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Come Get Your NaNoBuddies!

Doing NaNoWriMo this year? There’s no need to do it alone. Come buddy up with the deceptionists and all your podcast listening friends. Comment to this post with your NaNo Username or a link to your profile. I’ll come back in and update the list as I find time amid all the things I’m doing to distract myself from my 1667/day word count goals :)

I’ll even put up some fancy widgets once they come online. If you’d rather not see your word count on the leaderboard, just let me know and I’ll take you off. LIkewise, if you’ve buddied up with me and I haven’t added you to this list, don’t take it personally. I’m just dense. Shoot me an email or a tweet and I’ll get you added.

Have a great November and may the word count be ever in your favor!

The Deceptionists:
Jim (who is probably doing it, but doesn’t want to be all public about it)
(Caroline is sitting this one out, but still using the month to focus on writing goals)

The Peanut Gallery:
(Special Guest Star) Sigrid

posted by Kelly in Elsewhere,Group Therapy and have Comments (5)

Sparrow & Crowe – The Kickstarter Project

On the upcoming Deceptionists episode, I talk about Sparrow & Crowe: The Demoniac of Los Angeles, which is an original comic book miniseries by me, Jeremy Rogers, and artist Jared Souza. It’s currently in production with Hermes Press, and it’s set to debut in Spring 2012.

The book is an occult mystery centered around the possessed daughter of a Los Angeles mob boss. The story mixes crime noir with pulpy horror, as occult detective Doctor Xander Crowe and his assistant Sparrow find themselves caught between Hell and the mob, facing Crowe’s greatest failure… and worst enemy.

This is a creator-owned venture, and the comics market is a tricky one. So, to that end, we’ve launched a Kickstarter project to help us raise money for costs associated with the production and marketing of our comic book.

Click here to visit our Kickstarter site!

Click here to visit our Sparrow & Crowe comic website!

If you’re curious about our characters, they are two of the main protagonists from my audio drama, Wormwood: A Serialized Mystery, which ran from 2007-2010 — and is still available on iTunes. Visit for more information.


posted by Dave in Elsewhere,fiction,News and have No Comments

What’s Your Pickle Story?

On this week’s installment of the Deceptionists, we discussed a writing assignment from a workshop that I’m taking. Essentially, we were asked to free write for several minutes from the point of view of a pickle.

Naturally, my first reaction to this assignment was “How silly!” As we proceeded with the free write, though, I started to see its value. This was an assignment without any preconceived expectations, about a topic that I can pretty much guarantee none of us had ever given any thought to before. As it emerged, everybody in the class ended up putting a little bit of “write what you know” into our pickle exercises. I combined details about my personal shopping and housecleaning habits (I don’t buy pickles but if I did they’d end up hanging out in a jar for a pretty long time) together with an existential conversation I once had with a friend about what it must be like to be a fish in a fish bowl. The resulting exercise was the poor pickle’s cry for individuality in the face of certain doom. That’s a topic I would have dismissed as too pretentious in a “serious” piece, honestly, but those lectures on Camus that I did my best to sleep through back in the day seem to have made an impact after all.

That led all of us Deceptionists to the question, which we’ll now throw out to our audience: What would your pickle story be? You don’t have to do the exercise here, but how would you try to crack it? What’s the anchor of reality that you would grab onto in the face of such an apparently silly exercise?

Tell us!

posted by Caroline in Elsewhere and have Comments (3)

Semantics: Idea, Concept, Premise

I don’t usually put too much thought into the semantic arguments that crop up regarding creative writing — it too often seems like something to distract from the actual writing of things. And, honestly, by the time I’ve cataloged every term and observed every rule, I no longer have the passion to write.

That said, we danced around a semantic argument in our second show, “Inspiration.” We talked about ideas and concepts, and Paul rightfully noted that I was referring more to concepts than the kernel of an idea.

Thus, it was of interest to me when I saw this pop up in my Twitter feed: Concept Defined.

Read more…

posted by Dave in Elsewhere and have No Comments

Merry Christmas – Be Inspired

This has been lingering in my tabs since i stumbled upon it earlier in the week. 10 Ways to Create a Plot Twist by T.N. Tobias.

It doesn’t look like much on the surface. It’s just a quick list of 10 ways to create plot twists. But it’s insidious in the best way possible. It’s full of 10 ideas. 10 examples. It reminds me of 10 stories I’ve written and countless stories I want to write.

Read it, then go write some stories of your own.

Merry Christmas from The Deceptionists. See you in a couple of weeks.

posted by Kelly in Elsewhere and have No Comments

Perfect Doesn’t Exist?

We can’t stop talking about Tyler Weaver’s latest blog post: Perfect Doesn’t Exist and how it applies to writing and our lives in general.

Any guesses on which staff members agree with this zen approach and which ones aren’t going so gently? Chances are you’ll find the answers in our next podcast.

posted by Kelly in Elsewhere and have Comments (3)