Hi Scott! I figured I'd go ahead and introduce myself here too. I'm fascinated by historical war stories (Napoleon!!), and am writing one myself--mine is set in WWII and told through the alternating points of view of two German soldiers (why? it's a very long story). Despite my own military experience, I find that it's very difficult as a woman to be taken "seriously" when writing about war, especially when one is writing through the point of view of the (male) soldier. I'm not sure why I gravitate to the male voice, but I suspect it's from being the "fly on the wall" in a male-dominated career field for so long. I feel guilty about this--why am I not writing the woman's experience? Maybe in my next book...
Coincidentally, my entry Bratsche originally came into being back in the 2008 NaNoWriMo, although it's barely recognizable at this point.
Does your story happen to take place during the German invasion of Russia?
I plan to write a sequel to Russian Snows told from the perspective of a French teenage girl. I have a teenage daughter so I think that will help in the writing.
Do you have plans to publish Bratsche?
Actually, it's set during the Battle of the Bulge. I originally tried to write it from the perspective of a Belgian woman, but the soldiers' POVs took over (wow--no pun intended here!) and, strangely, made it more...err...cynical and "literary" if that's possible. I'm about 2/3 finished with this draft--but I'd love to publish eventually, and hopefully I'll be ready to start that process next year. This contest seems like a relatively low-key means to get my feet wet in the publishing world.
I do have a teenage girl in my novel (I was one, after all), but she's nothing like me...I hope. I'm sure having a daughter that age would help! Wow, already thinking about the sequel. I AM a slow writer! :)
Well, welcome Scott. We're not sexist. (Just clueless you are here.) Ha. Honetly, Napoleon's Coming of Age story sounds like a great preise
Hi I'm Kierie:
This contest was the exact Kick in the behind I needed to start making my thousands of words come together and have order.
So while I may have lost my fingerprints from excessive continuous typing; I feel great about it! I've been working on my piece in its various incarnations since last fall and I love where it's going!
I became a member of She Writes earlier this year and am grateful for the newsletters/e-updates. Otherwise, I might not have known about this contest.
I'm so excited about the number of pages we're able to submit for this competition. That is fantastic. Often, it's limited to 300 or 500 words. Being able to submit 2,000 words makes this a really extraordinary opportunity, IMHO.
Best of luck, everyone. And no matter how we do (yes, this is self-talk here) it's the journey that makes writing a valuable pursuit. Whatever happens, keep savoring the journey--that's my plan anyway.
Hi there. I'm Cynthia Hartwig and I live in Seattle.
My novel, Garden of Loss, is set in the Garden of Eden, a ramshackle roadside serpentarium located about 40 miles from Charleston in geography and a million miles in spirit. When a coral snake that's mistaken for a tri-colored kingsnake gets loose in Senior Biology, Walter Ennis, my motherless 15-year-old hero, captures it by putting it in his tube sock. The owner of the Garden of Eden recognizes a snake-obsessed wworker when he sees one and hires Walter on the spot for what Walter assumes will be his dream job until he’s put to work as Junior Mouse Killer and introduced to the nightmare of offing thouands of mice needed to feed a collection of 666 venomous snakes. On this wild journey through both kingdoms of rodentia and serpentia, Walter helps glue together a failing business where cash flow is down to a trickle, and gets entangled daily with an outsized American entrepreneur named Eddie Adams who is trying to save the business by breeding Moby Retic, the largest white reticulated python in the world. Part love story, part adventure story, newfangled fable and old-fashioned coming-of-age story, nobody makes it out of the Garden of Eden unscathed. Oh, did I mention 666 venomous snakes?
Hi everyone! I am a French Mum living in London. I became a member of She Writes earlier this year and this contest is exactly what I needed to make my fist chapter come together. Thanks for organising it. Now I suppose we only have to wait and see.
Good luck everyone!
Hi Kamy and fellow Shewriters!
I am a grateful writer who is submitting (tonight!) my first 2,000 words of a WIP, Raising Mom. This opportunity is the catalyst that I needed and I'm excited to watch it unfold. I wish everyone the best of luck and the courage to KEEP ON WRITING!