A couple of days ago, I posted an ad on Craigslist looking for more muses for my Nano 30 Stories in 30 Days project, and I have to say I am overwhelmed by the talented artists and photographers who have shared their work with me. If I was excited about this project before, I am about to burst with anticipation now! There will be no shortage of great work to draw from in the month of November. I think my only hurdles now will be Thanksgiving and a short trip to San Francisco that I will be taking mid-month. This may prevent me from updating my progress every day, but I am determined it will not prevent me from actually writing every day. If I find myself without internet access, well, that just means I have less distractions from writing. I plan to upload all the beautiful artwork into a folder on my thumb drive so that I have access to all my muse artwork even if I am someplace lacking the internet.
If you're one of the artists or writers that has contributed already, thank you so much!! I look forward to seeing what comes from everything you have shared with me!
Keep sending your work my way!
NaNoWriMo is only about a week away and I am still looking for inspiration for my project. I would really love to have contributions from 30 different "muses" and if you don't send me your photos or artwork or music to help inspire me, I'm going to have to troll the internet looking for inspiration. And that can only lead to major procrastination. So do me a favor and send me a little something you want to share with me and the world. It will net you a special thanks here on my website and of course a link back to your site if you provide me with that information. More details about my project can be found here.
Happy Writing! (And other creative endeavors!)
One of my favorite blogs on writing is Lynn Viehl's Paperback Writer. She's been in the business of writing for awhile now, and I find about 99.9% of her advice to be worth listening to, even if it doesn't always apply to my situation. I also love that she doesn't try to sell you anything or push her opinion on to her readers. It's a very free-spirited atmosphere at PBW and an environment suitable for writers of all levels and genres. I've learned a few things about the industry from her over the last few years. I try to stop by her blog daily, and right now, every Wednesday, she is posting things related to NaNoWriMo. I suggest that if you are also a NaNoWriMo-er, popping on over and seeing what kind of goodies she has to offer. She is even offering a free PDF of her writing guide. I have not read it yet, but it is awfully nice of her to give it away for free to us NaNoWriMo-ers. Because let's face it, just the fact that we're trying to write 50,000 words in 30 days is a sign that we need help. :)
It's been days since I have heard from a literary magazine despite the fact that I have oodles of submissions out right now. I think the recent cluster of publications I have received has led to an acceptance addiction. This really isn't a bad thing as it will ensure I continue to submit my work and will make me less likely to slack off. I am to the point where I need some fresh work to send out there though. Good thing I am going to be writing 30 new stories next month! And yes, I still need your help with this, so go here for more details.
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!
p.s. Why do I feel like I just invited an onslaught of rejections to hit my inbox in the coming weeks?
Looking for the details on helping me out with my NaNo project? Everything you need to know can be found here.
Thanks to those who have already responded!
I am very excited to announce that one of my short stories "Dog Universe", which was originally published as an audio story, is now available as part of a family themed e-book anthology of short stories. This collection is available through Smashwords and all the stories are from Sniplits. Titled, The Ties That Bind, you can download the e-book for a mere $2.99 right here.
It turns out that NaNoWriMo has a special place reserved for people like me. (No, not that place!) I am a NaNoWriMo Rebel, apparently! Woo hoo! So, with that discovery, I am going to happily be prowling the NaNo forums when I should be writing and still aiming for that 50,000 words. Thanks to all who have answered the call to be my muse for at least one day in November! I am very excited about this project and can't wait to begin!
Happy writing, reading, photogging arting, or whatever it is that makes you happy!
So I have been giving NaNoWriMo a lot of thought and I have decided that I am not going to officially participate. I need to finish the novel I am working on before I start on another. BUT. . . that being said, I still plan to do a fun project for the month of November -- one that will hopefully help me stay on a very productive path and help satisfy the NaNoWriMo fever that has taken hold of me. And the best part about this project? I need your help!!!!
Here's my plan: I want to write a new short story for every day in November. I am blantantly stealing this part of the idea from one of my writerly friends who did this one NaNoWriMo and was able to pull it off. I am not going to worry about word count, as long as whatever I write each day can be considered a complete story. However, in order to do this, I am going to need a lot of inspiration. This is where you come in! For each day, I would like to have something to inspire my story. Maybe a photograph, maybe a song, maybe a piece of art or maybe even just a word or phrase. I would like these inspiring pieces to come from my friends and family or anyone else that wants to participate. If I end up using whatever you send me for inspiration, I will post it right here along with a special thank you to the artist or muse who provided the inspiration and a summary of the story that sprang from it. (Sorry, I won't be posting the actual stories! But if you are interested in reading any of them, you can always send me an email asking!)
So just some housekeeping stuff. . . if you send me a photo or piece of art or a song to inspire me, it must be your own work! I do not want to inadvertantly post someone's work without their permission. That is just plain wrong. Also, please let me know if it is okay to post your work on my site or if you would prefer I instead post a link back to your site and the inspiring piece. I am happy to do either. I will also need your full name so I can give credit where credit is due. If you are not the artistic type, words work just as well! I have several stories that started when I asked someone to just give me a word. (Bunny Ears and A Piece of the Sky are my two favorites.) If you want to go the word route, try and come up with something concrete that can conjure and image. Nouns or concrete verbs are usually best. Examples of words I have written stories from are "chocolate", "sky" and "jewel".
So if you are interested in helping me out with my project, please send whatever it is that you want to send me to firstname.lastname@example.org. I have no idea how much of a response I am going to be able to drum up, so please don't take it personally if I don't end up using your piece. Remember, there are only 30 days in November! But I will be very appreciative to anyone who does contribute to my project and will probably send you a very nice thank you email at the very least.
I said I wasn't going to do it this year. Why set myself up for defeat yet again? I KNOW I don't have the time to pull it off. Between work and writing groups and volunteering and sleeping and laundry and spending time with my <3 and keeping my cats happy, how could I possibly expect myself to write a 50,000 novel in 30 days? Especially considering I have way less than 50,000 words to go on the novel that is currently in progress. Yet. . . well. . . I kind of want to. I find myself having thoughts like, "This year will be different."
So, yeah, I'm still deciding. But maybe, just maybe, I will do NaNoWriMo for real this time. (All those other years didn't count.) And maybe, just maybe, I will chronicle my progress (or lack there of) right here. It is something to think about.
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