Category: Contests

Random Post of Awesomeness: Braggin on a Buddy and…Me!

Hey guys! I just got the great news that I won a copy of The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander over at Tracy Edward Wymer’s blog. While I’m thrilled about winning the book, it’s going to an important cause: Getting kids to read! Tracy’s… Continue Reading “Random Post of Awesomeness: Braggin on a Buddy and…Me!”

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… Continue Reading “Yet Another NaNo Commenter”

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… Continue Reading “Contest, Alexie, and Others”

The Typing vs Handwriting Thingy

Normally, I’m a handwriter. But, after my last word count contest bobber where John kicked my tail, I figured something out: For writing contests, one should not handwrite everything and then try to type it in. Turns out, when you try to do that,… Continue Reading “The Typing vs Handwriting Thingy”

Words, Words, Words

It’s such a shame that the word count contest only counts for one project — since the profs seemed to have teamed up and assigned terms papers all in this last week. Blech.

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… Continue Reading “Picking Prizes”

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… Continue Reading “”

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… Continue Reading “Comments from the Peanut Gallery”

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… Continue Reading “Things I Learned from Icon”

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… Continue Reading “Dreaming a Scene”

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