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Mar. 7th, 2011 07:52 am
wordwhacker: (NaNo 2004)
I'm going to keep this short because I want to make an entry over on my primary journal and I'll be going into more detail about these things. But in a nutshell:

  • My short story, "You in the Mirror", is going to be published in this summer's edition of Khimairal Ink. My first publishing credit, and at a (token, very token) paying market!


  • Two of my short plays, "Don't Jump!" and "Trivial Things", are going to be workshopped by the Saint John Theatre Company with an eye to producing once of them in this year's Theatre on the Edge festival. "Don't Jump!" was particularly well received, and I'm really looking forward to working on both plays in the coming months.


  • I've applied to Humber College and am working on my distance audition, which involves writing and performing some stand-up material, writing a short skit, and making a four-minute video essay about my life.


  • I'm stage managing a production of The Pride of Parnell Street which we will be taking to Calgary in May.


  • Speaking of May, I'm leaving my job on May 4th. "May the Fourth be With You!"


All in all, pretty exciting. I haven't written much since NaNoWriMo ended, so this month I'm rolling up my sleeves and digging into some stories that need editing so that I can submit them for publication. Other than that, most of my energy this month is going to the Humber audition.
wordwhacker: (NaNo 2004)
I've finally done it. Thirty straight weeks of writing a short story (or significant slice thereof) every week for thirty weeks. Last year when I tried this I got to twenty weeks before I had a brain fart and tanked. I took a break for a while after that. But this spring I started feeling pretty down on myself for not writing enough and decided that I needed to do this thing and see it through to the end.

I am REALLY glad I did, because now I have a body of work to edit and build on. But man, I am relieved that I'm through with it before the Christmas season (aka: Dinner Theatre MADNESS). Not to mention that I need to get my arse in gear and apply for grad schools, finish a few one-act plays, and complete my Sketchbook Project (*cough*which I haven't even started yet*cough*) - all by mid-January.

And I should probably plan my trip to Europe, too. Y'know, the one I'm planning to take in the late spring? Yeah. I'll get right on that.

ANYWAY, with the end of NaNoWriMo just around the corner (and one more short story to go to finish that off - I have no regrets about being a rebel), and with this thirty week challenge behind me, I am feeling pretty damn accomplished. I am allowing myself a whole five minutes to feel accomplished before the brainstorming/researching/gnashing of teeth begins again.
wordwhacker: (NaNo 2002)
I'm up to thirteen weeks of writing for my [livejournal.com profile] tamingthemuse run. I'm really glad I'm doing it again. It's a strict enough deadline to keep me producing and thinking through new work on a regular basis without being too strict (aka: locking me into a particular setting, or fandom, or group of characters). Most of my stories have been really rough-cut runs this time around, which is fun now and then, but it doesn't usually leave me with a draft that I'm all that eager to work with because it needs SO much work.

Also: editing has been super slack. Lots of new stories = good. No progress on old stories = bad.

And then there's scripts. They also need some love.

Anyway, with that in mind, here are some writing goals for this month:


  • channel the "write it rough" tendencies into weekly 15 minute fics

  • do at least an hour of planning / outlining for the weekly [livejournal.com profile] tamingthemuse stories

  • produce a new draft of an older story at least once a week

  • flesh out the script version of A Bright Girl (which I'm calling "Clever Girl" but I'm sure that'll change at some point)

  • submit at least three stories for publication



I've got a head start - I just finished my third draft of Rainy Day. I'm going to give it ONE more solid red pen treatment and then submit it to a couple of magazines. (I should probably come up with a better title for it. "Rainy Day" sounds pretty boring.)
wordwhacker: (NaNo 2002)
Written for Prompt 198 - Year of the Pig over at [livejournal.com profile] tamingthemuse.

Trying to get back into the habit of writing every week. It's... taking some effort. I originally thought that I'd put some serious planning into this week's story, and then suddenly it was 3AM on Saturday and I had four hours left and dwindling patience. So I switched gears and gave myself about half an hour to just WRITE and see what happened.

And this is what happened.


Horoscope - flash, 947 words )


I have four writing-related goals for next week:


1) Brainstorm, outline, and write the weekly story IN ADVANCE so I can really sink my teeth into it.

2) Write a 15 minute story to flex my "off the cuff" skills.

3) Finish draft 2 of one of the stories I wrote last year.

4) Get a (very rough) draft of the review I'm writing finished.


And then party. Or, y'know, party in and around these things.
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I'm back, bitches!

It feels like it's been forever. After NaNo and Christmas/Yule and then stage managing a show for three months and THEN trying to do Script Frenzy and only hitting 47 or so pages, I'm finally launching myself back into the short story / flash fiction racket. On Saturday I hit a low point and was all "wah wah wah, I never finish anything, I suck" and then I remembered that if I kept on not doing things it was just going to make me feel like a sucker until the END OF TIME.

So. Here I am. With a piece of flash fiction. Enjoy! (I'm hopping back on the [livejournal.com profile] tamingthemuse bandwagon later this week.)


Written for word 136 over at [livejournal.com profile] 15_minute_fic.


Never a Doubt - flash, 469 words )

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