Friday, August 30, 2013

Negatives: A Short Story and Konrath 8-Hour Challenge!

I've been finding writing a bit tough lately. Not sure if it's what I'm writing or the lack of time. There were certain circumstances health-wise that made writing difficult as well earlier this year, but luckily things are better, so hopefully that will not be a problem now. So to say I've been in a bit of a rut is an understatement. I hate not writing and thinking I can't write, I know it's totally a mental thing, but once you get it in your head, you're stuck for awhile. I happened across Joe Konrath's post last week (thanks to Megg Jensen) about a challenge he gave himself. He claimed he would write an ebook in 1 hour, while drinking. And he did. In fact, over the course of 4 hours, he wrote 4 of them. They're short, and according to him, funny, although I haven't read them, but with titles like "How Not to Fart" by Doctor Hans Uberass, I would believe it. He challenged his blog readers to write, edit, make a cover for, format, and publish an ebook in 8 hours (it didn't have to be 8 consecutive hours, luckily). So I took the challenge, and Negatives was the result.

Essentially, I was inspired from reading The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling. In the story, the main character is a private detective, and in a scene that doesn't appear to play into the book later, he gives a client photos of her husband cheating. That intrigued me and left me wondering what happened to her. Where did she go afterward? What did she do with that information? How would I react in that situation? And that became Negatives, a short story of roughly 3400 words.

With cover (which I made completely myself using a photo I took and - again, thanks Megg Jensen), formatting, and editing (also aided by Megg Jensen), Negatives made it to Amazon in roughly 6 hours. Now, we all know that short stories don't necessarily sell, but then again, I don't always write to make money. It's great, don't get me wrong, but sometimes I just need to remind myself why I do it. To write a great story and be able to share it with readers. I hope to do this again soon, maybe not in 8 hours, but I would like to try maybe some longer short pieces as well, just to try out some different material. Who knows, that could end up parleying itself into a whole novel.

In any case, it was fun and very freeing. I highly recommend trying it out! If you do, feel free to post a link to your work in the comments, why not share it with others! I'll post a link to Joe's post, he's supposed to be sharing all of our stories with his readers today.

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For today and tomorrow (August 30-31), you can pick up a copy of Negatives for free! Enjoy!

Joe's original challenge post.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Karly...Where Are You???

Hey guys,

Sorry for the long hiatus. I noticed that my last post was in March. It's been 5 months. I'm sure you're wondering just what on earth I've been doing over here. Truth is, I've been doing lots of stuff and it hasn't all been related to writing. But a little bit has. Here's a summary of the last couple of months...

~ My health issues seem to be somewhat under control now. Working to keep them that way, although the shots on my feet are wearing off, so some future issues may rise up. Fingers crossed they don't.

~ In the spring, I took a British History course through the University of Oxford (in England...but online) and loved loved loved it! I also took a grad class in political science this summer. I got an A-. I consider that a slight success. I'm never completely satisfied unless it's an A. I'm working toward getting an endorsement/license for political science to add to my teacher's license. My second class, European Politics, starts on Monday. I'm super psyched for it. I love learning! Me = big time history/politics nerd. In addition to all my other nerd-doms...Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Star Trek, etc. etc.

~ I spent 10 days in Germany, attended a lovely wedding, and drove 120 mph in my rented Mercedes on the Autobahn. Yes. It was awesome.

~ My kid had a lot of swim lessons and dance lessons. We also spent time doing summer things, going to festivals and fairs, just playing outside with friends on the block, and enjoying the fine weather we got in Illinois this summer. Which was rare because it's always like a million degrees. This summer it averaged like 75-78 for the second half of summer. Score.

~ I read a lot of good books. I'm currently reading JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith's The Cuckoo's Calling. Loving it! I also got a new Kindle Paperwhite. Also = LOVE!

~ I did add some substantial words to New Blood. I'm going to evaluate what I'm going to do with it now. I'll either release it as a novella with what I've got going soon, or I'll work to finish it as a novel. Not sure. I'll see how it goes!

~ I took a challenge from Joe Konrath to create an ebook in 8 hours. I did it in 6, including creating my own cover. I managed to squeeze in a quick photo shoot on my kitchen table and used (thanks to Megg Jensen for the suggestion) and wrote an adult contemporary short story called "Negatives." It's available now! I'll post the links as soon as they all clear.

As for what's on the radar for the future, I'm taking the class this semester (that I mentioned) and I'm also going to throw out at least another short story or two before the year is out. I'll decide what to do with New Blood and then it's on to some new material. I'm not sure what I'm going to write next...I have an old YA MS I started a few years back set in New Orleans. I might dig that out. Or maybe I'll start something completely new, in a new genre. I'm interested to maybe take a crack at writing for adults, maybe sci-fi, or fantasy, or a mystery maybe? I've always loved mysteries, Agatha Christie is my favorite. So we'll see.

In any case, I hope you're all doing well and have been reading lots of great books!