There is more going on here than there are words to describe. This year has been full of growth and laughter, and this fall has been the winter of the heart. So much loss has greeted this household. It’s left many things in a tizzy. The coming new year will be greeted with refreshment and joy, even as the mourning will continue for a long time to come.

Two of the freelancers contracting with TWN and the acquisitions editor of DP will be posting to the blog over the course of the months to come.




The #5minutefiction contest and daily posts will resume after the first of the year. I did hope to have one tonight, however things beyond any control stopped that from happening. This is the reason for the delay until the first of the year.

Adan – you still have an email coming <3 Promise.

Marketing Monday posts will resume after the first of the year.

I haven’t posted much on here due to time constraints and management obligations. In preparation for the beginning of the new year there are some things in the background coming together. I’m looking forward to sharing more about each of them as we achieve those goals.


Have fun! Enjoy life – it’s far too short not to, and hug the person next to you.


#5MinuteFiction Wk 46 Prompt

Today’s Judge – Sarah Barnard, of Osier Publishing – is offering a publisher’s critique on any story you chose to submit.


In honor of Veterans everywhere, today’s prompt:

Your character reflects on the fallen warriors of past. 

All posts should be created and submitted by 745 CST

A Few Notes:

  • In the interest of time and formatting, it’s best to type straight into the comment box or notepad. It’s also smart to do a quick highlight and copy before you hit “post” just in case the internets decide to eat your entry. If your entry doesn’t appear right away, check with Catrina for who to contact.
  • The host reserves the right to remove hate speech, excessive violence, or similar but usually not too picky about the other stuff.
  • This is all for fun and self-promotion. So be sure to put your twitter handle at the end of your post and a link to your blog if you have one.
  • Follow the events on GooglePlus, Twitter, and Facebook with the hashtag #5MinuteFiction and #5MinFic

#5MinuteFiction Week 46

This week’s 5MinuteFiction Judge is Sarah Barnard, Author and owner of Osier Publishing. She’s a long time friend, mentor, and a brilliant author.

Tell us a little about who you are

I’m a mother of two, who spends days watching people and wondering what their stories are! I write stories, and own Osier Publishing, a small press representing a growing handful of independent authors. So far we all write out of the ordinary, covering horror, fantasy, and a little sci fi, but we’re open to a wide range of talents. When not working, I love digging in my garden.
Then Questions:

What draws you to writing? And to your genre of choice? 

The main draw to writing, is reading. There’s nothing quite like getting completely lost in a book.
My genre of choice is blurred. I love science fiction, fantasy, but anything out of the ordinary often grabs my attention. I love stories with a twist.
How many books have you published? 
Well there’s the series of 4, with the short story prequel, and the younger reader’s spin off, and the novelette sci-fi… That’s 7. 

Can you share something about them? 

Is that not what you meant? Sorry… All my stories feature strong female characters, and out of the ordinary happenings. There’s magic in most of the books, and a psychic link with a planet in the sci fi.
What do you enjoy snacking on while you create? 
Snacks depend on the time of year, the piece I’m working on, and my mood on the day! My favourite snacks often include toast, fruit, or chocolate.
What’s your favorite drink? 
Tea, earl grey, with milk.
Broken Promises.

It was the first day back at school for all the children after the long summer holidays and Kate had a couple of hours to herself, but she simply sat at the kitchen table with a large mug of tea. Cradling the warmth in her hands, she let the heat spread calmly through her.

Kate startled at a knock on the kitchen door. She wasn’t expecting anyone. Wearily dragging herself from the chair, she slowly pulled open the door.

Lily, come in.” Kate’s voice was tired and flat. Lily frowned in concern. Perhaps this wasn’t the best time.

The events of the past few years had changed Kate. Lily could see rawness and fragility in her friend which hadn’t been there before. There was grey in her hair and lines on her face etched there by pain and grief. They matched Lily’s own smattering of grey which wove through dark hair that still held copper glints in the right light.

Lily looked down at the roll of loose pages in her hands. She hadn’t read all of it, but she’d skimmed some of it after Elder had given the document to her as she left that place for the last time. The last Portal she’d opened, bringing Kate and Susan home after Gentian’s daughter had been born.

Then her own magic had died.

Hi, Kate.” Lily spoke softly and the tone in her voice made Kate suddenly become more alert.

What’s wrong?” she asked, a frown creasing her face and worry standing in her eyes. “Lily?” Kate searched her friend’s face for an answer. Lily came to the table and sat. She placed the document on the table and left it there in between them.

It’s from Sam,” Lily said, watching Kate’s face fight to not crumple into tears. “She wrote it for you before she died. It’s an account of what happened while Ametsam held her.” Kate stared at the roll of pages. Lily reached over to pat Kate’s shoulder gently. “I’ll put the kettle on,” she said and got up to walk across the kitchen. Lily leaned on the worktop and listened to the kettle heat up. She watched as Kate pushed out a trembling hand to touch the paper. The tightly rolled pages slowly began to uncurl to reveal familiar handwriting which crawled across each page.

We’ll see everyone back here tonight for #5MinuteFiction! 

And the Winner is!

The winner of week 44

#5MinuteFiction is Adan Ramie


This has been a very strange week for me. My apologies for the delays in the announcement. Beyond my delays the submissions were great fun! I can’t wait to introduce you to tomorrow’s guest judge!


I’ll be contacting you shortly about the prizes.

Week 44 – of #5MinuteFiction


Voting is open. All the wonderful entries from today’s Mission to Mars prompt have been listed and I’m excited to see who gets the fun prize for the week! I will say this much for sure, voting won’t be easy. All of the entries are intense in one way or another. I love to see what lies ahead.

We do have a new judge lined up for next week. I’ll get you more details on that come Thursday!

Make sure to share the page, the prompt, and have fun!


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#5MinuteFiction Week 44 Prompt

Welcome to this week’s unique #5MinuteFiction

Due to our unique situation this week we have an open Flash Fiction Contest. This simply means that everyone who submits a piece of Flash Fiction with tonight’s prompt will be entered into the voting. The winner will be announced on Thursday evening.

This week’s prizes include 2 Scifi Novels – Xarrok Birth of an Empire books 1 & 2 (or 3 and a short story if you’ve read one and two); 1 Xarrok short story – Memories of Hel; a $5 Barnes and Nobel gift card.

Here’s the Prompt for tonight:

Your character has been selected to be on the first four person ship that will land on Mars. It’s nearing time to arrive. Now what?

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Quick Reminders:

The rules:

  • Your entry must contain the prompt.
  • You can write anything: any style, any genre, poetry or prose.
  • Post your entry in the comments of the prompt post no later than 7:45 pm CST.

What happens next?
The weekly judge will sweat over all the entries and choose his or her five favorites, which will be announced around 9pm CST. Then it’s up to you: vote in the finalists’ poll. The winner announced at 8:00 pm CST on Thursday (the one following the event), takes all! In this case, all means intense pride and the adulation of all the participants.

A Few Notes:

  • In the interest of time and formatting, it’s best to type straight into the comment box or notepad. It’s also smart to do a quick highlight and copy before you hit “post” just in case the internets decide to eat your entry. If your entry doesn’t appear right away, check with Catrina for who to contact.