Monday, 30 June 2014

Camp NaNoWriMo 2014

Tomorrow is the start of Camp NaNoWriMo! Lured by the words "G+ cabin", I decided to sign up and give it a shot.

- Very short digression: I used to post NaNoWriMo updates at With Love from Japan, Eustacia, but since I started this blog, I figured that this blog is more appropriate than a blog about life in Japan -

Camp NaNoWriMo is supposed to be more relaxed than NaNoWriMo, so instead of one goal, I have three! They are:

a. Go through last year's NaNoWriMo and make one round of edits. For this, I've found this new writing community that I'm not supposed to name yet, so hopefully it'll help with motivation!

b. Do a first draft/outline of the story I'm writing with +Nicholas Lim. At the very least, I should have discovered who the main characters are and have written one chapters by the end of the month.

c. Get to know the awesome people in my cabin! It's the first time I have anything like a cabin, and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone.

I'll be posting updates on how everything is going once a week. Who's also participating? Let me know if you are (and your posts/your blog where you'll be updating/etc)

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

The End of An Excuse For Company

I would like to officially announce the end of An Excuse for Company.

This little magazine, which was created for NaNoWriMo 2012 lasted for 10 issues, and I'm really grateful to all those who helped make it happen. To me, this magazine couldn't have lasted as long as it did without the support of the Google+ community.

For me, editing this magazine taught me a lot of things. I learnt:

How to ask people for contributions. It's still not my strong point, but I've discovered that going about things by myself is tiring and most of the time unnecessary. And also, most of you out there are awesome people who will help with time/advice/submissions.

How to format things according to Smashwords. I must have read the smashwords guide many many times to get the formatting for the book, and the cover right. Thanks to that, I will always appreciate what indie writers go through to a get a book out.

More about deadlines. I'm not, by nature, a schedule-ly person, but An Excuse for Company taught me about multiple deadlines. Deadlines to get the theme fixed, when to start reminding people, and of course, when to get the magazine out by. This is definitely something that's helping me in school as well.

And so much more. I learnt a lot not only from editing the magazine, but from reading all the submissions that all you awesome people submitted.

Even though I would have liked for the magazine to be wildly successful and never end, I learnt a lot from this experiment, and I don't regret starting An Excuse For Company.

There's a whole long list of people that I really need to thank, starting with +Micha Fire and +kat Folland for always being so supportive and going on to everyone who has ever contributed, commented and reshared.

P.s. I really like this name and this magazine, so don't be suprised if sometime in the future (maybe a few years down the road) this magazine gets resurrected :D