March #BlogBattle: Miscellanarian

March 2023 Blog Battle

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Our word this month is:


You can start writing at any time, but make sure you post your story by the

17th of March

to have a link shared here and on social media.

Once you’ve posted your story to your blog, put a link to it in the comments section, and we’ll add your story to the Battle Stories Line-up post that goes live the 3rd Friday of the month (the same as the post-by date).

Make sure to check back and read some of the stories of your fellow battlers. Leave comments to encourage these writers. And go a step further in supporting one another by sharing each other’s stories on your own blog or social media, whatever you’re most comfortable with!

Basic Rules:

The Prompt Word will be given the First FRIDAY of every month.

Post your story by the 3rd Friday of the same month (this is the same date as the Stories post goes live).


  1. up to 2000 words max (give or take a few)
  2. fictional tale (or true if you really want)
  3. Any genre that fits within PG-13 (or less)-type Content β€“ let’s keep this family friendly!
  4. Your story must contain the randomly chosen word(s) and/or be centered around the word meaning in a way that shows it is clearly related.
  5. Go for the entertainment value!
  6. Put a link back to your #BlogBattle Short Story in the comments section
  7. Please tweet and otherwise share your battler buddies’ stories across social media.
    1. Use the hashtag #BlogBattle when tweeting all the stories so we can cross-share.
  8. Have fun!
Any photos included with the prompt are only for your benefit as a pinch of inspiration. They don’t need to dictate your theme or story genre. Only the Word of the Month counts! Photos are thanks to public domain photo sharing sites like Unsplash and Pixabay.

55 thoughts on “March #BlogBattle: Miscellanarian

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    • Still getting stuck after the capture point. I can’t get the submit button to recognise its been hit so it doesn’t progress to posting a comment for me. This is what I tried to post.

      A shepherd of scrolls, you must have a school for shepherds Joy. This fantasy world has more than its fair share. Not a bad thing btw as I do like the title applied to various collectors, is that herders of miscellaneous all sorts.

      I like the touch about not losing scrolls. How many parchments in history were carefully scribed thinking they would persist and here we are now with fragments discovered on a good day.

      Good to see you sticking with that January challenge of doing more this year too haha

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      • It’s the craziest thing! I’ve had some people be able to comment, but not others. Turns out, I have several “broken” things I’m working on fixing right now. The most pressing is my email addresses (which I pay for, I might add) go straight to spam, even for people I’ve communicated with regularly. Apparently, they’ve updated some tech again which means I have to go through a 15-point process of validating my accounts. *sigh* It’s the old case of, “But I just want to write!” LOL Thank you for reading and for sharing your thoughts! This was a fun word. I really didn’t think I could work it in to the ongoing world, but I’m loving this shepherd of the scrolls concept!


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      • It’s thrown Google, Wikipedia remains silent, Collins on line dictionary mutters about miscellaneous but says no more. Some sources link it to numerological meanings of numbers but don’t say why.
        At the end of the day we still can’t do better than dusty tomes (cough-cough-sneeze).

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          • Scene:
            Gloomy stage empty, save for small and old table littered with paper in varying states of disarray
            Enter Character (stage left): Stops. Regards paper. Addresses the scene.

            Oh Muses do you vex me so?
            Why must you Terpischore of light foot
            Lead you sisters to dance about me
            Casting images as maids do with flower petals at wedding?

            Solemn Melpomene and happy Thalia
            Would not one of you at least settle here
            Upon my restless brow and drift down
            To spirit and say ‘All is well,
            ‘Be as Captain of Ship of words
            Navigate from port to port with all purpose,’

            Character walks around table grasps papers.

            And yet! If I am a Captain, then I am in storms
            And thence in lassitudes.
            For these charts are as nothing
            (Casts them aside. Walks stage right)

            No! I must away to my tomes.
            There to dwell and gain fortitude.
            And then inconstant Muses.
            I shall summon thee to my bidding!
            (Exit stage right)

            Okkkaaay. Now that’s outta of my system….Back to woik!

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          • Yeah. But Trepsichore will have to stay behind, you don’t need someone dancing with nine other folk in a small boat.😦…
            …But soft….
            Is that the fair outline of a plot I do see on the near horizon?
            Oh gladsome day!!πŸ˜€

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          • One by one by the star dogged moon too quick for groan or sigh….

            Learnt that from Iron Maiden haha…

            Or… from my current WIP

            β€œGo to hell,” he was angry moving into livid. She tried to visit, and this thing swept her out. He could feel the self-esteem rattling deep in his subconscious and it was making him scared.

            Been there Dave, although your Gods weren’t home.

            β€œAnd what would you know about Gods? You hide in shadows and kill children.”

            Enough to know they are figments of your imagination. What lurks on other worlds would make your eyes water. You should look around more Dave; not all younglings are as innocent as they appear. Some grow into abominations that rape, pillage, and plunder. They need weeding.

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          • I’m working on it right now as it happens Roger. For a heads up time goes weird here too. The paradox man has a daughter in his time before he’s met the mother who happens to live in the past πŸ€”

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          • Who doesn’t get the ‘What!!???’ experience when editing πŸ˜„.
            I write a passage, and then I read it; thinking ‘Gosh. That is not half bad erudition and imagery’
            I use WORD’s ‘Review’ and ‘Read Aloud’. And with the coldness of monotone am presented with a ‘What the heck (polite version) is that supposed to mean???’
            Even I have to admit WORD does have some constructive uses.πŸ˜•

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          • Back then I called it drediting…probably to avoid what I’m finding now!! I just tried that read aloud thing and the thing that leaps out is where punctuation needs inserting and which parts are full of fluff 😯

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