Posts Tagged ‘writing challenge’

#$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.

#$10novel – Day 6 – FAIL!

Maybe it had to happen eventually

I really burned myself out yesterday and i guess my body just rebelled today. I got out about a 1000 words, but was really busy in the afternoon and i just don’t have the omph to do it tonight. I’m going to go to bed early and then try to catch up tomorrow morning.

So, what that means is:

Chris Battey is our first fabulous cash prize winner!

Chris, either comment or email your address or paypal email, and i’ll set you up.
Email address: fabulouscashprize [at] gralinnaea [dot] com

Whatchu going to spend the money on?


Next up: Ethan McCutchen and Nina Kiriki Hoffman

That’s right folks, if i don’t make up my lost wordcount and get to 38,000 words, i have to pay BOTH of them $10. The first deadly $20 day comes!


Also thinking about a minor change to the challenge, look for the next blog post.

#$10novel – Day 6

Caught up on my sleep, but that means i haven’t done any writing yet. Ugh. I need the rest of the world to go away so i can write.


Day Six: Thursday, May 21st: Chris Battey

Chris, if the last few days are a trend, you should be thinking what you want to do with your $10. For those coming in late, i’ll mail or Paypal Chris $10 if i fail to get to 35,000 words by the time i go to bed tonight.


Novelburns update.

My sideburns still itch.

My sideburns make me frown.

My sideburns make me frown.

Oh yeah, writing …

#$10novel – Day 5 – crackle

Sheesh. What a long, busy, bleary day. I’m feeling kind of wasted and low at the moment. I think the lack of sleep is making me feel kinda blue.

I got through the words, but had hoped to build up a buffer. I barely squeaked past today’s required wordcount with 32,673 words. Soon, bed.

John, if it’s any consolation, my dollar per hour of your $10 is very low.

For you, i give … a sarcophagus!

Again, too exhausted to look for a story fragment that wont burn your eyes out. Tomorrow.

Next up: Chris Battey (and hopefully to build a wordcount buffer.)


#$10novel – Day 5 – Starting

Working on about four hours sleep this morning … because i’m stupid. Had a wonderful time staying up late with writing friends. One was:

Day Five: Wednesday, May 20th: John Burridge

John probably kept me up on purpose so to be blessed with the awesome purchasing power of $10 if i fail to reach 32,000 words by the time i go to bed tonight. Sneaky!

Look for updates on Twitter.


Positive Reinforcement.

Starting with Pati’s idea, the idea of positive reinforcement is starting to inch its way into my consciousness. Ok, fine, it does make sense. Last night Jerry was making fun of me. “Have you ever done nice things for yourself when you meet your goals?”

Sure … i think … shut up!

No, sorry, kidding. Yeah, i think i get the idea. But what should i do? I’m thinking i should reward myself every five days that i succeed. (If i get my writing done today, that would be tonight!) But what should i do? I don’t have a lot of money. What are awesome rewards that will cost less than paying out $10 a day over five days?

Suggestions? Thoughts?


Novelburns update.

My sideburns itch!

After much consideration and input from my advisors, i’ve decided that the connected mustache is, in fact, too much. I think going even further into my already poorly thought out and celibacy-inducing sideburns may not actually make me happy. So we’re going to go with the mutton chops … which itch.

*sigh* I’m going to look like Issac Asimov.

Well, better get to the writing …