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May 1, 2019

Sweek Flash Fiction Competition: #MicroPalace

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for our next micro-fiction contest. Another month to give you another opportunity to win 50 USD – and to become a better writer of course. The theme for this round of the Sweek Flash Fiction contest is very mysterious and medieval. Think of king and queens and big royal parties, the contest for May will be #MicroPalace. Write a story that includes the word ‘palace’ and see how creative you can get. What comes to mind when you see the word ‘palace‘?

Last month’s micro-fiction contest was all about the word ‘boat’ and with over a 100 entries we picked a few that really stood out. Check out our social media channels to find out who won. Goodluck in this round and we can’t wait what you come up with!

 

PLEASE NOTE

  • There will be no longer any ‘Best Feedback’ prize. Nevertheless we encourage you to comment on stories and help the Sweek writing community develop as a whole.
  • The popularity prize will only be awarded once per writer, for all round. Hence, winning the popularity prize for one micro round will make you ineligible for winning it again.


SUMMARY OF THE CONTEST

  • Write 250 words (max.) of prose including the word ”palace” within the story.
  • Add tag #MicroPalace – either in the main title of the story, in its description or tag(s) section to take part in the contest.
  • It’s international – you can participate no matter where you are from although entries marked as #MicroPalace must be written in English. 
  • You can participate with this contest even if you have already participated/won previously.
  • Opportunities to grow – this is your chance to get discovered and published via Sweek Publishing!

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE

  1. Download the Sweek app or use our website.

    Website: https://sweek.com/
    Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid
    iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

  2. Log in or create an account.
  3. Click on ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’ to upload your story.
  4. Tag #MicroPalace in the title, description box or tag(s) section – find this at ‘Story Details’. Then publish your story.
  5. Lastly, don’t forget to share your story with your friends and family to increase engagement and awareness. You can be smart by sharing it on all your social media channels as well!

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DEADLINE

Open submissions: 1st May – 24th may (23:59 CET)

Winners announcement: 31rd of may

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PRIZES

Also very important to know, what will the prizes be?

The Best Story

  • 50$ US
  • A special ‘Best Story’ badge to add on your story cover
  • Getting published in the Sweek bundle book
  • A free copy of the bundle

The Most Original Story

  • A special ‘Most Original‘ badge to add on your story cover
  • Getting featured on the Sweek ‘featured’ category list

The Most Popular Story

  • A special ‘Most Popular’ badge to add on your story cover

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

A step-by-step guide to give you the best writing experience.

  1. Every round gives you a new word or sentence that you must include in your story. It can be open topic or a specific theme you write about.
  2. Only prose is accepted.
  3. You can join the contest at any time, even if you didn’t take part in the previous rounds. The winners and shortlisted authors of the earlier editions are welcome to participate in the following editions.
  4. You have 3 weeks to write, then the jury members along with the Sweek editorial team will be judging the entries.
  5. The winners and finalists will be personally contacted through e-mail and will also be announced on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), blog and e-mail on the day of announcement.

How will be the winners be chosen?

  1. The ‘Best Story‘ prize will be based on writing style, the plot development of the story, originality, the overall correct use of the English language (including grammar and punctuation) as well as the interpretation of the given prompt.
  2. The ‘Best Story‘-winner will receice $50 US and will be published in the Sweek Micro Fiction book with all the shortlisted stories via Sweek Self-Publishing.
  3. The ‘Most Original Story’ must have an unexpected plots twist/ending, present unique insights or be written on a noteworthy topic.
  4. The ‘Most Popular Story‘ will be determined by the total number of likes.
  5. The shortlist (excluding The Most Popular Story) will be featured on Sweek and published in a bundle.
  6. There will be one winner selected in the Best Story category, on in the Most Original category, and one story will be designated as the Most Popular Story. The latter prize awarded per writer, and as such, you cannot win Most Popular Story Twice.
  7. The shortlist will include 10-20 titles (all will be published in the bundle). If there are enough high-quality stories selected by the jury, the longlist will also be announce. However, the titles on the longlist will not get published in the bundle.
  8. The next round will be announced on 03/06.

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RULES

Read the guidelines and rules carefully before participating in this contest to prevent misunderstandings.

  1. You have to be 13 years or older to participate – younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  2. This is an international contest – which means it’s open to every country, however when submitting your #MicroPalace story, it has to be written in English. (If you participate in another language than English, make sure that you write a correct language-specific tag.)
  3. The story cannot exceed the maximum of 250 words.
  4. The story has the #MicroPalace tag included. Either in the main title of the story, the description box or tag(s) section.
  5. The story must be created by you. Co-writing is accepted, but the prize has to be share. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited and actions may be against those involved.
  6. The story must be submitted before the deadline. You will be disqualified if you edit your story afterwards.
  7. You can participate with multiple entries.
  8. You can participate with any round of the contest at any time.
  9. The story can be any genre, except not poetry. E.g it can be a combination of young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction and crime.
  10. The most popular story is determined by the number of likes on Sweek and needs to meet quality requirements determined by the Sweek team. The deadline for like is 28th of April. Falsification of likes and followers will lead to disqualification. Can only be won once per writer.
  11. You will be disqualified and deleted for spam comments/messages of your story for promotion (except for a special story dedicated to promotion).
  12. If the winners do not respond within a period of two weeks, the price will be given to the second place.
  13. By entering in this contest, you give Sweek the right to publish your story in a book. In case the author object to such, he or she must state in the short description that Sweek cannot publish the story in any way. (print or e-book)
  14. The cash prize will be transferred via PayPal or by bank transfer in case the winner lives in Europe. (Sweek bears the transfer costs). In special cases, the money will be given via gift card for example if creating a PayPal account is impossible.
  15. Sweek is not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize.
  16. By participating in this contest the user acknowledges that he/she is aware and accept the rules of said contest.

 

THE JURY MEMBERS

K. Banning Kellum

K. Banning Kellum is a life-long resident of New Orleans, LA. A documentary actor, article writer and horror author, Kellum is best known for his Hyraaq Tobit series of horror stories. A proud husband and father, Kellum credits his love of family and the haunted history of New Orleans as his source of inspiration.

 

 

Melanie Faith
Melanie loves flash so much that she wrote a craft book about the genre to inspire fellow writers, In a Flash!: Writing & Publishing Dynamic Flash Prose (Vine Leaves Press), and her next craft book, Poetry Power, will be published (Vine Leaves Press) in late October 2018. In her free time, she loves crossword puzzles and shoe shopping, photographyblogging, and visiting her darling nieces.

 


FAQ

Answers to all the Frequently Asked Questions.

  1. WHAT IS THE WORD LIMIT?
    250 words max.
  2. CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH MORE THAN ONE ENTRY?
    Yes, you can.
  3. IS THE CONTEST AVAILABLE IN OTHER LANGUAGES THAN ENGLISH?
    Yes, the contest is running in the following languages: English, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian.
  4. HOW DO I ADD A TAG AND EDIT MY STORY?
    You need to add it to your Story Details (don’t forget to press Enter on the website).
    For each contest, you can edit your story as many times as you want before the deadline. To access your story: log in, go to ‘my stories’ and click on your story. If you want to edit your story title/description, go to the 3-dot menu in your Story Dashboard and click Story Basics; to edit your tags/other story details, go to the 3-dot menu in your story dashboard and select Story Details.
  5. HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER MY STORY IS PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST OR NOT?
    If you see the tag on your story page after you searched for it, it is participating. If you are not sure, contact us via Facebook and we can check it for you.
  6. HOW DO I PROMOTE MY STORY?
    The absolute best way is to promote your story via your own social media and network. You can also promote it on the Sweek platform (for the official ‘Promote Your Story’ post, created for each round) or share it in the Sweek group on Facebook: Sweek Fan Group. The link to share your story can be found when you search for your story in the search bar and click on it. Here you’ll find the share button on the story info page!
  7. DO I GET A CONFIRMATION OF PARTICIPATING IMMEDIATELY?
    No, but if your story is tagged, you are definitely participating. However, if you’d like to know for sure, please ask us.
  8. HOW CAN I SEARCH FOR MY STORY?
    The current search is based on the title, the description and the tag. So you can search for either of those.
  9. WHAT IF I CAN’T FIND MY STORY ON SEARCH RIGHT AWAY?
    No worries, sometimes it can take a few minutes after publishing to become visible on all the platforms. If you still can’t find your story the next day, please contact us.
  10. WHERE WILL THE WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?
    We will e-mail all the shortlisted authors within 3 days after the announcement, but you can find them first on our Facebook page!
  11. WHEN CAN I EXPECT THE SWEEK MICROFICTION BOOK?
    We will bundle the winners and finalists of each round and publish them via Sweek self-publishing (every 3-4 rounds, depending on the number of shortlisted stories). If you do not wish for Sweek to publish your story participating in this competition, please indicate this in the short description of your story.
June 1, 2018

Sweek Flash Fiction Competition: #MicroDay

After #MicroGame we are not playing with you anymore! The word of this round is DAY! Could it get easier than that? 😁

What you have to do is: write a flash fiction (short story) of 250 words max., in which you include the word “day” anywhere within the story. You can even modify it to “today”, “Monday”, “Sunday” – wherever your imagination goes. Since the topic itself stays open we are counting on a creativity show-off, especially that now we’re introducing a new prize for The Most Original Story! 🏆🎉

Good luck! 😃

 

CONTEST SUMMARY

 

Write 250 words (max.) of prose including the word “day” anywhere within the story,

Add #MicroDay tag either in the main title of the story / its description / tags section to take part in the challenge,

– You can participate no matter where you are from although entries marked as #MicroDay must be written in English,

– You can take part in this challenge even if you already participated/won previously,

– It is your chance to get discovered and published via Sweek self-publishing!

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

 

Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website:

Website: https://sweek.com/

Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid

iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

Step 2: Create an account or log in

Step 3: Upload your story by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #microday either in the title, description or tags section (which is a part of Story Details) and description

That’s it! Don’t forget to share with your friends and family to get more readers!

 

DURATION

 

Submissions open: 1st of June –  22nd of June (23:59 CET)

Winners announcement: 30th of June

 

  PRIZES

 

The Best Story: $50 cash prize + getting published in the Sweek book + a free copy of the bundle!

The Most Original Story: getting published in the Sweek book  + a special badge on the story + getting featured on Sweek + a free copy of the bundle!

The Best Feedback: $15 cash prize

The Most Popular Story: will be awarded a special badge

All shortlisted authors will get published in the bundle and will be featured on Sweek.

 

#MICRODAYFEEDBACK

How to join?

Step 1. Search for #microday on Sweek and read a story.
Step 2. Provide feedback/critique in a comment on the story.
Step 3. Add #microdayfeedback at the end of your comment so that we can find it.
Step 4. You can participate as many times as you like until 22nd of June 2018. You can take part even if you didn’t write a story on the topic!

 

  HOW DOES IT WORK

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Every round gives you a new word (here: “day”) that you must include in your story (open topic) or a specific theme to write about.
  2. Only prose is accepted.
  3. You can join the contest at any time (even if you didn’t take part in the previous rounds). Also, the winners and shortlisted authors of the earlier editions are welcomed to participate in the following editions.
  4. Every round you must tag your story with a hashtag that includes the word #micro + the word of that round (here: #microday).
  5. At the same time the contest is running in the following languages: English, Dutch, German, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Polish.
  6. You have 3 weeks to write, then the jury members along with the Sweek editorial team will be judging the entries.
  7. The winners will also be announced via our Social Media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), blog and e-mail on 30/06/2018.
  8. The Best Story prize will be based on the writing style, plot development of the story, originality, overall correct use of the English language (including grammar and punctuation) as well as interpretation of the given prompt. 
  9. The author of The Best Story will receive $50 and will be published in the Sweek Microfiction book with all the shortlisted stories via Sweek self-publishing.
  10. The Most Original Story must have an unexpected plot twist/ending, present unique insights or be written on a noteworthy topic. The author will be published in the Sweek Microfiction book via Sweek self-publishing.
  11. The Most Popular Story will be determined by the total number of likes and will receive a special badge on the story.
  12. Shortlist (excluding the most popular story) will be featured on Sweek and published in a bundle.
  13. There will be one winner in The Best Story and Most Original category, one person will get The Best Feedback title and one story will be awarded as The Most Popular Story.
  14. To win in The Best Feedback category you must tag your comments with #microdayfeedback.
  15. The shortlist will include 10-20 titles (all will be published in the bundle). If there are enough high-quality stories selected by the jury, the longlist will also be announced. However, the titles on the longlist will not get to the bundle.
  16. The new round will be announced on 01/07.

 

  RULES

Read these guidelines carefully before joining this writing competition!

  1. You need to be 13 years or older to participate. Younger participants need their parents’ permission.
  2. The contest is international and is open to every country (if you participate in other language then English, make sure that you write a correct, language-specific tag). Entries marked as #MicroDay must be written in English.
  3. The story cannot exceed 250 words.
  4. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive (for instance, it can be from your blog) but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek.
  5. The story must have the #microday (in the main title of the story / its description or within the tags section).
  6. The story must be created by you. You can also write with a friend if you want to, but in case you win, the prize will be shared. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited and actions may be taken against those involved in plagiarism.
  7. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline. Don’t edit your story afterwards – it will lead to your disqualification from the contest.
  8. You can participate with multiple entries.
  9. You can join any round of the contest at any time.
  10. The story can be in any genre, as long as it’s prose, not poetry. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction and crime.
  11. Most popular story is determined by the number of likes. Falsification of likes and followers will lead to disqualification. The most popular story needs to meet quality requirements determined by the Sweek team. You can only win one popularity prize as a writer.
  12. Spam comments/messages with promotion of your story (except for a special story dedicated to promotion) will result in disqualification and possible account deletion if the behavior continues.
  13. If winners do not respond within a timeframe of two weeks, then the price will be given to the second place.
  14. By entering in this competition, you give Sweek the right to publish your story in a book. In case the author does not agree, he/she must state in the short description that Sweek cannot publish the story in print.
  15. The cash prize will be transferred via PayPal  (Sweek bears the transfer costs). If the winner is based in Europe, the cash prize will be arranged via a bank transfer. In case there is no option to create a Paypal account, we can arrange the prize via a gift card or a bank transfer for which the costs are split. We’re not responsible for currency conversion rate at the time of transferring the cash prize.
  16. Participation in this contest means that the user is aware of and accepts the rules of this contest. 

 

 JURY MEMBERS

Together with the Sweek editorial team, our jury members choose the shortlist and the winners.

 

 

K. Banning Kellum
K. Banning Kellum is a life-long resident of New Orleans, LA. A documentary actor, article writer and horror author, Kellum is best known for his Hyraaq Tobit series of horror stories. A proud husband and father, Kellum credits his love of family and the haunted history of New Orleans as his source of inspiration.

 

 

Melanie Faith
Melanie loves flash so much that she wrote a craft book about the genre to inspire fellow writers, In a Flash!: Writing & Publishing Dynamic Flash Prose (Vine Leaves Press), and her next craft book, Poetry Power, will be published (Vine Leaves Press) in late October 2018. In her free time, she loves crossword puzzles and shoe shopping, photographyblogging, and visiting her darling nieces.

 

 

Melissa Goodrich
Melissa Goodrich is the author of the story collection Daughters of Monsters, the poetry chapbook IF YOU WHAT, and a collaborative fiction collection forthcoming from Goldwake Press.  She earned her MFA in Fiction from the University of Arizona.  Her stories have appeared in American Short Fiction, The Kenyon Review Online, Passages North, PANK, and others.

 

 

  FAQ 

Answers to all the Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHAT IS THE WORD LIMIT?

250 words max.

CAN I PARTICIPATE WITH MORE THAN ONE ENTRY?

Yes, you can.

IS THE CONTEST AVAILABLE IN OTHER LANGUAGES THAN ENGLISH?

Yes, at the same time there will be flash fiction contest running in the following languages: English, Dutch, German, Turkish, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Polish. 

HOW DO I ADD A TAG AND EDIT MY STORY?

You need to add it to your Story Details (don’t forget to press Enter on the website).

For each contest, you can edit your story as many times as you want before the deadline. To access your story: log in, go to ‘my stories’ and click on your story. To edit your story title/description, go to the 3dot menu in your Story Dashboard and click Story Basics; to edit your tags/other story details, go to the 3dot menu in your story dashboard and select Story Details.

HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER MY STORY IS PARTICIPATING IN THE CONTEST OR NOT?

If you see the tag on your story page after you searched for it, it is participating. If you are not sure, contact us via Facebook and we can check it for you.

HOW DO I PROMOTE MY STORY?

Best way is to promote your story via your own Social Media and network. You can also promote it on the Sweek platform (for the official ‘Promote Your Story’ post, created for each round) or share it in the Sweek group on Facebook: Sweek Fan Group. You can find the link to share your story when you search for your story in the search bar and click on it. Here you’ll find the share button on the story info page!

DO I GET A CONFIRMATION OF PARTICIPATING IMMEDIATELY?

No, but if your story is tagged, you are surely participating. However, if you’d like to know for sure you are participating, please ask us.

HOW CAN I SEARCH FOR MY STORY?

The current search is based on the title, the description and the tag. So you can search for either of those.

WHAT IF I CAN’T FIND MY STORY ON SEARCH RIGHT AWAY?

No worries, sometimes it can take a few minutes after publishing to become visible on all the platforms. If you still can’t find your story the next day, please contact us.

WHERE WILL THE WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?

We will e-mail all the shortlisted authors within 3 days after the announcement, but you can find them first on our Facebook page!

WHEN CAN I EXPECT THE SWEEK MICROFICTION BOOK?

We will bundle the winners and finalists of each round and publish them via Sweek self-publishing (every 3-4 rounds, depending on the number of shortlisted stories). If you do not wish for Sweek to publish your story participating in this competition, please indicate this in the short description of your story.

 

🥇 WINNERS ANNOUNCEMENT 🥇

The Best Story – “The Daylight” byb JoStewart

The Most Original Story  –  “The Bloody Revenge” by LijaDaniel

The Most Popular Story –  John Alwinson – “The Beginning of the End”

The Best Feedback  – @Royal888

 

February 21, 2018

21/02: International Mother Language Day

Sweekers,

On the Februrary 21st we celebrate the International Mother Language Day! 🤗

The idea behind it is to raise awareness about the cultural diversity, promote multilingualism and protect all the mother languages spoken around the globe. According to the UN it helps to “ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy”.

Check this YT video made by one of our Sweek Keepers to know more about the IMLD project on Sweek! For this occasion our team of Sweek Keepers published some stories to emphasise the importance of saving your mother language, tradition and cultural heritage in a globalised world.

📖 You can read all the stories for free on our platform! 📚

Recommendations from our Sweek Keeper, Chinthaka, who made this project happen.

A story about an Indian who after a long time returns from Paris to his motherland.

A Nigerian girl faces cruelty living on emigration but one day bumping into a stranger changes everything…

What is so important about your mother language? Ama, asked during a lecture, surprises everyone with her answer.

A touching story about a deaf girl whose reality changes dramatically when she discovers a power of speech.

A German-speaking author tells a story about her life experience and learning both American and British English.

A fictional story about a witness of the historical Language Movement events of 1952 and opening fire by Pakistani Authorities against the students of the University of Dhaka. R.A.Rooney dedicates it “to those who stood up and who will continue to stand up for the preservation of their mother language – disregarding the risks to their own lives”.

A story on the challenge of teaching your kids your native language while living abroad.

“This book is dedicated to those who stood up and who will continue to stand up for the preservation of their mother language – disregarding the risks to their own lives.”

“In An Unknown Land, Meeting My Own” tells a story about a girl traveling across Japan to fulfill her ambitions.

What is your mother tongue? Are you able to speak this language every day? 

December 21, 2017

Sweek flash fiction competition: #MicroTime!

Are you capable of saying a lot in a little? Welcome to the Sweek MicroFiction Challenge! Write a short story of 200 words max, incorporating the word ‘time’ and win $50 as well as get published in the Sweek Microfiction book!

In each round, you need to incorporate a given word in an original and creative way (your micro-fiction doesn’t have to be about that word, the word just needs to be somewhere in the story). The word of the 7th round is TIME. Join now!

How to participate:

Step 1: Download the Sweek app or use our website:

Website: https://sweek.com/

Android app: http://bit.ly/SweekforAndroid

iOS app: http://bit.ly/SweekforiOS

Step 2: Create an account or log in

Step 3: Upload your story by going to ‘My stories’ and ‘Start a new story’

Step 4: Publish your story with the tag #microtime either in the title, description or tags section (which is a part of Story Details) and description.

That’s it! Don’t forget to share with your friends and family to get more readers!

Duration:

Submissions open: 20th of December –  10th of January

Winner announcement: 17th of January

Prizes:

Best Microfiction: $50 + getting published in the Sweek Microfiction book

Most Popular Microfiction: $50 + getting published in the Sweek Microfiction book

Top 10 best stories (shortlist): Featured on Sweek for 3 weeks

COMPETITION GUIDELINES

  1. The story must be tagged with #microtime in order to join the contest. Word limit: maximum 200 words
  2. Variation of the word is allowed, as long as the word ‘time‘ is fully in the variation
  3. You can join any round of the challenge (so you can participate in the 7th round if you didn’t join any previous rounds)
  4. The story doesn’t have to be exclusive but needs to be newly uploaded on Sweek
  5. The story must be written in English
  6. The story must be submitted and finished before the deadline: 10/01/2018, 23:59 CET
  7. You can participate with multiple entries
  8. The story can be any genre, as long as the word ‘time’ appears in the story. It can be a combination of e.g. young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction and crime
  9. Most Popular Story is determined by the number of followers (all the allowed languages are participating). The deadline for the count of followers is 09/01/2018, 23:59 CET
  10. By entering in this competition, you give Sweek the right to publish your story in a self-published book. The author keeps all the rights. In case the author does not agree, he/she must state in the short description that Sweek cannot publish the story in print
  11. Most popular story is determined by the number of followers. Falsification of followers will lead to a warning, followed by immediate disqualification if the behavior continues. The most popular story needs to meet quality requirements determined by the Sweek team. You can only win one popularity prize as a writer.
  12. Spam comments/messages with promotion of your story (except for a special story dedicated to promotion) will result in disqualification and possible account deletion if the behavior continues.

Want to know more about our monthly MicroFiction Competition in general? Check out this blog post!

THE JURY

jury

Julian Tunru
Julian Tunru is the author of the Dav Iven historical fiction series, creator of The Nearly Complete Guide to Writing Your Novel, and self-confessed semicolon enthusiast.

 
 

 

K. Banning Kellum
K. Banning Kellum is a life-long resident of New Orleans, LA. A documentary actor, article writer and horror author, Kellum is best known for his Hyraaq Tobit series of horror stories. A proud husband and father, Kellum credits his love of family and the haunted history of New Orleans as his source of inspiration.

 
 

Louise Blackwick    
Louise Blackwick is a next-generation fiction writer, author of several experimental novels and short stories. Blackwick is particularly known as the writer of the Vivian Amberville book series, a bestselling philosophical fantasy saga about a girl whose thoughts can control and reshape reality.