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I Joined the Clarion West Write-A-Thon

So, I decided to join the Clarion West Write-A-Thon. They had a challenge promise that if they had at least 200 writers sign up, they'd get a $2,000 donation, so even if I don't inspire any of you to support this, I figure my words help!

It has long been a dream of mine to go to one of the Clarions.  I don't know if it will happen--I don't have six weeks' vacation, and when I was unemployed I certainly couldn't afford the tuition, much less travel and expenses and tuition--but they do good work and the speculative fiction field is richer for having them around. 

So far, I made my goal for the first two days, though I didn't manage to post here until today. This evening my computer has been acting weird; I finally resorted to pulling the battery and doing several start up and shut down cycles, after which Firefox loaded some I'm updates. So far, it's working OK, but I'm behind on the actual writing.  I'll have to catch up tomorrow, if I can't catch up before bedtime. 

Here's a snippet of the WIP:

Ashley made a fist, and the movement triggered the change. Her boughs pulled inward, her toes rushing up from deep in the ground to rejoin her feet, shrinking together until she once again had only ten, instead of hundreds, or thousands of toe-tendrils deep in the ground.

Want to read more?  I'll privately share with people who donate.

So, here's my writer page there:  clarionwest.org/writeathon/deirdremmurphy  There's a PayPal button there so your money goes straight to Clarion West.

Once I'm caught up to my promised word count, I want to add links to my Crossed Genres stories to this page.

Speaking of Crossed Genres, their Kickstarter has 65 hours to go, and they're less than $3000 from funding a full year's professional rate payments for all writers who they publish in their magazine.  I've enjoyed working with their editors and have also enjoyed the stories they've chosen to publish.  I'm hoping that they make it to pro rates!

Here's the link:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1537879721/crossed-genres-publications-over-a-year-of-indie-p  At least go watch the video and check out the available rewards.  All of the thank-you rewards from $25 up will include a subscription to CG Magazine in 2013 in addition to the original reward (reviving the magazine was the first stretch goal, so the original descriptions didn't include anything about the magazine).

So, wish me luck!  My dream goal is to finish one story a week, though my actual promise is more modest.

Now, off to write, even if it is still 85 degrees out (and in)!


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 20th, 2012 04:37 am (UTC)
Dang. Once I have a few quality issues out, develop a slight following, and can prove I'm not some weirdo with a convoluted get rich quick scheme, I should look into Kickstarting some semi-pro payment action. That sounds awesome.
Jun. 20th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
What's to "dang" about? If you have the same quality output as Clarion or CG, I'll be happy to tell people about your magazine too, kickstarter or no kickstarter.

Jun. 20th, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
"Dang" in the sense of "Golly, those superb future-men raised a lot of money with their donation machine." I'm still not used to how much money is involved in these Kickstart things.
Jun. 20th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
Some people have trouble raising $1000, others have no trouble exceeding $100,000. It seems to depend partly on their existing fan base, partly on the product they are promising to deliver, and partly on the rewards they offer.

It's interesting to watch!
Jun. 20th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks for joining up. If you want in on my Clarion filter, you are welcome. Happy writing!!!!
Jun. 20th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)
signal boosting you.
Jun. 21st, 2012 12:01 am (UTC)
Thank you, and I'd love to be in your Clarion filter, though my LJ reading has become spotty.
Jun. 21st, 2012 01:24 pm (UTC)
Fixing you up right now. No worries on if you read it or not.
Jun. 22nd, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jun. 26th, 2012 08:31 am (UTC)
Good luck with the Write-A-Thon. I wish you an active muse and a tireless hand (or hands if you type instead of write long-hand).
Jun. 27th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
Oh, I definitely type! LOL

Thanks for the good wishes!
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