Muskoka Novel Marathon 2015 fundraising results UPDATE


We actually flipped over $29,000 while the Marathon was still on. Woot!

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Going to make it easy for myself and just C&P the press release I just sent out:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Novel Marathon raises $28,500 for Y literacy services—so far

2:30 p.m. EDT July 11, 2015

The 2014 Muskoka Novel Marathon (MNM) looks on track to again blast past its fundraising goal ($20,000) and its previous record fundraising amount ($23,000 in 2014) with a current total to this point of $28,568.03.

Muskoka Novel Marathon 2015 writing plan


Tonight at 8 p.m. EDT, the Muskoka Novel Marathon begins, and I along with 39 other writers will indulge in a 72-hour creative spree, pushing ourselves to produce work unprecedented in both quantity and quality.

Last year I wrote a continuous section of I, Alexander entitled "The City of Purple," about the siege of Tyre, as an entry into the Best Novel contest (and almost won).

Tolerance for disorientation


This blogpost is offered in explanation for why I haven't written a word of a certain book about a certain conqueror since inducing and in some cases pretty much press-ganging several people into becoming beta-readers for it.

Some time ago, my friendly neighbourhood spirit guides told me, "The speed of your transformation is determined by your degree of tolerance for disorientation."

(I can see Chevenga nodding sagely after having lived through the events of asa kraiya. "Degree of disorientation, ohhhhhh yeah.")

What happened to this site, why it was down so long and... an Alexander invitation


OHHH THIS FEELS SO GOOD... to be logged on, to have control over this site again, to have zotted a whack of spam comments, to be posting a blogpost!

All I could do in that dead time, was make anonymous comments, and so I did a couple explaining what happened. (See here.) But without the "Recent comments" list, to your right, I imagine a lot of people didn't find them, and I could do not a thing about it.

So... here is what happened. And, further down, what's going to.

Whither Chevenga, Alexander... and Karen?


The purpose of this blogpost is dual. To let you know:

1) that I have not fallen off the face of the planet
2) what the heck is going on such that I haven’t started posting again.

What the heck is going on is that my inspiration for IA fled me after the Muskoka Novel Marathon in July, and remains in absentia. I’ll quote from an email I wrote to reader J, with enhancements to further clarify:

Writing linearly, and me


So you've kind of noticed that, unlike PA or ak, I'm all over the place with IA... inserting biggish hunks into the existing text, jumping ahead in the story to do a sequence at a Novel Marathon, saying I'm off to do research or straighten out my emotions, etc., etc. And possibly you are thinking, 'This way does not lend itself to weblit, at least the linear way you've been doing it, Karen."

So, confession time: this may seem hard to believe after the last five years, but -- I am not a linear writer.

My Muskoka Novel Marathon 2014: Finalist AGAIN


UPDATE Sept. 1:

It's official: I placed in the top four this time, not sure where I placed except it was not #1.

And part of me feels like shit... what do I have to do?

Back on the front page of Daily Kos


Click here to see my latest work, done as usual for Darksyde's "This Week in Science" feature.

Larger, lighter version (click on the image to see it whole):

The blow that fate has struck upon you (Chevenga's theme song)


Long ago I wrote a longish blogpost about the music I listen to while writing. It's been many things over many years, mostly in the progressive rock/jazz/fusion/new age/world areas. I love music and... while I guess I could write without it, I would never want to. Music blasting into my head from the phones is part of what powers my creativity.

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