Posts Tagged ‘help’

Clarion Write-a-Thon

On the morning of the 27th i, and 53 other writers will walk many miles … in literary terms … *ahem* write many miles …

lemme start over …


Clarion changed my life. It’s one of the best spec writing workshops in the world, has been running for over forty years, and has opened more doors in my writing and my career than i thought imaginable.

Clarion needs financial support and i, and a host of other writers, are trying to help.

Help Me Help Clarion!

Here’s how:

Write-a-thon WriterMy plan is to raise $4900 for Clarion this year. If you and i can raise that much, we’ll send one talented writer to Clarion. I received a scholarship my year and that, combined with incredible generosity from my community in Eugene, was the only way i was able to go.

So, $4900 … whew! Tell you what, here’s two ways to help:

One: You can just donate to Clarion straight away.

Two: Or let’s do it walk-a-thon style. I’m looking for folks to sponsor me at pro rates, 7 cents a word. Pledge 7 cents a word up to a certain amount. If enough people sign on and *ahem* if i get 70,000 words in the 6 weeks of Clarion, we’ll raise enough to help someone like i was helped.


Ready? Ok, pick a dollar amount and pledge it to Clarion, either post it in comments, email me or send me a Facebook email.

I’ll tabulate the donation amount and write my ass off. At the end of 6 weeks, you’ll go to the Clarion Donation Page and make yer donation. Everybody wins!

You can even sponsor a specific work! I’ll write a number of short stories these 6 weeks and part of a novel. Some of the shorts will be flash, between 500 and 2000 words (at $0.07 a word, that’s a $35 to $100 pledge) and other’s will be normal short story length, between 2000 and 6500 words (at $0.07 a word, that’s a $140 to $450 pledge.)

Buy a story, just like a real editor!

Just write me and say something like, “I want to pledge for a short story of up to 4000 words” or whatever. While i’m working on your story, i’ll be sure to blog about it and you.

Here’s the general Write-a-Thon page.

So, what are you waiting for?


OMG! Going to Europe!

Posted by ON in Dear Diary


It’s so true! I’m flying to the UK in March and heading vaguely east starting in April.

So, friends, family and teh rest of the internets, where should i go? What should i do? I’m looking for advice, stories, warnings, whatever. Starting in April i have an open schedule and nearly unlimited time (although very little money.)

Do you live in Europe? Want to recommend a city? Looking for a visit? Want to put me up? Have any friends out there? Let me know!

I haven’t taken a vacation in ten years. Help!


#$10novel – HALP!

Hey all,

I sat down with Blake and J today to talk about our various novels and work through the associated problems and neurosis.

They both pointed out that i hadn’t worked any downtime into my grand crazy plan. When i bundle this insight with Pati’s positive reinforcement suggestions … well, i think i need to tweak this challenge a little to make it a useful exercise for me.

So i’m thinking i need to fit a few “off days” into this crazyness, reward myself for all the writing i’m doing.

I’m throwing in an off day every fifth day. This will shift people’s day’s all over the place, and i apologize. I throw myself on yer mercy and understanding.

Without further ado, the new schedule:

Friday, May 22nd: Ethan McCutchen and Nina Kiriki Hoffman (DOUBLE PAYOUT DAY!) – 38,000
Saturday, May 23rd: Beth Wodzinski – 41,000 words
Sunday, May 24th: Pati Nagle – 44,000 words

Monday, May 25th: OFF DAY!

Tuesday, May 26th: Kishi – 47,000 words
Wednesday, May 27th: Emily Mangan – 50,000 words
Thursday, May 28th: Loreen Heneghan – 53,000 words
Friday, May 29th: Holly Arrow – 56,000 words

Saturday, May 30th: OFF DAY!

Sunday, May 31st: Arashinomoui and Bruce Holland Rogers (DOUBLE PAYOUT DAY!) – 59,000
Monday, June 1st: Merchimerch – 62,000 words
Tuesday, June 2nd: Dave Raines – 65,000 words
Wednesday, June 3rd: Kevin Kenan – 68,000 words

Thursday, June 4th: OFF DAY!

Friday, June 5th: Rachel A – 71,000 words
Saturday, June 6th: The Ferrett – 74,000 words
Sunday, June 7th: Diana Standish – 77,000 words
Monday, June 8th: Misa Arant and Jerry Oltion (DOUBLE PAYOUT DAY!) – 80,000 words

Tuesday, June 9th: OFF DAY!

Wednesday, June 10th: Lydia Rhoads – 83,000 words
Thursday, June 11th: Josh English – 86,000 words
Friday, June 12th: Teng Chek – 89,000 words
Saturday, June 13th: J Peters – 92,000 words
Sunday, June 14th: Valerie Polichar and Eugene Fischer (DOUBLE DAY!) – 95,000 words

Thanks again and please pardon our dust.