I Need Your Help.

I desperately need it. Seriously, if you could take the five minutes out of your busy schedule, I’d be extremely grateful. I may even do something crazy for it.

I’m participating in a Flash Fiction contest over on Tablo. Write a story under 500 words along the lines of one of their six prompts. The person with the most likes by July 4th wins. There’s money on the line.

If some of you reading this could help me out, I’d love you forever. I might even be able to think of something to show you that I love you forever.

Like my story here, sign up (if you’re a reader you won’t be sorry, if you’re not, they don’t spam you, I promise), share if you’re feeling really generous.

Thank you so much in advance to everyone who takes the time to help!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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How Fast Can I Write a Novel?

I’ve repeatedly found that blog writing is something that I have an issue with. I run out things to say because my life isn’t always super interesting and I’m usually spending most of my time writing fiction anyway.

Solution? Mix the two.

I want to see how fast I can write a coherent novel. Like, something that could be published somewhere and read by people, and those people don’t cringe at how much of a mess it is. I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo for the past two years, and won for the past two years, but both of those novels are going to be in an extended editing period because I left myself such a mess in writing them so fast. The details are all over the place, and since I didn’t have much time I didn’t go back and fix the conflicting details (which were most of them because I’d get to a point where I thought I’d go one way and then came up with something better that completely went against something that already happened), I have to spend my first edit sifting through everything I wrote to find a story that makes sense with the characters I created. Possible, sure, but very time-consuming.

You see my problem? Even that paragraph was a complete disaster.

So, I want to see how fast I can write something a little more coherent. Something I won’t be spending weeks writing and then years editing. I’m making up this challenge for myself as I go, though, so that could end up being the case once again.

But the one thing I didn’t have either of those other times was documentation. I didn’t have somewhere I could report on how things are going, and keep myself going down a straight line rather than a forever winding road. Maybe talking about it in a blog will help me. There’s only one way to find out.

So here is my proposal: I’m going to write a novel as fast as I can.

Some people need to take time to do their writing, but I’ve found that my best work comes from short bursts of writing where I don’t give myself a chance to over think it. Those two novels I have sitting around may be a complete mess, but they’re better than some of the other works I’ve got that I’ve spent significantly more time working on, mainly because there’s a complete story there, even if it is unreadable.

25 days is my record for NaNoWriMo. I’d like to beat that for this. I may or may not make it, but that’s the goal. Beat that record with a first draft of a novel that isn’t such a mess that I have to spend a portion of my life editing it into sense.

And I’m starting right now.

I’d like to pose a question to you all. I’d like to get you involved.

Which of these should I go with? Which story would you like to read most?

I’ve got a few story ideas roaming around in my head, and I’m not sure which I should go with. A popular opinion might be helpful.

For obvious reasons I’m not giving too much detail. I plan to write all of these out one day. I just need your help in deciding which one I should start with by telling me which one interests you the most.

I not only want to know what people are interested in reading these days, but I also want people to get involved, be a part of the process. I feel like that’s an aspect that’s often left out of writing.

Also, just for fun (though I’ll probably end up regretting it), how fast do you think I can write a novel?

Hardcover Monday – Jane Austen

Absolutely every time, without fail, I see The Jane Austen Book Club, I want to read all of the books in the order that they read them in.

Now, I can’t really do that because I’m reading Sense and Sensibility for one of my book clubs this month, and that’s one of the last books they read, and there’s no way I could read them all this month before I made it back to Sense and Sensibility. But I did watch the movie last night, and it’s renewed the sense in me to read all of the books. Now, I haven’t read all of Jane Austen yet. I’ve read Pride and Prejudice (I’d have given you permission to hang me if I hadn’t), as well as Northanger Abbey, but it’s been awhile. I want to read them all together. I feel like there might be a certain amount of… what’s the word… I can’t think of the word, but good feelings is the general idea. Anyway, I’m working these books into my impossible schedule. It’s happening.

Sunday Funday 5 – Radiation Island

Radiation Island – Atypical Games – Available on iOS

Today’s video game chronicles basically show how I die oh so spectacularly and stupidly. For anyone playing this game but just starting out, here’s what you can expect to be waiting for you on the center island.

For those who’ve never played this game, when you die in survival mode (or whatever the regular mode is, there’s also extra hard, but no way will I be doing that mode any time soon), you get re-spawned at your last place of sleep and you lose your equipped item. Good thing I had a couple extra rifles back home.

I almost wish I’d been recording myself so you guys could have heard my jump and scream a few times when something came out of nowhere. Though my terrible aim didn’t help matters much, either.

One thing I really have to say is this game is so worth the three dollars I paid for it. I played for hours today and I’m still nowhere near being done with the game, and even then it’s not over because multiplayer gets unlocked. And that may just say that I’m an idiot and I have no idea what I’m doing, but so what? The island is huge, and clearly from that video, I’m having some issues even turning off the first tower. I mean, zombies that throw balls of radiation at you?! What?! Also, later when I wasn’t recording (of course), I found more zombies that stab you with big needles. They were surrounding a house that didn’t have anything really good in it, and I couldn’t tell the importance, though there was a bathtub beneath the house for some reason. I didn’t get close because I figured it was just a glitch (the game is still relatively new), but if someone knows differently about it, you should let me know.

My main goal right now is just to figure out how to turn off that first tower. Now that I know those ridiculous zombies are there, maybe I’ll just go in guns blazing. I don’t see any other way to do it, though I’m not sure yet which side I should come from. Should I walk the entire island? Or should I go around the island on the water and enter it from the beach nearer to the tower? I’m just not sure. And, for anyone who has played, are there any good items in the houses surrounding that center island? I made my way through part of one before I started to run out of room in my backpack from killing a couple of bears and a mountain lion on my way there, and I didn’t find anything really worthwhile so I haven’t gone back.

Anyway, I don’t suggest anyone new to the game leaving the beach where you first start until you’ve got at least a level 2 backpack, and some good weapons. Especially a gun. Find a zombie and kill it with some arrows. They’re usually carrying good items. I’ve got a stockpile of guns now because of all the zombies I’ve killed, as well as axes and pick axes.

And something I learned today. You can travel back and forth between the houses at will just by clicking on them on the map. I feel absolutely stupid for walking back and forth between houses to move all of my things, or even moving my things at all really. I will have to come up with some kind of system for where all of my things are. Maybe I’ll have a small gathering of everything at every house, or each house will have something different. One will be for weapons, one will be for food, that sort of thing.

Zombie survival, who knew it could be so much fun?

One-Liner Wednesday – Flailing Zombies

Camp NaNaNoWriMo starts today, so I’m preparing to be a crazy zombie for the month, like the kind that scrambles after you as fast as they can with flailing arms.

Such a waste of a perfect April Fool’s One-Liner Wednesday, but it is what it is.

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Hardcover Monday – A Good Quiet Book

No, that’s not the title of a book. Or, it might be, but I’m not talking about a specific book right now.

I’ve found that I’ve been wanting to read so many big books and critically acclaimed books and popular books, that they’re all getting clumped together and in result I’m not wanting to read any of them. Except the Harry Potter books. It’s a dark day the day I’m not in the mood for the Harry Potter books.

Honestly, I’m in the mood for something quiet right now. I know I’ve signed up for all of these things with bookclubs and what not, but I’ll just have to catch up, and maybe give up a couple of them.

Anyway, I’m not quiet sure what quiet book I want to read right now. Certainly not anything super acclaimed, and not anything too out there. Just something quiet and short. I’ll be on the hunt.

P.S. My posts are getting shorter because I’m gearing up for Camp NaNoWriMo. Most of my writing energy is going towards the outline, so I don’t have much else to say when I finally make it here. I’m determined not to disappear, though!