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...

Clamorous Sundays review

So, as I mentioned last night at my Clamorous Sundays performance (and in my previous post), this website was recently deleted when my former hosting provider (Host Refugee, who suck) just up and disappeared on me after about 5 years of service, so this whole Bernie Madoff thing? Totally unacceptable! Anyway, because of this, most of the blogs I used to have on this page are gone. That sucks, but Continue Reading...

WordCamp Montréal faux pas

I’ve been waiting patiently for the WordCamp Montreal schedule to go up, and at last it’s finally got times and locations listed. And there’s a big faux pas: The conference’s two major female presenters are both scheduled to speak at 10 AM on Saturday! Kim Vallée (of At Home with Kim Vallée) and Erin Blaskie (of ErinBlaskie.com) are both scheduled for the same time slot, in Continue Reading...

Literary snobbery meme

I was tagged by two of the most fabulous Facebook users in the world, AV Flox and Atherton Bartelby, so obvs I have to complete their literary meme now! Feel free to join in the snobbery if you are a literary type, or wallow in your tragic illiteracy if not. (This has also been posted on my Facebook page, so apologies if you’ve already read it there.) 1) What author do you own the most books Continue Reading...