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Wednesday Poetry Prompt

Robert Brewer posts poetry prompts on Wednesdays. I’ve found that this gets me into a practice of writing–even if it’s awful. Today’s prompt is to start a poem with “I think…” Let me know if you make this happen. I’m not publishing my poetry in this blog, but I do have an email list of people who are also writing the prompts if you want to
–and you can also post your poem on Brewer’s blog to be part of that community.

Follow a Twitter thread on Poetry today

In addition to Neil Gaiman’s short story starting at noon Eastern today, you might be interested in following the Twitter thread started by Robert Brewer. It uses the hashtag #poettues, as I mentioned in my previous post. You don’t even have to have a Twitter account to follow along. Just go to this Twitter search for #poettues. This is a new experiment, and I’m interested in seeing what comes of it.

Neil Gaiman kicks off a Twitter-based short story

Tomorrow (October 13th) at noon Eastern, Neil Gaiman is going to tweet the first line of a new story, which will then be continued by fans. I cannot imagine how this will be compiled, but BBC Audio is claiming that it will then be recorded and available for download.

How on earth anyone will make sense of a cacophony of thousands, I do not know. They plan to stop 1000 tweets–but I think the response will be much greater–Gaiman has more than 1.2 Million followers on Twitter. I missed the inspirational Twitter Opera event entirely, but I’m fascinated by the idea of a crowd-sourced story. You can follow the excitement (or contribute to it) by searching for the #bbcawdio hashtag on Twitter or using this search. The format for contributing is @BBCAA Your Tweet Here #bbcawdio.

More on LISNews and Publishers Weekly.

I’m collecting Illustrators

This week I’m in love with Kate Bingham-Burt, who used to be at MSU. She’s got a series of drawings that she’s doing of everything she buys…you can see them from her blog Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today? or buy one (I’m trying to decide which one) at 20×200.

September 26th: Tweezers

A great place to find illustrators to fall in love with is by following Michael Nobbs on Twitter.

Did anyone know about Illustration Friday? This week’s topic: germs. Or Inktober?

Considering NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month preparations are beginning in earnest, with the Twitter tag in place (#nanowrimo) and warm-ups being suggested already:

@terrimain@terrimain #nanowrimo warmup: Set timer for 30 mins. Write a 500 wd story abt something that happened 2 your character 2 yrs b4 the story

Feel tempted? Go ahead and create an account and join the community.

Unfamiliar? NaNoWriMo is a national attempt to write a novel in a month–and month is the month of November. So by November 30th at Midnight, the goal will be to have written 50,000 words (about 175 pages). They don’t have to be good. They don’t have to be edited. The idea is just to get it out–write it out without judgment. According to the organization: “the kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.”

Any takers? I’m considering it, if I can get my academic paper submitted to the editor in time. Maybe it will be motivation. Hmm….

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