Thursday, February 6, 2014

Good News From #ProjectREUTSway

I was lucky enough to spend the month of November participating in a unique writing marathon contest. Many of you are familiar with NaNoWriMo, where the challenge is to complete a whole novel (first draft) in one month. I, for one, never do Nano because I can’t. It isn’t conducive to my writing style (which I’m going to talk about in an upcoming blog hop, so stay tuned) and I end up pulling my hair out. Or worse, rewriting the ENTIRE thing completely. Or worse, worse, throwing the whole idea in the garbage because I can’t stand to look at it any longer.

I know, I know. I probably just committed writer blasphemy. Writers Nano. That’s what they do. But I don’t. My fellow writers are more than likely giving me the stank face right now. *falls upon knees* Love me still, I beg of you.

Even though I know Nano isn’t for me, when November rolls around and I see all my friends preparing to hunker down and dish out a novel in four weeks, I admit, I get a little jealous. Or maybe inspired is the better word. Starting a new novel is fun. Finishing it is even more fun.

I wanna do iiiiiiiiit!

But alas, I cannot.

And so, when one of my favorite small publishers, REUTS, announced they were hosting a month long short story contest, I thought “This, I can probably handle.” It would ease my urge to write without giving me the frustration of burnout.

Here’s how Project REUTSway went down:

Each week we were given a different story prompt. The theme was Fairy Tales From the Grave. So each story had to be based in some part on a known fairy tale, either Grimms, Hans Christian Anderson, or Disney, and had to be within 2,000 to 5,000 words. At the end of the competition, stories would be picked for publication in their anthology.

Week One

Prompt: Vampires

My story: I chose Peter Pan to base my story off of.

Week Two

Prompt: Zombies, mummies, or other risen dead.

My story: Sleeping Beauty

Week Three

Prompt: Demons, fallen angels, or angels

My story: Based on the Grimms tale, The Silver Hands

Week Four

Prompt: Were-anything, shifters, ect.

My story: This one was the last week so I decided to get funky with it and chose to do a mash up of H.C.A.’s The Ugly Duckling and The Snow Queen.

Here’s the best part about this competition: I met so many wonderful and encouraging people. A few of us got together and decided to swap stories throughout the month and I have to admit, if it wasn’t for these peeps, I might have given up. November is a crazy busy month for me. Daughter’s birthday, my birthday, Thanksgiving times 3. You get the picture. But knowing that people were waiting to read my story gave me the extra oomph I needed to finish each week. And now, I’m REALLY glad I did. Because my entry from week four, THE UGLY GAME, was chosen for the anthology. And my week one and three entries were chosen as runners up and will be published on the REUTS blog.


Ahem. Anyway, big shout outs to my REUTies (that’s REUTS plus homies, in case you were wondering) for encouraging me. And beeteedubs, all my REUTies also made it into the anthology!

Sooooo. What am I going to do with that story from week two, you ask? The one that didn't get chosen? Well, I’m going to post it here on my blog for you guys to read. I’m such a chicken that this post was ready for three days before I got the courage to let you all read my mummy story. Just so you know.

Anyway, click here to read WRAPPED IN TIME

And today’s lyrics to live by goes out to my REUTies:
Tonight is the night, we'll fight till it's over
So we put our hands up like the ceiling can't hold us
Like the ceiling can't hold us
Can't Hold Us by Macklemore

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