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Greetings Earthlings!

I’ve had a lovely little trip around the galaxy, but I have to tell you, it feels good to put my feet back on solid ground and my fingers back on my keyboard. A little bit of a break is nice – it gives me perspective, lets my brain refresh itself and my shoulders unknot. But by the time I get back, I sometimes find I’m out of practice. It’s a challenge to get moving again.

Marcy L – last week’s crowd favorite and editor’s pick – talked about exiling beloved lines and phrases that she can’t work into her current piece. I do this by keeping a running log of things I’ve excised from my own writing. When I’m stuck for a place to start, I take a peek and see if I can resurrect one of my own murdered darlings. And so I’m anticipating a bit of grave-robbing this week. What about you?

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Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: who let the dogs out?

This week’s question requires only one thing for a good answer: a person who let the dogs out. You can embellish a story about why the dogs got out or their subsequent canine capers, but you must feature a person who, for whatever reason, let the dogs out.

A few other reminders:

PROOFREAD. Nothing is easier, and nothing will get you bumped from the voting grid faster than typos, spelling or punctuation mistakes, or grammatical errors. You’ve only got 42 words; mistakes stick out.

Keep in mind that your post has to make sense if your reader doesn’t know the question. Don’t use the question as your title or anywhere else in your piece. And remember, any words surrounding your gargleblaster — explanations, references, footnotes, shout-outs, etc. — will be counted against your 42-word limit.

Need a second set of eyes? Find yourself a writing partner over in the yeah write coffeehouse.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

The top 42 entries will be open for voting on Thursday

You may enter only one gargleblaster microstory. This summer, all our grids are unmoderated, which means up to 42 submissions meeting the basic guidelines will be open to Thursday’s popular vote. Everybody: read, comment, vote!

Email us or head over to our pages on Facebook and Twitter with any questions.

Winners will be announced on Friday

Look for Friday’s combined winners’ post to see the crowd favorites and editors’ picks from across all of our challenge grids.

What else is happening around here?

We’ve got the nonfiction grid opening on Mondays, the speakeasy for fiction and poetry on Tuesdays, the gargleblaster micro challenge on Wednesdays, and the come-one, come-all moonshine grid for the weekends. We’ve also got a great hangout space over at the coffeehouse. Make sure you subscribe to our weekly e-mail blast so you don’t miss out.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

yeah write #225 micro weekly writing challenge is open for submissions

Basic microstory guidelines: 42 word count limit; must be an answer to the week’s ultimate question found in the introductory post; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; nonfiction, fiction, haiku, whatever, told in exactly 42 words.

How to submit and fully participate in the challenge:

  1. In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the micro badge and paste it into the HTML view of your entry
  2. Follow the Inlinkz instructions after clicking “add your link” to upload your entry to this week’s challenge grid
  3. Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message
  4. Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge
  5. Consider turning off moderated comments and CAPTCHA on your own blog

This summer, all our grids are unmoderated which means submissions meeting the basic guidelines will be published Thursday on yeah write. Those entries will be open to a popular vote with the winner celebrated on Friday.

Thank you for sharing with us your hard work! Good luck in the challenge…

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