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Without (much) further ado

I must hurry now. I’ve procrastinated too much already.
There’s a thing I have to tell you.
As soon as possible, if I do not wish die a most painful death at the hands of Tanvi (among others?).

I don’t blame her.
I’m a month late, and if I was in her place, I’d be equally, if not more, excited and impatient.

I apologise for the delay Tanvi, hope you find it in your heart to forgive me.

And yes, I shall get to the point now.
But wait!
Must do the pleasantries.

Happy New Year, everyone!
Here’s wishing you the most prosperous and fulfilling new year, hope you get up on the right side of the bed each morning (unless your bed’s in a corner, like mine, in which case, there’s really only one way, isn’t there?), get the exact presents you want on your birthday (but in a way that you’re still surprised) and are blessed with a speedy internet connection so you have no problems enjoying my blog posts!

December 2014 was a great month for me, and for a change, I knew it then as well (because you know? You mostly feel that times were “good” retrospectively?).

Blogging wise as well it was my best month till date according to the stats page (2015 was a pretty lousy year, blogging wise).
Even otherwise, it was one of my favourite months to be a blogger because my fellow writer friends wrote short stories for my blog, and it was amazing because all of them are so talented and I felt really proud of them all posting here, and basically, it was so much fun!

I wasn’t planning on doing it the next year (which was 2015) (and technically, I didn’t), but somewhere in the middle of the year I happened upon this amazing list of prompts and I couldn’t resist!
So I thought, why not?
I contacted all of my friends, a few new ones, and told them about the prompts!

They were, once again, enthusiastic about doing this.
In fact, Leanna, when I first emailed her about this, replied with:

Hey Sam! 
As always, I’m in! 

So yes! She’s writing too, look out for her story.

Now, I should’ve done this in December- I was supposed to.
But I’m not going to bore you with my reasons for being a month late, especially because they’re all very stupid.
But I’m here now, and we’re doing this!
I can’t think of a better way to start the year.

When do I start posting the stories?
That’s a good question!

Whose story shall be up first?
That’s another good one!

Hey, let me answer that one, seeing as to how I just came up with an answer:
Let’s start with Tanvi’s!

Yay! That’s settled then!
Tanvi is new to the whole short story thing, but her story is still wonderful, you’ll love it!

I’ll post it in the next few days, and as Mr.Holmes aptly puts it,
“The stage is set. The curtain rises. We are ready to begin.”

(If I was the non-rambly kind, I’d stop there and let those words echo a bit, but I’m not- and anyway I’m too excited not to discuss the Christmas Special! Leave comments telling me your thoughts about it!!! Non-spoilery comments though- don’t want people getting spoilt.)

(Oh hey, one more thing, if you are interested in reading the stories from last year- they’re all amazing- you can do that by going to the category “Fiction” and they’re all there so yeah, check them out, you’ll enjoy!)

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The (Very Exciting) Announcement

Once upon a time, perhaps 9 months ago, I was rereading a Harry Potter book and came across a sentence which I thought was extremely mysterious if taken out of context. If someone simply wrote it on a piece of paper and gave it to me, I’d come up with about 394 scenarios based on that one sentence.
That made me wonder, are there others of this kind?
So I went looking for them.

Guess what? (And this shouldn’t come as a surprise since the author in question is J K Rowling)
Harry Potter has plenty of those.
I took three of them and thought I’d make up a story for each of them. I’d enjoy writing them too, because as soon as I read those sentences, the stories started forming in my head.
I then planned to publish those stories on my blog.
For a few months after that though, I completely forgot about them.
Then again at the end of September/ beginning of October I decided to work on them.
But while trying to write one of them (the very first one) I got stuck at a part and didn’t know how to go on with the story and so I asked a friend for help.
He read what I had written so far and was so intrigued that he asked me if he could write this story himself.
At first I was reluctant but then I thought Why Not?
I am writing two others already, so it’d be one less story for me to write. And he seemed pretty excited too.
I said yes.

And that was that… except it wasn’t.

That very day, I visited a friend and we got talking about Harry Potter (she has read it, but truth be told I could talk about Harry Potter to a Muggle as well) and I told her about this story writing idea of mine.
Then I asked her if she’d like to write one as well.
She wanted to.
Her precise words were, “There’s no way I’m not doing this if it’s related to Harry Potter!”

(In another language. So does that not make them her “precise words”? Or can I still say that? Because I translated well!)

While I was on my way home an hour later, the idea was already forming in my head brilliantly (if I say so myself).
Then I started worrying that I wouldn’t find enough of such interesting sentences (which was a stupid concern anyway. It’s Harry Potter we’re talking about! That series defined a generation of kids! There’s no way it wouldn’t have a handful of sentences which deserved a story of their own).

I thought about all my friends who write (there’s plenty of those) and I wondered if they’d like to write short stories for me (yes, yes they would).

As soon as I reached home, I emailed them asking if they were interested in writing a short story based on a prompt I gave.
All those who replied in the affirmative received another email with a list of prompts of which they had to choose one and incorporate it word to word in their story. That was the only rule really.

I didn’t tell them about how the prompts were from Harry Potter (except that one friend mentioned up there).
By reading this blog post is how they will be finding out too. Hehe… (I’m such a sneaky little bugger, aren’t I?!?)

I got all the stories soon after that (first drafts at least! Some of my friends still wish to make some teeny tiny changes in their story. I love how they’re taking it so siriusly.)
All of them are awesome!
All of this is just so amazing and I am very excited.
I can’t wait to post all of them here for you to read 😀

Very proud of all my friends who contributed and thanks a lot- all of you!
This is the first time I’m going to have guest posts on my blog, that makes it all the more exciting for me.

I have already decided which story I’m going to publish first.
I also know when I’m going to publish it.
I guess I could tell you that much…

The prompt line is ‘She nodded, blushing to the roots of her flaming hair, and put her elbow in the butter dish.

I’m planning to publish it on the 7th of December so mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss reading this story 😉

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