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?

Sunday Funday #4 – Tap Titans

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 Tap Titans – Game Hive Corp. – Android & iOS

Can someone please explain to me the psychology behind these tap-tap games? There’s almost zero skill behind them, and I get the feeling that it’s just a time-waster, mind-number kind of mentality behind their appeal, but I’m not usually into time-wasting games. I mean, but definition, most video games will help you ‘waste time,’ but you get what I mean. I hope.

Anyway, I started playing this game yesterday, and not only am I incredibly far through the game, but I’m obsessed with getting further. I get the feeling this is going to be one of those games to completely wreck my life. And for what? To tap my screen until my fingers can’t handle it any longer?

It’s okay, my fingers could surely use the workout.

I didn’t make a video this week because, well, all you do for this game is tap the screen. That’s not fun to watch, and I wouldn’t expect anyone to want to watch that. Instead, .gifs are perfect. It’ll just loop and loop and suck you in, kind of like this game.

Don’t mistake this as me not recommending this game. I do recommend it. Please, come wreck your lives with me.

Sunday Funday #3 – Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8: Airborne – Gameloft – Android and iOS

I’ve had a lot going on the past few days, so I haven’t had a lot of time to do much, which is why this game is my Sunday Funday. It’s fun and it’s fast. I was able to get all I needed for the video from the game in under an hour.

It’s a racing game. You should know what to expect when you’re playing one. Though this is the first time I’ve played a racing game with infection mode. It’s hilarious. The person in last place gets infected, and then infects everyone they run into. When you’re infected, you get infinite nitro and timer to your car blowing up. The first person to cross the finish line wins. It’s fast paced and crazy.

I’m actually going to go play a round right now. Ttyl.

Go! Go! Go!

There’s the horn in the distance. We’ve been sitting here in the rocks and dirty, just waiting for it. It’s quickly followed by the harsh whir of an engine, getting louder as it gets closer.

The train is coming. A wave of relief flows over me, as if deep down I thought it might never arrive. It would forget to come down this track, and leave us stranded. A look to my left lets me know that he was thinking the same thing.

We stand up, wiping the gravel from the back of our pants and putting our backpacks on our backs. It’s all we have left in the world. Our clothes and our bags. And each other.

Any moment that train should be coming around the bend. We’ve been mentally preparing for this moment, but it’s still pretty jarring. I’m beginning to think there’s no way to really know how you’ll feel in the face of this. Freedom. This is freedom. Almost. It will be when we see the train. It will be when we’re on it.

There it is. It’s not glamorous, it’s not beautiful. But it’s there. It’s within our reach.

We turn and start jogging away from the train coming toward us, building up speed to match the train. It’s not moving nearly as fast as we’d imagined it would. It must be carrying some incredible weight. That’s okay, though. It’ll work in our favor. We’ve never done this before, and anything help in our court will be welcomed with open arms.

There it is, next to us. It’s going past us. We have to catch it.

“Go, go, go…” I say under my breath, maybe to myself, maybe to no one.

He jumps. I jump.

 

 

Badge by: Doobster @ Mindful Digressions

This is a part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday, hosted by :

http://lindaghill.com/2015/03/06/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-715/

Sunday Funday!

I’ve decided to turn today into Sunday Funday for myself. I’m pretty big into video games (mostly mobile and PC) for relaxing or having some fun or whatever (I’m not super competitive unless the mood hits me right), so why not? I figure I’ll play some games, record them, make a fun little video, talk about the game a bit, and share it with you all. And if you all have the game, or end up wanting to get the game, you can add me and we’ll play together. Sounds fun to me!

Only, I had this idea about halfway through the day today. I spent three hours playing today’s game (by far my favorite game at the moment), three hours making an intro because my computer is slow, and however long since then until now trying to put together a fun video. Point is, I’ll be starting next week’s Sunday Funday on Saturday.

I’m hoping I’ll get the video done and posted before midnight, but in case I don’t, I needed to come on here and say something!

I’ll be back in a little while, hopefully…