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The Race

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Coming Round the Last Turn

Coming Round the Last Turn

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The Jay Lake contest voting continues. I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised that it’s gone the way it has thus far, but Adrian Faulkner is fighting back with his story “The Salt of Life” (an awesome story, by the way). This has been fun and exciting. The entries are:

The Salt of Life

Philosophy and Headwear

Tradition

Hat

and After the Golden Times (it’s untitled in Jay’s poll because I neglected to include the title. Smooth.)

I have no idea when Mr. Lake will be closing the poll, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, head on over and have a read.

Update 9/17/09 8:09PM

Jay Lake posted that the poll will close either Sunday night or Monday. You know what to do.

Cast Your Vote!

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Early and often - alright, you can only vote once, but vote.

Early and often - alright, you can only vote once, but vote.

I’ve got a piece on Jay Lake’s blog that is in the final 5 of his flash fiction contest following the voting of Jay’s panel of esteemed judges. I’m thrilled to have made the cut. It’s for the story After the Golden Times, although in the Jay Lake poll it’s untitled (and you can read it from the poll).

Now the poll is open to readers to check out. Get on over there, check out the entries and cast your vote. Ideally you’ll enjoy mine above all others, but do what you must. I’ve enjoyed reading them all.

For what it’s worth, I had the option to post it on my blog and send the link as my entry OR post directly in the comments of Jay’s photo prompt post. I chose the latter and now realize I should have chosen the former if for no other reason than maybe driving a little more traffic to my blog. Live and learn.

Link Buffet – All You Can Drink

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My thirst is slaked... and then some.

My thirst is slaked... and then some.

I posted the other day that I subscribe to writing blogs that post link salads once a week or, in Jay Lake’s case, daily. I thought I would post the ones that I enjoy the most:

Jay Lake Link Salad (Every Day)

Teresa Frohock’s Lunchtime Links (Weekly)

Bibliophile Stalker’s Links and Plugs (Every Day)

Nathan Bransford’s This Week in Publishing (Fridays)

Pimp My Novel’s Friday Links (Uh, Fridays)

Shack’s Sunday Wash-Up (Yeah, you guessed it, Sundays)

It’s a little like drinking from a fire hose, isn’t it.

Twisted Mister

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I'm a little salty about my plot twist.

I'm a little salty about my plot twist.

I’m a pretty linear thinker. I’m also content to read books and watch movies and let the plot unfold without a whole lot of guessing about what’s going to happen. As a writer, this doesn’t serve me well.

But I forge ahead anyway, looking for ways to sift through the mound of cliches clogging up perfectly good brain space in the hopes I’ll see something new. By continuing to write, I hope become more adept at this game.

Sometimes though, I need a little more. So I research. I know it’s a time tested avoidance method that keeps me from writing, but I do it anyway.

I ran across this article at Suite101.com related to plot twists. At the very least it’s a place to start. Jennifer Jensen offers some helpful tips and links to get the ball rolling. Just reading the article got the wheels spinning. I’ve never been a big brainstormer (or barnstormer for that matter) but it’s one of those techniques that pops up again and again in various writing books, articles and blogs. All right. I’ll do it. Anything to avoid ending up like this:

He's not gonna take it, no.

He's not gonna take it, no.