I write this to you from a very quiet place. An upstairs room in an off-the-grid cabin a few miles outside of a very small town, with solar electricity, no internet, no cell signal, and thankfully fully modern plumbing. A young woman is still asleep on the mattress next to the bed, a woman I met yesterday, who drove me the 150 miles to get here.
No, I am not hiding from my writing commitments. It’s not the Witness Protection Program. And unfortunately for the write-a-thon, I’m not here to write either.
As for my write-a-thon goals, there’s good news and bad news. Good news: I did finish that “story” by the end of week three. Bad news: in week four, my writing group informed me that it wanted to be a novel when it grew up (although I guess not fully grown up, because it’s YA). So instead of working on a new story like I promised, I’ve been working on outlining that expansion, and will be starting on the writing of the new and improved novel version when I can figure out how to squeeze writing into my life again.
Good news: I will have fulfilled my goal of adding content to my blog… just as soon as I get some internet time to actually upload these things.
Bad news: I totally failed at figuring out reprint submissions. Worse news: I haven’t even finished a new story to submit. Argh.
Good news: I’ve written seven postcards this summer! Here they are. I hope you sponsored me in the Clarion West write-a-thon, so that one of them can be yours!
First time ever running out of room on a postcard. I’m getting sloppy!
How incredible are these postcards?
The dayjob does keep me from writing as much fiction as I’d like, but sometimes it’s awesome too. Like when one of my AMAZING readers/writers who happens to be an expert on postcards (like, an actual book-writing expert) sends me some samples of exaggerated postcards. Imagine the stories . . .
Only two days late. Don’t judge me.
So far, I’ve been doing … okay … on my Clarion West write-a-thon goals:
• Move website? Check.
• Add old posts to site? Check, 7 so far.
• Submit reprints? Negatory. I could use a lot of help with that. But I did update a bunch of submissions that needed it.
• New postcard stories? Check. Here they are.
• Finish current WIP? Check.
• Twitter? Kinda. I set up some IFTTT formulas that should help.
It’s not too late to sponsor me! I only have one sponsor so far. All sponsors will get a postcard! Maybe one of these:
I didn’t realize until after I’d written the last one that it had a name, “He waits through the winter.” Which just makes it so much better.
It’s well past time for another installment of stories on postcards! These are postcards I picked up in Norway that now are going out to backers of the Norwegian American Weekly’s Indiegogo campaign.
We start off with a touching family reunion…
And continue on a (slightly overrated) time travel adventure…
Survive a possible global catastrophe…
Brave some extreme road conditions…
And solve an architectural mystery…
We hunt elusive prey…
And finally, a word from a serpent…