Category: Contests

Yet Another NaNo Commenter

For all you NaNo folks out there – stop reading this and get to writing! And good luck. But I do want to talk about NaNo for a second, because I think it serves a fantastic purpose: getting people to write. It wakes up those muscles that some writers need to get to it. Then…

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Contest, Alexie, and Others

First off, a big ole congrats to Julia — the Boudreau Birthday Bash Contest winner. It’s kind of crushing to know that I was so close to her word count and bathroom construction took over that last day. (I’m sorry, I love writing, but I love my bathroom too…and you don’t know what you have…

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Picking Prizes

My ultimate grand prize for the Nathan Bransford contest was one of the following:1. A query critiqe2. A partial critique3. A 10-minute phone conversation/dish session They’re all tempting prospects. But! My query is getting results at the moment, so I’m not feeling inclined to send it in unless I’m actually query-ing. Plus, I don’t think…

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Yay! I finished a book today! The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. Finally, something to review on Goodreads. I’m also pretty close to finishing up my re-read of Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, our current mentor of the month. Last time I read this book, I was thirteen. Around my birthday. Which…

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Comments from the Peanut Gallery

Friday night, after closing on Thursday evening and then opening on Friday morning, I attended the Fourth Annual American Icon. Didn’t participate in this one–unless you count whooping and hollering for my buds participation. And let me tell you: Deb, Fleur, and John kicked all kinds of butt. Deb conquered her fear and stood in…

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Things I Learned from Icon

First off, here is how the contest worked: There were 19 contestants who read either excerpts from book-length pieces or short stories. In as few words as possible they stated who they were, what they were writing and give a log line (what’s your story about?). They had two minutes to read from their work…

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Dreaming a Scene

The only time I’ve ever used dreams in my writing (that I’m aware of) has been for poems, and those were assigned. The basic idea was to transcribe the dream, not interpret or manipulate, and see what happens. Results varied. Last night was weird though. So I’m exhausted, right? (I blame being pregnant.) I go…

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