Jen’s 2014 Writing Goals

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GOOOOOOALS!

  1. Writer’s retreat with my fellow bloggers and actually use it to write instead of talk about secret boyfriends.
  2. Lead more people to this creative space in every way possible.
  3. Actually work on my work-in-progress so that I can call it a completed manuscript by the end of this year!
  4. Submit to all the things with all the things.
  5. Read more! Contemporary?!! Scifi?? New things!
  6. Find more amazing poets to ogle.
  7. Write my posts in a timely fashion (aka not the night before they’re due).
  8. Honor my offers to critique for others (I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry) and set aside time to work with crit partner(s).
  9. Do more research.
  10. Learn how to outline!
  11. Work on show not tell.
  12. Stop all the doubts.

Let’s go!

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Audrey’s 2014 Writing Goals

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  1. Meet all my fellow CTers for a writing retreat.
  2. Learn some HTML so Anne doesn’t have to fix my posts all the time.
  3. Write a poem I am proud of.
  4. Start all my stories sooner than 24hrs before they are due.
  5. Read my new collection of tales by H.P. Lovecraft.
  6. Post images with my No Rules Friday Posts.
  7. Revise Guerrilla marketing strategy.
  8. Computerize our CT Logo (which is awesome BTW).
  9. Finish The Heap.
  10. Challenge myself to provide constructive criticism and feedback when critiquing.
  11. Improve depth of my characters and write a hero/heroine worth rooting for.
  12. Conquer my pacing issues! No more slow starts and rushed endings.

Happy New Year 2014 from Julie

Happy2014Hey there, all you Cimmerian readers. It’s good to be on the other side of 2014, and I hope this year will bring us all lots of positive opportunities and learning experiences.

Thanks for checking in and reading our stories, whether you’re here every week or you just pop in from time to time. And to those of you who leave comments or add us as favorites, we love hearing from you.

I’m extremely grateful, in addition, to my fellow “Cimmerers”–the blog has been a source of fun, frustration, laughs, release, and inspiration.

Here’s to a fruitful 2014.

Happy New Year 2014 from Audrey

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I hope everyone had a wonderful 2013, or at least one that had more ups than downs, but I’m really looking forward to 2014 and its new possibilites. I would like to take a moment to thank a couple of people who brought joy and hope to me in 2013.

First, thank you to my lovely writing partners Jen, Anne, and Julie. Julie, thank you for being a wealth of information and providing us with fat animals. Jen, thank you for inviting me to join CT and for being so emotionally honest and huggable. Anne, thank you for challenging me to do better, explaining the internet and its wonders to me, and for meeting me for waffles and writing whenever my crazy schedule allowed it. It has been wonderful working on this blog with you all and I really appreciate all your help and understanding with my writing and my life. I would like to thank everyone who liked or commented on one of my stories: Jeff Coleman, Beautiful Loser, The Zomie Blog, Thelosperspective, The Talking Violin, Dennis Cardiff, Damyanti, Oneanna65, Anna Mosca, Myothervoices, Dietterrogiers, Forestmtnhike, Michaelalexanderchaney, Redneck Rosarian, Matt George, and Taylor Oceans. Also, thank you to all my followers on twitter.

Thank you to my sister, Kit Campbell, for reading my blog and giving me feedback. You are an amazing writer and editor and I’m glad we’re family. Thank you to my mother for reading everything I write and staying up late to give me comments when I post last minute. Thank you for raising me with books and writing as part of my life. Thank you to all my other friends and family members that have encouraged and supported me, especially Christina Davis.

And lastly, I would like to thank my husband and son for being supportive of my writing needs and believing me. I love you both.

Julie’s Book Club: 12 for the New Year

I’m cheating a little this time and instead of reviewing a book (the book I ordered has not found its way to me yet…) I am going to look ahead at 12 books I hope to read in the New Year:

1)      Hild: A Novel by Nicola Griffith

This historical novel is about Hild, the niece of the King of Britain who grows into a powerful figure–and eventually is sainted Hilda of Whitby. I’ve loved Griffith’s fluid prose since I happened upon her novel Slow River years ago. I can’t wait to see what she does in a historical setting–7th Century Britain.

2)      Embassytown by China Miéville

A friend suggested I read Miéville for his immersive worlds. I chose this book, about the human colonist Avice Benner Cho, who returns to Embassytown after years of adventuring in deep space. Homecoming stories interest me, and especially those that touch upon the possibilities of great shifts in space and time between one’s leaving and one’s return.

3)      The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

This is on my Christmas list. I started reading The Sandman comics in high school, and I’ve been hooked on Gaiman since. This novel, about a businessman who returns home and delves into childhood memories best left undisturbed, promises to be dark and dreamlike. I can’t wait to see how the three Fate-like women, who live in the house at the end of the lane, are drawn and what their roles are.

4)      The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Water horses. A girl named Puck. Horse races. Fate. Even if not for Jen’s endorsement of Stiefvater, I’d probably still pluck this book off the shelf.

5)      The Ward by Jordana Frankel

This is Frankel’s YA debut, a dystopian novel about New York after floods, plagues, high-stakes hover racing, and friendship. I got to meet Frankel and hear about the book while it was still being edited, and I want to know how it ends!

6)      Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

This novel has been sitting on my shelf for far too long. (Anyone else have that curse where they buy books and don’t read them, but borrow them and finish them in a day?) I loved and was disturbed by The Handmaid’s Tale, The Blind Assassin, and The Year of the Flood, so I don’t know what I’m waiting for. 2014, perhaps?

7)      Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke

This is another of those books that has been recommended time and again. Like The Prestige, it is about two magicians, and it works in slow reveals. I’ll want to be taking notes on suspense and plot the entire time, if I can keep that up through 1,000-plus pages.

8)      Zig-Zag Wanderer by Madison Smartt Bell

Bell’s limited edition short story collection will be distributed for free (with the request that readers make a donation to a worthy cause), and I hope to catch him reading at The Ivy bookshop in Baltimore next week. The stories, set in the U.S., Haiti, and other places, are mostly named after songs (REM’s “Fall on Me” is among them) and some include musical elements themselves. Bell’s work often goes to dark and strange places–count me in.

9)      The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Because Anne said so.

10)  The Harry Potter audiobooks

This might be wishful thinking, but one of these days I’d like to listen to all of the audiobooks, as performed by Jim Dale.

11)  The Bondwoman’s Narrative: A Novel by Hannah Crafts

Written in the 1850s, this may be the first novel penned by a female African American slave. Crafts, a mulatto, writes about the autobiographical experiences of “passing” and making her way to freedom. Her unpublished manuscript was discovered in 2001 by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

12)  Looking for Alaska by John Green

After thoroughly enjoying Will Grayson, Will Grayson and tearing up at The Fault in Our Stars, I’m ready for another John Green novel. His YA protagonists are strongly voiced, and their struggles are both uniquely their own and universal. He draws the high school out crowd in a completely new way, and the lessons they learn are just as applicable to adults picking up these books.

So, that’s my list. Is there anything you would recommend? Have any thoughts about something I’ve added? Leave them in the comments!