RAWR Write-a-Thon 2017

I went back and forth on whether to participate in NaNoWriMo this year. On the one hand, my writing output this year has been dismal at best, and I’ve had some great writing experiences with both the November NaNo and the summer camp version.

On the other hand, my track record with NaNo hasn’t been that great in recent years — a lot of participating, not that much winning — and going from a dead stop to an average of 1700 words a day just felt too daunting a prospect and too much like setting myself up for more failure and guilt.

So I decided to skip NaNo again, but then I was reminded about a different — and more customizable — challenge.

Instead of doing NaNo, during November I’m participating in the RAWR Write-a-Thon, a writing fundraiser that benefits RAWR (Regional Anthropomorphic Writers Retreat)*, an annual furry writing workshop led by authors Kyell Gold and Ryan Campbell.

(If you’re not familiar with RAWR, another furry writer, Alkani, has written a great blog post about both the workshop and the Write-a-Thon here on his blog.)

My writing goal is 25,000 words (which I’m calling a half-NaNo, like a half marathon), and my fundraising goal is $200. All proceeds I raise will go toward RAWR’s operating costs.

If you’d like to donate on my behalf and help cheer me on toward my goals, you can use the link here. The other participants (along with their own donate links) are listed on the contributor page.

Writers, if you’d like to participate too, check out the Write-a-Thon FAQ and the signup form. The Write-a-Thon runs through December 1, and to me it seems like a natural complement if you’re already doing NaNoWriMo — a way to work toward your writing goal and also help support a unique resource for furry writers.

The Twitter hashtag is #RAWRWriteAThon, to keep up with everyone’s progress updates. At the time of writing this post, I’m still nailing down my project details, but I’m probably going to be working on a Christmas-themed humorous romance novella that’s so far out of my comfort zone it’s completely low pressure.

Wish me luck (and toss me a few coins if you can too). 🙂

 

*(Yeah, I know, furries have this thing for cute acronyms.)

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Now on Kickstarter – Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things

Didn’t mean to be so long between posts — it’s been a busy summer and fall — and I’ll be back very soon with some updates of my own. Right now, though, I want to help spread the word about a new literary journal of stories and poetry, aimed particularly at young writers and readers ages 10-18.

ember titleIt’s called Ember, and in addition to just plain looking like a gorgeous publication with a worthy purpose, they’re also planning to reprint my story “The Frog Who Swallowed the Moon” in their spring 2015 issue (after it appears first in their sister publication Spark: A Creative Anthology).

They’ve commissioned beautiful cover art for the spring issue, inspired by my story. (I’ve already pledged to get a print of it.) 🙂 Please have a look at their Kickstarter campaign and contribute if you can:

https://www.kickstarter.com/project…..uminous-things

 

Signal boost: Disabled Poet Seeks Healthy Macbook

Awesome person who also happens to be an awesome poet had something lousy happen to her, and here’s a chance to help restore balance to the universe by contributing to making something good happen for said awesome person/poet. Best of all, the donation perks are poems custom-written just for you:

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/disabled-poet-seeks-healthy-macbook/x/1631391?c=home

I know that psychologically it’s probably hard to feel like contributing to a funding campaign when you can see that the goal has already been reached. Do keep in mind, though, that in this case, the goal was only half the cost of a new computer, and personally I’d like to see it get a lot closer to the full cost. (Besides, custom poems, people! Textual art that did not exist before in the entire world! How cool is that?)

Which reminds me that I still need to decide on my favorite season… (Whatever it is, it’s definitely not this bizarre hybrid winter/spring/sprinter/wring thing we’ve been stuck in for the past several weeks.)

 

Signal boost: KLINE layered sketchbooks Kickstarter

As those of you who’ve read this post already know, I’m something of a notebook junkie, so when I saw Neil Gaiman tweet about a sketchbook Kickstarter, I had to check it out.

I’ve been wondering for a little while if some kind of new sketchbook/journal company was going to come along to be a true competitor for Moleskine. Not in the sense of creating a cheaper version (that’s been done pretty well by a couple of companies now), but in the sense of taking a similar idea but improving on it, particularly in terms of using better materials. (I’ve always hated the Moleskine paper in both the regular notebooks and the sketchbooks; it doesn’t seem to truly take anything well, or at least not any media I use.) And there’s also the aspect that, in trying to appeal to the broadest market possible, the Moleskine brand has gotten… well, kind of diluted. While the pop culture geek in me thinks it’s fun for them to have Star Wars and Lego and Hobbit tie-in versions, the creative iconoclast in me (smaller but vocal) can’t help feeling a bit turned off. Call me a notebook snob, but it’s harder to trade on the elite cachĂ© of being the notebook of Picasso and Hemingway when you’ve got Darth Vader on the cover. *shrug*

At any rate, when it comes to being the next sketchbook that all the really cool artists are using, I’ve got my money (literally) on KLINE. I’m impressed by the quality of the materials and construction they’re using (look, actual artist-quality paper and not slick beige stuff!), I love that it’s been created by artists for artists, and while I know I’ll probably wind up doing more writing than art in mine, well, there’ll be that watercolor paper in the back just waiting patiently for something to be done with it.

And their Kickstarter’s a chance to be able to someday say that, yeah, I got one of the very first KLINEs. You know, back before they were trendy and you could buy them anywhere. (*arches eyebrow, sips exotic tea*)

There are still a couple days left to contribute and get your own:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/klinenyc/kline-layered-sketchbooks-and-journals