Writing for fun and / or profit.
The whole thing is up. Novel complete at 50,996 per the official validator.
I'm not sure the old links will work, so here's an updated link as I renamed the bugger a little hoping to make sure it got into the $2,000 drawing over on wattpad, which is why the novel now has the nanowrimo13 at the end of the title.
Parts one to eight (roughly the first twenty days) are up on wattpad if anyone's interested.
I know some people in the Nanowrimo community post their novels and progress live, unedited, as they work.
This year I'm joining the scrum, I guess.
So, should you like to read the progress so far, here's the link.
Expect sporadic updates, I'm going to try to keep updates to once or twice a week.
Updated November 9th, 2013 at 01:26 PM by expatrie
Hoping I can get closer to "par" over the weekend, though getting distracted by setting up on Wattpad hasn't helped.
At any rate, work should start laying off a little over the next week (although not really, I have 11 projects to complete and two from last week still "hanging" and revisions expected on the four I "completed" last week.
Other than that, as story gossip, I've picked up Burnout from last year (I
Updated November 9th, 2013 at 12:05 PM by expatrie
Well, I just finished Bag of Bones today.
On a non sequitur note, I decided to check out the wikipedia entry as I was unclear where we were on the time-line - pre or post being hit by a van. This book is pre.
King's formula for learning to write well is: "Read and write four to six hours a day. If you cannot find the time for that, you can't expect to become a good writer." He sets out each day with a quota of 2000 words and
Well, if you didn't see the May 1 broadcast of Modern Family, with Jay struggling to create a page of his spy thriller, well, I found it hysterical.
Here's information on "Career Day."
One bit (and there are more, please, that are funnier)
God, I am so procrastinating.
Updated September 6th, 2013 at 10:38 PM by expatrie
(added youtube link because I'm procrastinating.)
I've just been sucked under by a work-nami.
That and the current piece I'm working on is not going well. I'm encountering some kind of personal resistance to the topic, I guess. Call it Horror-block.
Well, to quote Douglas Adams, "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
While I always meet deadlines at work, I am not so successful at writing. This time the issue was I spend too much time doing nothing in the story. I realized this was a problem and came up with a different approach angle, but just ran out of time.
I took another look at the duotrope deadline calendar and it's like the whole year has three to five times more deadlines than the last time I looked. Tons of horror/scifi/fantasy deadlines.
And it looks like I can give "Heartbreaker" another polish, provided I ever finish "Bitter End" for that revenge anthology on the 15th of June.
Right now, "Bitter End" has all the appeal of a week-old bowl of oatmeal. I'm at 1,200
This is preliminary notice that I know a publisher that will be running a kind of "submit a cover" art contest. More details coming soon, but those of you interested, please take note. Exposure only, no actual pay (these are for token pay anthologies, after all...), but your work will be "out there" on the various sites as the cover.
Well, given I haven't posted Books in October, November, or December, or for that matter, January, it's pretty obvious I've fallen behind on what I plan to do with this blog.
End of January is turning into a surprise sprint at the end of a marathon, so I'm going to try to do a little catch up in February.
What can I say? I closed on a house in December and moved in. Then there were all the window treatments, and every day off to work on those turned into a half day
My story "Industrial Disease" is in the Live and Let Undead anthology edited by Hollie Snider.
Live and Let Undead Anthology.
If you're interested, give it a try.
(While the cover may imply some kind of.... well... adult relationship between zombie and the living, my story is not like that.....)
Here's a concept question: Do readers care that much about typos?
I got into this discussion once (poorly) over on some random "I hate self-published books" type of blog. All the reviewer did was accept free copies and quit reading after reaching a set number of typos (which was always before the end of the book, mind).
But is it the story that a normal reader is looking for, or excellent proofreading?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting
Rymfire eBooks: State of Horror: Massachusetts Horror Stories set in Massachusetts 14 Jul 2011
Leap Books: Spirited Anthology Ghostly stories for young adults 15 Jul 2011
C. P. Anthologies: Memory Eater Anthology, The The Memory Eater 15 Jul 2011
Machine of Death Anthology (Vol. 2) A machine that tells you how you're going to die 15 Jul 2011
Glasschord Future Shock 15 Jul 2011
Anthropomorphic Dreams: Human/Furry Fiction Anthology
I have a second story accepted in a zombie anthology.
We'll see if I can get all the revisions done in time. See, I was the 19th choice in a field of 18, then someone dropped out. Which means my story needs the most work and I have the least time to revise it.
Great advice from the editor, and it's really jarred me out of my previous "all that needs to be fixed are the typos" style of revisions--shuffling sentence order around
Updated July 29th, 2011 at 06:44 PM by expatrie