The Last Week Of The Clarion Blog-A-Thon. Can You Help?

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 7.236% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

It’s the last week of the Clarion Blog-A-Thon, the annual writing exercise I do for my alma mater.  I have raised $850.  I’d like to get to $1,000 before it finishes this Sunday.
If you donate a mere $5, there’s good value in it, I think; in the Clarion Echo, where I’ve been live-writing things, I’ve posted the final drafts of not one but four stories that I’ve already sent out for publication:

  • The Sturdy Bookshelves of Pawel Olizsewski,” the tale of perhaps the oddest wizard you’ll ever meet, and the envious obituary writer who attempts to dissect his magic;
  • The Cultist’s Son,” the darkest story I’ve ever written (or think I will ever write), detailing the damage a Shub-Niggurath cultist did to her son;
  • REMployee of the Month,” a flash fiction about retail workers who put their shifts in while they sleep;
  • Run Deeper,” a Lovecraftian spin on, of all things, Minecraft.

I think paying $5 for four short stories isn’t a bad deal.  But if you’re a writer, there’s also close to 10,000 words of commentary on how I edited those stories from first to final draft, laying out in detail what I thought was wrong with each of the stories and describing how I fixed it… or how I abandoned it.  I try my best to put you inside my messy little writer’s head, showing you all the tiny tricks that takes a story from “readable” to “good.”  (I won’t say “great,” as I never love my fiction, but at least two of these stories are literally as good as I’m capable of writing right now – The Cultist’s Son is some of the best characterization I’ve done in the past five years.)
So there’s a lot in there.  Plus, if you donate $25, I will critique a story for you – I’ve got four people with critiques I just have to write up, and there’s room for more.  Donate $5 (and email me with your LJ user name), and you’ll get to see ALL THE STORIES.
Like I said, I’d like to hit $1,000, and I think I’ve done the work that even a small donation will get you your money’s worth.  So if you’ve got the cash, please think about helping out the next generation of sci-fi and fantasy writers.

1 Comment

  1. Jim Shea
    Sep 9, 2013

    Ferrett:
    Hey, you’re a Clarion winner — and you’ve won the opportunity to have Kate Wilhelm inscribe one of the following three books for you or someone you want to give it to. The books are: the novels “A Sense of Shadow” and “Margaret and I”; and the collection of four novellas, “Listen, Listen”. You can email me your choice of hardcover and the inscription you would like, I will forward the book to Kate for signing. And you’ll get the actual book in about two months.
    Thanks for your continuing support for Clarion.
    Jim

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