January 20th, 2020

Cowboy Cop

What? Monday again?

Wow, where on earth has January gone?  Yikes.  How has the new year been treating you so far?  I hope that you’ve all had a marvelous 2020 so far.  My baby turned 18 and my older girl is about to turn 20 so it’s definitely a year of milestones for us.

How are you doing?  Are you on track or do you need a little push?  If you’re looking for some help, motivation, or a cheerleader, let us know.  We’re here to help.  I’ve even bought a pair of pompoms just for the occasion.


1. Flash Challenge!  Your flash challenge prompt is: candy.  Give me 100 words or a graphic and I’ll reward you with my undying love and admiration. 

2. Last week’s challenges:

3. Big Buddy 65%!  Are you on track?  Beating your goal?  Plenty of time to catch up if you need to, so go for it.

asphaltcowgrrl –  9,750
agdhani –    32,500
sharpiesgal –     6,500
cmk418 –      3,250
bizarra –     6,500
jennytork –   9,750
flipflop_diva –  9,750
simplyn2deep – 1,625
jstabe – 6,500
craterdweller - 325

January’s post is here, there’s always time to join in!

4. The Daily Count challenge reminder is here in case you need to check and see when you’re up next.

5. Our first challenge of the year is Rare Pairs!  You can find Haldoor’s initial post here.  She’s been posting prompts regularly, too, so please check the tag here for inspiration.

I think that’s all for now.  Chime in below and let us know how you’re doing and what your plans are for this week.  Personally, I need to get caught up.  I’m nowhere close to where I ought to be at this point in the month.  Happy Monday everyone!
Hawaii Five 0::Steve::term of endearment

Word of the Day 01/20/20 Twenty-Twenty

Twenty-Twenty (adjective)
twenty-twenty or 20-20 [ twen-tee-twen-tee, twuhn-tee-twuhn-tee ]

1. Ophthalmology. having normal visual acuity.
2. keenly or acutely perceptive: an opinion based on twenty-twenty hindsight.


See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com

Origin: First recorded in 1935–40

Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.
1MW-snoopy-you can do it
  • haldoor

Beta Readers Post 2020

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the 2020 post for beta-readers. This replaces the 2017 version, as I'm not sure how many people on that page are still offering beta-reading.

If you are available to beta fic for others, this is the place to comment with a note of what you're happy to help with, for example: fandom, a read-thru for basic errors, grammar/spelling/punctuation, Brit-picking (or other cultures), characterisation, plot, etc. I won't reply to your comments, then if you wish to edit/add to anything, you can do this at any time.

Anyone looking for a beta can refer to this post and PM any of the commenters if they see one who is offering something that matches their need. Failing that, you can post here asking for help, but you run the risk of not being answered directly by members - I will see it and can direct people here, but that is not as efficient as a direct PM.


It's okay for a beta to say no if they're busy or feel unable to help someone. For those of you here looking for beta help, you can always try someone else on the list if your first choice is unable to beta for you.

Remember, a beta is trying to help make a story better; they're not meant to be criticising the writer. Every suggestion to alter the story in any way is simply a SUGGESTION and the writer can accept or disregard that suggestion as they see fit. If you can't take concrit, be sure to tell the beta exactly what it is you want from their help before you get started. And betas, if a writer doesn't take your suggestions, don't take it to heart; it's their story and their choice what they use or don't use of your concrit.

You all know this comm. by now, and how we like to encourage our members; so please remember that if you can't be pleasant, please bow out nicely - from either end is acceptable - and that should be the end of it. Your mods are here if there are any issues, but if you remember to treat others as you would like to be treated, then we shouldn't have to be involved.

Thanks, guys, and let's get some beta-reading done!
1MW-Snoopy-hard work
  • haldoor

Word Counter 2020

Here we go again - it's well into Jan and I still haven't updated the counters, so more than time I got them up. Last year I had trouble updating the ticker factory counters, so I'm trying something a little simpler this year. Let's see if it works!

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