“When Time Stood Still”

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge is on! In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a parade of nations. It can be literal, or it can be a phrase that you use to describe a situation. Explore what it could be. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by September 25, 2018. … Continue reading “When Time Stood Still”

The Rodeo is Coming! Are YOU Ready to Write?

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch Literary Community: "Writers have to have the grit of a buckaroo who carries his saddle between rodeos. Writers have to have the tenacity to not quit the longest ride they’ll ever have chasing publication the way bull-riders chase those perfect 8-seconds. Writers have to be willing to take … Continue reading The Rodeo is Coming! Are YOU Ready to Write?

“The Feather,” Flash Fiction

August 23, 2018, Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes magic. It can be a supernatural force, a moment or idea, or use it as a verb. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by August 28, 2018. I finished my gardening chores and … Continue reading “The Feather,” Flash Fiction

“The Suitcase,” Flash Fiction

July 26, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about what happens next to a stranded suitcase. Go where the prompt leads you, but consider the different perspectives you can take to tell the tale. Respond by July 31, 2018. The Suitcase The suitcase lay in … Continue reading “The Suitcase,” Flash Fiction

The Legend of Makwa Ikwe, Flash Fiction

July 19, 2018, Carrot Ranch Literary Community prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about Fannie Hooe. Although she is a legend in the Keweenaw, feel free to go where the prompt leads. Respond by July 24, 2018. They say Fannie Hooe drowned, but my daddy told me a different story. … Continue reading The Legend of Makwa Ikwe, Flash Fiction

Platform: Self-Publishing

Great information from the author, D. G. Kaye, aka Debby Gies! This is worth a read! ❤

Carrot Ranch Literary Community

How to Build a Readership with Blogging
and Prepare for Publishing by Debby Gies

As writers who choose to self-publish, we must understand that we’ve chosen to be not only writers but publishers, marketers, and promoters of our work because these components are all essential parts of running a business. Yes, your business! If we intend to sell books, it’s in our best interests to learn about these things as well as building an author platform. If we don’t put in the time to promote our work, our books will surely sit and collect dust on the virtual shelves, lost in a sea of hundreds of thousands of other books.

Although we may be publishing in a digital world, our business is no different than if we opened our own brick and mortar store. We wouldn’t leave our doors unlocked and wares left unattended, would we? So, let’s get into…

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“The Little Drummer Boy,” Flash Fiction

July 5, 2018, Carrot Ranch Literary Community prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes buttons. You can use the word plural or singular in different expressions, or focus on how buttons relate to a story. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by July 10, 2018. "The Little Drummer Boy" The … Continue reading “The Little Drummer Boy,” Flash Fiction

“The Crow’s Secret,” Flash Fiction

June 21, 2018, the Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about “not all is lost.” It can include recovery from disaster, an unexpected insight after a fall, or however the phrase moves you. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by June 26, 2018.   She … Continue reading “The Crow’s Secret,” Flash Fiction