Web content writing job: After my post on Friday about trolls I received some great advice and pointers for possible work. I checked them out immediately and while most vacancies required qualifications I didn't have, one piqued my interest. It was for a website content manager. I have all the relevant qualifications and experience, except in one area - content management systems. That was okay because in the application job description it spoke of managing and coaching and mentoring the writers for this particular site. Writers! So, I checked out the site and found a link for applying to write content (articles) for the site. Today I submitted my application for a position as a writer. If my application is successful I would be paid to write articles for the site. That would be just perfect for me.
Anthology: A few weeks ago Gill from InkPaperPen posted a link on her blog to another writing exercise blog call Flash Fiction Friday where participants write flash fictions (stories under 1000 words) on a particular topic of the week.
I followed the link and saw that week's topic was on titled 'The City of Lost Children'. It was kind of a special week in that a couple of people were offering to donate $5 each for every submission to go to two children's charities ($600 was raised from the exercises in the end). I was inspired to write, but then let time run away with me, so when I finally did submit it, I believed I'd missed the deadline (I was also confused by the time difference between Australia and the east coast of America). I submitted my story anyway, and found out the next day I'd actually just scraped in in time.
Several weeks later I received a direct message on Twitter asking for my email address because this man wanted to discuss an anthology with me. I have to admit that at first I was a bit wary. I sent him my email, but didn't hear anything more. Almost a week later the same man asked to join my personal Facebook page. I was confused because he hadn't replied to my email, so I checked my email again - this time via the iPad and found he'd emailed me almost as soon as I direct messaged him with my address. The email stated that my story - along with 29 others - had been selected from all the submissions to that exercise to be included in an anthology to raise money for two children's charities (one in the US and one in the UK). It asked if I would be interested in participating and provided specs for submitting the story as well as a contract to sign and a deadline for return.
Well, you can imagine my excitement! At 1am I started formatting the piece and filling in the contract and by 2am it was all ready and I clicked 'send'. When opportunity knocks, you have to answer the door, and quickly!
So, now there is a website for the ebook anthology (with my name listed, eep!) and on November 1st the anthology will be published and sales will commence at Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes & Noble! Don't bother going back through my blog posts to find the story - I've hidden the post as per the contract I sign.
All proceeds will go to PROTECT in the US and Children 1st in the UK. Of course, I will be imploring everyone I know to purchase a copy and support this worthy cause, and to let your friends and family know as well! I am so proud to be part of this! I am so grateful to be able to raise money for children's charities with my writing!
NaNoWriMo: Up at the top right of the blog there you'll notice a new badge. It's for the National Novel Writing Month project which is about to launch it's twelfth session! I heard about this a few years ago but have never participated before (last year I was up to my neck in thesis writing). This year I'd mooted the idea of participating but hadn't committed to it until I received an email asking if I'd like to be part of a group of writers to help promote it through a blog post about our hopes for achievement in undertaking NaNoWriMo and then reflecting on our progress after it finishes at the end of November.
Basically, the undertaking is to work on a novel manuscript throughout November. It must be a new project (I think - mine will be in any case), and the aim is to write 50 000 words in 30 days. Some people plan for this event all year and write up a plot summary and character outlines in preparation for the 1st of November. Me, I'm a pantser. That is, I'll be writing by the seat of my pants. I know who I'm writing about, and I know bits and pieces of the plot, and I've even given it a title: Shifter. I haven't written a precise though.
The 50 000 word count doesn't worry me too much because
I think there is some sort of acknowledgement if you reach the goal of writing 50 000 words - so that's quite exciting. For me it'll be about getting this story out of my head and most of it onto a file so that I can a) say I've written something substantial this year and b) have something to work over summer!
I'm feeling quite nervous about it all, but also inspired. For a long time it has felt like I was some sort of writing fraud, but slowly I'm beginning to pick up pace and live the kind of writing life I always imagined I'd have!