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Week Seven: fly, fly fly on your own, no flying monkeys

Please welcome guest editor Jane D who tweets as @greatersafety and blogs at A Place of Greater Safety. If you have any questions or need any clarification on today’s post or prompts, please feel free to begin a discussion in comments.

Your judges this week for the final summer writer’s series jury prize will be Michelle L at The Journey, Cindy R at The Reedster Speaks and Liz R at Studio Liz. Flood will continue as submissions editor, moderating the challenge grid and managing the hangout grid. 

The yeah write #70 summer challenge grid will be open for submissions until Wednesday at 9 pm US eastern. Voting will open at that time and will close on Thursday at 9 pm US eastern [-4 GMT]

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When I jumped up and down in the comments to be included this week, Erica was, I think, a bit bemused. She may have said “I’m glad you’re excited,” more than once. I was excited. Then she sent the login, and I got nervous. I figured, as a two-month newbie, I’d better work hard not to screw this up. I decided to do  some research.

No, I didn’t start drinking vodka.

I clicked through the entire yeah write archives. I don’t recommend this. By week 40 when lovelinks became yeah write, I had long begun to regret my little project, but my compulsive streak won out.

When I finished at three in the morning, here’s what I had figured out:

Erica is a goddess. Actually, Erica is Kato, constantly tinkering in the garage so you can have a car with rocket launchers and an espresso machine (or a chance for a text ad with the Bloggess) so you, yes, you, can be a superhero.

She has a vision, and she has repeatedly found ways to keep things interesting, even rebooting the whole system when she felt necessary.

Welcome to the summer writers’ series

Managing editor Erica with contributing editors Kristin and Flood (Jen is on summer hiatus) and all their  brilliant guest editors created a writing guide at least as valuable as any of the books given as prizes. Perhaps more valuable, since it’s specifically aimed at bettering your blog writing.

Bookmark it, use it, love it.

Of course, this writing guide also comes with a community of incredibly awesome people. Every person has been kind and encouraging as I and others have stepped out from the safety of the hangout grid or linked for the first time ever. The number of comments that started with “I reread your post several times…” continues to shock me because of the amount of time and attention that shows is being lavished on these blogs. I know I speak for more than one new and nervous writer when I say a huge “thank you.” You’ve changed my writing and, by extension, my life.

Now, as we head into the last week, I sort of feel like I’m at preschool graduation with all of us taking our turn on the stage and cheering each other on from the stands. We little birds are testing our wings as we get ready for the final plunge into the big bad world of the returning challenge grid.

Or not. The hangout grid will always be there, no voting required. 

A few reminders as you prepare to link up:

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  •  No new tutorials. Review a week you missed, or that you could still use some work on.
  • This is the last week for the strict 500 word limit. Next week it will be 1,000.
  • Prompts are provided, but they are optional.
  • If you’re confused, please visit the summer writing faq.
  • If you’re still confused,  try the opening post from last week.
  • Bring your best stuff!

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Yeah write summer challenge grid #70 is open. Write your hearts into it.

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the prompts are now optional; if you need one, grab one

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  • If the prompt takes you from thunderstorms to watching TV at your grandma’s house to how much you love Pat Sajak to the oldest person you’ve ever kissed, we want that story the furthest away in your imagination from the original prompt. Let your imagination loose
  • Do not mention to your readers you are writing to a prompt, either as an intro or as a footnote. It’s your job to make the post interesting without “explaining it away”
  • Keep your writing style! Do you tell stories with humor? Prose? Verse? Photos? Illustrations? Keep doing that 

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  • Describe the longest amount of time you have ever been away from home.
  • Write about something you know now that you wish you knew earlier in life.
  • What music medium did you grow up with; vinyl records, CDs, or digital?

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