Monday, September 2, 2013

The 2013 Short-Story Writing Contest Opens!

Greetings, young writers! I'm so excited to announce the Circle C Adventures / Circle C Beginnings story writing contest for 2013. Anyone may enter; there is no fee required and no purchase required. However, since the story contest revolves around the characters and settings from the book series, you might need to find a copy of the books in your local library to familiarize yourself with the premise.

This page gives you a summary of the contest rules. However, you will also need to download and read the "Official Contest Rules" in order to enter. The Entry Form (which your parent will need to sign) must be scanned and emailed to me (or sent via snail mail) in order to be officially entered in the contest. Click this link for a PDF file of the: OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES.
NOTE: I need at least eight (8) entries in a category for it to qualify for the judging. 

CATEGORIES and WORD COUNT: There will be three (3) categories for contestants, based on age.
       A. Ages 6-9 (500-1,000 words)
       B. Ages 10-13 (1,500-2,500 words)
       C. Ages 14-17 (2,000-3,500 words)

CONTENT: The stories must revolve around the characters in the Circle C Adventures books or Circle C Beginnings books. Characters from any of the stories may be used as the main character or supporting characters of your story. You may also create NEW characters as main or supporting characters in your story, so long as characters from the series are part of your story in some way. Any setting in the United States (or Europe, if they're traveling) may be used, but the story must be set in the same general time period as the series (from 1874 and upwards).

To learn the basics of writing a character/problem/solution story, on which the contest it based, click this link for a PDF file: Five Elements of a Story: Ages 10 & up
Younger contestants can go here: Five Elements of a Story: Ages 6-9 

PRIZES: There will be a FIRST and SECOND place winner for each category, as well as two (2) Honorable Mentions for each category.
First-place winners receive:
     1. $25.00 cash (PayPal to winners outside the U.S.)
     2. A 10x14 poster of either the Circle C Adventures or Circle C Beginnings (U.S. winners)
     3. A copy of the paperback book, Circle C Stories, where the winning stories (12 in all) will be compiled (an ebook will be sent to winners outside the U.S.).

Second-place winners receive:
     1. $10.00 cash (PayPal to winners outside the U.S.)
     2. A 10x14 poster of either the Circle C Adventures or Circle C Beginnings (U.S. winners)
     3. A copy of the paperback book, Circle C Stories, where the winning stories (12 in all) will be compiled (an ebook will be sent to winners outside the U.S.).

Third-place winners receive:
     1. $5.00 cash (U.S. sent by check; PayPal if international)
     2. the print book, Circle C Stories, where the 14 winning stories will be published

Honorable Mentions receive:
     1. A Certificate of Honorable Mention (emailed to winners outside the U.S.)
     2. A copy of the paperback book, Circle C Stories, where the winning stories (12 in all) will be compiled (an ebook will be sent to winners outside the U.S.).

To read the details on how your story will be judged, how to submit your story to the contest, and all the other details for the contest, download the OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES.

If you have questions (after reading ALL THE OFFICIAL RULES), you may leave a comment on this page. I will address your questions in follow-up comments. Before you ask a question, check the FAQs (frequently asked questions) and see if somebody has already asked it.

Have fun! Deadline: December 31, 2013. Winners announced April 1, 2014

Susan K. Marlow, Andi's official sponsor of the contest.

Below, you can read all about our fantastic, independent judges for the contest. They have read and are familiar with the characters and situations in the Circle C Adventures / Circle C Beginnings:

Judges for Ages 6-9:

During her childhood, Stephanie Reed's family would often pass through Ripley, Ohio, on the way to her grandparents' home in Kentucky. The signs she read about the Rankin house prompted her to write two books for families, Across the Wide River and The Light Across the River. She is also the author of the Amish fiction, The Bargain, which releases October 2013. Stephanie and her family live in Dublin, Ohio. www.stephanielreed.com



Jan May is author and homeschool curriculum publisher of New Millennium Girl Books: Christian-based writing books with hands-on appeal for all types of learners. She is also a fifteen-year homeschool veteran and creative writing teacher. Jan enjoys igniting creativity in children and believes that given the right tools, any child can write and love it. Check out Jan's books at www.newmillenniumgirlbooks.com.


 Judges for Ages 10-13:

Colleen L. Reece was born and raised near Darrington, WA, a tiny logging town in the Cascade Mts. Her family had no electricity or running water, and she learned to read by kerosene lamplight. She dreamed of someday writing a book. God multiplied her "someday" book into more than 150 titles, with over six million copies sold. Colleen is a great example of what an extraordinary God can do with an ordinary person who wants to love and serve Him. 



Donna Alice Patton is a freelance writer and history buff living in rural Ohio. She is the author of three books: The Search for the Madonna and The Gift of Summer Snow for children, and Roses are Red, Diamonds are Blue, a mystery/thriller for adults. Read more at www.donnaalicepatton.com





Judges for Ages 14-17:

Karla Cook is a freelance writer, blogger, and aspiring novelist. She is currently working on a coming-of-age story set in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, inspired by her grandmother's letters and diary. She makes her home in the panhandle of Idaho with her husband, two homeschooled daughters, and an assortment of pets. She loves to read, research family history, and take road trips. Learn more at www.karlacook.weebly.com

 

Heather FitzGerald wears disguises and avoids showing her face in public for fear of retaliation from Trolls and Dark Dwarves. Ever since she wrote her novel, The Tethered World, which reveals their existence and chronicles their hostilities with Gnomes and Nephilum, Heather must take precautions to protect herself. With two publishers considering her Christian fantasy novel for teens, there's a good chance you may get to read this sensitive material for yourself. In the meantime, discover more about the Tethered World at www.thetetheredworld.weebly.com

210 comments:

  1. what do you mean by saying that the story will become your 'property'?

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    1. Sorry it was confusing. It only means that I won't be returning any of the stories to you guys. :-) I changed Rule #4 to make it clearer. Thanks for asking!

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  2. So, the story can't be over 3,500 words?
    I am really excited!!

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    1. That's right. I'm trying to not overwhelm the judges. :-)

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  3. Can I make Andi older? Say 15?
    And I was wondering, what age did they go to school untill back then?
    Was it different ages for boys and girls?

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    1. Yes, and I will add this question to the FAQs.
      Most pupils went to school through the 8th grade. Some went to college afterward (like Justin). Some did a couple years longer and ended at 16. You can do whatever you like with that. :-)

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  4. I'm so excited about this! Can't wait to read the entries!

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  5. So every story that is entered will be posted on here? :D

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    1. Initially, it will only be the 12 winning stories. Then, later on, yes, I may posts them all. But the rules state that the winning entries will be posted on Andi's blog. A lot depends on how many entries I receive.

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    2. You'll have to tell us how many entries you get! This contest could be big!!!

      ~Rishona

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  6. If you don't win is it possible to buy the Circle C Stories book?

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    1. I will probably put a graphic on the sidebar so readers can click over to a site where you can buy a copy if you want. :-)
      Good questions. I will add to the FAQs.

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  7. Yay! The short story contest! I'm currently 17 and I'd love to enter, but I'll be turning 18 on the 24th. Can I still enter?
    -Hope

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    1. I think I address that in the FAQs . . . the part about having a birthday during the months of the contest. :-) It will be fine.

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  8. what do you mean by Circle C Stories?
    Is it a new series?
    ~Rishona

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    1. It's the name of the book that will hold the 12 winning stories. I will publish it somewhere . . .

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  9. Did Cory ever drive people to places when they rented a buggy from his Pa?
    if he did, how old was he when he started?
    Thank you!

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    1. Yes, he did. But even if he never did in my stories, you could sure make him do it in any story YOU write. Remember . . . this is wide open!

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  10. Hey Mrs. M, it's Monday! :)
    (you said you'll post another chapter today)

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    1. thanks for the reminder! I meant to have it go up automatically, but then I forgot to schedule it. :-)

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  11. Can you enter more than 1 story?

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    1. read the Official Rules for the answer. :-)

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  12. Do we send the story to your email?
    If I enter 2 stories, do I need to have 2 entry forms?

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    1. I will add this question to the FAQs. Good question! The answer is YES

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    2. I have a friend who entered in two entry forms.

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  13. Can I use some of the pictures from this blog for my story? I could copy and paste them in.

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    1. The judges might not want pictures, so let's stay away from pictures . . .

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  14. I'M BACK! And I see the writing contest begins! Yay! So excited! Thanks for putting this on, Mrs. Marlow, this is so cool! I will hopefully get around to writing my story soon. We'll see if the horses give me a chance though. ;)

    -Calamity Rene

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  15. OK. Finally I have managed to find time to come on. I can see that I have a lot to catch up on. I just wanted you to know that I DID NOT DITCH YOU GUYS! Glad to be back! I am trying to do a story but with starting seventh grade and all. . . . Oh and Susan, I did a blog post about the first day of school. Hope you can keep reading my blog! Also, I loooove getting comments. Thanks. Um, could you please reply if you have time?

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    1. I am glad to see that you are back! I noticed that a few of the more regular posters were missing. Are you home-schooled?

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    2. Yes. I am home schooled. How old are you? Are you home schooled?

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    3. I am 15 and yes, I am homeschooled! We also do something called Classical Conversations which is kinda like going to school one day a week. It's a lot of fun!
      How old are you? Are you planning on entering the contest?

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    4. I am 12. Yes I hope to enter the contest but you never know with our family. Things just pop up out of nowhere! For example, today our dog got one of our chickens that are not just our egg layers but pets. Thanks again!

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    5. Yay! Lots of homeschoolers on here. That's great! :) And horse loving homeschoolers...doesn't get much better than that. ;)
      I'm seventeen, so this is my last year of school. :)

      -Calamity Rene

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    6. I'm homeschooled too! And a horse lover:)

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    7. Who are you Cowgirl??? Are you new on Andi's Blog? I don't remember you before?

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    8. Jesseca, you know, I have a blog and would love to have you follow it. The link is:

      bethanyr4him.blogspot.com

      ANYONE HERE I WOULD LOOOVE TO HAVE FOLLOW MY BLOG!

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    9. I have looked on the blog for awhile.
      But never posted anything until now.
      I would put my real name but someone else has it on here so I just put cowgirl:)

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    10. I'm new here too, but I'm also home schooled, and LOVE HORSES!!! I might just follow your blog, if you don't mind. :)
      ><>Rebekah<><

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  16. I had also noticed that some of the regular commenters were absent. Glad you're back.

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    1. Thanks. Also thank you for taking the time to welcome me back. :)

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  17. Is sunny and shasta boys or girls?

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  18. How old are Sunny and Shasta

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    1. They are born when Andi is 13 and a half, so you can make them any age you want, depending on how old you make Andi. :-)

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  19. Are Sunny & Shasta going to be in the new series????

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  20. Did they have trains in Frenson?

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    1. Yep. Fresno Station was founded in 1872 by the Central Pacific RR. Andi rode a train to the fair at 6 years old for Fair Surprise, and she took the train to San Francisco in San Francisco Smugglers.

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    2. Oh 1 more thing :) how long does it take to get to San Francisco (on train) from Freson?

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    3. And it's Fresno, not Freson. :-)
      Fresno means "Ash tree" in Spanish. Just an FYI

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    4. Oh... okay thanks! :)

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    1. Well . . . not in the sense that he's the "size." He's about 14.2 hands, which can be either pony or horse. He's a "horse" in that sense, but you can call him a pony if you want, like "slang" like Mustang pony.

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    2. Yes! thank you:)

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  22. What is the closest town to Fresno? And how long does it take to get there from Fresno?

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    1. Madera is 20 miles north and takes about an hour by train to get there.

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  23. Uhh, is Fresno the town Andi goes to school in? (not ladies school, just the regular)

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    1. Yes, Rebekah, that's where her grammar school is. In Fresno.

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    2. Great, Thanks!! One more question...
      Am I supposed to have a title page, and/or anywhere to tell when the story is? (for instance: if I make a story between the first two books.) Are the judges going to need to know which order my story is in relation to yours?

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    3. You can do it any way you feel comfortable with. You can put the title on the same page as the story or a separate page, and you can "set" it if you want, or not. The judges do not need to know the "order" of the stories. I think by reading it they should be able to figure out Andi's age and that would set it just fine.

      As long as you're having fun with it, that's the important thing! :-)

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    4. Thanks! :)
      (and I am having fun with it!! )
      I really enjoy writing and have already made a book that's over 16,000 words long, so this is a perfect opportunity for me. I really appreciate the books about you. I enjoy them more every time I read them!! :)

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  24. Hey, I would like to enter the contest, but I have only read Long Ride Home. We have a small library, so I wasn't surprised when my library didn't have the rest of them. Do you have any suggestions where I can borrow or buy the rest of the books?

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    1. You don't have to read them all to enter the contest. You might learn enough by reading all the "Ranch Stories" here on Andi's blog (click the graphic on the right sidebar), especially if you have read Long Ride Home. That pretty much familarizes you with Andi and her family. You might get an idea. Your story can be totally made up! Just keep it in the 1880s and use your imagination. You don't need to keep to the "exact" of what I have written. Have fun.

      If you would, however, like to read the other books, you can get them from CBD (Christian book Distributors) for a good price, or even from me: www.circlecadventures.com. I autograph them too. :-) amazon has them too, but they don't give you a good deal.

      Hope that helps!

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  25. What exactly are we supposed to write the short story contest? A chapter? Two? A whole book? And about how many words are on a page, to give me an idea how much to write?

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    1. I answered this in your Blogger contact form, Sarah. :-)

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  26. My what? Sorry, I'm new here:-)

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  27. I replied to you, Sarah, in the "Email your questions and stories to me" form on the right sidebar. Did you get my email back?

    Or . . .is this a different Sarah? Sorry! Sometimes I feel new here too. LOL

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  28. No, I never got your email...

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    1. OK, maybe it was another Sarah. So . . . go ahead and ask me your questions again in that contact form on the right sidebar, and I'll see if it works this time.
      Mrs. M

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  29. So...should I have chapters? I'm 15, so I'm in the oldest age category and my story is 3, 479 words long, so I'm on the long side. Thanks for being here to answer my questions, I love your books!

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    1. It sounds like your story is "right on," Rebekah. You may divide your story into "chapters" if you like, if there is a natural place for a "break." Or you can use text breaks instead. It is totally up to you. Whatever you think looks best. The judges will be judging the story, not if you put in chapter breaks or not. :-)

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  30. Is there a doctor in Fresno?

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    1. Yes, his name is Dr. Jonathan (John) Weaver. He was introduced in Dangerous Decision. :-)

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  31. Okay thanks I was also wondering
    does people go to his office for help or does he go to their house?

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    1. It happened both ways. Doctors in those days made plenty of "house" calls. But folks also could stop by and visit the doctor in his office.

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  32. Okay thanks so much:)

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  33. Who's bedroom was closest to Andi's?

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  34. Well . . . Melinda's is clear on the other side, so hey, it's open. Pick whomever you want. :-)

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  35. What year did Andi have that "incident" with prince the loco stallion?

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    1. That was a month or two after she came home from looking for Taffy. Chad's stallion is still there, and just as mean and nasty. :-)

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  36. Oh and is Sid Mcoy still the foreman at the ranch?:)

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    1. Yes! He is foreman in all the CCA books, and the CCB books too. Probably will be in the new series too.

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  37. How old is Dr. Weaver?

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  38. Is there a restaurant in Fresno?

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    1. Feel free to make up your own name for a restaurant. The name of one of the historical (real) places to eat was the "Sequoia Bar and Restaurant." But there were probably others. The town had 1,000 residents in 1880. There were probably other cafes and such.

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    2. If there was only a 1000 people there, do you know why they had such a big courthouse? (http://circlecadventures.blogspot.com/2013/06/town-pictures.html#comment-form) :-)
      ~Leah
      :) J loves U :)

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    3. ^^ Don't know what happened there ^^ :-)
      ~Leah

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    4. They did everything BIG back then. It's a mystery to me why they needed a BANK to be 3 stories, but yes, it was. That's the only explanation I have. yes, there were only 1,000 people in 1880. and Fresno is the county seat, so maybe that's why they made the courthouse so big and fancy.

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    5. I guess that makes a little more sense :D
      Thanks!
      ~Leah :)
      :) J loves U :)

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  39. Okay I was also wondering if they had a boarding house?

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  40. Oh, yes, all frontier towns had boarding schools. :-)

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    1. Uuuhh, it said ^^^^ Boarding house...???

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  41. What does Andi and her family usually eat for breakfast?.

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    1. Eggs and oatmeal and pancakes (hotcakes or flapjacks), steak, potatoes (hash browns) and any other "stick to your ribs" kinds of foods for hard-working ranchers.

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  42. Okay thanks. Hey I was wondering, could I have at least 100 more words then 2500 and still be entered in the 10-13 year old group?

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    1. I will not "throw you out" if your story is 100 words over the word count. However, I would encourage you to go through and read it out loud and see if your Mom can help you get rid of any extra words that don't need to be there. :-)

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  43. Okay. I'll ask my of she'll listen to my story.

    Thanks!

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  44. Do you know any website that would help find a title for your book?

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    1. Not sure what you're asking. You can find all the titles to my books at my website, www.circlecadventures.com

      Or do you mean a website that will help you think of fun titles for your own book or story? If that's the case, nope. I would surely use it if there was one. LOL I always need help with titles!

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    2. I found a website that gave you ideas if you are looking for titles for your own story. Her it is: http://www.fictionalley.org/primer/title.html
      Not sure if that was helpful though. (:

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    3. I have no idea what just went wrong with that. Who knows. But I meant to say Here it is. (:
      By the way, this is a different person.
      (:

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    4. than the Anonymus who asked the Q.

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  45. Does this title sound good? (Andi's Secret)

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    1. Is "the family trip" a good name

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    2. That's a good one too. That's the fun of being the author. You can pick any title you like. :-)

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    3. Can I write about andi going to pismo beach

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    4. If there was such a place in the 1880s, sure.

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  46. Thanks! I can't figure out a title for the short story.

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  47. PLZ PRAY!!! SOMEONE"S HOUSE IS ON FIRE AND MY DAD IS HELPING, BUT NOTHING IS WORKING!! MY OWN DAD MAY BE AT RISK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND ALL I CAN DO IS CRY AND PRAY. MY FRIENDS MOM GOT HURT TO

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  48. PLZ PRAY!!!!!!!! IT IS VERY CLOSE TO OUR OWN HOME!

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    1. Okay it's all better now. Few. My friend's mom actually wasn't hurt, it was a mistake. The fire trucks came and now it's okay.
      (:

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    2. Wow. Glad everyone is safe.

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  49. How long from san Francisco to the nearest beach

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    1. San Francisco is ON the Pacific Ocean as well as near San Francisco Bay. There was a FANCY overlooking place for tourists, and folks like to ride horseback along the "dunes," the sandy places in San Francisco on the ocean side.

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    2. thanks

      Ms.M , whens andi`s birthday

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  50. Can you send in the entry form before the story??

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    1. Yes, you may, especially if you are sending it by mail instead of scanning it. If you have the ability to scan, they you can just attach it when you send the story in. :-)

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  51. How old was Andi in 1879?

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  52. when is the deadline for the short story writing contest?

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  53. Andi, i would like to enter the contest but i'm not allowed to. So i want you to know that i am writing a story but not sending it in.

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    1. OK. Thanks for letting me know. (I like your name.)

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  54. Whats Chad's horses name?

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  55. In the contest, does it matter how many chapters it is?

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    1. Nope. Have as many as you want or none at all! :-)

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    2. Rose, Andi, you to are a lot alike.

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    3. Katy! Where have you been? You haven't been at school!

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    4. I have been sick. My fever is almost gone.

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    5. Oh. That's good that your fever is almost gone.

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    6. Oh, Hi Rose, Katy.

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    7. Mrs. M.? May we talk to each other on this blog? Katy is my cousin and we can't do email yet. Same as for rose.

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    8. Sure, Hannah. I wish I still had the chat box! I used to have one and everybody loved it, but then it got SPAMMED. Grrrrr.
      I could try another one sometime.

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    9. Hannah, cough Cough, I miss you.

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    10. hey hannah
      how do Katy and Rose know about the blog? have they read the books?
      That is cool!
      Rishona

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  56. Do you need an entry form?

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    1. Yes, you need an entry form, which you can get by downloading the PDF file "Official Rules." You can scan it and email it or mail by USPS. The contest doesn't end until December 31. :-)

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  57. Can I do a prologue at the beginning of my story and after do the chapters?

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  58. Oh, and does Cory have a horse? if he does what is his name?

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    1. Cory's horse is named Flash. (:

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    2. Thanks!
      Do you know what color Flash is?

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    3. Flash is a chestnut gelding (sorrel). Reddish brown.

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  59. May we have characters from other books?

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    1. Yes, as long as the characters from the CC books are in the story as well!

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  60. I am 18 and I would like to enter the contest. May I?

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    1. If you turned 18 after the contest started (September-December), then yes you may. Otherwise, so sorry!

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  61. Oh. Next Contest maybe?

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  62. Would it be realistic for Andi's family to travel to New York City by train in a story? How long would that take?

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    1. No problem! It would take about 2 short weeks by train.
      In fact . . . LOL . . . in the second book of the new series, a relative will come out west to the ranch FROM New York City. And it takes 2 weeks.

      Hope that helps!

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    2. Exciting! I can't wait to read it. Thank you. I just wanted to make sure that my story could actually happen.

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  63. what are the names of the horses on the Circle C Ranch? I need to have Cory borrow one of the Carter's horses.

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    1. Let's see . . . here are a few (or you can make up a name):
      Thunderbolt (Thunder)
      Snowflake
      Sky
      Chase
      Panda
      Taffy
      Pal
      Caesar
      Sebastian

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  64. How many stories do you have in each category, Mrs. M?

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    1. Getting more and more! I have ONE from you, but 2 entry forms. Are you sending in a second story?

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    2. Hey, Jesseca, I tried emailing you using the email address you put down on the entry form, but it BOUNCED back! Please send me your email in the Blogger Contact Form on the right sidebar so I can have it for the entry form. I don't know why it didn't go through.

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  65. Did you take down the FAQ page? Because I clicked on it, and it said it didn't exist?

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    1. How did you find the FAQ page? It's not even up there anymore. But I will try to find it and re-post it. SORRY! Refresh your page, as the blog has a new look. :-)

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    2. I have the new look, and now I have the FAQ page. It was--is--several lines above the first pic of the judges.

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  66. mrs. m
    how many stories does each category have?
    Rishona

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    1. Enough that I can run the contest! :-)

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    2. But I'm missing 15 stories from previously sent-in entry forms!

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  67. I just sent in my second short story!!!!! But April seemed sooooo far away:-)

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    1. If the judges get their act together, it could be WAY earlier. I said April because I did not know how quickly the judges could get a move on. I would love to have them all judged and the prizes created by April, as I would love to sell them at homeschool conventions!!!!!!

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  68. I am still trying to frantically finish my first story!!!!

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    1. Fly fingers, fly! :-)
      If you let me know, and you are VERY CLOSE, I can give you an extra day or two while I'm organizing the rest of the entries.

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    2. Okay, THANK YOU!!! Could I get it in to you by January 2nd? or is that to late?

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    3. I will look for your story no later than January 2, then! Excited! :-)

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  69. I WAS working on a second story for the contest...then my project kind of tampered off and I'm looking at it a little skeptically. Not sure if I like it that much, but if I finish it before Monday (when I leave for Seattle for my brother's wedding) then I will send it in. :)
    Can't wait for the winners to be announced! Thanks for putting this contest on for us, I'm so excited. :)

    -Calamity Rene

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  70. When did you change the format of the blog. I like a lot!
    Can't wait for the winners tba!
    God bless All!

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