Hiatus!

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Greetings, octopi! As you may have noticed, OSEA is on hiatus this month – due to a combination of illness, extra classwork, and the July session of Camp NaNoWriMo, we couldn’t devote our usual amount of time towards creating quality evil author content for y’all. Please spend the remainder of the month working on your own projects, cackling at your readers’ reactions, and exploring the wonderful ocean of your own creativity! We’ll see you back in August. While we’re gone, feel free to leave requests for August blog topics below.

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The Return of Camp NaNoWriMo

In Which Our Evil Authors discuss their plans for July Camp, and have a Very Special Announcement.

Salutations, other octopi adventurers in the great writing wilderness!

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image description: cheerful adventuring cartoon octopus welding a cutlass and a teddy bear.

July is nearly here, which means once again Camp NaNoWriMo is about to start… Are you feeling ready to tackle a new writing goal? Tell us about it in the comments!

Today’s post, naturally, will be about endever* and GeGi. As you might remember from last week, we’ve both been rather busy with Other Things lately. So we’ll be discussing why or why not we will each be participating (or not) in July Camp.

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Answering a Few Questions.

In Which GeGi plagiarizes ver own email to bring you a post.

Greetings, friendly octopi!

I (GeGi), have been struggling to find inspiration for this week’s topic. It’s not Writing’s fault; my life has been quite full with Other Things lately, and I’ve been letting the Other Things have all of my attention. Thus, I was quite pleased when someone sent me an email requesting the following writing advice:

So what’s the usual tips to achieve writing productivity?  Do you have some web sites or something?  How to find time to write, how not to over edit, etc.  I suppose I just Google it, but I figure you have better ideas. 

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image description: a blurred black keyboard with the enter key in red, reading “help”

Obviously, the logical course of action was to shamelessly steal much of what I wrote in answer, and then expand on it for the blog. Thank you, dear sender of the email, for saving me from having to think up another topic.

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Stay Tuned…

Greetings lovely octopi of all shapes, sizes, and colors…

Our gracious hosts, GeGi and endever*, are somewhat busy with Life and Things just now. Therefore, this Sunday’s post will be posted later in the week. We apologize profusely if this causes any disappointment or distress, and assure you, gentle octopi friends, that we shall be with you again as soon as we possibly can focus on this blog once more.

Until then,

All the best,

Your hosts, endever* and GeGi.

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Edit: I forgot the image description, so with thanks to reader Eliz C, please enjoy the following: “Two watercolor octopi, one in a fluted teacup with a folded newspaper hat, the other in a floral teapot wearing a mint leaf on its head. Two small wrapped candies sit alongside.”

Writing as revolution

In Which endever* discusses ways and mindsets with which an Evil Author can write Social Justice.

Hello again! Last week I (endever*) wrote about the fine lines of being Evil – specifically, the importance of differentiating between being evil towards your characters versus having an evil impact on the real world. Today I’d like to work forward from that discussion of how oppressions can show up in our writing to the broader idea of making our writing a resistance practice/part of the revolution/a small way of changing the world.

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Image description: illustrated octopus hugs planet earth

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The Fine Lines of Being Evil… Part Two

In Which endever* tackles the difficult quandary of being Evil without being oppressive.

Welcome, lovely octopi! Help yourself to some cookies, please, and settle in for a conversation about what it means to be an Evil Author. GeGi ever-so-wonderfully began this topic several weeks ago, and now I (endever*) would like to add some of my own musings. Specifically, I’d like to discuss the difference between being evil to one’s characters and having a real-world impact that is evil.

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Image desctiption: evil-looking cartoon octopus says “muahahahaha!!!”

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Thoughts on How to Start a New Project.

In Which GeGi continues the metaphor of Writing As Gardening, this time in relation to the genesis of a new project.

Greetings, dear octopi!

In a continuation of last week’s metaphor, I, GeGi, will attempt to map out how you can guide the garden of your mind from bare earth to fruitful plant.  In other words, how to go from vague idea to an actual project.

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image description: photo of terrariums featuring small green ground-cover plants with reddish octopus heads and tentacles emerging from beneath.

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