supposed to be.

      Can you resubmit your entry with an email…
      And check your Septolet…it’s shy a line. A simple adjustment.
      The line space doesn’t count.

      • Judy E Martin

        Yes, no problem. Sorry for the mistake I will rectify it 🙂

      • Judy E Martin

        Hi Jules, thanks so much for your patience. The previous e-mail was an old one that I no longer use, and I have now sorted it out. I apologise for my septolet, that is now correct – I hope! 🙂

      • julespaige

        Got it…please check the email you do use.

      • Judy E Martin

        Done it and resent, thank you, Jules! 🙂

      • julespaige

        I got your email, but not your 2nd entry…yet more gremlins…
        But yes all is good to go now 🙂

      • Judy E Martin

        Thank you, very much. Gremlins seem to like me, sadly! 🙂

      • julespaige

        You are not the only ones that Gremlins haunt. We will rise above with our white Carrot Ranch Rodeo Buckaroo hats!

      • Judy E Martin

        Yee-Ha to that! 🙂

      • Charli Mills

        Jules, you’re giving your white hat a workout today! Thanks for shooing the form gremlins!

      • julespaige

        Oy, what a day…
        But at least I know I’ll be able to sleep tonight.
        Minus Gremlins of course.

      • Charli Mills

        You’ll sleep soundly!

  18. Judy E Martin

    I have had a go at this, but it was terribly tricky writing a septolet for the first time! 🙂

    • julespaige

      Always is, trying something new… check your email please.
      No big worries – though.

      You get on a bike or a horse and learn… then no matter how long you haven’t ridden – you remember. 🙂

      Thanks ~ Jules

      • Judy E Martin

        Thank Jules, you are right, and I always enjoy learning something new.

        I cannot find anything at all in my e-mail from you. I also checked my Spam folder and nothing in there either.

      • julespaige

        I used the email on your entry. I’ll try again….

      • julespaige

        Judy… does your email end in a .com?
        Name@samenameanothernamelastnamedot… I copy and pasted it.

        Get the ‘code’. That’s where I sent it because that’s what was on the form. If that isn’t correct. Let me know. Please, go to one of my blogs and leave a small comment or even just a 🙂 So I can get your email.

      • Charli Mills

        The form is a brand new process to us, too! Thanks for the perseverance!

  19. Chris Mills

    Jules, Thank you for this challenging prompt for the competition. I just submitted what may be the strangest story I’ve ever written. Writing the septolets was challenging and enjoyable. Mine rhyme, if that gets me any extra points. 😛 I am looking forward to reading what others did with this. Great Rodeo, Charli.

    • julespaige

      Check your email…

      • cam8510

        Got it, thanks.

    • Charli Mills

      Good to see you enjoying the Rodeo, Chris! Oh, rhyming! Good call.

    • julespaige


      My pen is always ready, but time and reality interrupt my imagination!

    • Charli Mills

      Thanks, Irene! You are up next! 🙂

  20. julespaige

    Just a friendly update. We have over one dozen successful entries!
    Woop, Woop! High fives all around.

    Just some friendly reminders:

    1) use a current email address
    2) check your Septolet word and line counts and make sure your Septolet has a break…. please. Look at the examples in the post. 🙂
    3) Check your total word count MAXIMUM is 300 words but you can do less.
    4) If you have a problem with the entry form… ask for help or a Plan B.
    We are a friendly bunch here and really want every one who wants to… to play.
    5) Remember that if you are a Winner Charli is going to need to contact you so if you are using a pen-name she is going to need a real one to send your winnings to.
    6) You are all winners for entering the contest, challenge or stopping by to visit in any way shape or form – Thank YOU!!!
    7) Go where the prompt leads and have fun!

    Thanks and enjoy the ride! ~Jules

    • Charli Mills

      Thank you for these clarifications, Jules. I read this and I felt war an fuzzy inside, knowing what a wonderful and friendly community we have. You rode hard around the arena today and did the Ranch proud! <3

      • julespaige

        A ‘war and fuzzy’? Yep I was at war!
        Awe I know you meat ‘warm and fuzzy’

        And here I thought I was being a pest… at the very least a spur in the side of a gremlin! *giggle*

      • julespaige

        ummm…. meant for meat…
        Yeah some days you get to eat the beef, other days you get grilled.
        (gee…that should go in Geoff’s post… )

      • Charli Mills

        Ha, ha! Sleepy fingers! Your fought well, and I felt warm and fuzzy seeing you come out on top of the battle! <3

  21. julespaige

    Contestant: annynyms1
    Please resubmit your entry.

    Thank you –
    I apologize for ‘Pilot Error’…


    • julespaige

      Thanks – received.

    • Charli Mills

      All is flying well, thanks, Jules!

      • julespaige

        Just a note: it seems that an * counts as a word. If the count is over by one or two words because you added one of those puppies… at least to my contest – don’t worry. I’ll deduct it, since I asked you to put it in. Especially if you really need that one or three extra words.

        I am now aware of the situation and I will not let the Gremlins win!

        So just as a general reminder to anyone for any contest it seems that certain symbols count as words. You have been forewarned. 🙂

      • Charli Mills

        Oh, good discovery and solution, Jules!

  22. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

    Submitted but had a problem with submission for Geoff’s so please check that it turned up this time.
    Great challenge Jules and a lot of fun.

    • julespaige

      We got it – it appears the Gremlin has transferred a few entries into Charli’s Spam folder!

      This has been a learning experience. I am always checking my spam at my email and at WP. If an entry goes to Charli’s spam… that’s gonna be hard for anyone but Charli to check. As a host of a contest we’ll just have to remind Charli to check her spam a every couple of days. Since she gets everything as the default setting.

      And that default setting is ‘priceless!’ 🙂

      Thanks for your entry ~Jules
      I’m looking forward to getting out of the hot seat and participating in your contest.

      • Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

        This has given me a few tips to be aware of. I rarely look at my spam folder but will try to do so during the comp. Hope you got lots of entries and will look forward to yours in mine if you have time with all the reading I know you’ll be doing over the next few weeks.

      • julespaige

        I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do two. But I might.

        I’ve been entering one as a Challenge and one for the contest. I have many different ‘voices’ …Bwahahhhaahha. 🙂

    • Charli Mills

      We do have a few gremlins but found their lair and are monitoring their activities.

  23. readinpleasure

    Jules, you are simply amazing. 🙂

    • julespaige

      I hope that means you’ll enter as a challenge or in the contest?

      Cheers to you my friend! ~Jules

      • Charli Mills

        I agree! And I hope you enter!

  24. julespaige

    We’re running out of time…
    If you’ve got something in the works… “Work it, Baby!”
    Since Irene’s contest is up and running there will be no extensions.

    If your word count was over… edit. Or submit a new piece.

    Gimme some love. Enter the Challenge or the Contest.
    Septolets really aren’t that hard. Here’s another example of mine that I did not post in the comments before, but it’s on all of my blogs:

    Carrot Ranch Invitation: Spell… Bound?

    There is excitement in the air for me
    I am stretching my wings, embracing something different
    There is a slight tremble, shadow of fear…
    No one will want to come and play
    The enchantment of creating is the rainbow lure
    Who will nibble and possibly take the bait?
    Nerves rattle like the moistureless leaves just waiting…
    To fall …will they be crushed under foot?
    Will I be a successful mage with my
    Willow wand in hand and cast my spell

    Interrupt time
    Interpret space

    There is
    No race
    Just a
    Hope for
    For participants…


    • Charli Mills

      Great reminder, Jules! And you’r working it, too! 😀

      • julespaige

        …to breathe is to write… for some, for tis the sum tis of it.

      • julespaige

        Phat fingered again. Getting up early for my grandson…

        …Should read (and I’m reformatting it into a Septolet:

        (title) Writing ‘It”

        To breathe
        is to
        write for
        some t’is
        the sum

        of living
        our lives


  25. Deborah Lee

    Some of my favorite books are grimoires! And I had never heard of a septolet before — that was fun!

    • julespaige

      Thank you! Got your entry.

      Grimorie is one of those words that makes you think twice!


  26. julespaige

    Thank you to those who entered in the Challenge comments and all the Entrants – This contest is now closed.

    And the ‘fun’ part of Judging begins…


    • julespaige

      )Oops …we have one more day… I’m good with that.

  27. julespaige

    And now we are closed…
    With a last day entry we’ve 22 good submissions.

    Thank you all. ~Jules

  28. Charli Mills

    Thanks for sharing!

  29. Charli Mills

    Thanks for entering and sharing, Ritu!


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