3-Day Novel Contest

A few months ago, on a whim, I looked up the 3-Day Novel Contest.

It was something I had heard of a long time ago, looked at briefly, and then decided that was a bit too short a time frame. However, since hearing about it that first time, I’ve done quite a few NaNos, some of them in much shorter than a month, and while looking for a new challenge, I remembered the one for a novel in three days.

When I reached the site, I found I’d missed the Early-bird Registration by only a few days, and was disappointed. I considered just giving it a pass this year as a result of poor timing, and then I saw on their Twitter stream that they’d extended the deadline and I hadn’t missed it after all. That, I decided, was a sign I should join up this year for certain. So I did.

It starts tomorrow. Or, more like in fifteen minutes now, because I left this blog post very later.

I have actually outlined a project for a change. I have arranged food for the weekend and stocked snacks. I have made certain I will not be disturbed, and I am going to throw myself into writing and pretty much nothing else for the next three days.

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Published in C is for Chimera, G is for…

Today is the launch day for C is for Chimera!

Blend reality with fantasy. Mesh science fiction with mystery. Mix history with what should have been. They are all chimera.

A shadow tells a tale of schoolyard bullies. A long-vanished monster returns from the cold dark. Make-up makes up a life. Alchemy, Atlantis, and apocalypse. These 26 tales bring both chaos and closure to dark and elusively fantastic geographies.

My story is the letter G, and completes the trilogy I started with my stories in the first two alphabet anthologies.

You can join us on Facebook today for the Release Party, and click the cover to visit Poise and Pen website for links to purchase sites.

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Cover Reveal: C is for Chimera

The cover for C is for Chimera is out!

Click on the teaser image to see the full cover at Rhonda Parrish’s site:

C is for Chimera Cover Reveal

This installment of Rhonda Parrish’s alphabet anthology series asks skilled storytellers to write around the theme of chimera. The resulting tales are part fable, part poem, part dream. But like any chimera, the parts make up a greater whole.

Blend reality with fantasy. Mesh science fiction with mystery. Mix history with what should have been. They are all chimera.

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I participate in NaNoWriMo every year, and one of the side effects of that is trying out the products from their various sponsors. I’ve had more than a few successes over the years, finding things like Scrivener that I love and can’t imagine working without. Others are just fun.

This year, one of the ones I tried out for the first time is the site 4thewords. I think they were a sponsor last year as well, but the early reports indicated they were having a very rough Beta, and I decided to give them a little more time the get their feet under them. Things seemed more stable this year, and their walk-through video once again convinced me this was something I’d find fun, so I decided to give them a chance.

It’s gamification for writing. Combining two things I love, so of course I had to try it out.

The first thing I’d say is that the updates they’ve rolled out this month are fantastic, and were sorely needed. The difference in the user experience even between now and when I started on November 2nd is enough that it was the difference between my continuing with the site after NaNo and not. If the writing interface had stayed the way it was when I started, I wouldn’t have remained with it, and may have even ditched it before NaNo was over. Given the updates, however, it’s a functional WYSIWIG, with the ability to create multiple files and organize them into projects, and something I can see myself continuing to use. It’s not a full-fledged word processor, but I have Scrivener for that, and this is an excellent way to get words on the page.
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NaNoWriMo 2015!

I really feel like the month has gotten away from me. Usually I put up a post to mark that I’m going to be participating in NaNoWriMo sometime near the end of October, or at the very least at the start of November.

November’s almost over, and I still haven’t done it. That’s a pretty big update fail. But! I have been doing NaNo this month.

NaNo Participant 2015

Okay, technically I just finished NaNo this month, because I just hit 50K, but at least I got the post up before the month was over 😛 Also, they’ve added a badge this month for updating your word count every day for 30 days, which means I’m really not done. Because I have to get that badge.

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“Inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.”

Anthony Marra (via likeafieldmouse)