Monday, January 1, 2018

Fifteen Days Left to Enter the Circle C Contest!

I thought I'd give you an update and a reminder. Only about a dozen stories have been submitted for the upcoming Circle C Short Story Contest. The deadline is January 15, so if you are even thinking of entering, I suggest you get that story polished and sent to CircleCAdventures@gmail.com ASAP.

In the past I have received up to eighty entries (!!), and I cannot run the contest with less than twelve entries per category. This would be a shame for all of you who have already sent in stories. I've got them ready, and I've read them all so far. *smile*

Just a New Year's reminder.




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  1. I want to enter, I am getting my story finished. I'll try to get it to you by Friday.

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  2. Thanks for the reminder! I have two stories to enter, but one of them is too long for the 10-13 category I'd be in. May I enter one story in the 10-13 category and one in the 14-17 category?

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    1. If you are in the 10-13 category, you can always go UP with your entry to the next category if your story goes over the word count. The only thing you can't do is go DOWN (like to the 6-9 year olds) if your word count is too short. LOL

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    2. Okay! Thanks! Whew... I've already cut my word count from 10,000 words so I was concerned if I have to cut it any more the story will be gone. :)

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    3. Yikes! Wow!
      You could ask a parent to read it and give suggestions on places that could be cut out without affecting the story. You might be surprised at what you think is essential might not really be. 😉 Good luck!

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  3. I really hope you get enough, Mrs. Marlow! I submitted my story months ago and am all excited about the results. Does anyone feel like giving me their story's titles so I can start guessing at what they're about? Here's mine, "A Blessing from Tragedy." Anyone care to guess what mine is about? :-)
    Happy New Year, everyone! May God bless you, each and everyone!

    ~Ellen

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    1. mine is, "The Easy option".
      Mrs M if no more stories get sent in will you prolong the contest? I sent my story in a few days ago, i hope the contest won't be cancelled!

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    2. It has already been extended from the Dec 31 deadline of part years to January 15, and it launched back in August. I don't think extending it will make much difference. I don't want to cancel it either!!! Pray!

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    3. Hmmm...Sandrina, that's a really tough title to figure out! I'm sure it'll be an excellent read! What category will you be in? I'm in the 10-13. On the 15th, do you want to exchange one-sentence summaries of our stories, just for fun? Or does anyone else? I love getting excited about books :-).
      I'll indeed be praying that we fill out the requirements for the contest. That'd be awful to cancel it!
      Mrs. Marlow, you used to have a workbook out called "Reach for the Stars." Do you still possibly have the book available for purchase? You know me...I have to have every book you come out with, and tips on writing are much, much, MUCH appreciated.
      Thanks!

      ~Ellen

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    4. I emailed you, Ellen, about the Reach for the Stars. :-)

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    5. HI Ellen
      sure that would be fun. i will try and remember
      I am 12 but did 14-17 as my word count was to big

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    6. Hi! One of mine is 'Once Upon a Suitor'... hope you can figure it out!
      I already entered my stories, so I'm praying more people will enter!
      Ellen, I love your title, but have no clue what it's about!

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    7. Mine is called 'Get Back in the Saddle'... I love your guy's titles they sound awesome! I am in category 14-18. I am praying with you, Hope. How many entries do you have so far, Mrs M?

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    8. Looks like I will be competing with you, Marissa-We are in the same age category! this is my first time doing this...what about you?

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    9. Well, Marissa, I hope I get your story soon. The clock is definitely ticking. I haven't seen a story titled "Get Back in the Saddle" yet. :-)
      I have yours, Hope.

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    10. I am sending mine in tomorrow. Yes, Hope, its my first time doing this.

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    11. Hi, Hope! Nope, I can't figure yours out, but please, please, please give me a short summary on the 15th! You said ONE of your stories was "Once Upon a Suitor," but what's the other one? Is it in the same category? I'll be posting a short summary of my own on the 15th, and I'm glad you like my title...my mom and I did a lot of brainstorming to find a good one :-).
      Marissa, yours is also very complicated to figure out...hmmm, could you give me any hints?
      Thanks, ladies, for sharing your titles! I look forward to seeing what happens to all of our stories in April!

      ~Ellen

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    12. Hey Ellen! My other one is called, "A Winter Discovery", and it is in the same age category. For this story I changed the title at least three times before finally coming up with this one! I would love to share a summary, hopefully I will remember!

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    13. Great, Hope! So, how old are you? I'm 13, and my story fell neatly just above 2,000 words. How many words is yours?
      Wow, what a title--"A Winter Discovery." It's very appealing, but STILL I can't guess as to what your story is about! I will certainly look forward to reading your summaries, as I get all excited about these story-writing ordeals. Do you enjoy writing?

      ~Ellen

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    14. Hi Ellen! You already know my story's title "Andi and the Runaway Horse"

      ~Patience

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    15. Ellen, here's a hint; someone needs to get back in the saddle. ;) I will try to put a summary of my story on the 15th.

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    16. I'll look forward to it, Marissa, and hope to find out who it is that needs to get back in the saddle :-).

      ~Ellen

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    17. Oh, hi, Patience! It's so good to "see" you here on the blog! I only just saw your comment, or else I'd have said something sooner! Mrs. Marlow, Patience is my friend from church who now loves Andi Carter as much as I do. I was hoping she'd leave a comment! So cool to be friends with an Andi Carter Fan, who loves the books for the same reasons as I do! We actually read each other's stories after we submitted them :-). Patience is in the same age category as I, and I see we have tough competition, as her story was EXCELLENT!

      ~Ellen

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    18. Hey Ellen,
      Your story was AWESOME also☺

      -Patience

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    19. Thanks, Patience! It's so cool to talk with you here on the blog. I'm so looking forward to April, when we get to find out the conclusions to this contest! Will you, too, be posting a summary on your story? Please do.
      Mrs. Marlow, the contest is still on, isn't it? Do you have enough entries in all the categories?
      BTW, Leah, I'm so glad you're still in the contest! I'm immensely looking forward to reading the summary for your story! Good luck!

      ~Ellen

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    20. I will let everybody know on Wednesday, but I can say that the contest is a go . . .

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    21. Hey Ellen
      I'll try to post a summery

      Patience

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    22. Hi Ellen here is my summary.
      Friendship often comes at a steep price, will Andi take the easy option or not?

      that isn't a great summary but it is all i could think of, as my story isn't very good.

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    23. Isn't good? Oh, Sandrina, that summary made me get all excited about your story! I'm sure it'll be fabulous!!!
      My mom told me to post my summary tomorrow, so I'll do it then. I hope my own summary sounds as good as yours!

      ~Ellen

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    24. Hi! Here is my summary.

      Ellen McCoy was excited to see her father again, but will her love for her father help her through what happens?

      I hope the summary is an accurate one.. Can't wait to read yours Ellen. And Sandrina, yours sounds AWESOME!!

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    25. Ellen
      yours sound great to.
      where do you live? I live in the UK

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    26. Great, Marissa! It even has my name in it :-)!
      Here's mine for "A Blessing from Tragedy":

      "In the year 1906, Andi Carter Prescott ventures to San Francisco with her husband, where a shocking tragedy awaits, followed by an unexpected blessing."

      I hope you enjoyed! It was fun coming up with the summary, but hard to write without including spoilers :-).

      ~Ellen

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    27. Here are my story summaries:
      In “Battle of the Bull:” Through a terrifying encounter with Prince Reginald, Chad Carter learns to cherish those around him, because life doesn’t last forever. (10-13 category)
      In “Family and Flames:” Ty, Jase and Rudy Walker are back with revenge on their minds. Macy Walker is struggling to understand if she should be loyal to those who are her family by blood or those who love her. Will Macy ever understand that love is what makes a real family? (14-17 category)

      It's fun seeing all the summaries!

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    28. Hi, Sandrina! I just saw your comment. I live in the East side of the United States of America. That's cool how you live in the UK; any fun facts you'd care to share?

      ~Ellen

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    29. Those are really great, Anonymous! Wow! I'm now really, really eager to read them! Good luck in the contest, and thanks for sharing these summaries!

      ~Ellen

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    30. You’re welcome! Thanks for the idea to do it! And you can call me Annie (short for Anonymous-get it?) :)

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    31. Hi y'all! my summary for Once Upon a Suitor... Aunt Rebecca is back, and this time she comes with a line of suitors for Melinda, how will she survive?!

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    32. Hi! This is my summary for Andi and the Runaway Horse.
      A horse is missing on the ranch and Andi isn't allowed to help Chad. Accidentally she finds the horse, has a frightening experience, and gets, lost. Will she find her way back home?
      -Patience

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    33. Okay, I'll call you Annie...that's a nice name anyway, and "Anonymous" can get pretty tiring to write after a while :-). Thanks for the permission! If you think of anything you'd like to discus with me, I'm all for it! I love corresponding with an Andi fan over Andi Carter's Blog :-).
      Hope G, that summary is funny! I love the title, and that sounds just like good ol' Aunt Rebecca. You must have had fun writing both that and the story. Good luck!

      ~Ellen

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    34. hi Ellen,
      what type of facts do you mean? weather isn't as bad as everyone thinks but we have had a lot of rain. Are you home-schooled? I am and I have four brothers. your story sound awesome!

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    35. Ellen: what's your favorite Circle C book? -Annie :)

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    36. Hi, Sandrina!
      I mean facts about where you live. Weather, food, activities..etc.
      Yes, I am homeschooled, and it's great! I'm so glad you are, too. Are you the oldest? I am the oldest girl in the family, and I have 7 siblings.
      Thanks for encouraging my story! If you like, you can guess at the tragedy!

      ~Ellen

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    37. Hmm, let me think on that, Annie...I absolutely love "Andrea Carter and the Dangerous Decision" (I have even memorized the scene where her brothers and the rest of the posse find her after Jed Hatton has taken her captive); I also enjoy "Andi to the Rescue"; and then there's the Milestones...I do believe it's impossible to choose a favorite from the Milestones, as I love certain scenes from "Thick as Thieves" and I also like the scene in "The Last Ride" when Andi forgives everyone, or "Heartbreak Trail" when it has sibling moments (I love family-oriented stories, and Mrs. Marlow certainly has a way to twist all that into her adventure-packed stories without making it sound too mushy), or "Courageous Love" when 'Ramon' arrives and then all that falls after that scene. So, enough about me; what's YOUR favorite Circle C book? Have you read all that've come out? Have you read the Goldtown books? The 2nd one of that series is my favorite, when a character from the Circle C books enters the scene :-).
      Thanks for chatting with me! I enjoy it greatly!

      ~Ellen

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    38. All your stories sound amazing!!!! I didn't have time to write a story :( but i can't wait to read what everyone else wrote!!!
      -Abigail

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    39. Ellen:
      I've read all the Circle C Adventures and Milestones, as well as the 2 Circle C Stepping Stones that have come out so far and the Goldtown series. My favorite of all the books are "The Last Ride" and "Andrea Carter and the San Francisco Smugglers." My favorite character is Macy Walker-I know, that might sound sort of strange, but I've written some stories about her and I really like her. -Annie

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    40. And all the stories sound great! It sounds like it's going to be REALLY hard for the judges to pick the winners!

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    41. hi Ellen,
      wow seven siblings! yes I am the oldest. Our family do sports on Fridays and I have piano on Wednesdays. Me and some of my friends enjoy making movies together I direct the movies. we eat the same food as most people. I have to go make breakfast. What do you read other then cc ?

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    42. Ellen I can't think of what tragedy your story could have....
      Would you like to be pen pals? I am not sure how we could exchange addresses though.

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    43. Hi, Annie! Thanks for sharing. How long have you been an "Andi Fan" for? I actually received the Beginnings when I was little, then a while later got the first two Adventures, but I was still too young to enjoy them. Then I re-introduced them last April and bang! I've never been able to recover from it (LOL)! I got the Milestones for my birthday (which is not in April; I re-introduced them with "Andrea Carter and the Dangerous Decision," which I bought myself) and the rest Mom and Dad either bought for me or I saved up for them myself. They're worth every penny! Also, if you haven't read the Beginnings, you should; even though they say they're for little kids, I greatly enjoy them. My siblings and I are currently working on filming a short movie for "Andi's Scary School Days."
      My favorite character is Chad, I think, but when it comes to the Milestones I also favor Riley--both after Andi, of course. That's great that you like Macy; I kind of like her myself, and it's always interesting to hear other people's favorites!
      Abigail, I'm sorry you did not enter :-(. I hope you enter next year..."the more the merrier!"
      God bless!

      ~Ellen

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    44. The way you become pen pals is by emailing me and saying you have permission to exchange email addresses. Then I send each of you the other girls email. This has happened more than once in the past! A few girls have become life long friends this way. Even meeting in person... One as far away as the UK!!

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    45. Hi Sadrina.
      That us so cool that you live in the UK. I am homeschooled too, and I have seven siblings.

      -Patience

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    46. Hi Mrs M that would be great. what do you think Ellen?

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    47. Thanks Mrs M that would be great. What do you think Ellen? My parents are fine with it.

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    48. Hey Ellen,
      When did you send your letter because I have been checking the mail and I haven't received it yet.

      Thanks!
      -Patience

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    49. Oh, wow! Thanks for telling me, Mrs. Marlow; I have been eager to learn how!
      Sandrina, I'd love to be your pen pal; it'd be great to get to know you better! Mrs. Marlow, you already know our family's email address; could you please send that to her, or do I need to do something else? Both of my parents gave their permission (yay!).
      Sandrina, other than CCA books, I read Adventures of the Northwoods and The Viking Quest series and The Freedom Seekers, all by Lois Walfrid Johnson. I also read Elsie Dinsmore, books from Rod and Staff (a Mennonite publishing company) and Trixie Belden. What about you?
      I have a few more questions, but I'll save them for future letters! Thanks so much for asking me to be your pen pal, Sandrina!

      ~Ellen

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    50. You both have to email me. You can use the "Email Andi" graphic on the sidebar to get to my contact page if you don't know my email address. Then I will connect you to each other. Make sure you tell me in the email that you have permission from your parents.
      Mrs. M

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    51. I have emailed you Mrs Marlow. Ellen I have read Viking quest series Freedom seekers, Baker family adventures, Men of Grit, Elsie Dinsmore and hundreds of others!
      so glad we can be pen pals.

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    52. Sandrina, I sent my email address in to Mrs. Marlow so you just need to send in yours :-).

      ~Ellen

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    53. I sent mine! :-)

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    54. Mrs. Marlow, would it be alright if Sandrina, Caleigh C., and I email each other our stories (of course, after Caleigh C. and Sandrina agree)? Or would you prefer us just to wait until after the contest?
      Thanks!

      ~Ellen

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    55. They are totally your stories, girls. You can do whatever you want with them. :-)

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    56. My summary: Can all things actually work out for good?
      I'm not the best at doing summaries but I hope some of you can make sense of it without it spoiling it. It's horrible when you figure out a whole story by reading the back of a book! So sorry, I am keeping you all in suspense:-)

      ~Leah

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  4. I really should do this! Unfortunately, I haven't even come up with an idea... :/

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  5. I'm hoping to submit a story or two!! :)

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  6. Do you have enough for the contest now? Because this is my first year doing it and I don't want it canceled:(

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    1. Not yet. Not by a long shot, but in the past, I've been flooded a day or two before the deadline, so we will wait and see. :-)

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    2. I sure hope something like that happens again...

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  7. Got nothin' to do with this but today (January 3rd) is Sunny and Shasta's birthday :)

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  8. I still have to submit mine as well...I had a whole outline and a good start to my story when my computer crashed and I lost everything. Soooo I’m trying to rewrite and get the story in fairly quickly. So you’ll have at least one more, Mrs. M!!!

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  9. I wanted to submit mine but my computer's battery broke and I can't finish the story in time by the time the new battery gets to my house so maybe next time. My story is called 'Lost at Home' so maybe next time. :(

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  10. I wanted to submit mine but my computer's battery broke and I can't finish the story in time by the time the new battery gets to my house so maybe next time. My story is called 'Lost at Home' so maybe next time. :(

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  11. I'll be submitting mine! Probably last minute though! Do you have enough yet?

    ~Leah

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    1. Nope, but they are starting to come in a little faster, so I'm holding my breath and praying they all come in next week. I sent out a reminder in my newsletter, and a few folks have replied, "Sending in next week!" So there is hope.

      This has happened once before . . . thinking I would not get enough entries, and they they flooded the gates the day before the deadline. :-)

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  12. Can you please post when you have enough entries?

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    1. I will let everybody know next week. The deadline is next Monday, so I will give it a day or two before I officially "count" and see.

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  13. Do you know how many people have entered yet? I really hope you can still run the contest!

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    1. It's just under 30. Other years I've had 80!
      I will need that number to double in order to run it, or at least 50.

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  14. I just sent mine in! I sure hope you get enough entries. I know you probably will get at least one more as my friend is planning on sending one in.

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  15. Have you ever had to cancel a contest before and how many entries do you need to run the contest?

    Thanks!

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    1. I have never had to cancel a contest before. It looks like this one will be okay too, at least for the 10-13 category and the 14-17 category. I don't have enough for the ages 6-9, so I will most likely run it for the two older categories and just not for the younger kids.
      Mrs.M

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    2. Whew! I am glad the contest will run.

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  16. Mrs. M! I just remembered, I left my backpack at school yesterday and my permission slip for the contest was in it! We don't have a printer so one day after school I printed it at the library and put it in my backpack. Unless I have another way to print it, I won't be entering the contest.

    ~Leah

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    1. No worries, Leah! Send in your story to CircleCAdventures@gmail.com, and then you can send in the entry form when you get a chance!

      Just make sure you tell me WHICH AGE GROUP you are in. I will make a note that your entry is coming a little late.

      Mrs. M

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    2. Okay! Thank you so much!

      ~Leah

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  17. Hello Mrs, Marlow
    For my story I added my mom's e-mail at the end of the story. Will you delete that when you send it to the judges?

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    1. All contact information is deleted. Only a number and the name of the story is kept. 😉
      The entry form stays with me.

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  18. Hello, Mrs. Marlow! I have a few questions concerning the trivia questions I'm working on. If you don't mind answering them, please do, but I don't mean to be a bother, as doing these questions is supposed to help, not hinder, you.
    (1). I will probably have about 50 questions by the time I'm done with The Last Ride, so should you like me to pick the best 20, or just submit them all and you decide?
    (2). Since there are 26 chapters and I need only 20 questions, would it sound horrible to skip 6 chapters?
    (3). How long do I have to make all of them? I'm hoping to have The Last Ride done by Saturday, but it might take a little longer or even a little shorter, depending upon the time I spend on it.
    And here's (4)., but it's just random: does Cory Blake speak Spanish?
    Thanks so much! It's much appreciated!

    ~Ellen

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    1. Hi Ellen,
      Can you please just email me about all of this? It's really hard to get on the site to answer your questions. :-)
      But to answer your questions for now.
      1. Hey, send them all. That's fine. I can pick and choose. But don't worry about making so many if you get tired of it. :-)
      2. Nope. Skip whatever you want. Random is fine.
      3. You have as long as you would like to take. I'm not on any timetable or rush either.
      4. He speaks a little, but is not fluent like Andi.

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    2. Yep, I can certainly email you about them; thanks for answering all my questions and telling me where you prefer them to go. I don't think I'll have any more questions concerning the trivia contest, as these were just essentials, but if I do, I'll email them. Thanks again!

      ~Ellen

      Oh, and BTW, I don't think I'll tire of making questions; I enjoy doing them very much. On one of the contests I gave the siblings, I worked a week and still wanted to do more!

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Let Andi know what you think!