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Month: October, 2014

Time for Some Scary Stories

Halloween is right around the corner. What is your favorite Halloween/horror story?

This is mine:

“It sat on my shelf, with thoughtless porcelain eyes and the prettiest pink doll dress I could find. Why did she have to be born still?”

Found here: http://thoughtcatalog.com/michael-koh/2013/07/40-freaking-creepy-ass-two-sentence-stories/

Are Creative Writing Courses/Certificates Worth It?

I’ve been looking into getting a creative writing certificate. I’ve never actually taken a class on creative writing before and I’m almost done school, so I doubt I’ll get the opportunity through my program. However, I have found a certificate program that looks worthwhile. I’d have to do it next year, since I’ll be busy with school until April. I’ll also have to be willing to pay the same for each course as I do for regular schooling. As such, I’m a little conflicted.

For those of you who have taken similar programs, were they worth it? Why or why not? And has anybody done one after becoming published? If so, was it worth it?

For those who’ve gotten published without ever taking creative writing courses, do you think you missed out? Or do you think it matters?

Conference Update

Once again I’d like to remind you all of the upcoming conference, SoJo Cal. It will be taking place on February 14th at the University of Calgary. If you are an atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, freethinker, skeptic, feminist, or LGBT, please check out our Go Fund Me page: http://www.gofundme.com/ey9uy4.
Please share our page around if our conference sounds important to you. If you can and would like to donate, we would greatly appreciate it.

I Have Finally Finished Atlas Shrugged

I just submitted my essay for the Atlas Shrugged scholarship. I finished the book a while ago, but just finished my last edit. The scholarship itself isn’t due for another week, but I’m so glad to be done. There are quite a few prizes to be won, so hopefully I’ll get one.

Now to write two short stories for two more competitions, finish an essay for a class, study for a midterm, and study for a test. All of which are due in the next week and a half. And then NaNoWriMo…I really can’t wait for December 😛 .

2500 Followers!

I now have over 2500 followers! Thank you for all the support everyone!

I’m Back On Track

I somehow managed to finish that story yesterday. I’m now able to write the next story, which will be under 1500 words, so it’s more than managable. Hopefully I’ll catch up with my other writing so that I will be ready for NaNoWriMo.
I’ve never tried NaNoWriMo before. What advise would you give a first timer, if you are a seasoned veteran? I know how many words I’ll need to write, and I know writing daily is a must, but what about pacing? And motivation? I’m also wondering about the posting your book to win thing. Who has done that? What are the advantages and disadvantages of posting your book? I’m not sure I’d be totally comfortable doing so, but it sounds like it’s necessary to “win.”

Dear WordPress

Have you ever heard the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”?

Sincerely,

An annoyed user who doesn’t want to have to relearn everything weekly

Writing Problems

I have been doing a lot of writing lately, but I am so far behind where I want to be. A lot of my writing has been for classes, and a lot of the rest has been for short stories. I wanted to send in a story for a contest today, but I’m not done the story yet. I also need to write one for the end of the month, but I haven’t even began to write it yet. It’s quite frusterating because I’m no where near where I wanted to be, which is why I haven’t really been blogging lately.
I’m so not looking forward to NaNoWriMo. I’m not ready for it, and I don’t think I will be. I’m still going to try it though. Hopefully it’ll all work out…

The Calgary Social Justice Conference: An Update

A Few Responces From Some Literary Magazines

Back in August and September I wrote some stories to send in to various competitions. I have received the first two responses this week. Both stories were rejected, but I have never felt so happy to receive a rejection letter.

The first rejection I received was expected. The competition I sent it in to is notorious for being very competitive. I chose that magazine because they are known for publishing new authors, but I knew that the competition would be tough. That rejection letter was just a generic one, but it wasn’t unexpected.

The next rejection letter was also expected, but that was the one that I’m happy about. It was not a generic rejection letter. It was more personal. And they invited me to send in more stories. I haven’t written in to very many competitions so far, but everything that I have read so far has told me that that letter is a good sign. And I definitely expect to send in more stories to that magazine. Hopefully next time I’ll do better.

I’m still waiting on quite a few more responses though. Who knows: maybe one will be an acceptance letter.

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