April Camp NaNoWriMo 2018

Greetings!

The time is here again, to set goals and get to writing! Or in Fox’s case, highlighting the important bits in pages and pages of research notes from the last Camp NaNoWriMo.

Whether you are officially working towards a camp goal, or using the time in a less official capacity towards an unofficial goal, or aren’t doing any writing-related activities at all this month, we wish you good luck in your attempts.

Happy April, everyone, and we hoped you enjoyed our previous post as the 1st of April joke we intended it to be. As with all writer-related jokes, it contains a grain of truth — but how big of a grain, we’ll leave for you to decide…

All the best,

your OSEA hosts.

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In Which your Hosts Finally Return!

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

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”). ]

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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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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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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Q&A: Writer Friends and the Importance of Having Them. Part One.

In Which Your Hosts Answer a Few Questions about Friendship of a Writerly Variety.

Greetings, fellow octopi. Welcome to our First Ever Q&A!

With you today for this Very Special occasion will be our two co-founders: GeGi and endever*. The Topic is Writerly Friends, and it’s one which we’ve been nibbling about the edges of for quite some time here at The Octopus Society of Evil Authors Headquarters. We’ve decided, after much discussion between ourselves, to cover this area of writer life via a Question and Answer format; both in order to make our lives a little easier, but also — more importantly — to give you, dear readers, a chance to see this important facet of our lives from two different viewpoints. First to answer will be GeGi, followed by the same set of questions next week to be answered by endever*.

Without further ado, let us acquire appropriate refreshments and begin!

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Suggestions and Ideas for the Wary Author.

Tips for Octopi on methods of discretion while researching.

In this day and age, it becomes a sensible precaution for the aspiring Evil Author to take a few extra measures to ensure privacy and discretion in the pursuit of research. Should the hapless outsider discover an Evil Author’s internet queries out of context, for example, the author might be suspected of plotting deeds most foul in the physical world, rather than merely bringing suffering and excitement to the world of their own creation. Such unpleasantness should be avoided, as it only serves as a distraction from precious time which should rightly be spent writing. Fortunately, my dear octopi, endever* and I (GeGi) have decided to compile a few helpful suggestions to aid you in this avoidance.

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The Fine Lines of Being Evil.

In Which We Discuss The Art of Being Evil Authors. Part One.

Greetings, my dear little octopi! How are we all this fine day/night? Well, I hope? Settled comfortably? There’s tea or coffee for refreshments, please help yourselves. Have your notebooks out and writing implements at the ready? Excellent, let’s begin!

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We’re going to talk about being Evil. Specifically, an Evil Author.

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