Nov. 12th, 2008

martinlivings: (Writers Block)
So, yesterday I gave up on NaNoWriMo. I realised that I just couldn't do it this year.

Today, I realised I was right. I can't do it.

Not alone.

But, for the rest of the month, I'm going to write two chapters a day. Maybe even three, if I can manage it. And you're going to help me.

The first three people to reply to this post with words, concepts, idea, etc to be included in the first chapter - and thus shape the entire "book" - will be used. And acknowledged. It's almost like a reward.

That's right, it's like Tuesday's Ten Minute Tales, except every damn day, twice a day, and making it into an ongoing story.

Also, I can't guarantee the ten minute thing this time around, thanks to work and life. But I'll post the chapters on the same day I get the words, before I ask for the next set of words for the next chapter. I hope that's acceptable!

Okay, guys, let's see if this thing will fly!
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Martin Livings’ “The Dead Priest’s Tale” is one of my favourites in the whole anthology...

*poing poing poing*
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Wow, reviews are like buses... you wait and wait, then suddenly three come at once!

"Piggies" in Midnight Echo:

Special mention of "Piggies" by Martin Livings for a gruesome final story on our reading list. Livings doesn’t explain anything, it simply happens and we are there at the dinner table during proceedings. That one will stick with you long after you have put "Midnight Echo" aside. Stephen King covered similar ground, but King is a pussy in comparison to the dark notions of Livings story.


"Skinsongs" in 2012:

'Skinsongs' is really interesting and quite unique. In this 2012, people's skins can be read like music, and one star doesn't want to be a one hit wonder. While the rest of the anthology is tied up with the utter condemnation of humanity's excessive greed over resources, that this story is not focused on water or oil is a comfortable and interesting relief from the more serious nature's of the other stories.


"The Dead Priest's Tale" in Canterbury 2100:

Martin Livings’ “The Dead Priest’s Tale” is one of my favourites in the whole anthology; maybe I’m just a sucker for historical stuff (when it’s done well). Thomas is born to die, the first line informs the reader (‘spoiler!’, I say). He grows up clever, and devoted to God; becomes a priest. Life goes on, until he is summoned to Canterbury, which is when things get weird for him, and interesting for the reader. This story worked for me because it is very clearly situated in 2109 (or the years just prior); it reveals a bit more about the world and how people interact in it; and, except for one moment near the end (for me), the characters and actions rang true. Can’t ask for much more than that.


Now all I'm waiting for is the first review of Voices. :)

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