Last September – as a challenge to myself – I wrote 30 stories in 30 days. Most of them were flash fiction (under 1000 words) and most were rather rough, but they were 30 stories I wrote in 30 days! So, this June I’m going to try to do it again as a yearly thing. (The reason I didn’t do it last June is I didn’t think of it until July.) You can follow my progress on my 30 Stories in 30 Days page.
Archive for May, 2009
Wordwrights is the name of one of the writing groups I belong to. We’ve recently started a blog which will showcase member publications, helpful info, and whatever else we can think of. There isn’t much there – right now – but it’s something you might want to keep an eye on.
The Invisible Cliff is a scifi tway (Twitter play) I will be performing on May 16, 2009, starting about 2:00 PM, Eastern, and running for roughly two hours. The format of the play is that in a world of Twitter, YouTube, and blogs, there are also AIs. For reasons that aren’t immediately clear, all the AIs in the world shut down within moments of each other. There are five “characters” in the tway – InvisibleCliff, Emlen6, 2kwel4u, 1972Wolfe, and i8usernames – who tweet what information they have been able to gather as well as speculate on what happened. Along the way they link to two YouTube videos of news updates, a blog I’ve set up for a fictitious organization – Genesis 2:7 Organization, and an article on a “news” website that finally explains what happened.
I will warn you that the tway starts slowly. In the first twenty minutes there are four tweets, but once it gets going there is about a tweet a minute. There is a chance this could be an interactive tway. If people comment and if I can incorporate it, that’s great. The one restriction I have is that you don’t make up “facts.” You can add your two cents in speculating what happened, but don’t try to spice things up by “reporting” the AI in your hometown was taken out by a SWAT team, because that doesn’t fit The Invisible Cliff, at all.
There are several ways to enjoy the tway. After I perform it – and veg for awhile – I’ll put up the script on my website. (If there is any interaction, I’ll include it.) If you’re Twitter savvy you can follow the five characters (that’s why I linked to them above), just refresh your page every few minutes. If you don’t have a Twitter profile, I’ve set up an audience profile. Just go to Twitter, and sign in. The username is icaudience and the password is audience. This profile only follows the five characters and if you refresh the page every few minutes, you’ll see all of their tweets. Now, I’m not expecting thousands of people to watch this, but I do wonder how many people can open a profile before it gets screwy. So, if are Twitter savvy, I ask you to follow them with your profile or set up your own audience profile and leave icaudience for the non … twitites?
I’m going to spend this week just polishing things up, and I can’t wait to finally get this project behind me.
I didn’t do much writing in April. I think the biggest reason was I had been trying to do too much and I wore myself out. No matter what I did it still seemed I had twenty more things to do. You can only do that for so long until it starts to wear on you. When that sort of thing happened to me in college, I’d take “a day off,” I would go to my classes, but I would spend the rest of the day reading, listening to music, playing video games. I wouldn’t write papers or homework or anything class related. So I decided to take some time off from writing to recharge my batteries.
Something else that cut into my writing was reading. Years ago I realized there are four, I guess you can call them chunks to my life. There is my 8:00 to 4:30 which I need to pay my bills, household stuff – sleeping, buying groceries, doing laundry – relaxation encompassing reading, watching TV, video games, and finally, writing. The problem is I only have the energy to really do three of these at a time. It sucks because I don’t have a choice for two of them. I can usually do a little bit of writing and a little bit of relaxing, but sometimes I need to fully veg. So while I didn’t get much writing done, I did do a lot of reading (and TV watching and video games.) Helping this was the recent heat wave. Instead of going to a coffee shop for tea and writing in 80° weather I’d rush home to flop down in the AC with a book. It does take me some time to adjust to the warmer weather, but a book and AC won’t hold me for long. My writing and reading are cyclical. I’ll focus on writing for a year or so, then I’ll feel guilty for not reading and focus on reading for a month or so. Then I’ll feel guilty for not writing …