Car 9: It’s the End of the World As We Know It

Welcome to the to A is For Apocalypse blog train! If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to check out the other stops on the train.

Car 8: Alexandra SeidelApocalyptic Blog TrainCar 10: Samantha Kymmell-Harvey

One of the first apocalypses I can remember seeing was in Wizards. It was showing late at a comic convention in a tiny room in the basement floor. Only a handful of people were there, which was good, as the room could maybe have held twenty people. A TV was placed at the front of the room, the lights were turned out, and the world appeared on the screen. Then it blew up.

We laughed. What else could you do?

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“When I am asked why I decide to write the sort of thing I do write, I always think the question is more revealing than any answer I could possibly give. Wrapped within it, like the chewy stuff in the center of a Tootsie pop, is the assumption that the writer controls the material instead of the other way around.”

Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (via promptly-written)

Published in A is for Apocalypse, L is for…

Today is the launch day for A is for Apocalypse!

What do you get when you take twenty-six amazing writers, randomly assign them a letter of the alphabet and give them complete artistic freedom within a theme?

A is for Apocalypse

A is for Apocalypse contains twenty-six apocalyptic stories written by both well-known and up-and-coming writers. Monsters, meteors, floods, war–the causes of the apocalypses in these tales are as varied as the stories themselves.

This volume contains work by Ennis Drake, Beth Cato, Kenneth Schneyer, Damien Angelica Walters, K. L. Young, Marge Simon, Milo James Fowler, Simon Kewin, C.S. MacCath, Steve Bornstein and more!

My story is the letter L, but since it’s day one I’m not giving away the full title yet. I’ll update this post with it later :)

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“People think dreams aren’t real just because they aren’t made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.”

Neil Gaiman (via maxkirin)

“An event alone cannot hold a story together. Nor can a series of events. Only characters effecting events and events affecting characters can do that.”

Elizabeth George, Write Away

Another Camp Down

I’ve finished Camp NaNoWriMo, and very glad to have it over with. As much as I usually enjoy these, I just found this one frustrating. Tracking a project by hours was painful more than motivational.

It’s funny, when I chose this method, I remember thinking “It’ll be like doing NaNoEdMo.” I remembered that I’d participated in that for two years. I remembered that after those two years, I’d never done it again. It probably should have occurred to me to look back at why that was.

I posted this  blog entry near the end of my last NaNoEdMo in 2008, and it’s almost exactly what I feel like posting for this year:

There was something about having those fifty hours grinding away in the background that prevented me from fully engaging with the work. In the end, I did feel like I was merely putting in the time, not the effort.

Hours as a counter completely does not work for me, and apparently it’s been that way for at least six years. Hopefully my future self will remember this, and come up with something better.

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