Sunday, July 24, 2005

Word Counting

I am so stoked since winning the Triskelion competition, it's really been great motivation to get me crackin' on that manuscript. :) I have been working every chance I get, writing in a spiral bound when Rune won't let me sit at the comp. At the moment, my word count is hovering around 20k, which is fantastic!

I was worried at first that I might not be able to pull an acceptable word count, so I went to the home site and checked out their count requirements for the Amethyst Inferno line. They require 40-65k words, so at the moment, being halfway through the mss, I am right on track. I should hit at least 45k before I reach the editing stage. I am thrilled about that!

Tomorrow I am hoping to finish bridging two scenes together. I have been working the mss in stages, scene per scene, and listing them in separate chapter documents. I should have been doing this from the beginning. It helps me keep my work organized, and I can easily see which chapters I have completed, and which ones I need to add too. Tomorrow, I need to add the "pitch a fit scene" with the "visiting sister-in-law scene".

Well, it's getting late, Rune is (finally!) sleeping, so I guess I should go noddy blinkums while I have the chance. :-)


Monday, July 18, 2005

Woohoo! *dance, dance*

I just read the results of the Triskelion contest I entered. I'm so excited; I'm on cloud 9 right now!

Sex With Style Contest
A Readers and Writers Event

We want to thank all the fantastic and truly creative entries we had in our very first contest. You all made it hard on the judges to pick a winner! Congratulations to all the winners and all those who entered -- you were fabulous!

Readers Contest Winners
1st Place Susan Wise
2nd Place Danny Firedragon
3rd Place Lashell Hoover

Writer Contest Winners
1st Place "Right of Discovery" by Cora Zane
2nd Place "Under the Wild Wolf Moon" by Raine McIntyre
3rd Place "Fallen to Earth" by Becca Furrow

Kristi Studts, Publisher
Triskelion Publishing

Sunday, July 17, 2005

The 18th Day

Tomorrow the winners will be announced for the Triskelion writing competition. I wonder just how many people actually entered the contest. Their groups are quite large on Yahoo, so I'm thinking there are quite a few who sent in scenes.

In the meantime, I haven't been able to do much writing lately because the baby has been fussy. I have been taking lots of notes however. And I have worked on a few unrelated story ideas... new stuff. If nothing else, I have a huge backup list. :P

That's it for now. I'm off to go write...

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Contest Mania

I finished my entry to the Dark and Dangerous character competition. I submitted it in a guest account, and realized right after I posted, that there was one glaring error in my entry. Typical. Because of my guest acct status, I couldn't edit it; now, I'm hoping it won't hurt my chances.

I'm not too terribly worried about it, though. The contest was a 200-400 word contest, which is far more difficult for me than a 5,000 word competition. There's only so much detail you can add to a smaller word count project. Too, I wrote the entire thing in one afternoon sitting--so I didn't exactly review what I wanted to put in the story as I would normally do.

At any rate, the contest results won't be available until August 5th, so I'm going to just put the whole thing to the side and not worry about it until then.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Triskelion Entry

Whew! What a week! I spent Thursday typing my tail off, trying to finish my entry for the writing contest, but realized last minute that with missing so many days of writing, I was never going to make it with my the submission I was working on. So, at the last minute, I dug through some of my older stories, found an appropriate scene, and polished it for submission. I was pleased with the scene I submitting, but it may not have been precisely what the contest editors were looking for. It was of an appropriate genre at least.

I won't know the results until the 18th. Either way, win or lose, I'm glad I was able to submit something. It gave me a feel for submitting online. Now to finish that short entry I was working on before. I think I might be able to submit that to Venus as a quickie.