Friday, June 21, 2013

Notes and News - Writing and Otherwise

Lazy days of summer? Who said that?! I don't know about you all, but things have not slowed down for me. And yet I still find time to putz around on the Net. Sigh.

Ah, but my putzing is to your advantage! Here's a quick round-up of some items I thought you all might be interested in... 

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Camp is in session! Camp NaNo, that is! This July, I'm heading back into the woods, armed with only my horror manuscript and some chocolate, and I will not return until the draft is complete! Or until I run out of chocolate...so, about July 2nd or so. 

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The CBS miniseries of Stephen King's Under the Dome starts Monday, June 24th. I can't wait! Here's a preview: 

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If you enjoy a good short story, you won't want to miss A List in Honor of Short Story Month 2013, compiled by Flash Fiction Chronicles. It contains links to over 150 stories, all suggested by readers as some of their personal favorites. (Hmm, number 100 seems vaguely familiar....)

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As a writer and a fan of Pixar movies, I just loved this - 22 Storytelling Tips for Writers from a Pixar Storyboard Artist. 

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On Sunday, June 23rd, Nik Wallenda will walk across the Grand Canyon - no net, no harness. My heart's in my throat just thinking about it! My husband went to one of Nik's local (FL) training sessions - here are some pics: 





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Planning on going to Camp NaNo this July? Will you check out any of those short stories? Are you a Pixar fan? Will you watch Under the Dome and/or Wallenda's walk? I'll be watching both!    

26 comments:

  1. I want to watch Wallenda and yet I don't...
    Is number one hundred your story?
    And hope your chocolate lasts at least until the Fourth.

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    1. I usually watch Wallenda's walks through my fingers.

      Yep. Someone nominated my story, "Home Work." Blew me away. :)

      Hmm, the Fourth might be pushing it....

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  2. Hi Madeline,

    Hope your writing retreat is productive.

    Thanks for all the links and for the reminder about Under the Dome.

    Happy Summer!

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    1. I hope Camp is productive, too. Fingers crossed!

      Have a good weekend!

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  3. Great minds think alike: I just set me DVR for Under the Dome last night!! :)

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  4. Whoa! No net and now harness? That's crazy!

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  5. Wow, I hadn't heard anything about this walk. I definitely know it would make me too nervous to even watch it! I don't know if this guy is brave or nuts LOL.

    I hope you will make it through the whole month of July and you will find yourself with a complete ms in August! And congrats on making the short story list, that's awesome. :)

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    1. Like I said to Alex, I usually watch through my fingers. :)

      Thanks for the congrats on the story and for the good wishes for Camp NaNo.

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  6. Not doing NaNo. I have too many other projects to work on. I'll probably watch The Dome though I didn't care for the book ending at all. Seemed like a big cheat.

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    1. I don't remember the story too well so I'm going into it kind of open.

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  7. Congrats on your story!

    I could never do what those Wallendas do—it's terrifying!

    Have a great weekend. ☺

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    1. Thank you! Hope you have a great weekend, too. :)

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  8. Oh gosh, I don't think I could handle watching the walk over the Canyon. Thanks for the Pixar link - I'm a big fan of theirs too. :)

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    1. I really liked the Pixar article. I hope you enjoy it! :)

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  9. I did NaNo back in November, and it was a great experience. Though I think I might still be recovering from that. Have fun though, and yes, bring lots of chocolate with you on your journey.

    I'm going to check out that Pixar artist's tips.

    Thanks for commenting on my blog earlier today. You know what, I went ahead and added a short update to my post, because I think some people might've misinterpreted my original message, and I just wanted to clarify things. Just thought you'd like to know!

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    1. I've done Nano and Camp Nano before, but I still get anxious. :)

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  10. Wow, so many cool things in this post. Congrats on the FFC mention and good luck at Camp! I don't think I'll be joining you there since my summer is also anything but free and lazy, but I'll definitely be cheering you on. At least it won't be as intimidating as Nik's task, right?

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    1. Ha! Now that's the way to look at Camp Nano - at least it's not walking over the Grand Canyon on a wire! Thanks for the new perspective. :)

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  11. Under the Dome is another series I'd love to watch this year. Going to have to see if I can stream it over here... And enjoy camp Nano. I'd love to do something like that someday....(:

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    1. They do different Camp sessions, plus the original Nano in November, so maybe one of those would work better for you? And I'm sure UNDER THE DOME will make it's way over there soon, if not now.

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  12. Buena suerte with camp this year, Madeline! I sure hope CBS doesn't screw up Under the Dome. The book was SO good.

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    1. Thanks, Milo!

      I remember liking the book, but I don't remember much else, so I'm thinking I'll be able to sit back and enjoy it more without constantly comparing it to the book. I do hope they do a good job with it....

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  13. How cool that you guys got to watch him training! 23 million tuned in to watch and it was inspiring Madeline.

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    1. It really was amazing...even though I watched a good portion of the Grand Canyon walk through my fingers. :)

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