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Wednesday 1st April 2015

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Welcome to this week’s Light and Shade Challenge and Happy April Fool's Day!

Every Wednesday we put up a new Challenge.  There is a picture, a quotation and a 500 word limit.  The Challenge is to take whatever is sparked by the picture and/or the quotation, however tenuous or remote the connection, and see how much fun you can have in 500 words.  We never count the words.  The main thing that is important to us (Lyssa Medana and Thomas Marlowe) is the fun.  You have until midnight GMT Tuesday.

Here is the picture prompt.  Please credit if you show it on your blog.  

Image from WikiCommons and in the Public Domain

Here is the quotation.
A fool and his money are soon parted Anonymous
It is really encouraging to have comments on your work and it can give people a real lift.  Sometimes it is nice to just let someone know that their writing hit the spot.  Sometimes you can give a little help with a suggestion or hint.  Please comment on the other writers as much as you feel able.  The rule wi…

Wednesday 25th March 2015

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Welcome to this week’s Light and Shade Challenge!

Every Wednesday we put up a new Challenge.  There is a picture, a quotation and a 500 word limit.  The Challenge is to take whatever is sparked by the picture and/or the quotation, however tenuous or remote the connection, and see how much fun you can have in 500 words.  We never count the words.  The main thing that is important to us (Lyssa Medana and Thomas Marlowe) is the fun.  You have until midnight GMT Tuesday.

Here is the picture prompt.  Please credit if you show it on your blog.  
Image from Wiki Commons, taken by Synyan and used under the Creative Commons Agreement

Here is the quotation.
We touch other peoples' lives simply by existing JK Rowling
It is really encouraging to have comments on your work and it can give people a real lift.  Sometimes it is nice to just let someone know that their writing hit the spot.  Sometimes you can give a little help with a suggestion or hint.  Please comment on the other writers as much as y…

Wednesday 18th March 2015

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Welcome to this week’s Light and Shade Challenge!

Every Wednesday we put up a new Challenge.  There is a picture, a quotation and a 500 word limit.  The Challenge is to take whatever is sparked by the picture and/or the quotation, however tenuous or remote the connection, and see how much fun you can have in 500 words.  We never count the words.  The main thing that is important to us (Lyssa Medana and Thomas Marlowe) is the fun.  You have until midnight GMT Tuesday.

Here is the picture prompt.  Please credit if you show it on your blog.  
Image from Wiki Commons, taken by Jotauveefe and used under the Creative Commons Agreement

Here is the quotation.
Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age
Christopher Morley


It is really encouraging to have comments on your work and it can give people a real lift.  Sometimes it is nice to just let someone know that their writing hit the spot.  Sometimes you can give a little help with a suggestion or hint.  Please comment on the…

Monday 16th March 2015

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How do they rise up, rise up, rise up?  How do they rise up, rise up high?
Today is the third Monday in the month, and we normally give a 100 word limit and a week to complete your work.  However Thomas and Lyssa are desperately saddened by the loss of Sir Terry Pratchett.  I imagine many people reading this will have read his books, they were insightful, compassionate and hysterically funny.  We both met Sir Terry back in the eighties, when he was touring tiny bookshops promoting Equal Rites.  He was lovely as we briefly met him.  His illness was cruel, it was a form of dementia that affected his ability to write.  As someone who had lived his life through the written word that must have been a very bitter blow.

There are lots of people out there who really knew him and can write insightfully about his life.  There are many, many people that can write with greater confidence about his work.  We can't equal that.  However our lives were so enriched by his works, and Lyssa's el…

Wednesday 11th March 2015

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Welcome to this week’s Light and Shade Challenge!

Every Wednesday we put up a new Challenge.  There is a picture, a quotation and a 500 word limit.  The Challenge is to take whatever is sparked by the picture and/or the quotation, however tenuous or remote the connection, and see how much fun you can have in 500 words.  We never count the words.  The main thing that is important to us (Lyssa Medana and Thomas Marlowe) is the fun.  You have until midnight GMT Tuesday.

Here is the picture prompt.  Please credit if you show it on your blog.  
Image from Wiki Commons, taken by Nmmacedo and used under the Creative Commons Agreement
Here is the quotation.

Other people's opinion of you does not have to become your reality Les Brown
It is really encouraging to have comments on your work and it can give people a real lift.  Sometimes it is nice to just let someone know that their writing hit the spot.  Sometimes you can give a little help with a suggestion or hint.  Please comment on the ot…

Wednesday 4th March 2015

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Welcome to this week’s Light and Shade Challenge!

Every Wednesday we put up a new Challenge.  There is a picture, a quotation and a 500 word limit.  The Challenge is to take whatever is sparked by the picture and/or the quotation, however tenuous or remote the connection, and see how much fun you can have in 500 words.  We never count the words.  The main thing that is important to us (Lyssa Medana and Thomas Marlowe) is the fun.  You have until midnight GMT Tuesday.

Here is the picture prompt.  Please credit if you show it on your blog.  
Image from Wiki Commons, taken by Inri and used under the Creative Commons Agreement

Instead of the usual quotation, this time we suggest that you use an extended metaphor. I've linked with the Wiki definition but try continuing an image or metaphor through the whole piece. Or just use the picture. Or just write what is sparked off by the idea of an extended metaphor - or just have fun!
It is really encouraging to have comments on your work and it…

Monday 2nd March 2015

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It’s the first Monday in the month!

On the first Monday in the month we put up the usual picture and quotation but just for a change we give a 2500 word limit (we still don’t count it) and you have fourteen days to have fun.  This is a chance to spread your wings a little and play a bit more.  Don’t forget you don’t need to directly refer to the picture or the quotation, just go with whatever gets sparked off, and (this is really important) have fun!

Here is the picture prompt.  Please credit it if you show it on your blog.
Image from Wiki Commons, taken by Daderot and in the public domain



Here is the quotation.  
Corporations cannot commit treason, or be outlawed or excommunicated, for they have no souls Sir Edward Coke
It is really encouraging to have comments on your work and it can give people a real lift.  Sometimes it is nice to just let someone know that their writing hit…