// cwwc | challenge two & three//

hello, my friends. :)

the 5k i’ve been talking about was today. this is the second year my friend izzy has convinced me to do it with her. it was quite fun, actually, and it didn’t seem nearly as hard as the first time we did it. i’ll talk more about that once i get back from camp.

speaking of camp, i am going to be away for a week, without any internet access. so i’m posting the third challenge now, along with the second one. i won’t be able to approve comments while i’m gone, but they’re still going through, don’t worry.

i got entries from the names in bold:

ellie (hope in full)
rebekah (head in the clouds)
jordan (daythinker nightdreamer)
daisymermaid (the girl with auburn hair)
audrey (please just one more page)
allison (a farm girl’s life)
mia (creative castle)
cora (cora’s bits and pieces)
c.a. peetz (cliff’s brink)
katie

points from this round: 31

sarah
indigo
lauren (comma hangover)
  clara (clara and co.)
sari (penumbra reviews)
rose (sun on a cloudy day)
hope (the nerd notebook)
poppy
arunima (dreamer’s dreams)
madi

points from this round: 29

mya (life from behind a camera)
olive (hidden hollow ag crafts)
jess (the artful author)
sam (redhead with a book)
danielle (near but far)
suzy (ends&odds)
k.a. (bursts of inspiration)
dara
wysteria (head in the clouds)
charis (charis rae)

points from this round: 32

 chloe (my hobbit hole)
megan (a barefoot gal)
annecy (free fallin’ girls)
orchid (crochet buddies)
sarah (for all who wander)
kiki (the thoughts of a girl with aspergers)
nicole (worlds beyond words)
anika (this journey called life)
carol (peeking through a kaleidoscope)

points from this round: 47

team shire lost a member, so they’ll be getting four extra points each round to make up for it.

if you wrote a story, but don’t see your name on the list, let me know so i can fix it.

here are the prompts for the second challenge:

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your stories for the second challenge are due by midnight on august 8th.

here are the prompts for the third challenge:

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Blasphemy // Bring Me The Horizon

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your stories for the third challenge are due by midnight on august 12th.

write a story/poem/whatever inspired by these prompts. (for anyone who is wondering, you can only use the prompts from the current challenge. so when you’re writing your story, you can only use the prompts from challenge two. and then when you go on to the third challenge, you can only use those prompts.) you’ll get two points for posting the story within the time limit, and one point for every prompt you use.

at the beginning of your cwwc post, please make sure to say how many prompts you used. this makes it so much easier for me to count up the points.

once you’ve finished your story, leave a comment on this post with a link to it. for those submitting their stories by email: send it to me at happyhouseofag@gmail.com.

also! feel free to display your team’s button on your blog.

have fun. :)

xo

loren

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// cwwc | challenge one //

hello, my friends!

it’s finally august, which seems like it’s going to be a busy month for me. i have to run a 5k, go to summer camp for a week, go to public school for the first time in my horribly long life, babysit seven kids at once, and hopefully get the contacts that i’ve needed for about three years. and while all of that is going on, i also get to host cwwc for the third year. what fun. (i’m actually very excited.)

here are the teams:

ellie (hope in full)
rebekah (head in the clouds)
jordan (daythinker nightdreamer)
daisymermaid (the girl with auburn hair)
audrey (please just one more page)
allison (a farm girl’s life)
mia (creative castle)
cora (cora’s bits and pieces)
c.a. peetz (cliff’s brink)
katie

sarah
indigo
lauren (comma hangover)
clara (clara and co.)
sari (penumbra reviews)
rose (sun on a cloudy day)
hope (the nerd notebook)
poppy
arunima (dreamer’s dreams)
madi

mya (life from behind a camera)
olive (hidden hollow ag crafts)
jess (the artful author)
sam (redhead with a book)
danielle (near but far)
suzy (ends&odds)
k.a. (bursts of inspiration)
dara
wysteria (head in the clouds)
charis (charis rae)

chloe (my hobbit hole)
megan (a barefoot gal)
annecy (free fallin’ girls)
orchid (crochet buddies)
sarah (for all who wander)
kiki (the thoughts of a girl with aspergers)
nicole (worlds beyond words)
anika (this journey called life)
carol (peeking through a kaleidoscope)

forty people signed up, so there are ten lovely writers on each team. i’ve got to say, i was a bit worried that only two people would sign up. luckily, things did not turn out that way.

here are the prompts for the first challenge:

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write a story/poem/whatever inspired by these prompts. you’ll get two points for posting the story within the time limit, and one point for every prompt you use.

at the beginning of your cwwc post, please make sure to say how many prompts you used. this makes it so much easier for me to count up the points.

once you’ve finished your story, leave a comment on this post with a link to it. for those submitting their stories by email: send it to me at happyhouseofag@gmail.com.

your stories are due by midnight on august 4th.

have fun. :)

xo

loren

// cwwc sign-ups deadline + the sky did a thing //

hello, my friends. :) quick reminder that today is the last day to sign up for cwwc! go do that if you haven’t already. doesn’t matter if you’re a good writer or not. you could be as awful as i am, and i would still want you to participate.

i probably should have posted this earlier in the day. but instead of doing that, i spent several hours procrastinating by sitting in my room and staring at the ceiling. but it’s here now!! :D *jazz hands*

*whispers* please end me, why am i like this.

it’s reached the point in the night where i need to decide whether i’m gonna fall asleep or watch the sunrise. (everything i own // the front bottoms)

ooh, look at my fricken flash photography.

i pulled about four all-nights in july, i believe. two of them were in a row. one was when i got really sick for absolutely no reason. i went three days with only eleven hours of sleep this month. the only good thing about staying up all night  is being able to watch the sunrise. although sometimes, it’s a really half-hearted sunrise and it’s not worth it at all. but i got a few pictures of one of the less crappy sunrises. :)

why do people let me name files.

very important announcement

I ACCIDENTALLY SIGNED AN EMAIL TO MY BFF’S CRUSH WITH “xo loren” BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT I ALWAYS DO, BUT HE DOESN’T KNOW THAT AND THEY’LL PROBABLY BOTH HATE ME FOREVER BECAUSE THAT MEANS HUGS AND KISSES, OH  NO NO NO NO PLEASE END ME.

let’s forget that that happened

“that that” is grammatically correct

i’ll fight you in the comments

you nerd

i hope you all had a lovely day. if not, you can start over every morning.

xo

loren

// cwwc 2017 | sign-ups //

hello, my friends! the time has come to sign up for cwwc 2017. before i get into all of the details, how to sign up, etc., here are the teams:

team narnia (the chronicles of narnia) — 95 votes.

team hogwarts (harry potter) — 90 votes.

team half-blood (percy jackson and the olympians)– 31 votes.

team shire (lord of the rings) — 24 votes.

“important” information:

what it is:

creating words writing camp is an online writing challenge. it will last the entire month of august.

how it works:

for each challenge, i’ll post three writing prompts, a mix between dialogue and picture prompts. the participants will have four days to complete their entry and post it on their blog/email it to me. your entry can be a short story, poem, or story that continues throughout the challenges.

the goal:

to grow as a writer, and to help your team win. the winning team is whichever one has the most points at the end of august. you can earn points by submitting your stories on time (worth two points) and using the provided writing prompts (one point per prompt).

teams:

this year, the teams are team narnia, team hogwarts, team half-blood, and team shire. all of the participants will be sorted onto a team.

if you don’t have a blog:

you can still participate! all that changes is that instead of posting your story on your blog, you email it to me instead. my email is happyhouseofag@gmail.com.

how to sign up:

☼ leave a comment on this post, telling me your name and blog url.

☼ for those without a blog: tell me your name and that you are participating through email.

☼ tell me which team you would like to be on, as well as a second choice.

make sure to sign up before midnight on july 30th. i will post the first challenge on august 1st.

still have questions? you can ask me in the comments, and i’ll do my best to clear things up.

xo

loren

// creating worlds writing camp 2017 //

yep, it’s official — creating worlds writing camp will be returning for its third year!

for anyone who doesn’t know, creating worlds writing camp (or cwwc) is a month-long writing challenge. i’ve been hosting it yearly since 2015. it’s quite popular among my readers, so i decided to bring it back this year.

cwwc 2017 will take place this august. every few days (either three or four, i haven’t quite decided yet), i’ll post three writing prompts, and all you have to do is write a short story/poem/story that continues throughout the challenge/whatever inspired by them, and give me the link before the time limit is up. (if you want to participate, but don’t have a blog, you can email your writing to me.) you’ll get one point per prompt, plus some points for submitting your story on time, and whichever team has the most points at the end of the month wins.

this is just an announcement post, so i’ll write up all the rules and open sign-ups closer to august.

the main purpose of this post is to decide on what the teams will be. in the past, the teams have always been team narnia, team half-blood, team dragon, and team keeper. i wanted to mix it up a little this year, come up with some new team names. there might even be more teams this year, depending on how many people sign up. anyway, i made a poll of name ideas. vote for your favorites, please, it would help me a lot. all the teams are going to be named after book series, and if you think of one that should be on the poll, you can let me know in the “other” section.

there’s another thing i need your help with. should you have three days to turn in your story, or four? (the day i post the prompts for the challenge would count as part of the time limit.) here’s another poll for you to vote on:

thank you for helping me out! i’ll start working on all the cwwc-related stuff before august, so hopefully it will be less stressful for me than in previous years. :)

are you excited for cwwc? do you plan on participating?

xo

loren

CWWC 2016: And the Winner is . . .

CWWC-2016

I’m sure you guys are all dying to know who won CWWC 2016, but you’re just going to have to wait a second while I tally up the points.

I got entries from . . .

NarniaAslan image source

Points: 176

DragonsMystery Class logo source

Points: 138

KeepersBlack Swan logo source

Points: 185

Half-BloodTrident image source

Points: 161

Alright. The moment you’ve all been waiting for.

Who won CWWC 2016?

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Team Dragons!

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You earned a total of 577 points.

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You earned a total of 651 points!

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Team Keepers!

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You earned 660 points!

They secured the title for the second year in the row! There must be some sort of elf magic cast around their team. ;)

Everyone, feel free to put your team’s image on your blog’s sidebar. That’s why I made them, after all!

I want to say thank you to everyone who participated this year. It makes me really happy that you all like CWWC so much. I’ll host it again — next summer, definitely, maybe sooner. There will be a few differences (what changes would you like to see?), but it will still be the same writing camp that you guys love. :)

Loren