Sunday, January 21, 2007

The 1000 Club!

I was just on the Speculative Romance Online site and I read an article on the 100 Club. The quick story--you write at least 100 words a day for 100 consecutive days on your current WIP. If you miss writing 100 words one day, you have to start all over again. What a cool idea! If there's something writers are good at, it's "tricking" themselves into writing.

Well I've decided to adopt and change that idea a little. I usually have more than one WIP swimming in my katra at any given moment AND I have no problem writing 100 words daily. So how do I make this a challenge to myself...

1,000 words on anything (WIP, free-writes, exercises) for the next 20 days.

I'll post my daily word count at the end of each day (or first thing the next day if I need to get to sleep.) Don't worry, I'll be honest. I'm interested to see if I can make it that far. My "reward" for writing 1,000 a day for 20 days will be to buy myself a book the next day.

Good gracious! That means I can't buy ANY BOOKS for the next 20 days. (Anyone who knows me will know that this is a TRUE sacrifice!) Aww man, if I f$^$^^k up it will be LONGER THAN 20 DAYS BEFORE I CAN BUY A BOOK! Well, I'd better stick to the plan.

I think I can do it. I'm starting to work on a short story for the Romance Divas' February Challenge (man, I'm behind schedule) and of course I've got that epic series that's seized my interest and won't let go. This is a labor of love, so I'm taking my time.

Well, I'd better get going. I've got a lot of writing to do.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Big Ideas in Conservation - Next Big Ideas in Conservation: Steve McCormick - Security

Big Ideas in Conservation - Next Big Ideas in Conservation: Steve McCormick - Security

I thought this was interesting, a little oversimplified, but still interesting. McCormick's play on words, "War on Terra", is "cute"; but I think it begins to distance the people he should be trying to appeal to.

His core audience lives and breathes these ideas. Most of his audience is probably also incredibly politically active. It's the mass majority that he needs to direct his attention to. Unfortunately as soon as many of them read that phrase, they'll begin to tune out what he has to say.