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NaNoWriMo – Day 13

Starting Word Count: 27014

Paint CornerJust a quick update today.

It took me almost two weeks to write myself into a corner.  I’m impressed.  Usually by the first week, I’ve created the perfect no-win scenario.

So what to do…? Go back and fix?  Nope!  I typed a big “RESOLVED” at the end of the chapter and moved on. Usually I can extract myself from these verbal lock boxes with a few days of thought and the mapping out of scenarios.  But during a word-count sprint, you keep going.

Will in bug me? Yep.  Will I fix it?  Yep.  On December 1 when Nano is done.

NaNoWriMo – Day 6

Starting Word Count: 11642

Still running a few hundred words behind where I wanted to be at this point. The story is progressing nicely, but I’m beginning to hit the “self edit” issue. In a sprint like NanNo, what works best is to get in the zone and go.  I shouldn’t be worrying about editing and revising until December.  For now, just write.  But in the middle of the night, I realized I’d written a scene that probably should come later.  Rather then fix it now, I’ve now implemented a ride along “note book” for NaNo.  It’s job is simple–syphon off all the random thoughts that interfere with the word count. It’s not easy, to be honest.

Not easy for ME. Dumbledore's a show off
Not easy for ME. Dumbledore’s a show off

So tonight is a birthday party for a friend–not expecting the word count needle to move much. But I’m bringing my note book to catch the stray thoughts.  Which (hopefully) means this weekend will be free for word count busting.

The Word Count Episode 51 – The 5th Halloween Special **OPEN for SUBMISSIONS**

Still riding high after the most-excellent 50th episode of the #wordcountpodcast!

real-ghost-story-new-place-new-ghostsWhat a wonderful five years of themes, interviews, friendships and brilliant stories.  And next up is one of my favorite shows to host–the Halloween Special!

Ghouls and ghosties and all sorts of beasties have been written and sung about in past shows.  This time around, I’m looking for a simple ghost story.

That’s right.  No three word theme.  No twist. Just a tale that could be told around the campfire. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a horror story–some of the best ghost stories have been fantasy, comedy or romance.

                  This NOT a good example.         

In the meantime, for those unfamiliar with the show…

The Word Count Podcast is truly one of my joys. I direct, produce, write and host the show—and also come up with the various themes our writers—The “Word Count Irregulars”—use to create unique and brilliant stories.

All for the listener and lovers of great storytelling.

There are no endorsements…no paid stories.  It’s all done for the love of the written word.  And downloads are always free.  Always.

The only thing I ask is a little help via social media to point folks at the show.

To start listening go to either my Libsyn Page or to iTunes:

LIBSYN

iTUNES

There are Fifty shows available right now!

 

THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 51 – 5th Halloween Special

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER 2015 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original ghost story

Do NOT exceed SEVEN minutes.

As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT ONLY, and please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio
  • Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fanpage etc.
  • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  • A photo of you I can use for the show notes
  • At the end of your recording, please add “This is <state your name> author of <state your work(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 23 October 2015. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case. I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.

 

Peace

Pre-gaming ReaderCON 26

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This will be the sixth year I’ll be attending ReaderCON.  Held in the Burlington Marriott, outside of Boston (and about 15 miles from home), the conference has been my absolute favorite of anything I attend as a writer.

I always try to post my daily experience with friends, panels, and updates on the various wackiness that goes on.  If you are interested, some of my past posts on ReaderCon can be found:

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ReaderCON 23

ReaderCON 24

ReaderCON 25

I look forward to ReaderCON every year.  As many of you are “part-time” writers yourselves, you’ll understand that this weekend is special. It’s my little slice of the year when I am a full time writer.

It’s glorious.

As a little primer, I’m including the full reading of Scott Edelman (a friend and a bit of a mentor to me–but don’t tell him that) sharing with us his short story And the Trees Were Happy.

Enjoy!

Here is Scott and I being totally serious and stoic:

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The Word Count Episode 49 Now Accepting Submissions!

Just got back from an amazing trip to Barcelona, Spain.  Freaked out a little when I toured the Picasso Museum, pressed play on the English translation MP3 player and hear–what I thought– was WCP Irregular Bill Kirton’s voice taking me through the various phases of Picasso’s painting life.  I subsequently found out later (from the man himself) that it, alas, was not Bill.
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Picture this man explaining Picasso.  Only Eden Baylee writes better Erotica.

 

 

But my trip to Spain has inspired the three word prompt for episode 49.  Those three words?  All in good time, dear sinners.  But first:

As we continue our march toward the seminal Episode 50 I’m soliciting ideas for the big show…so send me your thoughts on that.  Should it be a “Best of?”  Should we include Author interviews?  Should everyone record their stories naked (Like I always do)?  Who knows…email me or tweet me.

In the meantime, for those unfamiliar with the show…

The Word Count Podcast is truly one of my joys. I direct, produce, write and host the show—and also come up with the various themes our writers—The “Word Count Irregulars”—use to create unique and brilliant stories.

All for the listener and lovers of great storytelling.

There are no endorsements…no paid stories.  It’s all done for the love of the written word.  And downloads are always free.  Always.

The only thing I ask is a little help via social media to point folks at the show.

To start listening go to either my Libsyn Page or to iTunes:

LIBSYN

iTUNES

There are forty-eight shows available right now!

But I digress. Episode 49 and those three little words you’re waiting for:

 

Barcelona. Tapas. Flamenco.

 

2015-06-12 09.06.11THE WORD COUNT EPISODE 49

Submission Guidelines (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)

GENRE: Any.

DEADLINE: I must receive your submission by FRIDAY 3 July 2015 by MIDNIGHT Eastern time.

THE DETAILS: The work must be an original work based on the key words:

“Barcelona. Tapas. Flamenco.”

Do NOT exceed SEVEN minutes.

As this is a podcast, I need to receive a file of YOU, a friend or multiple friends reading (singing or otherwise performing) your work. MP3 FORMAT ONLY, and please attach your MP3 file to an e-mail or contact me for a Dropbox link.

Your submission MUST also contain the following:

  • Your pen name
  • Your latest bio
  • Links to your website(s) – Include your personal site, Facebook Fanpage etc.
  • Your Twitter handle (if you have one)
  • A photo of you I can use for the show notes
  • At the end of your recording, please add “This is <state your name> author of <state your work(s)> and you’re listening to The Word Count Podcast
  • Permission to use your recording in the podcast.

Send your file to me@rbwood.com (or via the dropbox link I can provide) by 3 July 2015. You can also e-mail me with questions beforehand. I do reserve the right NOT to post your submission, but will communicate that to you should it be the case. I add the ‘Explicit’ tag to the ‘cast, so if your story uses adult themes or language that’s ok—but it should be necessary for the story.

I’ll only be accepting SEVEN stories this time—so get moving!

Peace

Tales of Magic and Misery

Mand MAwhile back, I had the privilege in announcing I’d signed on with Ragnarok Publications Who want to publish my Arcana Chronicles series (Once I finish book 2, that is). Co-owner, editor-in-chief and all around great guy, Tim Marquitz himself signed me on.

Tim, along with his already full plate, is also an author–and a damn fine one at that.  He writes the critically acclaimed Demon Squad series, wrote the Blood War Trilogy, is co-author of the Dead West series and has numerous anthology and standalone novels to his credit.

Just this week, he has released a collection of his short stories called Tales of Magic and Misery. Along with his collection, he has also inclined short stories by C.L. Werner, Armand Rosamilia, Nathaniel Connors, Adrian Collins, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, N.X. Sharps, Daniel Weaver, Amanda Shore, Glenn Hefley, Chris Garrett, GR Matthews, and J. Cameron McClain.

Oh.  And a short by me.

Portents is a prequel to my novel The Prodigal’s Foole, and takes place in Dublin, Ireland five years before Symon Bryson’s fateful return to Boston.

If you like Dark Fantasy and Horror, you really should pick this one up.  It’s a ghoulish tome chock full of goodies to keep you going for days.

Brilliant stuff, Tim, et al.  Thanks for including me in your collection.

Pick up Tales of Magic and Misery now available at Amazon!

What the Hell Happened?

Hi Everyone!

 

Site looks a bit strange, doesn’t it?

Well–my Joomla site got hacked pretty bad…so I’ve brought this up temporarily to accommodate the latest Word Count Podcast.  Bit of a disaster at the moment but I was thinking of getting rid of Joomla all together…just not as quickly as I wanted.  You know me….I prefer to plan!

Next post will be the show then we’ll go from there.  Thanks for your patience!

 

RB

5MF Roadshow Week 3

HEAD over to read all entries and see the finalists after 3:30 by clicking:
5 Minute Fiction Blog Tour: Week 3!

So the day is FINALLY here! 

Welcome to 5Minute Fiction, guys!  Ready?

Again, thanks so much to Leah Petersen, the founder of this INCREDIBLE contest, for letting me steal borrow her idea do this on my blog.
 
And we call it 5 Minute Fiction because you write a nice little piece of fiction in five minutes. Crazy people that we are. Are you new? Get in there and start scrapping!
The Rules
* You get five minutes to write a piece of prose in any style or genre
* You must directly reference today’s prompt: PUB
  
(Note: The prompt is the word. The picture is for decoration/inspiration.)
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* Post your entry as a comment to this post. ***NOTE: if you have any issue with the comments, E-MAIL ME YOUR ENTRY at: me@rbwood.com ***

I’ll close the contest at 1:45 p.m. EST. That gives you 5 minutes to write and 10 to accommodate the vagaries of relative time, technology, and the fickle internets. If you are confused or just want to whine, feel free to email me.

At the close of the contest, this week’s guest judge, ME (Mwahahaha! The POWER!) will nominate five finalists. I’ll put the nominees in a poll in the left hand column, and at 9:00 a.m. EST tomorrow, I’ll close the poll and declare the winner.

For updates, you can subscribe to my RSS feed, subscribe to my blog via email, or follow me on Twitter!!
  
What’s the prize? Well, nothing, obviously. But we’ll all agree to tweet and/or blog about the winner of today’s contest so their fame and fortune will be assured.

A Few Notes:
* In the interest of time and formatting, it’s best to type straight into the comment box. It’s also smart to do a quick highlight and copy before you hit “post” just in case the internet decide to eat your entry. If your entry doesn’t appear right away, email me. Sometimes comments go into the suspected spam folder and I have to dig them out.
* I reserve the right to remove hate speech or similar but I’m not too picky about the other stuff.
* This is all for fun and self-promotion. So be sure to put your twitter handle at the end of your post and a link to your blog if you have one.
All right, that’s about it! Have fun, y’all, happy writing, and good luck! 🙂
Oh! And don’t forget to participate in the next two weeks of the blog tour, hosted by the following wonderful writerly folks: (In Claire Legrand words—yeah I totally copy-pasted from her blog, lol!)

March 29: JM Frey, @scifrey (<<she’s a science fiction writer and fanthropologist living in Toronto. Her freakingfablulous book TRIPTYCH is available from Dragon Moon Press: http://bit.ly/hORLkN!)

April 5: Sam Adamson, @FutureNostalgic (<<one of the authors involved in the holycrapamazing The Splintered Lands collaborative writing project!)

Some of my other stuff…

I have a short story called “Orange You Glad the Doctor’s In” in the Orange Karen:Tribute to a Warrior anthology:

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To Purchase:

ORANGE KAREN site

Amazon Paperback

Amazon Kindle eBook

 

 

 

 

 

I have a funny haiku called Bat-Mite’s Refrain in a collection of Superhero Poems.  I Blame Shira for her awesomeness and a bit of Rum…

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To Purchase:

Currently FREE on SMASHWORDS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5MinuteFiction Winning Entries:

        Week Eight Entry (Winner)

        Week Nine Entry (Winner)

        Week Eighteen Entry (Winner)

        Special NaNoWriMo Edition – Week 2

        Week Thirty Entry (Winner)

        Week Thirty-Three Entry (Winner)

        Week Forty Entry (Winner)

A Scam Grows in Scotland