Is it the Fall already??
Where did summer go? Not that I’m complaining. I like a good hoodie as much as the next guy, but–man! All those summer dreams have been deferred. Tough to think of all the hikes I didn’t hike and rivers I didn’t trek all in the name of food service, but such is life.
For the next couple days, I have one mission: finishing my Coming of Mage manuscript. Gotta get that puppy on the publisher’s desk YESTERDAY, PEOPLE!
For all practical purposes, it’s finished. There’s some last-minute tweaks and it still needs a new scene and a once-over, but it has surpassed the wordcount goal, which is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.
Another huge burden off my shoulders: it’s good! I was a little worried about more-than-doubling the wordcount as it could dismantle the integrity of the story. But I assure you, it’s been expanded to the next level, quality AND quantity!
As it is my favorite time of year, I’m reminded of my yearly goal of fast-tracking a spooky, seasonal, Halloween story.
The “Pumpkin Spice Latte” of the literary world, if you will.
Every year as October approaches, I have this fire in my gut about writing a spooky tail, and I spend my free time outlining a new story that never comes to fruition. It’s fun to think about, gives me some motivation, but ultimately never happens.
So this year, I would like to get more of my writer friends on board. A short spooky story contest! And by contest, I mean no prize will be awarded!
Low stakes. Good practice. Lots of fun. That’s what this one’s all about. No wordcounts, no pressure! Just a good old-fashioned romp in the autumn leaves. A great gear-up for NaNoWriMo too, right?
I think it should be spooky, and I think it should take place on or around Halloween. But after that, it’s no holds barred.
So who’s with me? We can begin writing October 1st, tweet/blog/facebook/spread the good word as much as you want–but then the whole shebang will be due on my favorite holiday, All Hallows Eve Eve!
October 30th. D-Day. We posts whatever we gots on our respective blogs. I’ll link everybody up for sure, you can link whatever you want after that.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Anybody got a clever title for this thing?
And most of all: who’s down?!