Posts Tagged ‘$10’

#$10novel – Day 3 – Starting (also, Novelburns)

I need a mantra.

I think i can, i think i can, i think i can!

Day Three: Monday, May 18th: Amal El-Mohtar

I’ll mail or Paypal Amal $10 if i fail to get my wordcount up to 26,000 words by the time i get to sleep tonight.

Look for updates on Twitter. Hmmm … don’t know what Amal will use the money for. Good or Evil?

[UPDATE]: Amal will use the money for good! She’ll use it to purchase poetry for her awesome journal Goblin Fruit! If i weren’t so poor, i’d be inclined to throw in for today. (note: as of 1:30pm, still have 1300 words to write.)


So, Em was chastising me because all of my motivations on this challenge are punitive. She says i need positive reinforcement too. Maybe that means she’ll buy me a pizza when i’m done. 😛

[UPDATE]: A pizza has been offered! (Hee hee hee, the power of hint-dropping.)

Anyway, this got me thinking …

… and i’ve come up with another negative reinforcement tool.

As i look at the novel ahead, i think it’s just going to get harder and harder as i venture into the disastrous and vague second and third acts. I think the people who picked the later dates are a lot more likely to receive their fabulous cash prizes.

So i needed to think of something that was so unacceptable, so intolerable to do to myself that i’d really want to get to “the end” to undo it. Something horrible.

I think i’ve found it.


I’m going to grow sideburns, and i’m not allowed to shave them off till i finish the novel and send it to at least one initial reader.

I’m calling them Novelburns.

Day One: Nothing much yet

Day One: Nothing much yet

Please help me.

#$10novel – Day 2 : Pow!

I got 3200 words written and Sean gets no pizza, nor a robot army.

Instead, he gets a picture of awesome.

Yikes! Another fragment from today’s writing:

     It was like the walls were angry. He dropped to his knees into the black soot but the pain still dug in deeper and deeper. Searching blindly, he crawled out of the fireplace, not even caring whether he was on the tarp, sure he was leaving sooty black hand prints on the perfect white carpet.
     The zap still burned cold, but the shaking focus stayed back in the fireplace. It pushed at him, like a gusting wind. He managed to stand just as Mr. Smith came into the room. The pressure from Smith balance the angry energy from the fireplace and he felt like he’d be crushed between the two forces.
     Mr. Smith looked lost, confused. “The carpet, it’s ruined.”
     Amp tried to focus on him through the pain, managed to keep his eyes on Smith’s face. “I’m sorry.”
     “It’s all ruined.”
     Amp didn’t know how or why, but he got up and stumbled forward until his hands were on Smiths shirt, leaving black streaks across his front.
     “I’m ruined.” Mr. Smith hung his head. His voice cracked like he was about to weep. “Ruined.”
     Amp didn’t recognize the voice that came out from his own mouth. “I’m not ruined. I’m okay. I’m fine.”
     Mr. Smith said, “I’m fine.”
     “I’m okay.” Amp said.
     “I’m okay” Mr. Smith repeated.

Something like that…

Today went faster. It only took me three or so hours to get through my words today. But i know this is just going to get harder and harder as i work my way into the more broken parts of the book. Whew!

Tune in tomorrow: Next up, Amal!


#$10novel – Day 2 – Start

Doing it again.

Day Two: Sean Markey – 23,000 words

I’ll mail or Paypal Sean $10 if i fail to get my wordcount up to 23,000 by the time i get to sleep tonight.

Updates on Twitter coming soon. I know that Sean will just use the money towards an evil robot army, so i’m particularly motivated to meet this goal.


What Sean doesn’t know is that i’m armed with charts, schedules and calendars. Heh heh heh.

(Gah, i’m a nerd.)


Ahem, i mean Rawk!

#$10novel – Day 1 : BAM!

Say it again. BAM!

Well, my fine followers, i have succeeded in saving myself $10 while saving Dave from overeating. All and all a good day.

No $10 for Dave. Instead, he gets a picture of a puppy.

With much trepidation, i present a fragment from today’s writing:

    Ras and Beth and Brian sat silently around a salad made from wild Purslane and Yucca flowers Brian had collected. He’d also come back with mulberry wine stolen from Chris’ trailer. “There’s a plan, right?”
    Ras was too sleepy to look at him, and she felt unsure. “Like I said, we’ll need a car.” She hadn’t wanted to mention this part. “The client didn’t pay anything up front.”
    Brian choked and ultimately spit wine. “What?”
    She put her hands to her face. “I know, it’s just…”
    “He didn’t give you any money, how do you know he’ll pay when we get there?”
    She shrugged. There was no way she was going to convince them to do this. “I just know.”
    Beth scratched her nose, looked sleepy. “I’m excited.” She took Ras’ hand. “I’ve always wanted to live up north.”
    “No you haven’t.” Brian looked sullen. But he took Beth and Ras’ hands. “How will we get up there?”
    Their hands felt warm. Ras felt lighter than she had in weeks. “We get a car and just figure something out.”
    Brian used his free hand to pick at a fibrous chunk of carpet remnant. “You certainly have a lot of faith.”
    She beamed. “You have no idea.”

There. Let’s move on…

Now my problem is to get 3000 words done without it taking ALL DAY. Whew!

Tune in tomorrow: As Sean Markey tries to take my hard earned $10!


#$10novel – Clarification

Thinking about the $10 challenge, i realize that i should be clearer about what means i win and what means i give away ten smackaroos.

I realized i said i would write / edit / or rewrite, “3000 words a day.” But the novel is a finite thing and i don’t want to set myself up to where i run out of novel before getting to the last few people, and more importantly, i don’t want to penalize myself for writing more than 3000 words a day. 😛

So let’s say the goal is total wordcount by the end of the day, illustrated below.

K? K! Good? Good!


Saturday, May 16th: Dave Lerner – 20,000 words
Sunday, May 17th: Sean Markey – 23,000 words
Monday, May 18th: Amal El-Mohtar – 26,000 words
Tuesday, May 19th: AnarchicQ – 29,000 words
Wednesday, May 20th: John Burridge – 32,000 words
Thursday, May 21st: Chris Battey – 35,000 words
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: Kishi – 47,000 words
Tuesday, May 26th: Emily Mangan – 50,000 words
Wednesday, May 27th: Loreen Heneghan – 53,000 words
Thursday, May 28th: Holly Arrow – 56,000 words
Friday, May 29th: Arashinomoui and Bruce Holland Rogers (DOUBLE PAYOUT DAY!) – 59,000 words
Saturday, May 30th: Merchimerch – 62,000 words
Sunday, May 31st: Dave Raines – 65,000 words
Monday, June 1st: Kevin Kenan – 68,000 words
Tuesday, June 2nd: Rachel A – 71,000 words
Wednesday, June 3rd: The Ferrett – 74,000 words
Thursday, June 4th: Diana Standish – 77,000 words
Friday, June 5th: Misa Arant and Jerry Oltion (DOUBLE PAYOUT DAY!) – 80,000 words
Saturday, June 6th: Lydia Rhoads – 83,000 words
Sunday, June 7th: Josh English – 86,000 words
Monday, June 8th: Teng Chek – 89,000 words
Tuesday, June 9th: J Peters – 92,000 words
Wednesday, June 10th: Valerie Polichar and Eugene Fischer (DOUBLE DAY!) – 95,000 words


Hmmm… guess i better not fall behind, this could get cumulative very quickly. Sheesh!