Writers: Win $200!

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Homer and Marge, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Ross and Rachel, Shrek and Fiona…

These are all iconic fictional couples whom we are familiar with. We adore them, we love them. But what happens after their “Happily ever after?” Do they stay in love? Do they have an unfortunate fallout? Does conflict disrupt their lives? Perhaps the threat of a third world war challenges their devotion to one another?

You tell us!

For a chance to win $200, writers are encouraged to pick any iconic fictional couple made popular by a book, movie, or TV show and enlighten us on what happens after their “Happily ever after.”

Are you not a writer? No problem, we’re sure you know plenty of writers in your life, so please pass this contest along to them so they have a chance at winning $200. Who knows, they might even take you out to dinner…

Contestants must be over 13 years of age to enter. Do not exceed 1,000 words. Deadline is April 18.

CLICK HERE to submit

And please feel free to contact us at Endeverpublishing@gmail.com for any questions you may have or leave you comments in the section below.

Winner and Writing Contest #2 Announced!

coverA huge congratulations to Jared Johnson for winning Endever’s first writing contest with his short story, “Sunstalker of the Badlands.” As the winner, he has won $150 as well as an opportunity to write a short story to be featured in the front of one of Endever’s books.

Again, thank you so much to everyone who submitted. You will be hearing from us shortly in regards to your story with tips and advice to help elevate your writing to the next level.

At Endever, we are young and very new to the game, thus we don’t have everything perfected yet. So we are open to changes and suggestions you may have in regards to future writing contests. We would love it if you submitted your feedback to us at Endeverpublishing@gmail.com for ways we can improve future contests.

And now we’d like to announce Endever’s next writing contest. This time for a chance to win $200. 

The-Flip-Side-of-LoveWe are hard at work on our first book production at Endever Publishing Studios, a YA novel about a girl who falls in love with a boy after he dies. The book opens up with our protagonist, Adelle, believing that love is spelled with a “D” on the end. According to her, all love stories eventually end up as loved stories, as in, “He loved me but no longer does.”

She is convinced that if most love stories continued on past the last page or after the credit roll, they would all end up as loved stories. Unless it’s that rare story where the couple dies together in the end.

So we want to know if you agree with Adelle. Here are the rules for our next writing contest:

Contestants are to choose a love story, be it a popular fairy tale or a contemporary story (book or movie), and write what happens to that couple after that story ends. Do they stay together? Do they separate? Is there conflict that is introduced into their lives that challenges their relationship? Contestants are to write about the couple utilizing up to 1,000 words. 

The deadline is April 18, and the fee is $12. This fee will go toward the $200 prize as well as helping to fund Endever Publishing Studios to get a foot into the publishing world.

CLICK HERE to submit

And please feel free to contact us at Endeverpublishing@gmail.com for any questions you may have or leave you comments in the section below.

Meet Contestant 3: Eric Dill

Now it’s time to meet Contestant 3, Eric Dill. After reading his short bio, head over to Endever’s Facebook page to vote for your favorite contestant. Remember, please vote only once, or else your votes will be disqualified and not counted. 

12038194_10153704291739668_8168426515496197139_nEric Dill is a busy husband, father, and student who retreats from the craziness of life by losing himself in worlds of words—whether his own, or those created by master world-builders whom he admires. It doesn’t matter if the world is contained in 500 words or 500,000, if it is compelling he is sure to want to experience it. His genres of choice are fantasy and science-fiction (in that order). He lives with his wife of five years, daughter of three, and crazy German Shepherd in Western North Carolina.

Eric’s personal blog can be found at wispsofsmokeblog.wordpress.com, and is an eclectic mix of short fiction, poetry, and art. Although begun on a whim, it has quickly became a place for him to release ideas into the wild and to express pent-up emotions. It is both exciting and cathartic to express himself in words for others to read.

The development of “The Depression in the Woods” actually happened fairly spontaneously. There is, in fact, a large depression in the woods behind his parent’s home. As a child, that place possessed an air of mystery and magic. So the “geographic” element of it is based, however loosely, in real life. The “emotional” element is likewise based in his own struggles. It wasn’t until he was about halfway through the story that he realized both elements were in play. The word-play was a “happy accident” one might say, and helped to give the story its depth.

Click here to read and vote for Eric’s story and vote for him simply by clicking the “Like” button.

Also, don’t forget to check out our other two finalists, Megan Griffiths and Jared Johnson.

The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 13!

Meet Contestant 2: Jared Johnson

We’ve got our three finalists chosen and posted for Endever’s first writing contest. Please take a moment now to meet Contestant 2, Jared Johnson and then head over to Endever’s Facebook page to vote for your favorite contestant. Remember, please vote only once, or else your votes will be disqualified and not counted. 

coverI’m a psychology student at VCU in Richmond, Virginia. Originally from Virginia Beach, I enjoy surfing and life by the ocean. I aspire to work in creative writing, either as a freelancer or with a production company (screenplays are as good as short stories), but I want to have a stable degree given the job climate. 
Growing up, I’ve always been obsessed with reading Lovecraft, William Burroughs, and James Joyce. I also watched an unhealthy amount of horror films, among my favorites are Alien, Eraserhead, and The Thing. I think the ability to tell a suspenseful but extremely immersive narrative is the mark of genius because it has to be inviting enough for the audience to care but treacherous enough to cause us to worry and dread.
My inspiration for the story came from work I did in Managua’s former municipal dump (La Chureca). While I was there, I heard a story about a scavenger who had gone to use the restroom in an open sewer and fell twenty feet, nearly drowning in the filth but was saved by other members of the community. He was permanently disabled by the fall and sat crippled in a wheelchair when I met him. I was sixteen and I still think about it today. It leaves you feeling very disturbed and confused about the whole event. In the same sense, I want my stories to be easy to understand but hard to interpret – to be confusing and not very clear about why things unfold the way they do. Life will throw you a curveball and it’s up to you to make sense of it and give it meaning.
Click here to vote for Jared’s story and vote for him simply by clicking the “Like” button.
Also, don’t forget to check out our other two finalists, Megan Griffiths and Eric Dill.
The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 13!

Meet Contestant 1: Megan Griffiths

We’ve got our three finalists chosen and posted for Endever’s first writing contest. Please take a moment to meet Contestant 1, Megan Griffiths and then head over to Endever’s Facebook page to vote for your favorite contestant. Remember, please vote only once, or else your votes will be disqualified and not counted. 

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Megan Griffiths is a creative individual. She balances fantasy and reality fairly well in her life, and for her it is valuable to remind herself as much as possible that imagination is just as important as being practical. She is a freelance writer and blogger.

Megan is a single mother of two; teen and preteen. She can be quite a Momster (what happens to Mom after she counts to 3) but thankfully her sense of humor helps to get her through. She hails from the East Coast of South Africa – a ‘little’ city with pristine beaches and a laid-back feel to it. Little being the operative word.

Megan has a passion for reading and writing, as well as giving her fingers a good work out in various other forms of crafty-artiness. She is a self-confessed coffee addict, with a soft spot for cheesecake and rainy afternoons. When the sun is out, she rather enjoys tending the weeds in her garden – a green thumb is not something she was gifted with.

Her personal blog can be found at nopassingfancy.wordpress.com, and is a mixture of the mishaps and motivations of everyday life. She also tweets regularly @MegG78.

Megan was asked about the inspiration behind the story that she wrote entitled “Shoebox Sanity” for the Endever Publishing Studios writing contest. A lot of her writing is inspired by personal life experiences and then woven into a variety of genres, but this particular piece was not. It was, in fact, just the result of sitting down and trying to think of a story with a murderous twist. It was the result of a mind that is fascinated and intrigued by mystery, human psychology, and puzzles. Many years spent watching and reading crime/murder mystery was also a great contributor to the story.

Click here to read Megan’s story and vote for her by simply clicking the “Like” button.

Also, don’t forget to check out our other two finalists, Eric Dill and Jared Johnson

Silly Rabbit, Animated Movies Aren’t (Just) for Kids

 

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Zootopia is Disney’s 55th animated feature film, and it broke records as being the highest grossing Disney animated opening of all time.

Why is that? Personally, I think it’s because Disney has been delivering better and better films after their decade of mediocrity (1995-2004). The animation powerhouse, with the help from Pixar geniuses, has worked hard over the past twelve years to regain the world’s trust. Each film, from Bolt to Big Hero 6, has steadily gotten better and better, and diving deeper and deeper with substance and superior quality.

After seeing it with my son today, I can see why it’s garnered a near 100% critical rating on Rotten Tomatoes by both critics and audiences alike (many even claiming it’s the best Disney film ever), and why it’s broken the record as the studio’s highest grossing opening.

Zootopia is not your typical animated film. Sure, it’s anthropomorphic, which is not uncommon in the medium, it pulls as many quips as it can, and… well, that’s pretty much where the similarities stop. Outside of that, it’s a seriously fun and entertaining crime drama.

In fact, it’s so reminiscent of my favorite buddy-cop movies, Lethal Weapon, that I no lethal_weapon_3longer feel a need for Riggs and Murtaugh to team up for a fifth installment because a sly fox and a “dumb bunny” beat them to it.

If you’re one of those closed-minded weirdos who write animated films off as being “kid movies,” you need to rethink your approach. If this movie doesn’t convince you that select animated films can be way better than your typical live-action release, then you’ve got some rewiring to do. (There’s a scene where a main character cries and it’s better than any crying I’ve seen any real actor pull off…yeah, I watered.)

Most of the jokes are subtle. Many of them I won’t notice until future viewings (and there will be many…by choice), but I caught enough to know that they’re there. And yes, it’s got that warmth and heart Disney is known for, but it never, ever feels cheesy.

Judy-Hopps-disneys-zootopia-38966363-777-777I can foresee myself choosing Judy Hopps as my favorite Disney character after a more timely analysis of her character. I want her to be my daughter’s role-model. She is strong, humble, and determined to be the best she can be doing what she wants to do. And no bull-headed water buffalo is going to get in her way.

Is Zootopia my all-time favorite Disney movie? I don’t know, but it’s way up there. But then again, A Goofy Movie isn’t technically considered part of the Disney animated movie lineup. So… of the official 55 releases… I guess I’ll just have to watch it a few more times to decide. And I can’t wait!

Disney does not make kid movies anymore, and this is just one more proof of that. If Hollywood didn’t segregate animated films in their award ceremonies, Zootopia would easily be in the running for best film categories just as Inside Out would have been earlier this year.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite short story to cap off Endever’s first writing contest!

Finalists Announced! Vote For Your Favorite!

Here are the finalists for the writing contest! Watch the video then read the rules below for  rules on voting!

To vote, go to Endever’s Facebook page, read the three stories posted, then LIKE your favorite. Please vote only once. If we see you vote for more than one, your votes will be disqualified.

Good luck, finalists!

Any questions, contact us at endeverpublishing@gmail.com

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