*Latty's Pick

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Ten entered, but once the dust settled they were only the top 4. Hi, guys give a hearty congratulations to the 2019 Winter Rose Award: Summer Edition One-Shot/Short-Story, Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Science-Fiction and LGBTQ Second Place Winners who're all Latty's September Pick.

Let's hear what they have to say:

Let's hear what they have to say:

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spacetodream (One-Shot/Short-Story)

▪ Stacie, one of the thing main critic both your One-Shot/Short-story and Science-fiction judges had in common is the clicheness of the plot

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Stacie, one of the thing main critic both your One-Shot/Short-story and Science-fiction judges had in common is the clicheness of the plot. Do they both have a point or did they both misinterpreted what the stories all about?

Both Gaia: A New Earth and Love Forevermore are ultimately about love and relationships in a wondrous and changing universe. While I can agree that these are themes oft-represented in literature, I’d argue that the way writers can make them unique is through description, diversity and the individual voices of their characters. I hope I’m doing this, but I know the judges gave me good points for revision. Moving the plot forward in interesting, new ways is definitely something I intend to do as I revise stories and develop ideas for new ones! ✍️📚🙂

You're an Honorable Mention in poetry. According to the judge, your strongest piece was "Bright Wings" what was the inspiration behind it? 

I’m endlessly inspired to write by the beauty of the natural world we live in, particularly in the midst of amazing seasonal changes. My poem Bright Wings came from the observation of Spring on an April day. It also came from reading the ornithological poems of Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Clare & others in The Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds - titled (like my poem)- Bright Wings. 🦋

How were you introduced to wattpad and how has the journey been thus far?

I began sharing my writing on Wattpad in 2016, after rediscovering some journals of poetry that I had written as a young teen and twenty-something. Though I never stopped writing, life in my early thirties took me into a different career path and motherhood, and I’d put writing on the back-burner for years. After gathering the courage to revise and rewrite them, and then share them in a poetry group - I took the plunge of sharing them to a larger online audience. I found that I enjoyed not only sharing my work, but reading and responding to the work of others. Slowly, I began to read and write in other genres as well, joined book clubs and entered some of my poems & stories in contests. I’m happy to be a part of the thriving Wattpad community of writers and readers, and thankful to all those who have supported my works thus far! 🙏

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