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The response to my survey was truly exciting, and I am already noodling ideas for the first module, which - by popular demand - is definitely going to be about motivation, and Getting Shit Done.

However, I won't be putting anything out until at least December. Because NaNoWriMo. I'm sure you understand.

But in light of that delay, I'm putting something out there as a challenge and an awesome opportunity for people who are interested in the course. Those people should totally do NaNo with me.

I know NaNoWriMo can be scary, and I know that you have only a week or so before November starts. You may be saying "But Jess! I don't have a plot or anything, how can I get ready in time?" You may be saying "I've never written anything original before, and now you want me to start by writing a 50,000 word novel? You're crazy!"

The thing is, this is my 11th year of doing NaNoWriMo, and after all my years of doing this crazy challenge, I know one thing for sure: There is no downside to trying, and there are tonnes of upsides.

If you sign up and don't make 50,000 words, then you still made however many number of words you likely wouldn't have written if you didn't sign up. I will not personally come to your house and shame you for not finishing the task. What I will do, is congratulate you for doing what you did. Because anything you do is an accomplishment, and you deserve to feel good about it. You can still try again next year, too!

Not only is there no downside to trying, but just by signing up for the mailing list and committing to helping me put together this course, I am going to make a HUGE commitment to you that may actually screw me over for finishing NaNoWriMo myself this year: If you come along with me on this journey, what I do promise is that I will help you. I will schedule live online write-ins so we can get together and bang out words. More than that, I invite you to write to me if you get stuck or need encouragement. I will even spend the rest of October helping you to get ready.

All you need to do is join my buddy list AND join my mailing list, and when you need a lift or have a problem, then email me, and mention in your email that you are part of the course mailing list. I will do my best to help you, whatever the snag you've run into. I will brainstorm with you, give you advice, and coaching and buttpats. A lot of the people who filled out the survey told me that you would pay for coaching - well, here is your chance to get some for free.

But you have to be doing NaNoWriMo this year.

This is going to be awesome.
jessicasteiner: (I Write Therefore I Am)
I've been silent because, well, my internet is disconnected currently while I am in the process of moving. However! Today was designated as my posting date for [community profile] originalbigbang, so I turned my phone into an internet hub and stopped packing to get it posted.

My contribution was Grim Opera, which is the fifth story in a series of short stories I've been writing for several years. There are vampires and shape shifters and gay sex, and each of the stories riffs off of a story from classic literature. You should go read it.

The story should stand on its own no problem. I plan on publishing all five of the stories, plus some other short stories, as a collection next spring sometime. I haven't yet talked to my cover artist about that yet, and my wife may be contributing stories as well, so the project is still sort of nebulous, but that's the general shape of the plan at the moment.

As part of the Big Bang, [personal profile] astro_noms also made a mix tape to go with it. I don't have the room on my data plan to download it yet, but I'm excited to listen to it.

While I'm connected, I might as well mention: I've been snatching moments to write here and there and have accumulated 7500 words on NaNoWriMo so far this month. It's been really great, flowing well, though my time to write has been limited. I'm behind, but I feel like I can catch up no problem when I have time to do so, which will be next week...

I took yesterday off, though, despite technically having downtime in which I could have written, because it was my birthday! I celebrated by having a really good burger and fries, then going home and NOT packing, and instead marathoning downloaded episodes of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Then I slept the sleep of the dead. It was a good evening.
jessicasteiner: (Bad Writing Day)
Been a busy busy couple of weeks!

Accomplishments:
- Set up a twitter account
- Became a lawyer, officially
- Entertained guests for whom I will be bridesmaiding next year, and assisted them in purchase of their absolutely gorgeous dresses (Two women, one marriage, I felt like I was giving their movie tagline every time I went into a store and had to explain)
- Started my Big Bang for [community profile] originalbigbang
- Completed my Reverse Bang for [community profile] originalbigbang and submitted it in time for the deadline.

For the last, they still haven't given any indication of how I'm supposed to submit it, but today is the deadline, so I just emailed it to them. If the community has died or something, I'll probably just post it on my AO3 account.

Though there's the outside possibility that I'll publish it in an anthology at some point, or submit it to a contest, or something, so I'm not sure. But I don't really want it to wind up in a virtual drawer gathering dust, because I'm quite proud of it, so I'll probably toss it up, regardless.
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It's been a productive morning!

I set up a twitter account, which I'll primarily be using for quick writing-related status updates, boosting the signal on reviews and posts here, and for retweeting random things I enjoy. Follow me at [twitter.com profile] steiner_jessica if that link works...

Secondly, I cleared out my email and did some administrative things.

And thirdly, I finished my line edits on The Sleeping Death! What a painful process that was. I mostly was trying to focus on tightening things, getting rid of extraneous speaking tags and adverbs, especially, and it was really fiddly. I found that I couldn't really do it for very long before my concentration started to flag, so I tended to do about 2 chapters a night. For a story with almost 60 chapters, that was a slow pace.

So now I'll be sending it out to my beta readers and hopefully get their comments within a week or two. After that, it goes to my editor!

I'm looking forward to a rest from editing for a couple of weeks, to be honest. Time to focus on my [community profile] originalbigbang story, which is the fifth instalment of my Hunter Grim series, as well as getting back to The Dreaming. So it's going to be a bit of a pure writing stint for now.

One down...

May. 2nd, 2012 09:07 pm
jessicasteiner: (I Write Therefore I Am)
Well, I finished my story for the Reverse Big Bang at [community profile] originalbigbang tonight! My beta reader went over it already so I'm considering it done. I'll probably read it one last time before I send it off, since I've got the luxury of time. The deadline isn't until May 22nd.

I'm honestly really pleased with this one. It's written in a very, very different style from what I normally write, but it was just what flowed.

I had taken some general notes and was letting it percolate, but the characters weren't really gelling in my head. I didn't have a voice, or anything at all, except for a plot idea and a direction. But after a couple of days of no breakthroughs, I decided to just sit down and see what came out

Suddenly the main character (who is nameless, actually) just started talking. First person present tense, with some really outlandish similies peppering the whole thing, and a lot of sensory impact. I usually write in third person past, in a pretty unornamented style, and similes have always been a weakpoint of mine.

I don't know what happened, but I have a feeling I'll write this guy again, sometime.
jessicasteiner: (I Write Therefore I Am)
Though it may not be obvious from the silence around here, I've written several blog posts recently! I am working on a series about freelance editing and I want them all to be done before I post the first one, for various reasons, so stay tuned, I guess.

I've also been plugging away at my various projects. Yesterday, I updated my profile with more information about what I'm working on and the status of them, and I'm going to try to keep that information reasonably current.

I've selected my piece of artwork for the Reverse Big Bang on [community profile] originalbigbang. I have to write a minimum 1000 word piece inspired by the artwork by May 22nd, so it's percolating around in my brain right now. I definitely have a few ideas and I'm making some notes, but I don't want to wind up writing something really long, so I'm letting it gel a bit before I sit down to write it. It's going to involve werewolves and time travel, I think.

This morning I found out about two fiction contests that I might enter.

The Canadian Authors Association is holding a Fiction Contest for fiction between 1000 and 2000 words, deadline October 10, 2012. The prizes range between $50 and $300 (though I don't understand why the second place prize is smaller than the first place...) and the winners get published in an anthology.

There's also the Surrey International Writer's Conference Writing Contest. There are several categories, but the Storyteller category is between 2500 and 5000 words, which is more of a range I can sink my teeth into compared to the CAA contest. Deadline for that one is September 14, 2012 and the winner gets $1000 and publication in the SIWC anthology.

I'm definitely going to enter the second one, and I might do a little something for the first one, too. I plan to go to SIWC this year if I can possibly afford it, and last time I went I didn't find out about the contest until it was too late.
jessicasteiner: (Solitaire)
Yeah, so I've committed myself to a bunch of things and I feel I should probably... get them straight in my head so I don't miss a deadline.

And who knows, it may be interesting to someone besides me. So this is what I'm working on, in some kind of hierarchical order whose logic is obscure even to me:

  • Final line edit and polish of The Sleeping Death - 189/402 pages complete

  • First draft of The Dreaming - 18/27 chapters written. I've actually got to go back and total up the words on this because I have no idea how many words I've got total.

  • World building and plotting for a series I am referring to as Harry Potter in Space with Aliens (working title for book 1: Dale Shepard and the Bug Aliens from Outer Space)

  • Signed up for a 10,000 word original story for [community profile] originalbigbang - Rough draft and summary due September 15th

  • Signed up for a 1000 word reversebang for [community profile] originalbigbang - Claiming April 24th, story due May 22nd

  • Research on Sengoku-period Japan for a possible alternate history steampunk series set in that time period.


In addition to those substantive projects, some things to keep in mind:

  • Going to try to write some ebook reviews and crosspost them to [community profile] sps

  • Signed up for [community profile] thedailywriter, with a goal of 10,000 words for the month of April. It's April 6th and I'm already blowing that goal away - 6191/10,000

  • also signed up for [community profile] words_count with a goal of 500 words per day and 1 hour per day of writing-related activity, including editing. I've been doing well with that and have checked in each day with my activity.


So that's what I'm up to. How about you?

Big Bang

Mar. 31st, 2012 10:36 am
jessicasteiner: (Fangirl Moment)
Well, ten minutes after setting up shop on Dreamwidth again, I've signed up for a writing challenge. Typical.

I've decided to do the [community profile] originalbigbang challenge, which is an original, minimum 10,000 word story by mid-September.

I've got a couple of universes that I can draw from, so I'm pretty confident I won't have any difficulty hitting my goal without it interfering with the other work I'm doing.

Right now, I figure I'll either write another instalment of my slashy vampire short story collection - the Grim Series - or play around in one of the universes I plan to turn into novels one day and use the story as an opportunity to flesh out the world and characters. Updates as they become available.

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