Happy New Year!
With the start of a brand new year, we all have an opportunity to either continue what we’ve been doing, or start something brand new.
A chance to “get back on that horse,” proverbial or literal (if you really did get thrown off a horse, that is), or to trade that old nag in on a completely different animal… or machine, if that’s your preference.
With me, I have new opportunities for this year that I haven’t had before.
I have signed a contract to have one of my stories published!
A new publishing group called Azoth Khem Publishing has accepted my story “Hell’s Beginning” and will publish sometime this year. Also, I have submitted my Sci-Fi story “Challenge Of The Velah” to them in hopes of getting that out there, too. I’m hoping for the best in both submissions.
Now, on to my Challenge:
Let me make this clear: This is not a competition, but more an exercise. I encourage anyone to share, link, pingback, whatever. It’s not a “Who’s The Best” scenario. More a chance to see other works and let people see yours.
You can post your response in the form of a comment or a link. You can post a picture, a video, a story. I wouldn’t even mind if you made yours a continuation of another, but if you post and don’t want anyone to add to it, please make that clear.
“What is the challenge?” you may ask.
The Word-of-the-Day Challenge
I will go to Dictionary.com and look at what they have posted on their opening page for a word of the day. If I like the word, I’ll make a little story to go along with it. If I don’t, I will find another word and use that.
Anyone wishing to join in is welcome! All I ask is that you make a reference to where you got your word.
- Find a word for whatever day of the week you post, and link to where you got it
- Make up a story, picture, drawing, video, what have you, based on that word
- You can post on your website, blog, Facebook, or comment here, it doesn’t matter. Just make sure you post a link
- Please, keep it clean.No profanity or anything that isn’t Family-Friendly. Blood and gore I can accept, if you can figure out how to without “cursing” (I’m not offended by most foul language, but there are those who can be)
- I try to run a friendly site, so no bashing anyone’s posting. Use the old adage, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything.”
- Writings should be no less than 100 words, no more than 1000; no more than 5 pictures or drawings; videos not more than 2 minutes. We don’t want to consume someone’s entire day.
- No genre restrictions
- I would like these to be new works, created on the day they’re inspired.
I think that’s it. I’ve participated in some challenges, but didn’t really want to put pressure on anyone by offering a “Winner” type situation. I am aiming more at mutual support.
Also, if you care to, you can ask for opinions or even critiques of your work. I do ask any who view the works of others, please don’t try to analyze theirs unless they ask.
The reason I ask for new stuff; I have, as stated previously, participated in other challenges; most notably in one by Rachael Ritchey called #BlogBattle. Her challenge has gone through some changes, as is to be expected as time goes by.
When I participated, I would sometimes “cheat” when her word reminded me of something I had already written.
I know, some might not think of it as cheating, and if that’s what you really want to do, go for it. I’m not a dictator, I’m just trying to hone my writings, and hoping to inspire others to do the same.
With my history of trying to become an actual Author, I have tried to increase my online visibility. I originally set up my first website back in 2010. I didn’t post on it, nor did I update, with any schedule or regularity.
I made an Author profile on Facebook, but still didn’t do anything “worthwhile.” As years passed, I got a little better, and I would say in 2015 I made the best progress thus far. I had posted at least once a month for most the whole year, and sometimes even 2 or 3.
Then came 2016. My progress diminished. I still got some stuff posted, but went AWOL for Aug through Oct.
Recently, with the contract signed for my story, I have made myself start building a new habit. I hope it continues. When I get up in the morning, I start my coffee, go out for a smoke while it perks, then open my Scrivener file. I try to spend at least a couple of hours getting words down. Sometimes, I only add 300 or so. Others, I can get out 1500.
I’m not the fastest when it comes to typing, and when added to trying to think up ways to continue a story while forcing the words out, I’m even slower. I go outside for a cigarette often to try to ponder on what’s going on in that world, where it could go next.
When I’m worn out from that, I’ll start doing my emails and checking in on Facebook, where I tend to get consumed and spend way too much time.
I realize that, were I to do that every. single. day, I have the ability to get burned out, and my own history shows when I loose interest, I drop it and will have to force myself even harder to go back to it. That’s the main reason my Barbarian and Velah stories aren’t done.
So, I thought I would make up this little challenge, just to give myself a break so writing Hell’s Beginning doesn’t become mundane.
Had I decided to do all this earlier, like back in July or August when asked to expand the story, I might already have a full 80,000 word book to have edited. But, I’m a Procrastinator, and very hard on myself. I get daunted by those big numbers, and tell myself there’s no way I could achieve that much writing on one subject.
I’m trying to change that.
Thus, this idea. I’m going to try to use this as a break from the weekly chore.
On Sunday, I’ll check Dictionary.com for their word of the day. If the word isn’t too far out of the norm (sometimes they post something I can’t understand even with the description offered) I’ll try to make up a little story on it. Might be fun, or interesting at least. If it doesn’t ring my bell, I’ll find one eventually that does.
So, come join in, exercise your creative talents, tickle your Muse (or vice-versa), let go of your inhibitions and take a chance on something you’ve never done before.
Care to join me?