Bradbury Challenge

I have awesome friends. That is just something that I would like to put out there. This weekend I met with a couple of my writer buddies and had a nice conversation, not just about writing. We chat about all sorts of things. This is something that I would like to continue. Recently, I have been ramping up my writing time, setting goals, and missing goals. In my previous job, I came to feel comfortable with deadlines. I didn’t always meet them. The difference between missing them then and missing them now is that I don’t have anyone to hold me accountable for missed deadlines. Well, that all changes in September.

We are getting together and committing to a slightly modified version of the Ray Bradbury challenge. If you don’t know about the challenge, it is one of two that Mr. Bradbury suggested for writers. One is to write a short story, poem, or essay every night for 1,000 nights. This might be possible for a writer of Bradbury or King prolificacy. Not something that I could pull off. Way too many things in life that will absolutely prevent me from reaching that lofty goal. The other challenge is to write a short story every week for 52 weeks. We are taking the second and modifying it to the following:

Write a short story, poem, flash fiction, or chapter in your current work in progress every week with a minimum of 250 words.

We start in September. I am really looking forward to the deadlines and the accountability.

Let’s do this.

P.S. Happy Birthday, Mr. Bradbury.

By photo by Alan Light, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1566877

 

The Writers Forum (Rome, GA)

Saturday, April 9, 2016
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Writers Forum hosted by the Rome Area Writers is an opportunity to learn from the award winning Victoria Wilcox, the author of the historical fiction trilogy Southern Son, The Saga of Doc Holiday. She will be discussing the process of getting your manuscript published and building your author platform. Novelist Janie Dempsey Watts will walk us through her exciting adventure of telling the story in your writing.

The venue will be at the WinShape Wilderness on the campus of Berry College in Rome, GA. Check your schedule and join us for the event.

I can’t wait to see you there.

2015, I mean 2016

This will be my first post for the new year. DUH!

I have been writing a few short length stories, micro, flash, and the short story or two while tearing down and rebuilding the current novel. All of these are less than 5k words. Some as low as 100 words. I do like to write this type of fiction. Sometimes, the idea starts as a simple vignette and blooms into a full story arc. It is like watching a plant grow in time-lapse photography-quick and to the point, with all of the beauty. I hope to have a few of these published. Finding the market for my stories is harder than writing them at times.

The list below are a few posts from bloggers/authors that I think you should take a look at this week.

Hannah Heath : 10 Reasons Why Writers Aren’t the Weird Ones
http://hannahheath-writer.blogspot.com/2016/01/10-reasons-why-writers-arent-weird-ones.html
Not sure if I agree with number #2. I think I have seen quite a few folks walking around in their PJ’s. Maybe it is more normal than it is conventional.

Jess Alter : Novel Update: Man and Brother
http://indieimprint.com/alteredstates/2016/01/novel-update-man-and-brother/
If you haven’t read ”Til Undeath Do Us Part,’ you should. <- That’s a period.

John P. Schultz: Quotes and Daily Notes
http://johnschulzauthor.com/author/johntheplantman/
John writes an uplifting post almost every day of the year. The are quick and true. Check out his books ‘Requiem for a Redneck’, ‘Redemption for a Redneck,’ and he has ‘Sweet Drives on Chemo Days’ a cancer survivorship autobiography.

Have a great new year.

And they are back

Call to action:

Recently, Every Day Fiction a flash fiction e-zine had troubles with their site. I am happy to say that they are back up and providing stories again. Unfortunately, they lost their ratings system for their stories. They have a new one up and would like for you, dear reader, to vote for your favorite stories. I have taken a little time this morning to bring up a few stories that had lingered in my memory from past readings. I think that you would like them as well.

Funny and a little dark:
I Am Pirli You Are Oona by Sandy Parsons

Peter Wood can do funny as well (not dark):
Well, That’s Just Super by Peter Wood

This is like an article from “Horror Times.” I loved it.
They Are Legion. They Are Pigeon by Lynda Clark

Zombie story – with a heart:
All We Can Do by Brian J Hunt

Robots, get your robots:
Eraser by Jeremiah Wolf

What was the number one story for the site before the crash?
Halloween Coming Out by Jeff Switt!

And of course, I would like for you to rate may story again.
Little Old Lady by Ward Weatherford

Thanks for taking the time to read the work of these other writers. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. You can also filter stories by their genre by clicking any one of these links below:

Fantasy
Historical
Horror
Humor/Satire
Inspirational
Literary
Mystery/Suspense
Romance
Science Fiction
Surreal

Have a great time reading!