#BlogBattle 49 “Lollipops” Entries & Voting

#BlogBattle 49 Story Theme: Lollipops

(basic rules at the bottom of the post)

Post your story by 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday! I add them here throughout the day on Tuesday.

Look for 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 Midnight PST, SUNDAY. Vote for your TOP 3 favorites. Winner announced on Monday!


  • Change by Tess
  • Will Power by Sarah Brentyn
  • A Moment of Word & Whimsy by Candice Coates
  • Coralina Meets Her Mother by Kristin Elise Garrett (disappeared?)
  • Lord of the Lollipops by Rachael Ritchey

Science Fiction/Fantasy:







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

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

Vote by Midnight 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!

Week 48 Winner: A Smuggler’s Tale Part 4 by Grace Petrelli



  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 linkback to your #BlogBattle Short Story in the comments section of this page, and/orinclude 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

41 responses to “#BlogBattle 49 “Lollipops” Entries & Voting”

  1. So THAT’S how it worked. I remember reading about this here and there and it had me curious. I can see pros and cons to both – this and the new models. Happy to have discovered the BBprompt community. Battles or not.

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    1. Every once in a while I think about going back to a voting model or weekly or both, but the idea is a bit daunting with everything else I’m responsible for and knowing I can’t read all the stories every week. It’s been a challenge or the last few years to do it once a month. I miss the weekly prompt interaction, though. Keeping it at 1000 words is also a good and difficult challenge for most of us. That’s like writing a short chapter. haha If you have ideas or more feedback about the differences, please feel free to share! ❤

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      1. Kudos to you for trying to make this run smoothly and be as beneficial to the community as possible.

        The competitor in me says that it would be fun to challenge myself against others. However, the skeptic in me that knows human nature is… well skeptical. I think that unfortunately, like in any other group, there are cliques (whether smaller or bigger, more obvious or less), which would render the results biased. I’d say that we could submit without names somehow at first for blind judging, but the participants of this BBprompt have rather distinct writing styles (which is great!) and even without a name, it would be somewhat easy to tell.

        The 1k words is perfect for me as that is challenging yet attainable for me if I put in some work. Sometimes it comes up short, but that’s OK.

        This all might be more than what you wanted to know, but… you asked for it. I think as long as we are all having fun and improving our craft, it’s great!

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        1. No, this is great! You’ve mirrored so many of my thoughts on the subject and how we do BB. And that clique thing is one of the reasons I didn’t see a lot of point to continuing the voting. I felt like it was becoming a bit of a popularity contest. It was also hard for everyone to commit to reading all the stories (especially when we were writing once a week). I think it’s still difficult for many to read them all during a period of a month! 🙂

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          1. Indeed. It takes me quite a bit to read some of the longer entries. Still got Gary’s open from last month. Will get there soon…

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  2. I’m late this time for voting, I was sick this weekend. Anyway, I’m going to read the entries now and if I have time, I’ll vote.

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    1. I haven’t checked the votes yet! 🙂 I’ll wait until 5pm PST, if that works! Hope you’re feeling better. 🙂

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      1. Oh I’m great now. It was an odd food poisoning. Watch out for your leftovers, folks 😉 But please don’t feel inconvenient on my account 🙂

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        1. Not at all. It’s easy enough to wait a bit. I’m glad you’re doing better!

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  3. Oy. This is harder every week. It was a close finish for so many. 🙂


  4. Kristin’s link isn’t working…

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    1. Oh man! I will fix it soon. Thanks


  5. Strong entries already, this is getting tough now 🙂

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  6. Hi Rachael. Mine is here: http://cathleentownsend.com/2016/02/16/tahoe-trip/. It’s a ghost story, so it probably belongs in action/thriller. 🙂

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    1. Perfect. 🙂 I’ve got chills already. haha


  7. Here’s my last minute Action entry, with another episode of Grant and Teagan:

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  8. Didn’t think I would make it tonight, but the dogs are propping me upright to be able to type.

    And here we are…inspirational…


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      1. Syl had to do canine CPR again last week. I think she broke one of my ribs but she brought me back!

        I read her the stories of The Dude; I think that’s WHY she brought me back.

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        1. haha! Good dog. Sorry about your rib, though. I can see why she’d want to hear more of the The Dude, but it can only come from you. ❤


          1. Oh, I have plenty of ribs. One or two broken isn’t a problem.

            It is interesting that when I read to the dogs, they go very quiet, and they seem to be listening very intently. If they lose focus, I modify. They’re my Beta readers!

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            1. You’re a tough guy, in a good way!
              haha That’s a fantastic beta audience! I should try it with Hashtag. 🙂


            2. Rachael, thank you…toughness can be rather a mixed blessing, especially to a caregiver.

              Case in point, I fell today, and lacerated my legs rather badly. Didn’t hurt, though; other pain took CNS priority.

              When my wife came home she asked about the bloody gashes, and I said, oh, yes, no big deal.

              To me it wasn’t; she’s learning what living with a former merc is like, but to her it still smacks of either posturing or pretense, and was profoundly irritating.

              Dogs get it; they’re like, oh, blood. OK. Whatever. Can you scratch behind my ears, please?

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            3. Good point. toughness and constant pain can be deceiving. I bet she was upset it happened at all, more than that you were nonchalant about it. Of course, if you’ve always been a tough guy, maybe it’s more of an eye-roll from her. haha You tough guys are all alike, always spouting blood all over the floor, acting like it’s no big deal. Blood stains! 😉 Dogs be like, Oh dude, that’s good, ’cause now mom won’t know I peed in the corner. That stain’ll totally distract her.


            4. Oh, Rachael, you’ve got the dogs TAPED!

              No worries, I won’t tell.

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            5. That’s good, ’cause I don’t really want to make the dogs grumpy. 🙂


  9. Well Rachael, some time ago you challenged me to write a Western, here it is, better late than never. I have no idea where this came from, YIKES!! Here it is: http://wp.me/pgklb-UT

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  11. Congrats Grace! That chapter rocked!

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