Posts Tagged ‘characters’


SfaH Contest: Winners!!!

January 13, 2009

Thanks to the wonderful random integer generator at I have two winners for the SfaH contest. One winner gets a $10.00 gift certificate from Wild Child Publishing, and the other gets something far less lucrative: a custom character in the long version of “Rejection.” Trinity Blaico is the gift certificate winner, and Faith Bicknell-Brown is the character winner.

Also, a recount (or maybe a last minute vote I hadn’t seen) put Rejection over by one vote, so I started working on it last night. I didn’t get far, and this will be a difficult one because the story, the emotions triggered, and the characters make me sad.


Scenes from a Hat Contest

December 19, 2008

Okay, friends. I think that I have a couple of regular readers now, and since I have about a whole month’s worth of Scenes from a Hat installments you, I thought that maybe it was time to do a contest and shake things up a bit. Some of these scenes have done very well regarding comments and page views, but sadly, the best was not even one I wrote. I don’t know what that says.

Anyhow, here’s the deal. Post a comment here to vote for your favorite Scene from a Hat that I authored, and I’ll take that scene and turn it into a story of at least 10k words. From the winning Scene, I’ll randomly choose one of the people who voted for that scene. You get to have a character in the story, and some say in what he or she does. On top of that, I’ll be giving away a $10 gift certificate to a store to be chosen later.

You will have until January 8 to place your vote here, and these are your available choices:

If you haven’t read them, please do, and place your vote as a comment here. The personalized story winner will be chosen at random from all the names who voted for that Scene from a Hat, and the gift certificate winner will be chosen at random from all entries.

Thank you, and have a Happy Holidays!


Plugging Ahead

October 19, 2007

I think it’s amazing how creating ideas inspires you to create other ideas.  I added just over 1,000 words to my Shadowgrove story for the 70 Days project and had a couple more ideas that just had to be started.  One is a modern fantasy and the other is a futuristic story which may or may not turn into fantasy or science fiction.

You can see my progress in these stories on the sidebar to the right, so I won’t add the redundant data here, but the whole thing has me working on new ideas for weblogs that I can research, write, and publish for other authors so that my experiences are added to the collective at the same time that I’m using those of others.

Right now, I’m working on the outline and/or thesis of a weblog that I’m going to entitle “Receiving the Muse” all about grabbing influences and ideas from the mundane around you.  Something as simple as spilled flour on the counter can give me ideas (and has recently), so I want to explore that idea a little, perhaps research the inspirational process of other authors and make a post on it.

If you’re a writer and you have a special way for “Receiving the Muse,” then comment here or contact me directly so that I can include you in my, um, study?  Yeah.

In addition to that, I think that I may start working on my remaining 50 character traits, provide a different look at character sketching, provide a few sketches, and then a brief one on coming up with enticing names for characters (mundane, futuristic, or fantasy).