#BlogBattle Week 32 “Mars” Entries & Voting

#BlogBattle 32 Story Theme: Mars

(basic rules at the bottom of the post)

Look for everyone’s stories using #BlogBattle on Twitter, too! Wednesday, the poll gets added. Be sure to read them all. All the links will open in a new window so that you can easily navigate back to this list.

RULES for VOTING: Anyone can vote as long as you’ve read ALL the stories for this week by 10 PM PDT, SUNDAY. Vote for your TOP 3 favorites. Winner announced on Monday! (With as many great stories as get submitted, I think we all need just a little more time to read them and vote!)



  • Operation Mars by Kristin @ Pursuit of A New Adventure
  • Of the Waiting Room by Beaton M. @ Becoming the Muse




  • **** Cooking Lessons by Sofia @ Currently Loving Simplicity
  • Different Worlds by PhoenixGrey85
  • God of War by Cathleen Townsend
  • Returning Home by E. Rawls

Science Fiction:


  • Choices pt 4 by Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles


  • More than Meets the Eye by Lauren Gunter


  • Love & War by Sarah Brentyn @ Lemon Shark Reef
  • The Holiday by Blonde(Lucy)WriteMore

PS If I’m missing your story, just leave me a comment to let me know!

Anyone, regardless of participation, who reads ALL the stories for the week may vote.

PLEASE VOTE for your top THREE favorites (not all for the same, though!).

Vote by 10 PM PST on Sunday so I can announce the winner on Monday Thank you so much. I enjoy our weekly stories a great deal, and I hope you do, too!


  1. 1000 words max
  2. fictional tale (or true if you really want)
  3. PG (no more than PG-13) Content – let’s keep this family friendly!
  4. Your story must contain the word(s) from the theme and/or be centered around the theme in a way that shows it is clearly related
  5. Go for the entertainment value!
  6. State the Genre of your story at the top of your post.
  7. Post your story on Tuesday, by 11:59 PM PST
  8. Use the hashtag #BlogBattle when tweeting your story, put a link back to your #BlogBattle Short Story in the comments section of this page, and/or include a link to this page in your own blog post(it creates a “ping-back” which will alert me and our friends to your #BlogBattle post)
  9. Have fun!

Each winner will receive this awesome #BlogBattle Winner Badge to display with their winning story on their webpage:

BlogBattle award 1

22 responses to “#BlogBattle Week 32 “Mars” Entries & Voting”

  1. …and I’ve just realised that I can do all the votes at once on the new-style poll. Sigh. Good stories this week again. 🙂

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  2. Hey Rachael,

    What’s the prompt for next week’s blog battle, please?



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      1. Hey Rach, Rach…I always wondered if we had to use the word in its current tense, like the word lurk…do we have to use lurk, or can we use lurks, or lurking? I have used the word as stated for each week at least once, but then will use it throughout in different tense. I sometimes find it difficult to use it as is, but have managed to at least once in my stories so far.

        Having to teach elementary grammar makes me think too much. 🙂

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        1. Great question. 🙂 the goal is to use out at least once in its current form and then as much add you can on any form possible! 🙂 I hope that makes sense. lurk, lurking, lurker, lurked. 😀

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  3. […] the BlogBattles are open to everyone, so whether you want to write or read and vote, we’ll be glad to have […]

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  4. Lucky I just changed the title to “Gods of War”! Would hate to trespass on Cathleen’s pride of place with the singular.

    Inspirational, as always –


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    1. haha both of you are such clever, talented writers. I’m sure she’d not be too upset, but it helps the rest of us differentiate, that’s for sure! ❤

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  5. Mars was a tough one to fit in! 😀

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    1. I can just imagine! 😀 Great job with pulling it together, though! I’m not surprised!

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  6. […] is my entry for this week’s #BlogBattle challenge by the wonderful author Rachael Ritchey, where the challenge is to write a short story based […]

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    1. Yay! 🙂 more MoG for me! ❤

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      1. 😀 all for you my dear!

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  7. […] SCIENCE FICTION and our KEYWORD: MARS. To read stories from other blogbattlers do so by clicking HERE. To read the first 5 chapters of Man Of Grace, do so by following this LINK, it will take you to […]

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  8. Hi Rachael,

    My entry is here: http://cathleentownsend.com/2015/10/19/god-of-war/.

    It’s a fantasy drabble–exactly a hundred words. At least I don’t have to worry about blowing through the word count ceiling this week. 🙂

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    1. Fantastic, Cathleen. 🙂 100 words is a CHALLENGE indeed!

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  9. […] Read more stories and vote for your favorite here. […]


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