Friday, September 30, 2011

A Completed Novelette, Some Star Wars Puns, and I R ON TV (Sorta)

It's been a pretty good couple of days for me and my writing, and just typing that kinda makes me blink. I'm so unaccustomed to feeling good about things.  It's pretty awesome, I must say!

First off, tonight I off my entry to the Writers of the Future contest.  It's come a long way since I first wrote the first draft back in college, and I must say I'm pretty happy with how it ended up.  It's long enough to technically be a novelette, and it could be longer honestly, which is amusing to me since it started out with a specific intention to be a short story.  Ah well.  I just wasn't happy with it being so short.  I'm not entirely sure it's what the Writers of the Future judges are looking for, but we shall see!  I'm happy with it, and I think that's what matters.  It's only my second time entering the contest-- and the first time doesn't really count since it was 8 years ago.   Since then I've went to college, graduated from college, started 2 novels, finished about 5 short stories (I know, that really doesn't sound like many), read a lot, lived a lot, lost a lot, and experimented enough in random genres to kind of begin to get an inlking as to what my own style is.

For those who may read this who don't know what Writers of the Future is, it's a science fiction/fantasy short fiction contest that's been held for years.  To enter you must be an unpublished author, which makes it an excellent starting ground for writers like myself.  Professional writers judge it; it's not a popularity contest.  It's also held 4 times a year, which is nifty.  The top 3 winners per quarter get their stories published in an anthology, and get paid a nice little chunk in prize money.  They go on to a grand prize competition against all the other winners of the year, too.  The judges also give out Finalist, Sub Finalist, and Honorable Mention awards, although those don't grant publishing rights or prize money.  The contest is definitely a great way to get my foot in the door, though, if I do get anywhere with it.

I don't have high expectations at this point.  I just kinda wanna see what happens.  I think it'll be about 2 months before I hear anything.  Waiting sucks for things like this!  I suppose the smart thing would be to start planning ahead for next quarter's entry.  Possibly... maybe... probably... not yet.  I still have a nagging habit to wait until the last second to do everything.  It's awesome.

In other news, this morning I had another Star Wars: The Old Republic article published.  You can read it here.  I had fun with it.  It's rather amusing writing articles for a Star Wars game.  I get to insert all these silly Star Wars puns and hope that someone out there, somewhere, maybe appreciates them as much as I do.

And speaking of articles, my Editor told me today that my Rift Junkies article from last week was featured on a popular RIFT podcast called The Sanctum.  It was actually pretty amusing, because I'm generally not a very big fan of podcasts, so I don't even listen to this one.  If my Editor wouldn't have told me, I uh, probably would never have known.  Needless to say, I listened to it after he told me!  It was kind of interesting.  They just mentioned it, my byline, and what it was about, then used my article to discuss their own opinions on the matter.  I R FAMOUS!!2%  Not really... but hey, I'll take what I can get!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Go, Stars, Go!

I finally decided it was time to start a real writing blog.  I've attempted a few over the past five years or so, but at some point they'd all end up being kind of... dead.  So, here's hoping to keep this one alive.  I plan on using it to track some of my writing projects and post random motivational blips and musings. I may also babble about books I read and video games I play.  I do tend to be pretty random, as a warning.

I feel like I should start with some kind of self-summary, and I'm notoriously bad at those in general, but here goes: 

My name is Laura, and I'm a professional freelance writer and aspiring professional fiction writer.  I've been writing since elementary school, and have a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from UC Davis, California.  I'm currently floundering around, attempting to earn a living with this writerly stuff.  

In attempting to decide whether to focus this blog primarily on my freelance or fiction writing adventures, I decided that at my very core-- I am a fiction writer.  This freelance writing thing is actually relatively new to me, and while I do enjoy it, my ultimate silly, sunlight-hued dream is to become a published fiction author.

I've currently got a number of writing projects going.  I have a sci-fi novel in its editing stages, another one in the planning stages, and a couple of short stories/novelettes floating around in between various stages.  I tend to stick within the sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction realms, and I really enjoy adding a queer edge to much of my fiction.

My most current project is one of my old sci-fi short stories from my college writing workshop days.  After shoving it away into the dark abyss for a few years, I realized it was time to finally dig it out again and do some heavy editing and rewriting. 

As far as my freelance stuff goes, I'm currently writing articles for Rift Junkies and FORCE Junkies.  I'm a big MMORPG gamer, and it's definitely my forte.  I do some content site freelance writing as well.  I'll eventually post up some links and stuff to some of my articles.  For now, hello blog!