Project 13 has been given a name by the editors. The collection will be called:
13 - The Anthology
A website is being built to promote the project I'll include the link here as soon as it's ready.
The site will have it's own blog. I was honoured to have been asked to write the first blog article which has been completed, and approved by the editing team. I'll repeat the blog article here on the 'musings' at the appropriate time.
Writers Hello! Two new words have entered the English language today:
Meaning: A derogatory term used to describe the symptoms of the fraudulent & fake condition of writer's block.
Meaning: See Above. The term can also be used in a more general derogatory sense as in,
"Hey, stop giving me your bullshitation." or
"Man, your prowess for bullshitation is overpowering me." or
"Get your bullshitation out of my face, dude."
This is particulary effective when aimed at salesmen. The term can also be used to describe 99% of the political manifestos ever written. Should the person who the remark was aimed at take offense my advice would be to describe the phrase as an old English term of endearment. If this fails simply run away!
Origins of both words: Hawaiian-English. The words fall into the bracket of Pili-isms. Those of you unfamiliar with the colloquial verbiage of the word Pili-isms shouldn't worry, it's an ancient term I invented approximately 5 minutes ago. Your lack of knowledge on this subject is therefore understandable. Although, that may not stop me from referring to you as thick.
Those of you wondering what flavour juice I've been on this evening needn't worry. It's all a personal joke.
Now on a more serious note...apologies for lowering the tone...I'd like to introduce you to a couple of blogs Ive stumbled across:
http://www.monkeymonsterthoughts.blogspot.co.uk/ This is the personal blog of Pili Nathaniel. I first stumbled across Pili when I read her short story, "Cold Shoulder Mornings." It's a very well observed tale of a failing relationship. It has a touch of sadness with real characters, but it avoids the melodramatic. It made me reflect back on elements of my past and the people that have stepped through my life. If anybody else has read the story please note I am not comparing myself to the total jerk male character in the story. I'm just sharing personal information in a very loose and non specific way.
Cold Shoulder Mornings doesn't currently seem to be available on Pili's blog but there is at least one other short story which I hope to read myself over the next couple of days. There's also a decent piece of Flash fiction entitled The Lion.
Pili also has another blog but this is not writing related: http://www.happynathaniel.blogspot.com Although it's not writing related the blog usually has the effect of putting a smile on my face. Depending on the topics of course.
Both blogs are good. Pili has a habit of writing what she feels in a very open and honest way which kind of draws you in.
I'll add both links to my Useful links page.
My next post is likely to be a bio of one of my fellow Project 13 contributors. A very fine writer and indeed a published novelist. As in published by a publisher, not self published. That's right. The 13 Anthology has a published novelist amongst its ranks. The same writer has also recently landed a two book deal. I told you the standard was high.
Take care and remember to use bullshitation at every available opportunity. You'll feel much better for it!
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Hemingway
Hello! Just to let you know that the Musings has a new page dedicated to my favoutite quotes. One of which happens to be posted above. If anyone wants to send me any quotes please do. If it floats my boat or tickles my fancy then I'll add it to the ever growing list.
There are more quotes from Hemingway than any other writer, but I find him more quotable than any other writer. Some writers transcend the term 'writer' and enter the hallowed grounds of the 'wordsmith.' Hemingway was one, T S Eliot was another.
I hope you find the quotes entertaining, provoking, inspiring, or just plain amusing.
It has been a while since I did a post on Project 13 but rest assured this mammoth project roles ever onwards. All of the contributing writers have been busy reading and reviewing all of the stories in the collection.
I know I’m biased because ‘The Thirteenth Camera’ is one of those stories, but I have to say that the quality of the stories is high.
The collection itself will have something for everyone. There are stories that will make you laugh, cry, and ponder. There are stories that will take you to other worlds, Las Vegas, depression era America, you’ll meet assassins, ghosts, phobia driven characters, alcohol driven characters, sassy characters, and then there’s…no…that would be telling!
At the moment we have a graphic artist designing a cover. Once the covers available I’ll post it here.
Aside from Project 13 I’ve just finished a new story called ‘Night Owls’. I’m quite excited about this one. It’s a little bit different. I’m not certain it’s absolutely as good as it can be yet, which means I’ll post it on TriggerstreetLabs to see what the gang think. I’ve sent the story to my regular reader (every writer should have a regular reader) and their feedback was: Great story, great theme, different, original, but maybe XXXX. Note: One or two TSL members do check the blog so I’m not mentioning the point that was made in case it affects their view should they be actively reviewing. Interestingly the point made is one of the concerns I had.
While I’m waiting for reviews on ‘Night Owls’ to rain in I will be working on the final re-write of ‘The Thirteenth Camera’.
Once that’s done I’ll be working on a ‘Night Owls’ re-write.
Take care and to quote one of my fellow Project 13 contributors: “Keep the pen moving.”
Writer’s Block. You’re sitting at the typewriter, the PC, maybe you still prefer pen and paper, but the inspiration doesn’t want to play today. The sheets of pristine white paper or the electronic glare of the PC screen stare back at you.
Your muse is on vacation.
You make yourself a cup of tea, maybe you prefer coffee, and you walk back to those pristine sheets of white paper only to find that your muse really is on vacation. They’re on a long haul flight with an open ended ticket and you have no idea when they’re coming back.
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve read about writers suffering from Writer’s Block.
It sucks, right?
Pardon my vernacular but Bullshit!!!
I can say that because I used to be afflicted. I’m definitely cured, because my last bout of this affliction hasn’t occurred for years.
The cure was short and sharp. I was reading an interview with the acclaimed – and very good in my opinion – historical novelist Bernard Cornwell. The interviewer commented about how prolific he was, and asked whether he ever suffered from Writer’s Block. Now, Bernard’s vernacular was a lot more politically correct than mine, but roughly translating he said: The condition is Bullshit!
BC used the analogy of nurses, and firemen. Would it be permissible for a fireman to say, “Sorry, I can’t put your fire out today I’ve got firemen’s block.”
The counter argument is that they are difficult physical jobs that are purely done, but a writer is being creative and it’s not always possible to have your muse by your side.
I don’t buy that argument because creativity can take many forms and is involved with many professions. For my sins I work in the IT industry. Sometimes technology breaks, and sometimes the standard recovery actions either don’t work, or they fail and make the situation worse. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve seen IT technicians come up with creative complex technical solutions to very complex problems. Had any of those individual turned around and said they had techie block, and couldn’t help, they would have been sacked.
Writer’s Block is nothing more than another form of the writer’s worst enemy, procrastination.
Funnily enough I’ve only ever heard prose writers complain about the condition. I don’t ever recall reading about a professional screenwriter, playwright, or songwriter complaining about Writer’s Block. Now if it was a genuine affliction wouldn’t it apply to all? Let’s not forget professional speechwriters.
Reading that interview with BC was a real slap in the face for me and I’ve never looked back since. Sure, I have days when I try to continue with a story in production and I can’t seem to get going. However, it generally means I’ve written myself into a corner. I read back through the work find the error and off I go re-writing / writing.
Occasionally, I do have days when I struggle with a story, and there are no obvious errors and it does seem like inspiration has deserted me. However, when that occurs I write about something else. It could be an overheard conversation from the day before, something I can see out of the window. There is always something that you can write.
I’m with Bernard on this one.
Take care and I’m happy to hear from anyone who disagrees.
Fantasies was published by Erotic Shades on the 1st April. A lot of writers via their blogs will list where their work has been published, but never say much about the publication or website that is promoting their work.
I’ve always felt that was wrong. Any Publisher / Editor who is publishing a writer is promoting that writer’s work. The very least the writer can do is return the favour.
We probably need to get one thing straight right away. Erotic Shades publishes literary erotica, and not porn. There’s a difference.
I was made aware of Erotic Shades by a fellow writer, Gary Clifton. I checked their website. I liked what I read. Fantasies had been written about a year ago. I liked the story but I didn’t know of a suitable market. The conversation with Gary seemed fortuitous so I decided to send Fantasies to Erotic Shades. It proved to be a good decision.
I found the editorial team at Erotic Shades easy to get on with and very friendly. I also like what they’re trying to do. Here’s what they have to say themselves:
Erotic Shades was a tiny idea that came up after a (very) long afternoon sat in meetings, listening to other people worry and stress about the publishing industry. Oh there was much to worry about we were told – the publishing industry was being ‘thrown open to every Tom Dick and Bob – why, anyone would be able to circulate their work with ease!’
Now, this was being pitched as the end of the world, but to a certain (silent) few sat round the table, this sounded like the start of a revolution – a chance for the vast amounts of quality work out there to rise to the surface. Writing can be a solitary business, filled with rejection and uncertainty – but as an onlooker, watching the way the publishing industry is having to recreate itself, there are huge opportunities for writers to get their work out there and get positive feedback – from the readers - you know; the people you actually want to buy your book.
And this is where we come in – erotic fiction is on the rise, but we feel that so much of what is coming on the market, is merely a repeat performance; publishing companies trying to recreate the popularity (not to mention the profit) of Mr Christian…Well, you know his name.
We want to offer folks a little sizzle in their day, and we want your help. We will be calling for submissions of erotic short fiction, sometimes based around a theme, sometimes not. We are aiming to publish straight to the site for all to enjoy. But – it will only be available to enjoy for one week, before coming-down to go in our quarterly anthology.
We think this is the best way to get your work out there, and show the reading audience the great quality – and variety – this genre of fiction has to offer.
We three; Jo-Anne, Liza and Anna, rack up twenty years in the publishing industry between us, and we’ve been hands on to witness the almost complete alteration of the publishing field in the last five years or so. And we think these are exciting times…
I’ve been impressed with the work that I’ve read on Erotic Shades so far, and I’d recommend any reader or writer to check them out.
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