November is my favorite month, it is the month I turn eighteen every year. Now it is going, and then agents will be flooded with nanowrimo stuff. And I can imagine what good moods they will be in. I didn’t do the nanowrimo thing. I was tempted, instead I decided to do the short story contest stuff. So I wrote and am writing some short stories to send to different places. I enjoyed it, at first I was doubtful. I seem to have too much to say. But I am really enjoying it. I wrote a humorous story about a desi boy and his crazy family because I had fun writing ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’ for Dawn, in fact it was so much fun I am going to turn it into a novel.
I also wrote a sad ghost story, which I had so much fun with that I am going to use the idea for another novel. It is kind of like the Time Traveler’s Wife crossed with Ghost.
Here are some links to short story contests that I hope some of you find useful:
http://www.inktears.com/Inktears/WritersNewWriters2012.html the last date for this is November 30th and you can write any theme/genre
http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/prizes/commonwealth-short-story-prize/entry-rules/ the last date for this is December 4th you can write any genre but you must live in a Commonwealth Country
And here is a place that has a list of other places you can check out:
http://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-tips-and-writing-advice/short-story-competitions.php I love people like this, they make life so much easier. Thank you Christopher Fielden.
I love creepy, haunting stories (think Edgar Allan Poe) so the other short stories I am writing are creepy and haunting(no zombies!). The ideas creep me out at night. Of course so does the Walking Dead, but some things are just so addictive.
I hope I can get the two other stories done on time, last week and today are really busy. And then I also have to have regular vocal cord exercises to get that opera singer job or be cast as the next Hulk, so I need to take time off to yell at the offspring. They begin to feel deprived if I don’t.
I also hope to send out more queries for ‘Miscegenation’ but it takes a lot of time going through those agent websites and then writing out new queries. Especially when I am so busy hollering at the kids and planning tea parties with Kate. You know Kate? The one who married the Prince?
What are you busy with these days?
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