In Which your Hosts Finally Return!

We have an Exciting Plan for NaNoWriMo, and politely request your participation!

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Greetings octopi of all shapes, sizes, colors, and other attributes!

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When we said we’d be back in August, apparently what we meant was November… So let us begin this post by wishing you all a very happy National Novel Writing Month! For more information and participation in NaNoWriMo, make your way over here to the official website. In the meantime, GeGi will be attempting* to share a daily post here on the Octopus Society of Evil Authors official blog for the entire month. It is quite the impressive and ambitious goal, but such are the lengths we are willing to go for you, dear readers of the blog.

GeGi’s plan, such as it is, can be outlined as follows: every morning, GeGi will write the required wordcount for NaNo. Then at some point in the day, that writing will be shared here on the OSEA blog. Since GeGi’s plan for the novel is more of a loosely connected series of vignettes and scenes thematically tying together through overlapping characters set in the same location during the same (nonlinear) overall time-period, this will potentially work out quite well.

GeGi would further like to encourage you all to participate in the writing process by leaving various forms of feedback — if there are characters whose stories you’d like to see told, events you wish to know more about, or other sorts of writing props you might think of, please leave them in the comments. This is very much not a planned-out novel, and as such there is a lot of freedom for reader involvement. Tell your friends! Spread the word! And most of all, have a great NaNoWriMo!

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All the best,

Your OSEA hosts.

EDIT: [ *footnote: attempting is a key word in this sentence. As is plan. Things often have their own ideas about schedules. There will be days in which Things Do Not Go According To Plan. Participating by leaving writing prompts will probably help Things to Go According To Plan more often. (The key word in that sentence is “probably”). ]

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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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.

Continue reading “Answering a Few Questions.”

Greetings!

In which we welcome you to The Octopus Society of Evil Authors and describe our vision.

Welcome! Do come in, sit down, make yourself comfortable. Have some tea, or coffee if you prefer.

There, now that we’re all settled and civil, do allow me to introduce myself. I’m GeGi, one of your host authors, and will be the most frequent contributor to the blog. With me is my co-conspirator, endever*, who looks after the Tumblr and a lot of the Twitter content. We’re both so pleased you made the time to meet us, and do hope you’ll spend quite a bit of time visiting us in the future. Learn more about us in the About section.

Creating an official presence for The Octopus Society of Evil Authors (the correct abbreviation is OSEA) has long been a dream of ours. Between ourselves OSEA has been a constant source of encouragement and fun since inception, and we’d be remiss if we’d kept the enjoyment of such a delightful concept from others. Explore, poke around, ask questions… We welcome involvement and participation.

Our vision thus far for the blog is to be a place of various mixed content of writerly interest, all cross-posted to the Twitter and Tumblr. We’ll cover such topics as writing process and evolution of drafts, problems and issues and hopefully corresponding solutions and ideas, current works in progress, participation in NaNo events, writing prompts, recommendations and reviews, and whatever else inspires us — all with a writer focus, of course.

The Tumblr is planned to be a mix of the cross-posts, and reblogs of other writerly things found on Tumblr; prompts, editing advice, quotes, and so forth.

The Twitter will be all that, plus writerly-related hashtag conversations, and so on.

And, naturally, there will be the occasional octopus

That’s all we have to say for the moment. We’re quite busy creating more content to go up soon, and hopefully we shall have regular updates once everything is sufficiently settled. We’re also in the midst of preparing for Camp NaNo in April, more about which I’ll write in the next post.

In the meantime, we encourage you to start or join in a conversation in the comments, or get in touch with us through our various social media. Introduce yourself, and let us know what topics you’d like to see covered, or what writing challenges you’re facing that you’d like feedback or sympathy about — we’re evil, but we’re also very sympathetic to writer problems!