Reblog from Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog…October/November 2017 Writing Contests.

Originally posted on Rachel Poli: October 2017 Genre: Fiction Theme: Short story (new writers only) Website: Glimmer Train Deadline: October 31, 2017 Entry Fee: $18 Prize: First – $2,500 Genre: Nonfiction Theme: Christmas and Holiday Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul Deadline: October 31, 2017 Entry Fee: None Prize: $200 Genre: Creative Nonfiction essay Theme: N/A Website:…

via October/November 2017 Writing Contests — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog


Reblog of a post by Yecheilyah Ysravl…15 lessons she’s learned about writing…

I’ve been writing for eighteen years now and publishing books for ten. Over the years I have learned so much. Sometimes it can be overwhelming as you’ll begin to feel as if you are always two steps behind. That’s how I’ve felt lately. There’s so much to learn and to understand that I often feel […]

via 15 Lessons I’ve Learned about Writing So Far – Guest Post by Yecheilyah Ysrayl… — Chris The Story Reading Ape’s Blog

My writing journey…

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Meredith Gibraltar writes of her progress in her book Martha.  The main character has met an interesting man.  Only time will tell whether he will be important.  Slowly the book continues and is almost finished.

Martha meets James.  He is a retired policeman and knows about police procedure.  Finally Martha can ask him about whether the police would guide someone physically instead of putting them into witness protection.  Finally Martha can ask the question of someone.  She has wondered this for over ten years.  In addition James is a compassionate man…a man of worth.  Will they become friends?  Only time will tell.

I am writing the final chapter of the book.  I am a bit worried.  It is quite long.  But I just thought that I can make the final chapter about James instead of Martha.  Interesting.  I’ll have to think about that for a while.  The book is proceeding slowly.  But the end is near.  Then I have some major editing to do.  I will keep you posted.


My writing journey…

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Meredith Gibraltar writes about her writing journey.  I have figured out the ending for my  fiction but am still working on the title and the subtitle.  I am slowly progressing though.

I started out with the idea that my book would be three books named Stephen, Theo and The Dominant.  It was meant to be a fiction.  I then started incorporating some of the issues that I face with anxiety and the book took a whole new turn.  Then I thought that I would call the book Martha.  Now I have decided on the end.  I am torn between calling the book Martha or the name of the man that she falls in love with at the end.  I haven’t figured out who that is yet.  I’ll have to see.  While the book followed my footsteps in my healing journey for a chapter, now it will be fiction again based on my experiences in life.  Since it is a romance she will fall in love.  Her journey is the main point of the whole book so I think that I will be calling it Martha.  Then the subtitle becomes very important.  I don’t know what it will be yet.  I will have to wait until I finish the book.

Editing the book is next.  I will send the book to one friend and have her read it.  Then I will send it to the editor.  I haven’t chosen an editor yet.

Then publishing is the most daunting task.  I think that I’ll have to self publish.  I don’t know.  I’ll see when I get to that stage.

Slowly my book advances.  I have to set dates for when I will finish the book to give me incentive.  I’ll do that next.

Until next time…Cheers!


Thank you Theo…a poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes a poem about Theo…the second section in her book The Dominant.  Cheers!

Theo, my love.

You gave me strength and courage.

Courage to face the fears of being followed.

Courage to step outside when all eyes were on me.

Courage to smile in the face of danger.

I trust you with my life.

I follow your advice because my life depends on it.

You love and protect me.

Thank you Theo.

Thank you.

Antoine…a poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes a poem about the second part of her book The Dominant.  It might be written into the section Theo.  Cheers!

I fear evil.

His name is Antoine.

He is satanic and does satanic sacrifice.

I fear his knife.

He rapes and cuts human flesh.

He is evil.

He is feared by all.

I trust in God and Theo.

They protect me.

It is in trusting in the good

that my fear subsides.

I don’t believe in the evil.

I believe in God.

I Remember…a poem.

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Meredith Gibraltar writes a poem for the second chapter of her book The Dominant.  This chapter is called Theo.  Cheers!

I have waited…

I have waited and loved your memory…

I have waited.

Where are you?  Why so long?

Please come to me.


I am devoted.  I love you all.

Please come.

I still fear.  My life depends on it.

I am on that edge…

I fear.  I am safe.

Please come to me.

It’s safe here but not where you are.

Please come.

I wait…