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Sep. 22nd, 2012 | 04:05 am

And hot enough for the Friday Writing Wrap-Up!

I'm behind again--this week I had a gig in North Dakota with three full days of driving, which definitely reinforced how much I need my upcoming Writing Tour/sabbatical. It's not just the lack of writing time, it's that my free time ends up being catch-up-with-paperwork-time, even making as many calls on headset as I can. Parents who also write (and work, some of you!), I salute you.

Big shout-out (AHOY!) this week to the wonderful LJIdol writers who entered the Lascaux Flash Fiction Contest—please do head over and share some comment love, it’s tough to throw yourself out there to a new website, and there’s not the same level of community we have at Idol. And they’re all super-short, so it’s a quick lit fix!

tigrkittn's entry
milk_and_glass's entry
dizzydog's entry

kathrynrose's entry
yachiru's entry
selcazare's entry
i_smell_apples's entry
lilycobalt's entry
ellakite's entry
whipchick's entry

If you entered, and you're not listed, please comment and I’ll edit you in!


OPPORTUNITY OF THE WEEK!
The Drum literary magazine accepts fiction in a variety of lengths and essays under 6000 words. It’s an audio magazine, which is pretty cool—either you record your story (they’ll give tips) or they get an actor to read your work. I’ve had a piece in there in the past and am excited to submit again, and the editor is particularly helpful and kind with feedback and revisions.

Deadline is ongoing.
Submission info.

ME ME ME ME ME: THIS WEEK’S SUBMISSION
Escala – the Aeromexico in-flight magazine.

Which, as it turns out, publishes short fiction of 2500 characters or less. I wasn’t super-impressed by the one I read in this month’s issue, but it was literary, which is a style that’s hard to get paid for.

Why?
Because my submission goal this week was actually another radio pitch, for a Canadian show, but I didn’t get it together on that one, and “Weekly Submission—choose place, check requirements, email submission, log it” needed to be checked off. Hail, Writing Tasks List! I am mobilized by your power!

How?
The information on the page I ripped out of the magazine had the word/character count and an email address. After four pages of Google a lengthy web search, I couldn’t find any guidelines, policies or pay scale. From my recent short fiction, I picked one the right length, with no death, figuring no-one wants to read about death while on an airplane.

What?
Stay (from LJIdol, Week 36, "One Way or Another")

And then I hit Send. WHICH IS LIKE LASHING A RAFT OUT OF GENERIC BRAND DENTAL FLOSS AND SUBSTANDARD BAMBOO FROM THE “SECONDS” PILE AT THE GARDEN CENTER AND PLACING YOUR KITTEN ON IT, TRUSTING THAT IT WILL CROSS THE PACIFIC AND DRAFT A RIVETING MEMOIR OF ITS EXPERIENCE.

Fingers crossed!



LINK OF THE WEEK!
Over at the Red Pen of Doom, @speechwriterguy believes that “the essential guts of all good writing is editing and structure.” He has a terrific post on how being able to sum up your work is not just a valuable marketing skill (in case you get to ride an elevator with an agent) but also helps you get a handle on the story you’re telling—did you know that ALIEN, JAWS and FATAL ATTRACTION are all the same story?  Check out the reasoning here:

Light as air, strong as whiskey, cheap as dirt


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What nine words summarize your work-in-progress?

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With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair

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from: lilycobalt
date: Sep. 22nd, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
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I just got in an entry for Lascaux. It's the first time in a long time that I've written under my own name and not a pseudonym. Thanks for promoting the competition!

I had a teacher who told us to sum up "The Pearl" in twenty-five words. As we struggled with the assignment, she gave us a hint: "Don't try to talk about all the little plot events. Go for the theme."

My fingers are crossed for that submission!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 06:55 am (UTC)
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I love that advice! I have to remember it...

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Ellakite

I done dood it.

from: ellakite
date: Sep. 22nd, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
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My Lascaux Flash submission was accepted. It's #205 to be exact. Comments would be appreciated.

What nine words summarize your work-in-progress?

"I'm confused. What does this mean, 'work in progress'?"

Edited at 2012-09-22 06:21 pm (UTC)

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Re: I done dood it.

from: whipchick
date: Sep. 22nd, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Whatever you are currently working on :)

So my YA novel...hmmm...

"Picked-on girl shoots up cafeteria. It's a comedy."

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Ellakite

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from: ellakite
date: Sep. 22nd, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
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Whatever you are currently working on :)

*SIGH* I was trying to make a point that not only am I not working on anything at the moment, it's hard for me to even think about focusing on such a thing right now -- one of the problems with being ADD/ADHD is that it's nigh-impossible to plan anything due to lack of concentration. Ergo, the whole "in progress" thing is currently out of my reach.

I'll be better later... I just can't tell you when.


Let me get something to eat, though -- I'm sure being hungry is *NOT* helping my condition.

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from: selcazare
date: Sep. 23rd, 2012 03:30 am (UTC)
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What nine words summarize your work-in-progress? → familial loyalty stands even when facing a murder charge.

Thank you again for promoting TLR's flash fiction. My 250 words seems to be leading to a larger storyline that I am crossing my fingers over. Also Drum looks exciting. I am a huge audiobook fan so this is right up my alley as a writer and consumer.

Edited at 2012-09-23 03:38 am (UTC)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 23rd, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)
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So glad to hear it! Which entry are you and may I link it?

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from: selcazare
date: Sep. 23rd, 2012 08:20 am (UTC)
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Sure! I am posted here.

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dizzydog

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from: dizzydog
date: Sep. 23rd, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the links to everyone's entries! I love getting to see what each person came up with, and going to go through and leave comments (and respond to comments) in the morning :)

WIP9: "Superpowers" emerge with exponential growth across population, threatening humanity.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
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Oooo, I like it!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
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I think it's possible to be less plot-driven in 'literary' fiction...but I think it's easier for a reader to get in the game when the characters are struggling with something and there's conflict. What happens if you take lilycobalt's teacher's advice above, and put the theme in there?

Hmmm...I think if I approached mine that way, it would be:

You can only be spit on so many times.

Which in a way sounds like what I'd write on the movie poster.

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Sally

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from: i_smell_apples
date: Sep. 24th, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
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YES! LIST! You are my favourite person ever at this moment! :D

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Sep. 24th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
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I love that you're really spending your sabbatical both writing and aggressively pursuing exposure for your writing!

I did the Lascaux flash fiction as well, but I'm keeping my identity there separate from my LJ identity. Tough call, but in the long run, I think it's the better one.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
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Thanks :) I can't wait to be done with "work"!

I know what you mean about the identity stuff - I'm already noticing there are things I can't blog about because I want this to be a writing blog rather than a diary.

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
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Well, if by some chance you wanted a separate blog for diary and informal stuff, I'd happily friend it!

I'm not just here for the writing/etc., I'm also here for the Allison part of things. :)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Nov. 1st, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
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I'm finally catching up on comments, and just so's you know, this meant a lot to me when I got it and it still does :)

A

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Andrea Blythe

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from: blythe025
date: Sep. 24th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
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Good luck with your submission!

Also, because I seem to have missed it before. . . . congrats on winning Season 8 of LJ Idol!! :D

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 07:04 am (UTC)
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Thanks :) And thanks for your help, support and beta-reads!!!

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Andrea Blythe

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from: blythe025
date: Sep. 26th, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
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You are most welcome. :)

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