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This site is like Ruthe, the heroine of my novel, Ruthe's Secret Roses

Ruthe is. . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
rescues friends,
has creative ideas,
likes to give surprise gifts,
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and marriage,
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile

So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with God,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
& regularly/daily
how to grow in faith
Christian mentoring,
how to share your faith
character development
how to become a writer


What high school grad would skip her banquet to dash away to help a friend in a crisis? Would you? Ruthe does this right at the beginning of this story. She can be quite daring for a shy, small town girl, when it is for others' sakes. You'll like her spunk! Get "Ruthe's Secret Roses." the softcover at

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Oh, how sweet to have a friend who'd drop everything and come when you need her. Ruthe, the heroine of this novel, dashes away from her own grad when her friend Muriel calls. Don't you wish you had a loyal, caring friend like that? Buy and READ Ruthe's Secret Roses! e-Book edition Softcover edition.

How to Enter the Short Story Writing Game

To help YOU learn to turn out short stories the way you bake batches of cookies, I am sponsoring a sort of Contest-Exercise-Game. RoseBouquet Subscribers who wish to take part will get various story ingredients given to them, and they must come up with a short story of no more than 300 to 500 words at the very maximum. We'll play a fresh round with each issue of the RoseBouquet inspirational and writing ezine.

Hey, I'll give you extra honours and horn-tooting if you can tell a great story in 150 words or less!

If it turns out this plan is too easy or too hard, we'll adjust the rules for the following rounds.

If you wish to take part, you must first be subscribed to the RoseBouquet. Easy part - do it right here;


Your Email: Disclaimer: Although Inspirational, this ezine MAY contain in-house and recommendations or links to third-parties. By entering your subscription you are agreeing to accept these, (but you don't have to act on them. :)

Using the the short lists below, choose your Character - character's adjective/trait - Setting - and Complication. the same Plot Problem and the Climax is assigned to all who take part. This provides some unity to the stories, but we will all be amazed at the variety of treatments the different writers bring to the same plot and climax.

When you have written your short story, paste into the entry form at the bottom of this page. (BOOKMARK IT NOW)! Remember, it can only be accepted until the last Tuesday of each month's issue of RoseBouquet comes out. That marks the start of the next round.

Naturally, you will retain your own copyright on the story. You get to decide who can publish it and whether for free or for pay.

I'm sorry to say I can't pay, but if I really like your story, I'll write to ask your permission to put it up on my site, and perhaps even include it in the ebook, which will be available for Christmas gift-giving this December. If you grant such permission, I will consider that a great gift and honour. I promise not to try to make money on it. (Or if an opportunity comes up, you will be consulted first).

If you need more help in how to write a short story, see the article from the Sept/10/03 issue of RoseBouquet, which you'll find here; Make Short Stories Like Cookies.

[NOTE: For this month I have ignored the options provided on my plotting cards, and have chosen ones that came to me as the idea for my short story slipped up naturally on me. See Betsie's Power to see how I did that, and the story that resulted. Feel free to do that too! this page is just to jog your thinking when you have trouble coming up with a story].

Choose a Character:
1. Castaway
2. Convict
3. Mummy
4. Invalid
5. Waiter
6. Grafter

Choose a Trait/Adjective:
1. Pessimistic
2. Tragic
3. Lost
4. Obedient
5. Pious
6. Henpeckec

Choose a Setting:
1. Coliseum
2. Street car
3. Gate house
4. Plaza
5. Igloo
6. Campus

Choose a Complication:
1. Achievement
2. Disgrace
3. Blizzard
4. Exhortation
5. Disinheritance
6. Invasion

Your Plot Problem for this story is:
A Struggle to Avoid an Unpleasant Duty

Your Climax for this story is:
Ambition Realized

How to use this Deal-a-Plot card:

Choose at least one, maybe two or three characters (the less you pick the shorter your story is likely to be). Then choose a trait or adjective for each, out of the list of six provided this month. Third, choose a setting. Short stories are like one act plays, everything happens in one place and one block of time. If your story has more than one scene or incident, it will naturally grow longer and more detailed. Remember, we're trying to keep this really short and simple.

Now, work with the given plot problem, and add your choice of a complication from that list to give it an added twist, and try to come to the one climax given. It will be a bit of a challenge. Can you do all that in 500 words or less? - If you do, you're a good story-teller!

Do you see all the possiblities?

Now those are all from just one card from a deck of Deal-A-Plot cards I got with a correspondence course in writing by Benson Barrett, way-y back in the 1960s. If your stories come in well, we can play with another card in the deck, or even shuffle them and keep playing indefinitely.

Once you've written your story (Bookmark this page!), come back here to enter your completed short story in this form.

Note: Your email address will need to match your subscription address, for your story to be considered.

I plan to change the options the last week of each month. Why not bookmark this page to see what new card is dealt to you, and also check the Short Story Index to see whether your story got posted from the previous month. (This could happen if I can't reach you by email or phone).

Short Story Submission Form

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Ruth Marlene Friesen
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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7L 0A5

Please note: I work hard all week on the computer, and then I work just as hard on weekends at my domestic duties. This means I often don't see my incoming email on weekends until late Sunday night or Mondays. But I always do my best to catch up on Mondays again. (The Lord did say we should take time to rest and a change is as good as a rest, right?) So if you don't get a quick response from me on a weekend, just relax, I'll get back to you. In an emergency, use the phone number above.

By the grace of God, and the power He gives me through His Spirit, I respect others and desire to honour you and do you no harm. This applies whether you are just visiting my site, and reading what you find in these pages, or if you choose to purchase this book, or offer your comments and suggestions, or subscribe to any ezine, list, or program that I might recommend.

To honour and respect you means that you can count on me not to give or sell your email address, or any confidential information about you to anyone for any purposes whatsoever. If you offer compliments or praise, I will always ask you first before I post it for others to see.

If you should ask for my advice, or encouragement about any personal matter at all, rest assured that I only talk it over with the Lord, and no one else.

Blessings and Thanks,

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