This is just on the off-chance, but I’ll have two spare rooms, and wireless internet. Does anyone want to come over for a writing retreatish kind of thing? The sea is twenty minutes away, the food is fresh, the countryside is astounding and odd, the amenities are BASIC but cozy enough. Or there are apartments and hotels nearby.
I doubt that anyone has time or money to travel so far, but the offer is there. :)
Oh, and there is red wine. :) Or white – made just down the road… :)
The Thursday hangout is open to all. We chat for fifteen minutes, write for 45, then repeat. The Sunday hangout is for Liberty Hall members and may be geared towards the Flash Challenge if anyone wishes. This means writing solidly for 90 minutes, no chat until after.
Any member of Liberty Hall can host an LH hangout whenever they are writing if they want. Contact me if you don't know how.
Wouldn't it be cool if there were enough members writing to keep an LH hangout going 24/7?
We'll try the 15 mins on the hour for chat and 45 mins writing method, but perhaps will find 15 mins too long. We shall see. I imagine doing a few rounds of this myself this Thurs, perhaps three if I can keep up the momentum. I want to get a good couple of thousand words done, and hopefully either a story finished, or very nearly.
Join in! It's fun and productive. I got 1500 words done on an LH flash Challenge, even with chatting and commenting gently throughout. I got to see Leeh's dog and it didn't put me off!
Hopefully see you there. :)
- Current Mood: excited
This Sunday, I'm planning to do the LH flash. Does anyone want to do it simultaneously, in a Google+ hangout? I imagine it would be best to turn up 15 mins early to say hello, and set up your WP apps etc. Then we simultaneously get the trigger, do a bit of mutual oohing and get down to it.
I have no idea if it will work or be productive, but I thought it might be fun.
So - 8pm here is:
8pm in the UK.
7pm in Greece (I think?)
3pm in NY.
4pm in Chicago.
I'm sure you can work out what time it is in your zone from that lot.
If I get any interest, we can finalise times later. perhaps we all meet at 8.15 and start at 8.30 so we finish on the hour? However is best for those participating is fine by me.
From the corner of my eye, I noticed Leila the large dog trying to hide behind a very thin table leg, so I got shouty for a bit.
When I calmed down, I picked up the roll, wondering if I would eat it or not. But inside was only a perfect line of tomato slices. She had eaten the cheese off one side and the ham off the other, and closed the roll again by the time I got back from the loo. I think she only ran out of time to slip it back on to the plate...
Around playing, I have listened to a good few audio novels. Down and Out in the Magical Kingdom, by Cory Doctorow, (great ideas, oddly unlikeable protagonist,) a couple of Mur Lafferty novels, (very easy listening, pretty sweet, but not earth shatteringly deep.) The site is Podiobooks.com. It seems great with some well known authors. It could do with a more easily searchable database, based on ratings or votes or critiques or something, as it is hard to tell whether a book is any good, without knowing the author already.
I joined the ranks of the podcasted the other day, when my horrid horror tale was released by The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine. The production by Scott Pigg is amazing. He really got the tone of an old black and white film, and brought out a new tone. I'm very impressed by his dedication. The story is pretty dark and a lot more disturbing than I thought when I wrote it, especially with the sometimes wince-inducing sound effects by Scott. If you are up for being disturbed, go check out Whelp. It started as a Liberty Hall flash and was critted in other challenges along the route.
...“Whelp” tells the disturbing story of Ivan, who is forced to deal with a very strange and unsettling dog...
So, I'd like to say thanks to any of the people I met who read this, for being such fantastic hosts, and apologise to everyone for being so absent for so long. :)
Many thanks to everyone who critted this tale, many people more than once in its different incarnations; Werecat, mime, PamL, kara and the many who deserve more than the fact I can't remember their names right now. ;)
- Current Mood: cheerful
- Current Mood: happy
Margo Lanagan ‘Yon Horned Moon’
Richard Harland ‘An Exhibition of the Plague’
Sean McMullen ‘Spacebook’
Lee Battersby ‘At The End There Was a Man’
Jason Nahrung ‘Messiah on the Rock’
Angela Ambroz ‘Pyaar Kiya’
Kim Westwood ‘By Any Other Name’
Steve De Beer ‘Psi World’
Robert Hood ‘Desert Madonna’
Cat Sparks ‘Beautiful’
Penny Love ‘Sibo’
Wendy Waring ‘Alien Tears’
Simon Petrie ‘Hatchway’
Jason Fischer ‘Eating Gnashdal’
Robert N Stephenson ‘Rains of la Strange’
Alan Baxter ‘Unexpected Launch’
Chris McMahon ‘Memories of Mars’
Liz Argall ‘Maia Blue is Going Home’
Calie Voorhis ‘Murmer’
!!Damon Shaw ‘Continuity"!!
Donna Maree Hanson ‘Beneath the Floating City’
Patty Jansen ‘Poor Man’s Travel’
Tristan Davenport ‘Oak with the Left Hand’
Colum Paget ‘Pink Ice in the Jovian Rings’
Erin Stocks ‘Lisse’
William Wood ‘Deuteronomy’
Steve Cameron ‘So Sad, the Lighthouse Keeper’