I'm slapping together a few blog posts this a.m. and then I am going to sit down to work on Magus of Athlinar. I might even hammer out a few flash fiction stories so I can meet my meager personal goal of one story published per year. (Why, yes, I AM an underachiever. But it really has a lot to do with working so much.) Flash fiction, while probably more difficult to forge into a gripping tale due to its brevity, is nevertheless more doable for me because I can get from start to finish quickly.
Which brings me to another topic. I'm holding a flash fiction contest shortly and need pre-contest input for the prompt. So, blog pals, would you kindly help spread the word? If you are willing, please link to or repost the following blurb in your blog, Facebook and/or Twitter. The more the merrier!
In honor of the 4th bloggaversary at Writtenwyrdd, I plan to hold another contest. I intend this to be another writing contest won by reader votes, just like the Halloween/Samhain contest in October 2009. This time, however, we're going for shorter entries of 200-250 words. (Don't sweat it if you are slightly over or under; the point is writing a complete story.)
The general story will be urban fantasy this time, or at least a story that's set in something approximating our reality! However, in order to have a contest, we need a topic. And I would appreciate some assistance in generating it. (The better to get something truly tricky, er, unique and fun!!! Yeah. That's it.) So, if you want to play along, please do the following*:
- Go to the nearest book (or, if you are a writer, you can open your current work in progress or trunk novel) and pick a page approximately in the middle.
- Working down from the top of the page, find the first incomplete sentence you see. Post that sentence (and the source, if you don't mind) in the comments on this post.
- Pick your favorite word in that sentence and indicate it in the same comment.
- When we have enough entries, I'll start by using your favorite words and see what comes up for a prompt.
TIMELINE. I'll have a prompt for the story submissions somewhere between next Friday, August 13th and Friday, August 20th. [UPDATE 8/11: I am getting enough input that I have posted the contest prompt today, 8/11. That will give you all more time in which to create your entry!] Submissions to close on Sunday, August 22nd, a week prior to the bloggaversary itself, August 29th. Winner to be chosen by reader voting. I'll announce the prize as soon as I figure out one cool enough. (Let me know if you have any further suggestions besides the cards. I don't have enough to make a good prize. I can, however, include the remainders with the grand prize.)