Flash Fiction Challenge: One Line Story (09.12.17)

I have been so busy this year that I’ve been completely neglecting my blog… It’s not that I’ve stopped writing or the pursuit of my writing career, it’s that I’ve had so many deadlines for my art this year that I haven’t had a lot of time to be openly working on my books. I do really want to get back into this, and I have a bunch of writing projects I’ve been working on this year silently. Hopefully I can actually announce those projects soon.

Until then, I’ve decided that I can try to at least get back to my flash fiction challenges that used to show up on my blog every week. And to kick it off, I decided that this week I should do one of my favourite challenges: the one line story. I’m not even going to give you a genre this time, as I am just excited to see what people come up with.

You have until noon (PST) on Friday, December 15th.

Write the story and post it on your blog, website, whatever you use to share your writing online and comment with a link to it here on this post so that everyone can find it. This is also open to anyone who wants to create a poem rather than a story. So if you’re more a poet than a storyteller, feel free to join in as well.

Go write an awesome story and get back here with your link!

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Help! I don’t have a name!

Okay, so this is not my usual post. It’s far from normal, and I know it’s something that is very personal, but please, bare with me. I need help with something. None of you can make my decision for me, but I am looking for input on a name.

What name, you ask? My name. I know, that sounds utterly ridiculous. But I’ve come to a point where I’m working on a bunch of writing projects under the radar, and I’m hoping to start publishing in the fall. My problem is that I’m unsure of whether or not I should use the same name for each of the genres. Now, there are some challenges involved in this, but the major challenge in using different names for different genres is that I have  characters who will play a part in each one. Some characters will be very present in each genre, and I’m unsure of whether or not that will cause more confusion than necessary for readers. If I choose to use a pen name, I would consider sharing that pen name here on the blog in the future, but I want to avoid confusion as much as possible.

So what are your thoughts? Should I use my own name for all of the stories and span two or three different genres with the same characters? Or should I use a pen name for the short stories that don’t fit into the same genre as my novels with the same characters? (Please note, I am not willing to compromise on the characters themselves in each story and they are the driving force in each story I tell.)

Please tell me your thoughts! ❤

Bucket List

Okay, so I know I haven’t been posting much this year. I have been SOOOO busy with art stuff. unfortunately I haven’t even had time for my writing this year, as I’ve been swamped trying to build up my art portfolio and prepare for a couple more art shows. But since I am finally starting to feel like I am on top of things again, I thought I’d share something I’ve been working on. That something is my bucket list. I know it’s not really specific to my writing or art, but it’s also important to focus on life outside of work sometimes. this is one of those times. It’s been an eventful year, but it’s all starting to settle down.

So here it is. My bucket list! Although it may not be completely finished (and some things have been left off for personal reasons), it’s an idea of how busy I’ve been and plan to be in the coming years.

1. Write (finish and edit) a full length novel.

2. Publish a novel. (This one doesn’t have to be professional, as I’m actually completely content self-publishing.)

3. Win NaNoWriMo.  *Accomplished November 2014

4. Write a travel book. (Waiting on an epic trip for this one, although it may be made up more of short trips instead of one big one.)

5. Write and publish a book of short stories.

6. Write a book of ghost stories.

7. Write a trilogy (or series).

8. Write and publish a fictional journal.

9. Write a book in 3 months.

10. Be published, mentioned, or reviewed in at least one major publication.

11. Sell 100 copies of one of my novels. (I know this is a low number, but even this would be amazing for me. I’ll update and put a bigger number if this ever happens.)

12. Dip my toes in the Arctic Ocean

13. Go skinny dipping in a lake at Midnight

14. Sleep under the stars

15. Visit the Hypogeum in Malta

16. Drive the Dempster Highway in northern Canada  *Accomplished August 2014

17. Get artwork published  *October 2016 (Heavy Metal North)

18. Get photography published *November 2012 issue of Digital Infusion Magazine

19. Get latex clothing featured in magazine  *January 2013 issue of Bella Morte Magazine

20. Send a message in a bottle

21. Go to Easter Island

22. Leave a note in a library book

23. Visit Glass Beach

24. Photograph Lightning

25. Create and publish Tarot deck

26. Fly First Class

27. Travel somewhere by train

28. Visit New Orleans

29. Research family tree as far back as possible

30. Attend a comic-con *Yukomicon 2015

31. Get more than 20 stamps in my passport

32. Have a home library

33. Publish a book of art

That’s it for now, as I’m trying to work out more things that I would like to include.

So here’s the question: Do you have a bucket list? And if not, have you ever considered writing one for yourself?

One Line Story #67

This week has been eventful here in the Yukon. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t been able to post this one liner until now, but to sum things up, the earth has been shaking off and on here since Monday morning. While feeling a faint shaking here isn’t unheard of, we had two major earthquakes early in the morning, which were then followed by aftershocks every few minutes for the rest of the day. We’ve had several earthquakes throughout the week, although none so strong as the first two. We aren’t feeling most of them, as they are too small to notice, but our entire city is on high alert right now waiting for the “big one” that we’ve been told might happen in the next week or so.

Needless to say, it was a shock for a lot of people here, and it’s still wreaking havoc on everyone’s nerves. I’m sure it’s a contributor to my insomnia this week. That said, though, after my heart stopped racing and I could think clearly again without the feeling of impending doom looming over me, I wondered what would happen if an earthquake had woken some of my characters from their slumber. A pair of brothers came to mind, staying in a small one room shack together, and that’s where the above one liner came from. I plan to have more of these done in the near future, as my schedule is finally opening up a bit more again. FINALLY I will have more free time to work on my countless projects – which means I should be able to spend more time working on posts again.

Flash Fiction Challenge: 3 Words (05.05.17)

Renovations have been totally kicking my butt, on top of my day job and my art job (building up a proper portfolio to show off my skills and have some cool prints available for a convention I plan to attend in August), so this week I’m giving you something that’s simpler for me to come up with. Yes, I’m copping out. I’m exhausted and need a nice long vacation that won’t happen for probably another year or more.

That said, this week’s challenge is something I do on occasion: the three word challenge. I want you to choose a minimum of three words from the list below and use them in a short story. Extra points for those of you who use more than three. (Disclaimer: I do not actually count points. The points are awarded to you by yourself when you realize you’ve done everything you can to include random words you may not normally use in your writing.) I want you to write a 1,000 word short story in any genre of your choice. Just make sure you include at least three of the words below.

equipping

checker

lowering

menu

executing

recovery

battery

historian

effectiveness

king

You have until noon (PST) on Friday, May 12th

Write the story and post it on your blog, website, whatever you use to share your writing online and comment with a link to it here on this post so that everyone can find it. This is also open to anyone who wants to create a poem rather than a story. So if you’re more a poet than a storyteller, feel free to join in as well.

Go write an awesome story and get back here with your link!