It's the last week of the Clarion Blog-A-Thon, the annual writing exercise I do for my alma mater. I have raised $850. I'd like to get to $1,000 before it finishes this Sunday.
If you donate a mere $5, there's good value in it, I think; in the Clarion Echo, where I've been live-writing things, I've posted the final drafts of not one but four stories that I've already sent out for publication:
- "The Sturdy Bookshelves of Pawel Olizsewski," the tale of perhaps the oddest wizard you'll ever meet, and the envious obituary writer who attempts to dissect his magic;
- "The Cultist's Son," the darkest story I've ever written (or think I will ever write), detailing the damage a Shub-Niggurath cultist did to her son;
- "REMployee of the Month," a flash fiction about retail workers who put their shifts in while they sleep;
- "Run Deeper," a Lovecraftian spin on, of all things, Minecraft.
I think paying $5 for four short stories isn't a bad deal. But if you're a writer, there's also close to 10,000 words of commentary on how I edited those stories from first to final draft, laying out in detail what I thought was wrong with each of the stories and describing how I fixed it... or how I abandoned it. I try my best to put you inside my messy little writer's head, showing you all the tiny tricks that takes a story from "readable" to "good." (I won't say "great," as I never love my fiction, but at least two of these stories are literally as good as I'm capable of writing right now - The Cultist's Son is some of the best characterization I've done in the past five years.)
So there's a lot in there. Plus, if you donate $25, I will critique a story for you - I've got four people with critiques I just have to write up, and there's room for more. Donate $5 (and email me with your LJ user name), and you'll get to see ALL THE STORIES.
Like I said, I'd like to hit $1,000, and I think I've done the work that even a small donation will get you your money's worth. So if you've got the cash, please think about helping out the next generation of sci-fi and fantasy writers.