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Write-A-Thon Update!

I’m a quarter of the way to my goal for the Write-A-Thon. If you want to sponsor me, the link is here:¬†http://www.clarionwest.org/members/timsusman/

I’m working on the second book in the Calatians series, which I workshopped the last two weeks with a very talented group of writers. Now that I’m back from the workshop, I intend to get to my goal of 40,000 words quickly and start posting more regular updates.


Clarion Write-A-Thon Time!

Hey, so I’m back at the Write-A-Thon thing! I’ve been drafted by one of my friends in Clarion West, so I’m doing the Write-A-Thon through them this year. I’m also hosting a couple meetups in the Bay Area, so if you’re in the Bay and you want to get together Saturday afternoon for a little writing to kick things off (I know it doesn’t OFFICIALLY start until Sunday but I’m leaving town Saturday night) and get some nifty bookmarks, come on down to Red Rock Coffee in Mountain View around 2 pm on June 18th. I’ll try to snag a table upstairs and will have bookmarks out and we can talk about our goals and how to get friends to sponsor us (hint: do not leave your announcement about doing the Write-A-Thon until the day before).

If you’re not participating but would like to sponsor me, here! http://www.clarionwest.org/members/timsusman/

There are also lots of other lovely authors who will be happy to write things for your money. Check them out at the Clarion West page and also here at the Clarion one!

Clarion Write-A-Thon Wrapping Up

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve reached my goal of 50,000 words for the Write-A-Thon (even if I haven’t quite updated my page yet). You still have two days to offer some support by way of congratulations, I guess–I doubt I will be adding much as I have just finished a conbook story that was due this morning and I have to spend the rest of the day writing a wedding I’m going to be performing tomorrow (it is a very small legal ceremony so not complicated). But the book will continue and it would be great to help out the Clarion Foundation a little more.

And more Bond posts are coming up. Only five to go! Also I will be posting next week about my WorldCon schedule, which includes a launch event for “Kaleidoscope,” the Diversity in YA anthology I’m published in. Busy summer! Hope to see some of you guys in London. :)

Clarion Write-A-Thon, week 2

I’ve gotten through the first week of the Clarion Write-A-Thon and I think it was pretty successful. I wrote about 20,000 words of my 50,000 word goal, which might make you say, “Hey, your goal is way too low,” and yeah, if I were going to be at home this entire six weeks, I would’ve made it higher. But I leave Wednesday for AnthroCon in Pittsburgh, and a week or so after I get back from that I go off for a week at ComicCon in San Diego, so I’ve built in a lot of prep and travel time.

Anyway, if you can spare $10 or even $5, I’d really appreciate it. I’m at $100 pledged and donated now, and when I get to $150 I will post an excerpt of what I’ve been working on. I’m excited at how this book is going and if you saw and liked “Red Devil” when I posted excerpts from it a couple years ago, you’ll enjoy this sequel to it.

Meanwhile, I will post one more Bond entry before I go, and I will keep posting them, dammit.

Clarion Write-A-Thon

It’s that time of year again, and I’m signing up to write fifty thousand words over the next six weeks. If you want to encourage me, or just help out some deserving aspiring writers, please check out my page and pledge or donate. I’ll be working on “Black Angel,” the novel I just workshopped at the Center for the Study of Science Fiction’s novel workshop earlier this month.

One of my good friends, the very talented Ryan Campbell, is attending Clarion this year and it makes me glad to think that money I raised in previous years has helped him and his classmates have a great experience this summer.

Challenges this year: somewhat less than last year, when I attended three conventions and was away from home for about half of the six weeks and still hit my word count goal. I’ll be attending AnthroCon again over July 4 weekend in Pittsburgh, then home for a bit, then down to Comic-Con. I don’t leave home again until after the Write-A-Thon is over, when I’ll be flying to England for LonCon (I’m on two panels there; more about that as it approaches). I should be able to knock out fifty thousand words over the rest of the time, with some help from plane flights and so on.

And I know I have slacked off on the James Bond shorts. I will get to them, I promise!

Summer Write-A-Thon!

The Clarion Foundation holds a Write-A-Thon every summer in which writers solicit sponsors to raise money for Clarion, which lets them put on their excellent programs. I’m participating this year, and next week they will start taking donations. The money goes to a great cause and I promise I will be writing some awesome stuff this summer.

So if you’ve got twenty bucks or so to spare, keep it handy for next week and I’ll post more as we get closer to the start! It runs concurrently with the Clarion workshop, so from the last week of June to the first week of August.