Friday, December 4, 2009

In Which I Switch Gears

Ages upon ages ago (truth be told, it was just over a year ago), I got this idea to start a short-fiction project. I called it Short Story Thursdays, and my plan was to post a new 500-word section of a story once a month on a Thursday. If you look through the archives, you'll find the six or seven posts that I wrote for it. I made a separate blog for it, but as time went on, the story (and it's author, to be honest) lost it's steam. The last section of the story was posted way back in April, and I had all but forgotten about it until last month.

When I was about halfway through the NaNoWriMo challenge last month, I thought about resuming work on the project. I had enough on my plate with trying to keep up with the word count for the NaNoWriMo challenge, so I kept the idea on the back burner of my mind. As the month of November wound to an end, it hit me: Why not open up the project to others to contribute to?

And so it came to be that Fiction Five Hundred was re-born.

The project now is as it was when I started it: write a fictional story using no more than 500 words. The only difference is that I'm opening it up to anyone who wants to contribute. It's a challenge, there is no doubt about that, but it is a useful tool. This project is more for others than it is for me (though I will be writing for the site), and I'm only mentioning it here to help try to spread the word about it.

I've got a couple of different authors already up on the site, and there is some pretty great stuff. There are more stories due to be posted as the month progresses. If you are at all interested in writing fiction, I strongly urge you to check out the site and consider participating. If you know of anyone who likes to write fiction, too, well, send 'em on over.

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I'll leave you for the weekend with this, yet another version of the "Cartoonize Yourself" ads I found recently:




Out of all the various ads I've seen based upon making a cartoon out of oneself, this is by far my favorite version one yet. I'll let you guess as to why (HINT: There are two big reasons). You can see the other "Cartoonize Yourself" ads I've written about here, here, and here.

Have a good weekend, folks.

26 Comments:

Mommakin said...

I am definitely going to plug this project - I don't guess it's a huge secret that I'm a fan...

Organic Meatbag said...

If somebody were to cartoonize me, I would hope they would give me an appropriately chiseled He-Man like physique...

mysterg said...

I would hope if somebody were to cartoonize me, that they would give me an appropriately massive appendage....wait a second, or is that a caricature?

Aunt Juicebox said...

I love to read the stuff you write, but I'm not very good at writing fiction. I have enough trouble trying to make my REAL stories sound like I didn't make them up, they are so unbelievable even to me sometimes. Good luck, and I hope you all have fun with it.

Mr. Apron said...

Two big reasons.....

I don't get it.

You're talking about her eyebrows?

sn0tty said...

I would love to participate - I need to get off my duff and write more fiction.

Nyx said...

Her right eye (left to us) kind of freaks me out a bit. It's all squirmy. And God made silicone for a reason...right?

And hey, I might be joining that site! 50,000 words is a bit much (NaNoWriMo FAIL), but I'm pretty sure I can handle 500. Well, that is, if I can condense it into 500 words.....

Aunt Becky said...

Her eyes, right?

Amy said...

Hey! If I cartoon myself, does that mean I get bigger boobs???

Mwa said...

Not four big reasons?

toywithme said...

She has eyes ?!?

carissajaded said...

I'm looking forward to this project! I don't write fiction very often, but I could probably swing 500!

mepsipax said...

This sounds like a great project. I think I might like to get involved. I did Nano last year and it was a lot of fun. And I won. Well, as much as you can win nano.

Mad Woman said...

Oh my gawd you're right! Her nostrils are HUGE!!

Can't wait to read your fiction. I love your writing.

Captain Dumbass said...

Fiction? I'm on it. Hey? How do you actually keep track of your word count?

Badass Geek said...

Mommakin: I'm glad you like it, and I appreciate any plug for it.

Organic Meatbag: Naturally.

Mysterg: I don't know if there is an adult version of the Cartoonize Yourself ads.

Aunt Juicebox: Thank you very much.

Mr. Apron: Exactly.

Sn0tty: Awesome! Looking forward to seeing what you send in.

Nyx: Amen. And 500 words seems like a lot when you start, but just less than enough when it's finished.

Aunt Becky: If her eyes are on her chest, then yes.

Amy: If you used this version of it, probably!

Mwa: Good point.

ToyWithMe: I know, I just noticed those myself.

CarissaJaded: Awesome!

Mepsipax: Right. Hope you participate.

Mad Woman: Thank you kindly.

Captain Dumbass: Most word processing programs tally it (like MS Word), but the Submit form on the Fiction Five Hundred page also has a word count on it.

Moonspun said...

I am SURE those two reasons are the eyes right???
I love Fiction 500! I hope I can squeeze out something in between my school work....

Lola said...

Cool project! I won't participate, of course, since I have a hard time sitting down to write anything anymore, but I'll read what you and the others write.

Little Ms Blogger said...

Great project. I may contribute, but will definitely read what people have contributed because 500 words is an interesting challenge.

TechnoBabe said...

500 words is daunting for a not so good writer like me, but the way you said 500 words OR LESS took the pressure off. I will read and see if I would like to join the writers; otherwise, I can still enjoy reading the fiction that is contributed.

otin said...

Sounds like fun! I have trouble keeping the stories short, though. If I get an idea, I will try it.

JennyMac said...

Sounds like a great project!

Traci said...

Found you through Mommakin (she really rocks, doesn't she?) and I think it is a wonderful project. It sounds like the kind of thing that I would immediately commit to and then not follow-thru well on so I'll leave it as I think I might like to participate some time. Is that non-commital enough?
Cheers. :-)

blueviolet said...

I heard of this through Mommakin and I think it's a wonderful project! A lot can happen in 500 words!

Christina said...

I can cartoonify better! There. I said it.

mumma boo said...

What a great project! I'm looking forward to reading everyone's work, and maybe contributing some of my own. Thanks for the inspiration!

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