End of novel, feeling fragmented

[caption id="attachment_434" align="alignright" width="372" caption=""Shards" (photo by Flickr user nualabugeye - back again soon)"][/caption] So... I finished my 3-day novel (and wrote about the experience for the Fuel Your Writing website here). It's more of a long short-story than a true novel. But that's about all I want to say about that, for now. I feel kind of drained, kind of Continue Reading...

Day 3: 3-Day Novel Contest

[caption id="attachment_425" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="I look nothing like this photo, at this point. Picture my hair in the world's messiest bun, my shirt covered in stains, and you'll be approaching the idea."][/caption] It's the final day of the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest. It's 2:40 PM. I haven't written anything since 8:30 yesterday morning. The short story is that my Continue Reading...

Day 2: 3-Day Novel Contest

[caption id="attachment_420" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="Yes, I am still wearing the shirt. It still smells pretty fresh, so shut up. Also, I look much more harried than this, in real life. Srsly."][/caption] It's 7:57 AM on day two of the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest. The hubs is still in bed, there's laundry that needs doing, but screw it all. I've got my thinking cap on, cus last Continue Reading...

Day 1: 3-Day Novel Writing Contest

[caption id="attachment_412" align="alignleft" width="224" caption="Taken yesterday, and messed about with in Photoshop, natch. Stay tuned for the "harried novelist" images later on."][/caption] It's 10:57 AM. I have 1,729 words. I am not off to the crazy start I had anticipated, probably due to the fact that I am still doing the usual weekend routine of getting up, having a Continue Reading...

3-Day Novel countdown

I've come up with a title and general idea for my 3-Day Novel. I'm calling it Escape From Montreal, and it'll be exactly like Escape From New York, except everything will be completely different. Currently, I'm envisioning it as a sci-fi tale, set in the near future. The heroes of the story are artistic souls, trapped on an island that's stuck in the 1960s and slowly crumbling. Kinda like Continue Reading...

On entering the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest

Since it's already turning into a crazy time in my life, and because I hadn't realized Labor Day was popping up so soon (i.e. this weekend), I've decided to do something totally insane: I am entering the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest. That's right: I'm going to write an entire novel in only 3 days. Some say it can't be done. Others have tried and failed. Still others have paid their 50 bones, Continue Reading...

Crazy contests galore

In the spirit of summertime (i.e. where the livin's easy), I am posting links to a variety of crazy contests that may interest you. Some of them involve skill, others merely luck, but there's a variety to appeal to different types of nerds and hipsters from across the board. Here are some of the most interesting ones I've come across lately: [caption id="attachment_259" align="alignnone" Continue Reading...

Hint Fiction contest

In a brazen effort to garner myself a third submission slot for this contest, I am spreading the word about Hint Fiction! What the heck is Hint Fiction? Well, according to Robert Swartwood's blog post that explains it all, it's "a story of 25 words or less that suggests a larger, more complex story." Kind of like micro-fiction, or Twitter fiction, but even smaller. If you're a writer looking Continue Reading...

Top Five T-shirts About Writing

I'm waiting for a guy to come and fix my clogged bathroom drains. Again. This is the story of my life, and I'd really like it to stop, but since I can't concentrate (knowing that whenever I do get started on something, he will ring the doorbell and interrupt my work with a lot of banging), I thought I would post a round-up of writing-related t-shirts. Consider this your inspiration for the day. Continue Reading...

Giving 110 percent

I just want you to know that it is physically possible to give 110%, despite logical claims to the contrary. Please see my status bar's current position, after last-night's crazy 2,196 words added to my weekly total: I'm already over my weekly requirement of 3,500 words (if we're doing weeks from Friday to Friday), so perhaps I should just start posting my output from Monday to Friday from Continue Reading...