#BlogBattle 56 “Indiscriminate” Entries & Voting

*** Please, please don’t be afraid to tell me if I’ve missed adding your story! I don’t want to leave any out, and I’d rather you bopped me on the head than miss your contribution! Thanks. ***

#BlogBattle 56 Story Theme: Indiscriminate

(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.

RULES for VOTING: Anyone can vote as long as you’ve read ALL the stories for this week by Midnight PST of the following MONDAY. Vote for your TOP 3 favorites. Winner announced on the next Tuesday’s #BlogBattle entries post!


Action/Thriller/Suspense:

Comedy/Humor:

Inspirational/Contemporary:

Drama/Romance:

Science Fiction/Fantasy:

Mystery/Crime:

Western:

Non-Fiction:


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 55 “Leviathan” Winner: Leviathan Deep by Rachael Ritchey


****NEXT WEEK’S PROMPT WORD: Ticket


Rules:

  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

 


31 thoughts on “#BlogBattle 56 “Indiscriminate” Entries & Voting

          1. Doing my best, Rachael, but I’m walking a tightrope over an abyss of nihilism.

            When you realize (and are told) that everyone would have had an easier time if you had died a few years ago…it’s hard to see a way forward, and to place any credence in “God has a plan”.

            Still writing, though.

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            1. (I hijacked the comments section with this one. If it’s too much, Andrew, let me know, and I’ll delete it. Just feeling so much for you…)
              Oh, Andrew, I’m so sorry. I often think easier time of life doesn’t mean better or more fulfilled, though hard is exhausting. But easier feeds selfish and self-centered more often than not. And God’s plan isn’t about my happiness or yours or anyone else’s that you know. I know you know that just like I do, but we, all of us in our finite, egocentric, sinful hearts forget, especially when things are hard and it seems easier to let go or give up. Everything that you are writing and doing leaves a mark on this world, a part of a plan more infinite and detailed than any one person could ever fathom. Easier doesn’t mean better, just different, and there will be a day for that, just maybe not today. Honestly, I’m kind of tired of hearing that phrase, too…”God has a plan.” I want to say, “No duh.”It lacks comfort, sympathy, and empathy. It’s just something people say to fill a gap, a band aid of something resembling sympathy, but it gives no real balm to the suffering or terrible circumstances a person finds themselves in because it comes from, “Buck up, soldier” as opposed to, “I’m meeting you where you are in the midst of your suffering.” Your life, every day of it, is worth the heavy price paid, and God knows your suffering and the people around you, what they suffer on your behalf. He records it all. Nothing is outside his sight or reach. God’s given you a will to live and the strength to carry on. That’s nothing to take lightly. Hard as it may be now, every moment of your life, suffering, joys, and sorrows are shaping and molding those you come in contact with. Your life matters even in the smallest degree in this regard and impacts the future. Your drop of water makes ripples on the pond, my friend. Keep writing. Don’t stop. I know I am not experiencing the every day struggle to live you and Barbara are, so what I say comes from a place that can have very little empathy outside watching my own grandpa die of melanoma skin cancer and the struggle of maintaining self, courage, composure, dignity, purpose, and joy. Seeing my grandma’s every day struggle for strength, patience, joy, courage, endurance, and purpose…Knowing that when he passed away she was both sad and relieved. Though that time was very very very hard for her, she misses him every day. Though he was not always the best husband, she still loves him 20 years later. Though he was unkind with his words during the last of his time, and impatient more often than not, she has forgiven him and wishes he were still here with her, although she knows he’s in a better place. It’s hard, but it’s not forever. Eternity waits for us all on the other side. Keep writing. ❤

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            2. Rachael, my friend…thank you so much for this, and please forgive my delay in responding (it turned into rather a rough night).

              You’ve really expressed a kind of love and compassion that is inspiring…and is a motivation to keep trying, and to pass along that compassion and care in whatever way I can.

              I will print this out and put it on the refrigerator…but it’s engraved in my heart.

              Thank you so very, very much.

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      1. I’m blushing for all the warm fuzzies! I feel as if a lot of clutter has been moved and I can press forward. I think the computer issue the other week was more of a blessing in that regard 😉

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          1. Amen! lol. It’s encouraged me to go through other things I have and don’t need. Truly, I needed to weed through my documents but now I don’t have to. And as I said, I didn’t lose any of my novels so all is well in the world!

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