Ecrits Blogophilia Week 11.12 – Shadows Round My Heart Begin to Creep

This is Ecrits Blogophilia Week 11 in our 12th year!!
And she’s nobody’s fool
But it’s easy to fall
She’s a hole in the shadows
Where nobody talks
There’s a shadow in my heart
Where the rain never stops
And there’s no conversation
Yeah nobody talks
There’s a shadow in my heart
There’s a shadow in my heart…
“Shadow in My Heart” ~ Psychedelic Furs
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Congratulations to our Week 10.12 Jacket Winner!!

Week 10.12 Jacket Winner
Christopher Mitchell remains at the top of the pack this week! He retains a hold on the jacket, as Lika Saliscente-Phipps inches ever closer to snatching it from his grasp! Colleen Keller Breuning is thinking that the leather jacket will make a fabulous wardrobe accessory as she jaunts off to Italy! Irene Melgoza, the Firsting Queen, is dreaming of a chance to soar into the stratosphere, while Christine Wichman and Diana Jillian are considering a collaboration of sorts to climb their way to the top! Only a few weeks left and the question burns bright … who will wear the jacket next week?
Last week’s topic was submitted by Tyler Myrth!!
Though Tyler may not be taking his vacation abroad, he certainly had everyone guessing all over the place! He skillfully evades everyone’s guess and racks up 6 huge points as a result!

Last week’s bonus suggestions were submitted by Leta aka Violeta and Rebecca G.!!! They each receive 2 points for their contribution!

Last week’s picture was submitted by David aka The David!!!
The slick Caftan Cowboy himself, The David, has been a little MIA lately. He continues his elusiveness and stays underneath the radar this week. Since nobody guessed he was the culprit, he piles on all 6 points!

Martien’s secret picture bonus criteria was “Bollywood!!”
Celeste, Christine, Christopher, Colleen, Diana, Irene, and Lika
got in the spirit of the colorful choreography! All of them nailed the secret phrase, and they each scoop up a nifty two points! Sorry, Commander K – no bacon this week!

Now, isn’t that lovely!
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Ecrits Blogophilia Week 11.12 Topic: Shadows Round My Heart Begin to Creep
Hard Bonus (2 pts): Include the title of a song from System of a Down
Easy Bonus (1 pt): Have a deja vu moment

Ecrits Blogophilia week 11.12 picture
PLEASE point out or highlight the bonuses within your blog content. It is so easy for us Martians to miss it completely!! And believe you us, we have missed these quite a few times!
Blogs must be submitted on or before Midnight (Pacific Standard Time), Saturday, May 25, 2019. Please tag Martien Ecrits by including his name within your blog content. In doing so, your blog will show up on his timeline. You may also post your blog link in the comment section below and/or post your blog link on the group “Ecrits Blogophilia” page.
Who and What do you guess on????
Guess who submitted the topic – one guess permitted!
Guess who submitted the picture – one guess permitted!!
And, guess what the secret picture phrase is!! 10 guesses permitted!!
PICTURE PHRASE GUESSES CAN BE ANYTHING AT ALL, but remember you are limited to only TEN picture phrases guesses!!
ALL GUESSES MUST BE LISTED ON YOUR BLOG in order to count for points. Correct guessing means earning extra points and is so much fun, especially if you’d like to wear our leather jacket!! (No guessing yourself AT ALL – you can’t get points that way!!!)
What are you waiting for? Start writing!!
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Ecrits Blogophilia 10.12 – Vacation Abroad

This is Ecrits Blogophilia Week 10 in our 12th year!!
WISHING ALL MOMMIES A VERY HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
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Congratulations to our Week 9.12 Jacket Winner!!

Week 9.12 Jacket Winner
CHRISTOPHER MITCHELL aka A.G.E breaks away from the comfy foursome to lead the pack this week!! Well done, Sir!!! HOWEVER, the ladies are not to be undone, Colleen, Irene, Jessica and Lika already have plans as they ponder and strategize to win the leather back!! Christine, Diana, Linda, Rebecca G. and Stormy are pulling together with ideas of their own to gain the jacket!! As they move ahead, we’d like to take this time to WISH A HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all our hardworking, talented, dedicated, lovely MOMs in Blogophilia!! YOU are what makes the world go round!! We also want to extend a warm MARTIAN WELCOME to our newest writers, Celeste Neumann and Michael Wayne Engeseth!! We are so happy you joined our family!!! Make yourselves right at home, and feel free to join in on the guessing too!! We always wonder … who will wear the jacket next week?
Last week’s topic was submitted by Michelle King!!!
Christopher aka A.G.E.
couldn’t help but follow the trail of jelly beans that led all the way to its owner!! He promptly voted her down, and caused a gummie sour moment to an otherwise sweet delight!!! He correctly guessed and they both capture 4 points each!!
Last week’s bonus suggestions were submitted by Lika Saliscente-Phipps and Christine Wichman!!! They each receive 2 points for their contribution!
Last week’s picture was submitted by Stormy Gail Dormire!!
Who rides monorails these days???? Why, Stormy does!! And quite happily as she cruises by waving at the Blogophilia Group headquarters knowing that no one guessed her. She gleefully takes home all 6 points to herself!!!!!
Martien’s secret picture bonus criteria was “OFF THE RAILS!!”
All kinds of guesses were bouncing off the rails this week, as NO ONE guessed correctly!! COMMANDER K waits patiently on the sidelines, salivating at the chops knowing there will BACON in da house!!!! And bacon there shall be, since no one guessed the pic phrase!! 

Now, isn’t that lovely!

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Ecrits Blogophilia Week 10.12 Topic: “Vacation Abroad”
Hard Bonus (2 pts): Incorporate a character from the movie “Princess Bride”
Easy Bonus (1 pt): Include a green vegetable

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 10.12 Picture
PLEASE point out or highlight the bonuses within your blog content. It is so easy for us Martians to miss it completely!! And believe you us, we have missed these quite a few times!
Blogs must be submitted on or before Midnight (Pacific Standard Time), Saturday, May 18, 2019. Please tag Martien Ecrits by including his name within your blog content. In doing so, your blog will show up on his timeline. You may also post your blog link in the comment section below and/or post your blog link on the group “Ecrits Blogophilia” page.
Who and What do you guess on????
Guess who submitted the topic – one guess permitted!
Guess who submitted the picture – one guess permitted!!
And, guess what the secret picture phrase is!! 10 guesses permitted!!
PICTURE PHRASE GUESSES CAN BE ANYTHING AT ALL
, but remember you are limited to only TEN picture phrases guesses!!
ALL GUESSES MUST BE LISTED ON YOUR BLOG in order to count for points. Correct guessing means earning extra points and is so much fun, especially if you’d like to wear our leather jacket!! (No guessing yourself AT ALL – you can’t get points that way!!!)
What are you waiting for? Start writing!!

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Ecrits Blogophilia 9.12 -Sweet and Sour

This is Ecrits Blogophilia Week 9 our 12th year!!

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Earthlings!
You like coffee and you like tea
Much more than you like me
And everybody says watch out yeah
For the sour milk-cow blues
You like your coffee just a little too sweet
Without your sugar life is incomplete
And everybody says watch out yeah
For the sour milk-cow blues
I think about you everyday
Something about you is not the same
Something about the things you say
Sounds like a different woman with a different name
Sour milk-cow blues
~ “Sour Milk-Cow Blues” by Elvis Costello
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Congratulations to our Week 8.12 Jacket Winners!!

Week 8.12 Jacket Winner

Week 8.12 Jacket Winner

Week 8.12 Jacket Winner

Week 8.12 Jacket Winner
Oh yeah, it’s Cinco de Mayo!! What better time than to roll out the tequila and Mexican food for a party! And it’s quite a party at the top, as Christopher Mitchell, Colleen Keller Breuning, Jessica Brooke Miller and Lika Saliscente-Phipps share the jacket this week! Irene Melgoza and Rebecca Grusendorf are tied for second place, hoping for a chance to see if there’s any hidden tequila left in the pockets. Linda Thurmond is just itching for a chance to wrap herself in the warm leather! Diana Jillian is contemplating her strategy to take over the world, er jacket, with some amazing guesswork! A big welcome to Dari Hammett to the Blogophilia writing family! But just for today, it’s a Cinco de Mayo party in the Blogophilia house, with lots of burritos, tacos, chips & salsa, and a round of tequila shots to celebrate YOU! Now the only question is …. who will wear the jacket next week?
Last week’s topic was submitted by Jay Sole!
Our resident mailman and runner Jay stays under the radar and out of the crossfire, stumping everyone! As a result, he piles on 6 points for his stealth!
Last week’s bonus suggestions were submitted by Diana Jillian and Dahlia Ramone!! They each receive 2 points for their contribution!
Last week’s picture was submitted by Sallon Newlove!!
The elusive Sallon remains out of sight, but certainly not out of mind. Nobody guessed she submitted the intriguing piece of artwork, and she takes home the winning jackpot of 6 points!
Martien’s secret picture bonus criteria was “between a rock and a hard place!!”
Lika Saliscente-Phipps knows the feeling of being caught in the crossfire, and she is the only one to nail the secret phrase this week. She scoops up a hefty 6 points, plus an additional point for including the phrase in the content of her blog!
Now, isn’t that lovely!
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Ecrits Blogophilia Week 9.12

Topic: Sweet and Sour

Hard Bonus (2 points) : Quote Your Favorite Comedian
Easy Bonus (1 point): Include Your Favorite Restaurant

Week 9.12 Picture
PLEASE point out or highlight the bonuses within your blog content. It is so easy for us Martians to miss it completely!! And believe you us, we have missed these quite a few times!

Blogs must be submitted on or before Midnight (Pacific Standard Time), Saturday, May 11, 2019. Please tag Martien Ecrits by including his name within your blog content. In doing so, your blog will show up on his timeline. You may also post your blog link in the comment section below and/or post your blog link on the group “Ecrits Blogophilia” page.

Who and What do you guess on????
Guess who submitted the topic – only one guess permitted!
Guess who submitted the picture – only one guess permitted!!
And, guess what the secret picture phrase is!! Only 10 guesses for the picture phrase!!
PICTURE PHRASE GUESSES CAN BE ANYTHING AT ALL,
but remember you are limited to only TEN picture phrases guesses!!
ALL GUESSES MUST BE LISTED ON YOUR BLOG in order to count for points. Correct guessing means earning extra points and is so much fun, especially if you’d like to wear our leather jacket!! (No guessing yourself AT ALL – you can’t get points that way!!!)
What are you waiting for? Start writing!!
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Blogophilia 8.12 – In the Crossfire

This is Ecrits Blogophilia Week 8 in our 12th year!!

Day by day, night after night
Blinded by the neon light
Hurry here, hustlin’ there

No one’s got the time to spare
Money’s tight, nothin’ free
Won’t somebody come and rescue me?

I am stranded, caught in the crossfire
Stranded, caught in the crossfire…

“Crossfire” ~ Stevie Ray Vaughn


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Congratulations to our Week 7.12 Jacket Winners!!!

Week 7.12 Jacket Winner

Week 7.12 Jacket Winner

Week 7.12 Jacket Winner
Congratulations to Christopher Mitchell, Colleen Keller Breuning and Jessica Brooke Miller as they cross the line in a photo finish! We have a three-way tie for the jacket this week as we prepare to make a run for the roses! That’s right, it’s the Kentucky Derby this coming Saturday! Irene Melgoza and Rebecca Grusendorf are tied for second place, and running fast out of the gate for the coveted prize! Linda Thurmond has her eyes on the leather as she races round the bend! Christine Wichman and Lika Saliscent-Phipps are donning their finest fascinator hats to celebrate, while Diana Jillian and Tyler Myrth are sipping on mint juleps and making bets on who will win the grand prize! We hope you have a wonderful first week of May. Inquiring minds want to know …. who will wear the jacket next week?
Last week’s topic and bonus suggestions were Writer’s Choice!
All who posted received 8 points for meeting the writer’s choice challenge.
Last week, we featured 3 pictures submitted by our dear Barbara Kausteklis, in her honor. Writers were allowed 5 guesses for each of the pictures!!
Martien’s secret picture bonus criteria were as follows:
Picture Phrase #1 – “Solitude” – Christopher, Lika and Jessica correctly guessed and received 3 points each!!
Picture Phrase #2 – “Gentleness” or any variance of “Gentle” – Colleen and Rebecca R. correctly guessed and received 4 points each, and because they added the word within their content, Colleen and Rebecca each earned an additional point!!
Picture Phrase #3 – “Village Green Preservation Society” – no one guessed and Commander K will collect his portion of bacon for this one!!!

Now isn’t that lovely?!

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~~ This week we return to our regularly scheduled programming ~~
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 8.12 Topic – In the Crossfire
Bonuses:
Hard Bonus (2 points): Mention a song title from the band Pop Evil
Easy Bonus (1 point): Use the word “disenchantment”

Week 8.12 Picture
PLEASE point out or highlight the bonuses within your blog content. It is so easy for us Martians to miss it completely!! And believe you us, we have missed these quite a few times!

Blogs must be submitted on or before Midnight (Pacific Standard Time), Saturday, May 4, 2019. Please tag Martien Ecrits by including his name within your blog content. In doing so, your blog will show up on his timeline. You may also post your blog link in the comment section below and/or post your blog link on the group “Ecrits Blogophilia” page.

Who and What do you guess on????
Guess who submitted the topic – only one guess permitted!
Guess who submitted the picture – only one guess permitted!!
And, guess what the secret picture phrase is!! Only 10 guesses for the picture phrase!!
PICTURE PHRASE GUESSES CAN BE ANYTHING AT ALL, but remember you are limited to only TEN picture phrases guesses!!

ALL GUESSES MUST BE LISTED ON YOUR BLOG in order to count for points. Correct guessing means earning extra points and is so much fun, especially if you’d like to wear our leather jacket!! (No guessing yourself AT ALL – you can’t get points that way!!!)

What are you waiting for? Start writing!!

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Blogophilia 7.12 – Writer’s Choice

This is Ecrits Blogophilia Week 7 in our 12th year!!

IT’S WRITER’S CHOICE WEEK!! That time again when you choose your topic, bonuses and guess only on the picture phrase!!

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Congratulations to our Week 6.12 Jacket Winners!!!

Chistopher Jacket 6.12Irene Jacket 6.12Jessica Jacket 6.12Rebecca Jacket 6.12

HAPPY EASTER! Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin’ down the bunny trail, with four shiny leather jackets to bestow on Christopher Mitchell, Irene Melgoza, Jessica Brooke Miller and Rebecca Grusendorf! Yes Blogophilians, we have a four-way tie for first place! * shakes head in disbelief* Please bear with us, as we are experiencing technical difficulties. Many of our published notes have been deleted by Facebook without warning!! We had no warning, and have inquired. Fortunately our non-public notes which we keep track of writer points are intact. Stay tuned as we try to work through this. The question remains …. who will wear the jacket next week?

Last week’s topic was submitted by Kim Herndon!!!
Our thoughts and prayers are with Kimmy this week, as she has recently undergone brain surgery. Fortunately, there is no cancer and her family is keeping all of us updated on her progress. Nobody guessed she was behind the topic, and she picks up all 6 points. We wish you a speedy recovery, Kimmy!Last week’s bonus suggestions were submitted by Colleen Keller Breuning and Tyler Myrth! They each receive 2 points for their contributions!

Last week’s picture was submitted by Jonathan Harvey!!
Jonathan does a mad dash for safety, dashing the lightning bolts and survives the storm! Since he managed to make it to safety without being detected, he scoops up a nifty 6 points for his efforts!

Martien’s secret picture bonus criteria was “Flash, Flashed, or Flashing!”
A flash of lightning fingers fill the night sky. Irene and Jay witnessed the whole show and flashed their votes on the spectacular night scene!! They correctly guessed and take home a sizzling 4 points each, with Jay getting an extra buzz point for including it in his blog content!!


Now isn’t that lovely?!

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IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS
that we have learned of the passing of our dearest friend and writer, Barbara Kausteklis, to cancer. Barbara, a long time faithful Blogophiliac from the days of My Space, rarely missed a week of Blogophilia challenge. Words cannot express our deep sorrow. Barbara’s kindness was expressed through her writing and photography, reflecting her love for nature and positive attitude in life. Thank you, Barbara, for sharing your eloquent words and lovely pictures of nature’s sunshine with us. Your writing, photography and generosity will be greatly missed. We, at the Marvin house, send our heartfelt condolences and prayers of comfort to Barbara’s family and friends. Rest in Love, Barbara.
Barbara Kasuteklis

In memory of Barbara, we are featuring 3 of her picture choices for this week.
Picture # 1:
Week 7.12.1
Picture # 2:
Week 7.12.2
Picture # 3:
Week 7.12.3
Ecrits Blogophilia Week 7.12 Topic – Writer’s Choice
Bonuses:
Hard Bonus (2 points): Writer’s Choice
Easy Bonus (1 point): Writer’s Choice
PICTURE PHRASE: You have the “choice” to guess the correct picture phrase for each of the three pictures – ONLY 5 GUESSES PER PICTURE! You are allowed five (5) guesses for each picture. Please point out or highlight your guesses for each picture on your blog.

ANY QUESTIONS? We will gladly to answer in the comment section below.

 

Blogs must be submitted on or before Midnight (Pacific Standard Time), Saturday, April 27, 2019. Please tag Martien Ecrits by including his name within your blog content. In doing so, your blog will show up on his timeline. You may also post your blog link in the comment section below and/or post your blog link on the group “Ecrits Blogophilia” page.

PLEASE point out or highlight the bonuses within your blog content.
It is so easy for us Martians to miss it completely!! And believe you us, we have missed these quite a few times!

ALL GUESSES MUST BE LISTED ON YOUR BLOG
in order to count for points. Correct guessing means earning extra points and is so much fun, especially if you’d like to wear our leather jacket!! (No guessing yourself AT ALL – you can’t get points that way!!!)
Now, isn’t that lovely?!

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Ecrits Blogophilia – The Rules

Welcome to Ecrits Blogophilia ~ and how to obtain our cyber points ~
Now isn’t that lovely!!!
Writing in our weekly challenge:
The Martien House awards points for writing in our weekly challenge. Topics, bonuses and pictures are submitted by the writers themselves. The writer(s) with the most points at the end of the week wears our lovely black leather jacket (or green leather for champion(s) at the end of a season) . Points awarded for a written blog:
Topic: 5 points (writing a blog for the challenge week)
Hard Bonus: 2 points // Easy Bonus: 1 point Incorporating the two bonuses earn up to 3 points
THUS — you will be scored 5 pts + 2 pts + 1 pt = 8 points (for a regular blog week)
Full 8 points are awarded provided the blog meets every challenge for the given week. Any item dropped from the prompts are, of course, not awarded full points, i.e., writer writes a blog but does not use the bonuses, they would earn 5 points but no bonus points. Comprehendo? Good!!
But WAIT! There’s more ……..
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What? More points????
The GUESSING game: Aside from the regular points above, extra points are awarded when the writer guesses correctly who submitted the Topic and/or Picture (of that particular week challenge). You are allowed one guess each for topic and picture.
No need to guess the who submitted the bonus suggestions. Seriously.
In addition, Martien awards even more points for guessing the picture phrase! You are allowed up to 20 guesses for the phrase only!
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we LOVE giving points!!!
The Points Structure:
TOPIC OWNER receives 6 pts (if not guessed)
1 correct guess (topic owner and guesser) receives 4 pts each
2 correct guessers= 3 pts each
3+ correct guessers= 2 pts each

PICTURE OWNER guesses are scored same as the above Points Structure for topic.
PICTURE PHRASE guesses are slightly different: 6 pts for a single correct guesser, 4 pts each for two correct guessers, 3 pts each for 3 correct guessers, and 2 pts each for more than 4 correct guessers. PLUS an additional 1 pt for INCLUDING the pic phrase within the blog content.
AND….. there is another extra point for blogging each consecutive week!! (If you miss the deadline, you can still submit the blog late – you just lose out on that one extra point for consecutive week blogs.)
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Please NOTE that we appreciate every writer writing with us. For this reason, (and to be fair to all) we are only able to feature ONE TOPIC per WRITER per SEASON ~~~ as well as ONE PICTURE per WRITER per SEASON. This way, hopefully everyone gets a shot at our coveted leather!!
Any questions? Please submit them in the comments below and we will address them!
Thanks very much!!

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