I have, in my hot little hands (Well, on my hot little hard drive, at least) a completed first draft of a Crimson Lien story.
This story is written in prose, not as a script. I was about halfway done with it a week ago, and I wrote the other half over the past week as my first goal in this year’s National Novel Writing Month.
It’s not long enough to be a novel, but it’s too long to be a short story. It falls somewhere in the novella range. As it’s a first draft, I will not be releasing this story just yet. But it will be released eventually. I am sticking as closely as I can to my promise to never give a time line for anything, so I won’t say when I expect it to be complete. I can tell you, though, that it will NOT be complete this month.
“Why?” you ask? Because it’s National Novel Writing Month. While I finished this story, I have another waiting to go and I’m still 40,000 words or so away from the 50,000 required to win. I’m hoping to get the second story completely written so when it comes time to edit, I can get both stories edited and out at the same time.
Isn’t that nice of me?
While I have your attention, I’d like to bring up something very important to me, and even more important to Bob, the voice of John and Quincy (and many more). That topic is Breast Cancer. Bob’s mother died this year, and what killed her started as breast cancer.
Every year (Well, last year and this year, but we plan on doing this into perpetuity) we participate in How Not To Grow A Beard Month, where a group of unshaven men parade their unmanly peach fuzz, spotty growth, and neck stubble for fun and … well fun, really. Starting this year, though, we are taking donations. Every single PENNY of your donations will go to funding breast cancer research. Not the site. Not to pay for the domain name. Not even for the Paypal fees (Up to a certain amount. We’re not rich, but we’ll try to cover them all ourselves. Guaranteed we’ll cover the fees on the first $2000 donated).
In addition to supporting this extremely worthwhile research, you can have the fun of sponsoring a beard. The person who gets the most donations wins a Fabulous Prize and while i don’t expect I’ll win, I’d like to make a showing. I’m “Wesley” on the site.
Plus, sponsoring my beard will make me happy, and when I’m happy I write faster.
So, if you are able and willing, please check out the How Not To Grow A Beard Month donation page and at LEAST gawk at the manliness. And when you’re done with that, donate a little. It’s going to a wonderful cause: My ego.
I mean breast cancer research. That too.
I mean ONLY breast cancer research. Yeah.