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Week 1 of the write-a-thon is over already?!

I managed exactly half of the words I was hoping for, but I think they’re decent words so I’m okay with that. I’m expanding and revising a novel, so I spent a lot of my time this week revising the first few chapters. I probably cut as many words as I added, unfortunately, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. I expect things to start picking up now that I’ve sealed a few cracks in the foundation.

How’s everyone else doing?

Hi

I’m from Britain originally, but have moved to Poland recently to live the expat life. Right now, I’m between jobs, but aiming to find work over here as an English Teacher.

Writing-wise, I’m a relatively new writer who started writing seriously two years ago. I was thrilled when I won first place in the SpineTinglers competition in March last year, but life’s been tough since then and it’s been difficult to get much out the door. I have a few stories in the mill that I plan to finish and get out onto the market soon. However, when I started writing, I did so on a novel and I miss the sheer thrill of this kind of writing. My goal therefore for this write-a-thon is to get a new novel outlined (I have the ideas in my head) and 30,000 words written on it. The word count is lower than NaNoWriMo, I know, but I expect to and have already started to write many more words in character development and world-building.

I’m happy to be on the team.

Hi — My name is Teresa (I write as T.W. Fendley) and I’m excited to be part of Team Weaveworld. I’ve been writing full-time since 2007 and my debut historical fantasy novel, ZERO TIME, was published last October by L&L Dreamspell. I’ve spent most of the last six months trying to figure out how to reach readers, so it’s good to get back to writing.

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been working on my first short story for the Write-a-Thon and discovering just how difficult it is to shorten a novel arc. It’ll be interesting to see how it works out, since my goal is to take the partially written sequel to ZERO TIME and turn it into a series of short stories. Right now, at 8,000 words,the first draft of “Jaguar Hope” is about twice as long most of my short stories. Aargh!

I’m a 1997 Clarion graduate (it was still in Lansing, Mich). In the past five years, I’ve had a couple of award-winning short stories, and one published in an ebook anthology. I’m also vetting a young adult fantasy novel with agents.

For 25 years, I worked in journalism and corporate communications at jobs in Arkansas, New Orleans and Washington D.C. My artist husband and I moved to St. Louis a few years ago to be near family.

Introducing…me!

Hi, folks. After much preparation, the write-a-thon is finally here. I thought I’d start off by introducing myself and what I’m working on this year.

I’m Adam Israel, the leader of Team Weaveworld and a 2010 graduate of the Clarion Workshop. A computer programmer by day, I’ve worked in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles but now I call Ontario, Canada home, where I live with my wife, three dogs, and three cats.

I’ve written more than fifty short stories since I started writing seriously in 2007 but I’ve never finished a novel. I aim to change that. During the write-a-thon this year, I’ll be adding to my work-in-progress, titled “Black Mirror”. I already have 31k words and my goal is to add another 30k words by the end of our six weeks together. My plan is to write at least 1,000 words/day, 5 days a week. It’s a pace I think I can manage, although I’ll be thrilled if I end up with more.

I’ve spent the lead up to today reorganizing the words 31k words I already have. The structure of my rough first draft — more of an extended outline — was a noble effort but needed some serious overhauling. I’ll be starting the write-a-thon off with something that, while far from perfect, isn’t going to drive me crazy to look at.

Greetings, Team!

Welcome to Weaveworld, a team of writers participating in the 2012 Clarion write-a-thon. You will find on these pages the scribblings of a diverse group of artist, spread across a wide geographic distance. Many things define us. What unites us is a passion for the written word and a want to see Clarion blossom and thrive, which is why we are asking for pledges as we write our way through these six weeks; to continue the good works that the Clarion Workshop has done since its founding in 1968.