July Updates – Flash Fiction Contest Update, Camp NaNoWriMo, World Anvil Summer Camp, etc.

Hurricane – via Pixbay

July has been a good kind of whirlwind for me – from the bittersweet of helping my eldest get ready for college to the excitement of visiting family and completing summer challenges to the nervous jitters of making tough choices career-wise.

Writing-wise here’s the recap:

1. NEWS FLASH! Back in April I submitted a flash fiction story to the Untold Podcast‘s UPC (Untold Picture Contest). The requirement was to write a speculative fiction story about a picture the coordinator sent, up to 1000 words. And as luck would have it, the picture I received fit me and my interests to a T. A few friends were kind enough to give feedback on it before I submitted.

Yesterday, I found out I’m one of the 5 finalists! In August the podcast will perform the finalist’s stories and post them. After that, voting for the listeners’ favorite will commence. So when the stories are made available I’ll share them! I can’t wait to hear them all!

2. Camp NaNoWriMo: My goal was 40 hours of editing on my book Rise. Just completed it yesterday. That includes editing in several chapters of feedback from my critique partner. I’m up to Ch 21 in my editing. Will get chapters 13-20 to my CP soon.

3. World Anvil Summer Camp: I finished my tenth article (of thirty possible) for camp. That should earn me a bronze award. Hopefully, I can get one more picture done before it ends – so each article has something pretty to draw the eye. Participating in the #word-sprints channel on the WA discord server really helped me finish the articles. So thank you to the folks that hosted those.

4. The 100 -for-100 challenge: I had to step aside from it. But since the goal was 10,000 word written on a project by the end of it, and I have over 17,000 I’m not too sad. I just need to go back and edit/redirect the story and I couldn’t do that, the other challenges, AND get my 100 words in each day. Editing was and still is #1 priority so I can query this fall.

5. The Couch to 5K by WritersHQ: Netted me 9997 words (counting the progress each day – included the word count for the challenge above) and still a boost for my story.

6. I learned that having to track for our challenges at once was not so fun. So in the future, the shiny syndrome will have to be tamed. (pushes the temptation of the next World Anvil writing contest under the table ‘Back you temptress, you!’)

So that’s July in a nutshell. What have you all been working on? Were you saner than I was, and kept your commitment level to a more reasonable pace?

Published by Amy Winters-Voss

Speculative fiction author, Japan-o-phile, craft-o-holic

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