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Clarion Write-A-Thon Raffle Prize Winners

- Choice of Chuck Wendig‘s e-book Irregular Creatures or Confessions of a Freelance Pen Monkey: Hunter Liguore

- Colin F. Barnes & Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff‘s e-book Killing My Boss: Joris Vandalon

- Donated by Diana Gill, editor at Harper Voyager, Kim Harrison‘s book Pale Demon: Magdalena Lipka

- Eileen Gunn‘s signed book: Catherine Naseriyan

- Ellen Datlow‘s signed hardcover of her book Naked City: Bhavana Harsha

- Ellen Kushner‘s hand-written, old-fashioned postcard in subjects Art, Landscape, Books, Music or Women or let it be Dealer’s Choice: Wendy Bradley, Josephine Tarvers & Ann Walker

- Choice of Kelley Eskridge‘s novel Solitaire or short story collection Dangerous Space: Imtiaz Khan

- Choice of Kelly McClymer‘s story critique, a book from her Once Upon A Wedding series or a 3-book set of her The Salem Witch Tryouts series: Maria Nette-Bonoko

- Choice of Lucy Snyder‘s e-book Chimeric Machines or Sparks and Shadows: Suzanne Baljon

- Choice of Nathan Lowell‘s signed paper or Kindle edition of Quarter Share: Peter Griffiths, Geoffrey Lake & Petra van der Zanden

- Richard Kadrey‘s e-book Sandman Slim, including a collector’s item ‘Maledictions cigarettes’. ‘Maledictions: The Most Popular Cigarettes In Hell.’: Cynthia Gowing

- Sara Ryan‘s bundle of two comics Click and Me and Edith Head: Sally Chappell

- Scott Edelman‘s zombie collection What Will Come After: Rachel Errington

- A free copy of Scrivener: Caroline Chingcuanco, Mark Hilton, Victor Kite, Valya Dudycz Lupescu & Robin Mero

Clarion Write-A-Thon Update: 34.62% Completed

I’ve discovered that I don’t do marathon session very well. At least, not so far. Of course it might change in the future. And it might also be because of the laid-back days I’ve been trying to write in bulk.

So far the most productive day I’ve had was when I came home from a long day at work and didn’t feel like writing. That day I wrote 3,016 words in 2.5 hours. On the weekend days that I got up fresh, rested and tried to write, I barely topped 2,000 words spread across very many hours.

I think it has to do with the fact that my brain isn’t in overdrive on relaxed days. Any writers want to chime in on this?

Here’s progress so far:

Clarion Write-A-Thon Raffle Prize List

EDIT TO ADD: THE WINNERS OF THE RAFFLE ARE ANNOUNCED HERE

In a last ditch effort to boost the Clarion Write-A-Thon sponsoring, I have solicited raffle prizes from all ends of the Twittersphere.

At a donation of $5 or more you will receive one (1) virtual raffle ticket, which will be entered to win any of the following prizes:

- Chuck Wendig has donated a choice of one of his e-books, Irregular Creatures or Confessions of a Freelance Pen Monkey.

- Colin F. Barnes, my fellow Clarion Write-A-Thon writer, and Mark Yoshimoto Nemcoff have donated a copy of their Killing My Boss e-book.

- Diana Gill, editor at Harper Voyager, has donated a copy of Kim Harrison‘s book Pale Demon.

- Eileen Gunn has donated a personalised, signed copy of one of her books. More details on which one to follow.

- Ellen Datlow has donated a signed hardcover of her book Naked City, just out last week.

- Ellen Kushner has donated a very special prize. In her words: “Let me donate postcards from my considerable and eccentric collection! Yes, I will write 3 of your raffle winners (and generous donors) an old-fashioned postcard, mailed with a stamp & everything. ‘Cause who doesn’t like getting mail! They can select a subject (art, landscape, books, music, women) or let it be Dealer’s Choice.

- Kelley Eskridge has donated a winner’s choice of either her novel Solitaire or her short story collection Dangerous Space.

- Kelly McClymer has donated a generous choosing. The winner can opt for a story critique, or a book from her wide range. Book options are one of her Once Upon A Wedding series; The Fairy Tale Bride, The Star-Crossed Bride, The Unintended Bride or The Infamous Bride in paper or Kindle edition, or a 3-book set of her The Salem Witch Tryouts series; The Salem Witch Tryouts, Competition’s a Witch and She’s a Witch Girl in paper or Kindle edition.

- Lucy Snyder has donated a winner’s choice of a digital copy of either Chimeric Machines or Sparks and Shadows.

- Nathan Lowell has donated a choice of a signed paper or Kindle edition of his book Quarter Share. He has provided three copies of this prize. If you already own Quarter Share, I’m sure I’ll be able to convince him to give you Half Share or Full Share instead.

- Richard Kadrey has cooked up something special. He’s donated an eBook of his supernatural fantasy novel Sandman Slim. But that’s not all. He’s including a collector’s item. Richard’s had an actual pack of Maledictions cigarettes made, the cigarette brand featured in his novels. ‘Maledictions: The Most Popular Cigarettes In Hell.’ No joke, these are real cigarettes and this prize is therefore strictly age 18 and over. Great prize, right?

- Sara Ryan has donated a bundle of two signed short story comics in paper; Click illustrated by Dylan Meconis and Me and Edith Head illustrated by Steve Lieber. Happy to see comics on the list!

- Scott Edelman has donated a copy of his zombie collection What Will Come After.

- Scrivener, the writer’s software company, have provided me with coupon codes to donate free copies of their software. Yes, you read that right. FREE. Five free copies have been made available.
 
 
When you donate $5 or more, please state your top 3 preference of prizes or let me know via my contact form.

EDIT TO ADD: THE WINNERS OF THE RAFFLE ARE ANNOUNCED HERE

Clarion Write-A-Thon Update: 3.61% Completed

I have worked a lot on my Clarion Write-A-Thon project this weekend.

If all that work had been writing words, I would have made up for the lost ones in the past week. But since this is my first longer work, I have not yet mastered the skill of silencing my inner editor and letting my inner writer run free. In other words, I write something and I can’t let it go until it’s perfect. Writing that way is te-di-ous-ly slow, unproductive and not very stimulating. So I had to find a way of silencing the editor in me.

For the last few weeks, I had the plot in my head (for the most part), but not on paper. When I started writing, I just started from the top. Like Pantsers* do the world over. And that’s when my editor comes out. See… I’m not a very good Pantser.

All day yesterday and this morning, I have completely plotted and sectioned my story and entered them as scenes with scene descriptions into Scrivener. Now I know what I’m doing. The inner editor is happy with the new Plotter Me.

And now that I know what I’m doing, I started over.

The previous words aren’t gone; I used a few of them, but for the moment most of them are an outtake and will be reused later. Now that I have a great outline my writing speed will pick up and I’ll be back on track soon.

Words deleted: 337
New words: 1,442
Sub-total written: 1,745
Percent completed: 3.61%


 
 
* Pantsers are writers who think up the starting point of their story, start writing and see where they end up. On the other hand, Plotters will outline the story (maybe with a gap or two) beforehand so that they know where they’re going.

Clarion Write-A-Thon Update: 0.84% Completed

The start of the Write-A-Thon was yesterday. But the my start was today.

I created from word slush, I poked the word pile, I plucked the story goose, I slayed the fiction dragon.

And I added 337 words to the mix!

Yeah, yeah, I know, not the biggest word mountain you’ve ever seen. And below my day’s word target. But there’s nothing wrong with starting slow, scoping the scene, kicking the hobo to see whether he’s going to run at you with an eraser and undo all your hard work.

Tomorrow, back up the mountain to arrange some more word waffle.
 
 

Victoria is going to write her first (semi-) full length work of fiction, a novella of around 40k words, during the Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon 2011. Would you like to motivate her and support a great charity? Check out her writer’s page here.

The Clarion Write-a-Thon Has Started!

Today marks the official start of the Clarion Write-a-Thon!

You can compare the Write-a-Thon to a Walk-a-Thon for writers. About two months ago, I set my goal for the Write-a-Thon and I’m now in the process of trying to find sponsors to motivate me to make the finish line and complete the goal I set for myself.

Why am I participating? I’m trained as a scientist, but my hobby has always been reading. A few years ago the inspiration for a story hit me and since then I’ve been studying the craft of writing. For a while now I’ve been saying that I wanted to write a longer piece. The Write-a-Thon simply came around at the right time. By writing and fundraising for Clarion I give myself the motivation to commit to paper this story that I’ve had in my head, and at the same time supporting for a great charity.

I think Clarion is a worthwhile cause because it’s a reputable charity that organises annual workshops with accomplished authors that write in the genre I write in; Science Fiction and Fantasy. I hope to one day do the workshop for myself, but until then I hope I can help fund others’ scholarships. From Clarion’s website;

Established in 1968, the Clarion Writers’ Workshop is the oldest workshop of its kind and is widely recognized as a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of fantasy and science fiction.

Our 2011 writers in residence are Nina Kiriki Hoffman, John Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear, David Anthony Durham, John Kessel and Kij Johnson

In addition to the Clarion-sponsored prizes, I’ve even added my own prize package my sponsors can win. I hope this will raise the stakes a bit and gets everyone in a giving mood. You can find my personal prizes on my Clarion Write-a-Thon writer’s page.

I genuinely hope that you’ll support me and this great charity. And if you do, I’ve added a nice progress bar to the sidebar so you can keep track of my headway.

On behalf of Clarion,
Victoria Griesdoorn
 
 

Victoria is going to write her first (semi-) full length work of fiction, a novella of around 40k words, during the Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon 2011. Would you like to motivate her and support a great charity? Check out her writer’s page here.

Clarion Countdown Day -1: The Science of Social Timing

One day left until the start of the Clarion Write-a-Thon! Today in the countdown series, I’ll show you the results of research into the social timing of Twitter and Facebook.

These data are for United States audiences, but if you’re not in the U.S. and still want to be noticed by the American audience this information can be very helpful to you.

From the KISSmetrics website:

Data courtesy of Dan Zarrella.

As they say;

5PM Eastern Time is the best time to tweet.
The best tweeting frequency is 1 to 4 tweets per hour.
Saturday is the best day to share content on Facebook.
Noon Eastern Time is the best time of the day to share content on Facebook.
The best sharing frequency on Facebook is .5 posts per day.

They also have a new post on the timing of e-mail promotion. Worth a look at!
 
 

Victoria is going to write her first (semi-) full length work of fiction, a novella of around 40k words, during the Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon 2011. Would you like to motivate her and support a great charity? Check out her writer’s page here.

Clarion Countdown Day -2: Scrivener — Tips of the Day


WIN A FREE COPY OF SCRIVENER

July through the first week of August 2011 I am fundraising for Clarion, the SciFi & Fantasy charity. For only $5 you can be a sponsor and be entered in a dedicated prize raffle. The team at Literature and Latte have been very generous and given me 5 discount codes for a FREE copy of Scrivener. See the raffle prize list here and donate here. Please support a great foundation, help them influence the future of Science Fiction & Fantasy and win a copy of Scrivener!

This is the last part of my Scrivener series before I start the Clarion Write-a-Thon on Sunday and will start using the software full-time. I’m very sure, once I’ll start using it, I’ll write some more posts on handy features I discover along the way. In this post I’ve collected up some of Scrivener’s own tips and tricks.

From their Twitter;

To get these great Tips and Tricks updates, follow @ScrivenerApp on Twitter.
 
 

Victoria is going to write her first (semi-) full length work of fiction, a novella of around 40k words, during the Clarion UCSD Write-a-Thon 2011. Would you like to motivate her and support a great charity? Check out her writer’s page here.