Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Featured Writer - Challenge No 27 - Sparkle!

Hello everyone! No doubt due to Christmas preparations our entries were down this challenge. Some have told me that they won't be able to post til the New Year, but I'll be keeping RFWer operational for those of us who are getting back into the swing of it!

Thanks to each and every one of you for your entries this week. Glad to see such powerful poetry packing a punch again! All entries so different but each so unique for our Sparkle theme.

A warm welcome back to Ruth. It was great to be reading about Stewart again. An excellent snippet. I'm sure we all enjoyed reading Anna's unique entry, complete with personal photos of her charming children. Simran wrote a heart-warming story whereas Francine entertained us with her twisted fairy tale. Roland managed to weave some more sparkle into his characters Victor and Alice while I had a smile on my face the whole time I was writing my Christmas Lights story.

So you've probably worked out by now that I can't help going with our powerful poets this week. All three stole the show with their sparkly imagery.

Tie for Runner Up. Andy, whose 'words are like music on a battlefield' is our first Runner Up, and Adura's poem which was inspirational as she penned a poem based on a real-life experience of keeping the spark alive, shares second place with Andy. Congratulations to Andy and Adura for such wonderful words this week. Both contained that romantic element.

Our Featured Writer this week could be none other than Heaven whose poetry, or prosetry as Adura called it, absolutely sparkled with romance and tragedy. Her Christmas Star poem blew me away with its story of deep love and 'hope...fluttering, sparkling in his chest.' So a big round of applause to Heaven! Her poem can be found on the Featured Writer page. I see two other people as well as myself have voted for Heaven as FW this week.

Please keep those poems/stories coming each fortnight.

Looking forward to reading about those Ties That Bind on December 30. By then your fingers should be twitching to get back to writing.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Denise (L'Aussie)

My little Christmas tree at my apartment. 
A much bigger one awaits at the beach. 


  1. Congratulations to all the authors; and especially to the winners.

    I'm sorry I haven't gotten around to reading everyone's entries, and it seems I've missed much. I've been wrapped up in some writing projects and not blogging much.

    I hope to visit all the Sparkle excerpts soon, and to join you all in writing for Ties.

    Merry Christmas to all, and hope you have a wonderful new year.


  2. Congratulations Heaven, well deserved.

    Also Andy and Adura for such wonderful poems.

    I look forward to the Ties That bind. I'm almost 100% well finally and I am working on my stories again. A little tie to bind them together should work out.

  3. Hello.
    I just came by to vote & noticed winner/runners up already chosen. I'll still add my vote though. Congratulations to Heaven & Adura!
    Thanks for the award. You know I love the Harlot badge & will grab it & run. ;-)

    Enjoy the approaching holidays everyone. For some of you, I'll see you next year! For others, hope to see you on the 30th.
    Thanks again!

  4. Congratulations to Heaven, for such an excellent poem-story!

    Congratulations also to Adura and Andy to for their fine poems!

    I love poetry, but it's so hard to write, so I don't usually post my poems.

    See you on December 30th!

    Hope your holidays will be safe and happy!

    Best wishes,

  5. Sorry Andy. Your vote is always welcome. Just that I had to get the post up before heading to the beach.

    I'm looking forward to Ties and have an idea cooking!


  6. Like Andy, I'm definitely running with it. The harlot badge is so cute. Perked up my spirits too. Thank you!

    Congrats to Heaven and Andy. Loved both entries.

  7. Oh...and Merry Christmas to everyone!

    Lovely Christmas tree, Denise. Wish I could have some of that Aussie heat and the barbecues.

  8. Happy Christmas
    Congrats Aduro and Andy
    I haven't been feeling my muse again recently, though a friend told me a great real life romance yesterday that would have perfectly fitted this theme.
    I hope to be back in the swing of things after Christmas/ New Year.
    Merry Christmas everyone.

  9. Adura, thanks. My little tree has some sparkle.

    Madeleine, let's hope the muse kicks in again in the New Year! Maybe you can use that story somehow.

    Once again, Merry Christmas everyone!


  10. Merry Christmas all! Looking forward to getting my feet wet again.

  11. Hey Joy! Twill be wonderful to have you dipping your Jamaican toes in again! Have missed you.


  12. Hi,

    Well-deserved awards!

    Happy Holidays to all...


  13. Thanks so much ~

    I appreciate the kind and encouraging comments.

    Happy Holidays to everyone ~

  14. Oh and whoever had the late little vote for me, thanks very much!


  15. I won't be able to participate after all, but I will visit all of you.

  16. Everyone, Nancy is very ill again. Please send positive thoughts and prayers her way!



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