? | Day 10 | Advent Calendar 2016

Advent Calendar 2016

Day 10 | Advent Calendar

Today was meant to be for a guest, someone had come forward and asked that I reserve the 10th of December in the Calendar for their contribution. Sadly the contribution has not arrived. Thus I am improvising and providing a link to one of the Advent Posts I wrote for last year’s calendar.

A German Christmas Most of my blog’s readers know this, I am German, but grew up in Germany the US and France. Still Christmas stayed a completely German affair. Not all parts of Germany are very C…

Source: Advent Calendar Day 24: A German Christmas

(if you are interested in contributing, there are still dates to be filled, just drop me a line).

It’s almost time for …

It’s almost time for the annual Advent Calendar

All I need is your contribution and for time to pass a little slower so that everyone can be creative and I can review and set up the posts.

the world of orchidsLast year I had the crazy idea to host a multi-contributor advent calendar. It worked great and many contributors found new readers and friends and many of loyal readers found blogs they enjoy reading. Memories, stories and traditions were shared. If you want an idea, then see here.

This year, I am looking for 24 contributions let’s make that 25 to start in style on the first advent Sunday with a pre-calendar post (I might accept more to do super Advent Sundays).

So what am I looking for?

For this year I thought that stories should take the centre stage. Flash and micro fiction, longer short stories, stories told through poems, songs, photos, paintings, drawings, short films… The stories should be in the holiday spirit (Christmassy, Decembery {winery or summery depending on your story and hemisphere it is set in} as well as influenced by other religious or pagan celebrations that happen towards the end of the year). If you are unsure you can always “pitch” your idea.

Writing/creating guidelines:

  • Be creative
  • Tell a story, fiction, non fiction, a legend etc.
  • Don’t worry about word count if it’s 0 words for a snow scene painting, a haiku, 50 words for a piece of Santa flash fiction or 1500 for a touching story about fining a Christmas tree in the desert then that’s ok
  • Use only images that you have the right to use (google does not translate as copyright free)
  •  When using images that you did not take, but have the permission to use, credit the artist and link to the source, even if you are using a site such as pixabay
  • Respect your deadline – standard deadline is 3 days prior to the post’s publication, but there is an exception for those posts that go up from the 1st to the 5th of December (I am super busy Thanksgiving and the first Sunday of December, and am quite sure that I will have next to no time to edit and post stories at that time) so I would be grateful if your post arrives in my inbox on the 25th of November or before.
  • You can use something that you have posted on your blog before and that you feel should have some more reads.
  • Send your story in the body of an email, a word document, text format or in pages – just if you are using images, please don’t put them into your word document

Bio guidlines:

  • write a bio about yourself, if you are shy/don’t know what to write I can write one, or ask a friend
  • include links to your website, blog, social profiles…
  • if you have books, paintings, music or anything else that you might offer, coaching, teaching, etsy products etc. let us know
  • you can include a picture of yourself

Commenting guidlines:

  • Aim to reply to 2 to 3 comments that have been left on your contribution
  • Do your bit, check out the stories that have been posted the day before and after yours, for example your post is the 10th, then check out the 9th and the 11th. If your post on the 1st then check out the 24th and the 2nd, and if you are the 24th well then check out the 23rd and the 1st. You don’t have to do it on the date in question, just do it before the end of December, so that everyone gets at least a few reads
  • Feel free to share the posts that you enjoy, as well as your own

And now send me a message either by filling out the contact box below or directly if you already have my email address.

Include: the top 3 dates you would like to post on (1-24 of December plus 27th of November), I will try to give you your first pick. Your idea, if you already have one, or the confirmation that you are in!

Get creative!

Thank you in advance for contributing. I might be slow with replies, so don’t stress about that.