Combat Boredom with Board  Games

Combat Boredom with Board Games

One of the best ways to have fun while learning, or to learn while having fun, is by playing board games. Playing games together as a family helps to bond family relationships. Adjustments can be made to suit most numbers and ages and rules can be adapted to suit your...
Home with the Kids — Ideas to Keep them Learning

Home with the Kids — Ideas to Keep them Learning

Kids and learning are two things close to my heart. I have always been an advocate for education and learning, especially for young children, for that’s where it all starts. Parents are their children’s first and most important teachers and, although they may share...
Rodeo #4: Fractured Fairy Tales Winners

Rodeo #4: Fractured Fairy Tales Winners

By Norah Colvin Fairy Tales — Fractured in 99 Words Once upon a time on a virtual ranch, Was a whole bunch of writers wanting a chance To fracture a tale in no more and no less Than 99 words to show who was the best. The judges were ready, no red pen in sight And sent...
Rodeo #4: Fractured Fairy Tales

Rodeo #4: Fractured Fairy Tales

A Flash Fiction contest by Norah Colvin Co Judges: Anne Goodwin and Robbie Cheadle Do you love fairy tales? Chances are, unless you are a parent or grandparent of young children or an early childhood educator as I am, you may not have encountered a fairy tale for a...
Rodeo #4: Fractured Fairy Tales

Once Upon a Rodeo Time

(GRAPHIC UPDATED TO CORRECT DATES) From the remote reaches of northern Idaho, the Carrot Ranch Weekly Challenges launched in March of 2014. From around the world, Norah Colvin accepted the first challenge from Australia. She’s held a special place at the Ranch...
All-Around Best of Show

All-Around Best of Show

From Lead Buckaroo, Charli Mills The dust has settled, and the bulls are back out to pasture after the first Flash Fiction Rodeo at Carrot Ranch. From idea to event, this was no solo endeavor. It took a community to dream, organize, support, promote and engage. To all...
Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #1

Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #1

When I Grow Up By Norah Colvin Do you remember being asked this question as a child? Or contemplating it, even if you weren’t asked? Do you recall your childhood thoughts? I remember having no aspiration prior to the age of ten when I decided I wanted to be a teacher....
Games for the Fun of It

Games for the Fun of It

Guest Compiler: Rough Writer & Ranch Hand, Norah Colvin Last week when Charli wrote about games, she wrote about games for the fun of it, and more serious games that give us the run around with very little enjoyment. She challenged writers to In 99 words (no more,...
More Than a State of Mind

More Than a State of Mind

Guest Compiler: Rough Writer & Ranch Hand, Norah Colvin In the introduction to her post and flash fiction challenge, Charli discussed her feelings of contentment at having reached Kansas. She said, “I had such a feeling of contentment when we breathed a sigh of...
Raw Literature: Spring Review #3

Raw Literature: Spring Review #3

The table is set for writers at Carrot Ranch. It’s like an old-fashioned ranch BBQ where the host supplies the roast meat and the guest bring sides. The main course is flash fiction, and each writer who responds to a weekly challenge provides their own dish...
A Class of Raw Literature

A Class of Raw Literature

Essay by Norah Colvin, a member of the Congress of Rough Writers. << ? >> I was quite fascinated with Charli’s introduction to this conversation about raw literature  right here on her blog at Carrot Ranch Communications.  I was unfamiliar with the term...