Let the party begin: Month of Celebrations for Carrot Ranch and the Rough Writers


Finally October has arrived and it is kicking off with a party. The Rodeo Fest  will have live readings at 10am, 2pm and 6pm NY time on October 3rd. For us Aussies this is a trifle difficult as these times correspond to 12mn Oct 3rd, 4am and 8am Oct 4th for Queenslanders and 1am, 5am and 9am for the other eastern states. We may miss the party but we will hopefully still be able to access the cover reveal, meet the new rough writers and get the tips for the contests which will run all of October on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you are a night owl join in the party spirit and converse either at the ranch or on FB. There are live readings on Carrot Ranch facebook page from the anthology which is being launched in November and prizes will be awarded – books, chocolates and rocks.

Following the party are the 8 competitions. The first will be October 5th led by Norah Colvin.  Her theme is When I grow Up with a 100 word limit. Visit her site or Carrot Ranch for details on October 5th.

Remember there are cash prizes for all competitions, it is free to enter and each has a different theme so there is something for everyone. Each leader will have a different set of rules and parameters to work within.

I am leading the 4th competition on October 17.


I am joined for the judging by Angie Oakley and Sharon Bonin-Pratt. Last week I introduced Sharon  and this week I would like to introduce Angie.

Angie Oakley  Originally from London, Angie Oakley has moved around a great deal, and worked as an English teacher in schools as far apart as Nassau in the Bahamas and Daylesford in country Victoria. She now lives in Noosa, which she finds a lovely place in which to do the things she loves: writing, reading, thinking, talking, and walking and skyping her far-flung family. She’s written a couple of novels, lots of articles and is always interested in the work of other writers. As well she has been known to offer her thoughts in a blog at http://spryandretiring.wordpress.com 

I am the other judge and in case you don’t know me I have included my own bio:

Irene Waters has written since she was a youngster but not until an experience in Vanuatu did she write her first memoir. This experience also led to post-graduate studies where she researched the sequel memoir and wrote her second memoir gaining her Master of Arts in 2017. She has been a regular at Carrot Ranch since its inception and finds writing flash a good way of honing writing skills and trying her hand at fiction and the creative writing skills that are part of that. She is also a keen amateur photographer and this along with her writing can be found at her website Reflections and Nightmares.

I do hope you will join in. The more the merrier. Every Tuesday and Thursday at Carrot Ranch.  Follow along at twitter with the #CRRODEO hashtag.


About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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6 Responses to Let the party begin: Month of Celebrations for Carrot Ranch and the Rough Writers

  1. I am really looking forward to this contest, Irene, and hope to enter at least a few of them.

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  2. It’s very nice to meet Angie. I’m looking forward to out contribution.

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    I’m so pleased you have a local judge to work with. We have a wonderful variety of judges for all our contests. This is going to be a great contest!


  4. Pingback: Flash Fiction Rodeo Contest #4 « Carrot Ranch Literary Community

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