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Non-Fiction Publication: Dog Attack

Posted by Ali on May 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

About a year and a half ago, my dog and I were attacked during a walk. I wrote an article about it and it just went up on xoJane today. They have a format that features personal stories, they call them "It Happened To Me" and I felt like it'd be the perfect format for the story.


I'm excited to have it up, though, sadly, have noticed a few typos I didn't catch before submission. If you're going to click over, I'll warn you - it gets a bit gorey both in the text and in the included pictures.


If you click over, please take a minute to drop a note in the comments section of the article.

On the Futon Pages: WWO #4

Posted by Ali on April 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This is the spot where I spent a significant portion of the evening last night. I hunkered down with my laptop, a soft blanket, and my dog and spent some quality time reaching my goal for the week. I even passed it, just a little.


Last week's goal: Spend two hours working on the dragon story.

Actually accomplished: 2.5 hours on the dragon story.


It's a modest accomplishment, but I'm super pleased that I hit it. Sometimes it's all about the baby steps. More than the time goal, I'm pleased that I figured out what I want the main conflict to be. I've been fiddling with a string of options and writing, deleting, re-writing, deleting some more... as I've tried them on. Nothing really seemed right, until I tried on one more idea and it stuck. Now my heroine is off to the king's castle to have a frank chat with him about the problem of all these knights who keep trying to kill the dragon. We'll see if the idea is still sticky next week, or if I've changed my mind again and gone off in some other direction.


Goal for this week: Two hours working on the dragon story.


What about you?

Whatcha Workin' On? #3

Posted by Ali on April 10, 2013 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (2)

I've made progress on the dragon story, but it's not finished yet.  I'm working through plot structure and trying to figure out how I want to arrange the scaffolding.  Once I head in one direction, I decide that a different one would work better, or maybe that other one...  So, my progress has been circular rather than linear, but I'm getting there.


In other news, I ended up with a snow day on Tuesday, so I went on a bout of spring cleaning.  So, on the domestic front, I'm feeling pretty productive just now.  Lots of laundry done, even more laundry put away, things tidied, buttons re-sewn, three pairs of sunglasses re-discovered, a bathroom cleaned, and two bags full of old documents shredded.  Also, I did my taxes.  Not too shabby.


I'm taking a different approach this go around and setting my goal in terms of time, since this story is proving more labor intensive than I originally estimated.  This week, I'm going to spend at least two hours working on the dragon story.  If, by chance, it takes me less than two hours to wrap up the story, I'll move on to another project.


How about you?

Whatcha Workin' On? #2

Posted by Ali on April 3, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (2)

So, my first week of accountability crashed and burned. I haven't made any progress on the dragon story.


Before I commit Seppuku out of shame, though, I did get engaged last week and so my dance card wound up being full of sharing the news and the first stages of wedding planning. Maybe I'll justify my lack of word count by writing a wedding story. Thus, I was really doing research this week.


Now, for take two at accountability. Goal this week: Finish the dragon story.


How about you? How'd your goals turn out? What's on the docket for this week?

Introducing Whatcha Working On? Wednesdays

Posted by Ali on March 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (2)

Why Wednesdays? Because of the alliteration obviously.


I'm trying a new thing where, each Wednesday, I talk a little about what I'm working on and where I want to be on that by next Wednesday, and then I get nosy and ask you what you're working on. Why? Because accountability breeds productivity.


My evil plan is that, by making public goals I'm going to get more done. By asking you about yours, hopefully you will too. Play along and tell us your current project and what your next step is on that project. Also, anything goes. If you're working on a historical novel and your project of the week is going to the Renaissance Fair, that's cool. If you're brainstorming this week, reading, editing, doing something that'll get you inspired, working on writing exercises, or internet stalking your favorite writer... It's ALL GOOD.


I want to make a space to talk about ongoing process, what's working, what's not working, and hopefully we can all learn more about how other people do things (and steal their good ideas about getting words on the page).


Here are my current raw materials:

-I've written a first chapter of a novel (longhand), as well as some notes on plot points. Next comes transcribing/cleaning up the first chapter.

-I've written the first few paragraphs of a story about a dead guy and I'm thinking through some world building details in my head.

-I've written just over two pages about a girl, a dragon, and the fact that not all damsels need (or want) rescuing.


For this week, I'm going to focus on the dragon story. I imagine it as a relatively short one and it'd be nice to have it knocked out by the time next Wednesday rolls around. So, my official goal for the week: Finish the dragon story.


What about you?

The 2013 Rejection Collection Challenge!!

Posted by Jenny Maloney on December 31, 2012 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

First off:

Happy New Years Eve!

(Everyone make sure to drive safely.) 

As you all know, 'tis that time of year again. That time when we're all promising to hunker down and finish that novel. We're gonna write more words - Better Words. This year is the year! 

Well, if your goal is to get published this year, I am re-instigating the UGWP Rejection Collection Challenge!

For those of you new to the Rejection Collection Challenge, here is the 4-1-1:

Submit your work to magazines, agents, or publishers throughout the year. If you collect three rejection letters - or one rejection letter and one ACCEPTANCE LETTER OF AWESOMENESS -  I will cook you a baked good of some kind (cookies, brownies, cakes, etc.) if you are a member of UGWP that I see in real life. If you are a website member you will get a Bragging Rights Post and cyber-baked-goods that you'll have to use your imagination to consume.

That's it. Pretty straightforward, huh?

I know, I know. Some of you are asking: Why are we getting props for rejections? Doesn't that just prove we're losers? 

NO! If you get rejections it proves that you are being brave, bold, and showing faith in your work. It means you are putting yourself out there. It means that you believe your work is good enough for people who are not your loving parents to read. That is something to be celebrated. 

It's also the only way to ever, ever get published. No editor is going to walk up to you on the street and say, "Hey, you look like a brilliant writer. I should publish you. What do you have languishing on your hard drive?"

If you won't take my word for it, here's a great article from The Review Review on how submission phobia holds writers back. Don't be one of those writers. Be one of the badass submitting writers. Show no fear.

And if you're successful at rejection, we'll brag about you. 

Pen and Paper and Zombies

Posted by Ali on November 29, 2012 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (3)

The other day I decided to start working on a zombie story. I've been having a difficult time focusing on writing lately, so I was thinking of doing some out of the house pages. The thing I like about going to a coffee shop to write is that it removes me from distractions. But, I wasn't in the mood for coffee, so I decided to replicate the OOTH pages experience at home.

Step 1: Clear off kitchen table to elimiate clutter/distractions.

Step 2: Light a candle with a nice scent.

Step 3: Make a cup of tea.

Step 4: Turn on some music.

Step 5: Write long hand so I don't get tempted to check e-mail or browse the web.

I'm glad to report that my reproduced OOTH pages went well and I filled up a number of legal sized pages in one sitting. I'm about 2/3 through the draft so far and very gratified to see physical pages full of ink. Yes, the ink is red. It's a zombie story. It's appropriate.

Bragging Rights: Jenny's Story "Notes on a Father" Published by 42 Magazine

Posted by undergroundwritingproject on September 25, 2012 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (2)

(42 Magazine, Issue #3 - cover art "Generations" by Kathy Walton)


Yay to UGWP member Jenny Maloney!


Her short story "Notes on a Father" has been published in the newest issue of 42 Magazine - edited by the fantastic Serene Vannoy and the rest of the crew: Carin Huber, Guy Thomas, Kaitlin Kimmel, and Lara Ameen.


If anyone is interested in submitting to 42 Magazine click here.

And for more information on the issue with Jenny's story click here.  

Bragging Rights: Theatre d'Art Produces John Ridge's Play - Bottled Buddahood

Posted by Jenny Maloney on August 22, 2012 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

A big congratulations and huzzah! to UGWPian John Ridge.

His play "Bottled Buddahood", based on a short story he wrote right here with us, has been produced by Colorado Springs theatre company Theatre d'Art as part of their season kickoff, Theatregasm.

This is the sixth installment of Theatregasm and it features a ton of local talent. Since it would be impossible to list everyone's name and accolades, and because we're writers, we're just going to give a shout out to the local playwrights, including John:

"Through the Eyes of the Director" by Meg Hodorovitch

"We Are Waldo" by Jeff Keele

"What is That? Parts 1,2, and 3" by Adam Blancas and Michael Lee

"Bottled Buddahood" by John Ridge

"Serial: Pop" by Roy Ballard

"Blood and Beer" by Michelle Sharpe

"Twelve Angry Birds" by Michael Lee

"Nirvana Slouched" by Christian O'Shaughnessy

"Apartment H" by Elijah Atkins

"Another Day in Polkatopia" by Phil Ginsburg


"The Republican Report" by James Reiter and Mathilde LeMoine

Congratulations to all of the writers! Now, if you haven't had a chance to see this and you're in the Colorado Springs area, Theatregasm is playing for one more weekend. Here's the pertinent info:

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8:00p.m.

128 North Nevada Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO (which has info on reserving tickets...which might be necessary - the show I went to sold out and they had to bring in extra seats)

719-357-8321 for more info

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