Neile Graham (neile) wrote,
Neile Graham

Les Semaines June 14, 2009: Beware! Write-a-thon!

I look up and we're already halfway through June and the Clarion West Workshop starts in a week. As does the Write-a-thon (eek!), which I have probably unwisely-for-my-stress-level signed up for. In hopes it will help get me out of the novel-slashing doldrums. Here's my page where I have fun answering their questions and you can even see a wee snippet of the novel-in-distress.

The write-a-thon works just like a walk-a-thon, except I write. The monetary pledges go to Clarion West, to help support workshop expenses, student scholarships, and keep the organization's head above water in these tough times.

Anyone who pledges at least $6 to support my writing habit will get a copy of my reading CD, She Says: Poems Selected and New which you are welcome to consider as a reward or a punishment, as you wish. I have heard CDs make marginally useful coasters. They also are very shiny if you hang them in your window.

My goal is to spend at least one hour a day internet-free and writing. An hour doesn't sound like much, but I know that there will be many days during the workshop when finding the hour will be difficult. The internet-free part is going to hurt, but should mean that I get a little more done. That would be nice. Because this project is currently going slower than moles' asses, I tell you.

So please check out my page. Pledge if you can. You can PayPal a pledge from my page, or if you'd rather not PayPal, you can send me an email (my first name at to let me know what your pledge is ($6 would be terrific—that's only a $1 a week, and if enough people do it, that adds up. Of course, if you can spare more, that's great). And if you want to join in and make your own writing challenge, money aside, that's even better, because one of the best things the write-a-thon does is challenge people to write.

For my listening, reading, and writing news and a day from my 1997 Scotland travel journal, see Les Semaines.

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