Accepting Guest Submissions Until 07/15/17

The deadline is fast approaching! You have 3 days to get your guest submission in to be featured on The Ink Owl!

Open to anyone and everyone who follows my blog or whoever comes across this randomly.

I would like submissions to contain an essence of fantasy as well as reflect this prompt:

“Into the deep I plunge.”

 

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions can be short stories, poetry, journal entries, or thoughts. Short stories, journal entries, and thoughts must be between 300 and 1700 words. Poem should have no more than 600 words. Submissions can be previously posted or written, you don’t have to write whole new pieces if you don’t want to.

**As a courtesy to my younger or more sensitive readers, please do not use graphic language or excessive profanity.**

  • Each post will feature a short blurb about you and will contain a link to your site. Please indicate the top 8 tags you would like used.
  • Answer these three questions about yourself:
    • 1. Where you are from.
    • 2. You favorite: piece of writing/book/literature.
    • 3. In no more than two sentences, why you love to write.
  • Photos are more than welcome, and encouraged as long as they do not contain graphic content (i.e. nudity, pornography, violence, self-harm, and the like).

You can submit pieces via email, send them to:

michael.erickson512@gmail.com

Subject line: August Submission

I need about 30-ish pieces and will take submissions up until July 15th. Spread the word by commenting below if you are interested and sharing with your fellow bloggers.

Now I wait with baited breath!

Sincerely yours,

-M.E. InkOwl

Electricity’s Pull


Clip, clap, fingers tap.

Feel the smooth cold metal.

Snip, snap, your jaws flap,

Onto unsuspecting fingers.

But there inside with white sockets invite,

A wandering object to charge.

“Don’t you dare!” Mom screamed.

And dropped the thing, because electricity has nothing to hide.

-M.E. InkOwl

A Garden In Time

Life was less complicated,

The greatest obstacles of each day was bedtime.

Long days reached far into the night with star-gazing and finding constellations.

Imagination ran wild, whole worlds rose and fell within an afternoon.

Always there was a home to go to, a family to be cared by.

Days ended with a promise,

New adventures, friends

All sealed with a song and kiss goodnight.

-M.E. InkOwl

Summer Sunshine Blogging Award

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I am excited once again to announce that The Ink Owl blog has been nominated for the Summer Sunshine Blogging Award! Thank you to Invisible-No-More for the nomination and attention! It’s always incredible to find followers and readers that enjoy my writing.

Rules:

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2.) Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Questions For Me:

What is your favorite day of the week?

I’d have to say Wednesday, because that is when my weekend begins and can actually be with my family all day.

What was your favorite childhood toy?

I had this really small micro machine toy of the star ship Enterprise that I would take everywhere I went. I

Are you a cat or a dog person?

I grew up with Shetland Sheep dogs and am deathly allergic to cats. So I’m definitely a dog person.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Are you doing that now?

I wanted to be a paleontologist as a child, and I’m not now. But I am pursuing my dreams of writing, and some of those stories does include dinosaurs so . . . in a round-a-bout sort of way yes I am.

At dessert time, do you go for chocolate or lemon?

Always chocolate.

What is your favorite topic to blog about?

I love blogging about fiction writing. (Because it includes all of my stories.)

Why did you start your blog?

After being dismissed from school I was in a pretty negative place and needed to move forward with my life. Writing had always been one of those hobbies I’ve done on the side, or set on the backburner and I really wanted to grow my abilities.

What book are you currently reading?

Currently trying to get into The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson and also laughing my way through Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen.

What past TV show would you like to see back on the air?

I would love to see White Collar come back. It was amazing!

If you could go back into your past, what (if anything) would you like to change?

What would you have for your final meal?

Homemade sourdough waffles with sausage, eggs, and potatoes.

My Nominations:

Tiny Girl Big World Blog

J.A. Allen

Useful Soul 

Douglas William Thurstan Smith

Deidra Alexander’s Blog

WritingBlissfully

Inspiration Pie

Earth to Ash

Fiction is Food

Zeckrombryan

Witchlike

Questions For Them:

What is your favorite season of the year?

What do you do when you’re stuck in traffic?

How do you prepare your space to write?

Name one of your obsessions.

What music can you not live without?

What time of day is the most conducive for writing?

How do you push yourself to finish a story?

What is an irrational fear you have?

What’s your favorite character you’ve written so far?

Do you have a perfect happenstance in time you remember? What happened?

What is your favorite part of summer?

 

Lavender On The Table

The night hung warm around us,

As we pulled blossom from stem.

An aroma of tranquility fill the summer air,

Mixing with murmurs of friends.

We laughed and joke round a table of purple,

Feeling the night with our skin.

I paused a moment to take a breath in, and caved to the sleepiness within.

-M.E. InkOwl

Four More Days to submit your Breath and Bones Writing Prompt Challenge Submissions!

Hey this is a last minute writing prompt contest!! check it out!

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The submissions I have already received for the Breath and Bones Writing Prompt Challenge are excellent but I am a little disappointed that I have only received nine pieces so far.  I think its a great prompt and hope that more of you will be inspired to participate.  Newbie and veteran writers are encouraged to submit.

Here are the guidelines:

Writing Prompt: “I Am More Than Breath and Bones” (evocative tagline of TrE at a cornered gurl)

  1. Using the writing prompt above, write a 100 to 800 word original, previously unpublished piece that integrates the writing prompt.  It can be poetry, prose, short fiction or even essay.  The prompt can be used as the title, you can use the phrase intact, or break it up however you want within the written piece.
  2. Pick out an image to go with your submission
  3. Write a brief biography (a sentence or two is really fine)
  4. Send…

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From a Fruit Bowl

I hold within my hand with care,

A creation of imperfection.

It’s small enough to lose so quick,

I cannot breath or blink.

But to young minds, to see in miniature,

It sets the cogs spinning.

I grin at each one, and with care I roll it back in place,

Tiny fruits in their basket.

-M.E. InkOwl

To A Rose

Low how a rose,

To mine eye was such beauty beyond folly.

Cupped within hands of thorns,

Your petals of velvet wrapped tight round a secret core.

Touch not the thing, such is mirrored the human condition.

To look back upon the ignorance of youth, and preserve these memories with vines of knowledge and barbs of adulthood.

I knew not the meaning of your existence,

And so doing, pricked my naive heart.

-M.E. InkOwl