Last month I decided to join a group of very talented wine writers in a monthly creative writing challenge centered around…you guessed it…wine.  The competition began six months ago around the idea that it is easy to get bogged down in the facts and figures of wine writing.  The Drunken Cyclist thought it would be both unifying and inspiring to have a themed writing challenge and MWWC was born.

I was blown away to find that I won last month’s competition based on the theme, Mystery.  Apparently my encounter with the host with the most and his “friends” resonated.  What is the prize?  Having the honor of hosting the next month’s challenge.  That means coming up with a theme, broad but not too broad, that will inspire other writers to write, fiction or non-fiction.  So, after much thought…

If you look at the title and you’re a TLA (three-letter acronym) genius, you may have already guessed.

This month’s theme is…Devotion.  Get it?  Olivia Newton-John?  Yes, I went there.

Now before you ban me for gifting that lovely little earworm and visions of poodle skirts and John Travolta, let me explain.

Since February is coming, that means Valentine’s Day isn’t far behind.  I didn’t want to go cliché and ostracize Hallmark cynics with “romance.”  But I wanted to give opportunity for you to turn up the Andrea Bocelli and let the wine and syrup flow if so inclined.

But devotion…that’s a concept we can all get behind, no?  Maybe you are devoted to turning you hobby into a career and spend endless hours of your free time developing that dream.  Perhaps you stay home with your children and give up hours of sleep, pour out every bit of patience (and then some) and give them your last bites.  Maybe you are caring for a loved one, building a start-up, spending your weekends mentoring.  You can take the idea way beyond cupids and smooches.  Or not.

I’ve copied DC’s rules and am using his timeline as a guide.  I may or may not have time to write something original, but when I thought about the idea, I though about an angle I may want to develop.  If you’re new to SAHMmelier, you’ve not likely read the story of how I began writing.  I took the story of a favorite winery, six generations of devotion, and created a poem to tell that story through the life-cycle of the vine.  Sometimes devotion is diamonds and roses and sometimes it is soil and sweat.  I look forward to reading your take on the topic.

And thank you.  Thank you for voting for my piece and for entertaining and inspiring with yours.

The rules

    1. Write a post based on this month’s theme: “Devotion”.
    2. The post should be at least tangentially related to wine (after all, it is the name of the challenge!).
    3. The post should be more or less around 1000 words (I’m not one for hard and fast rules)
    4. Include the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge badge that was designed by the very first winner, The Armchair Sommelier.
    5. Once you post on your blog, link back to this post (or somehow notify me), and I will be sure to include a link here as well as on all subsequent posts about this month’s challenge.
    6. It would be great if you tweet a link using the hashtag #MWWC7.
    7. Remember to vote!

The all important dates:

Deadline for submission:  Monday, February 17th, 2014

Voting Begins: Tuesday, Febraury 18th, 2014

Voting Ends:  Monday, February 24th, 2014

Winner Announced:  Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Previous winners:

If you’re looking for some inspiration here are the links to the previous winning posts:

MWWC1 – Transportation

The Armchair Sommelier

MWWC2 – Trouble

My Custard Pie

MWWC3 – Possession

The Wine Kat

MWWC4 – Oops

Confessions of a Wine Geek

MWWC5 – Feast

The drunken cyclist

MWWC6 — Mystery