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Author Prompt Joust

Just got the email from Marcus Calvert and Weston Kincade. They had hosted the Prompt Joust at Cleveland Concoction, an improvised storytelling competition where two authors improvise a sixty-second story from a common artifact inspiration. The winner goes on to the next round. The loser goes back to their seat to wallow in self pity.

I would like to say I performed brilliantly, but most of my improv experience was as a mime, so my vocal performance was not as polished as the trained actress I went up against. Still it was great fun, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Here are the links to the Youtube channel and their scheduled upload dates:

The introduction episode to the series was released earlier today (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ioo4Z-xAU6Q&t=4s). Starting tonight at midnight, each episode will be released for the next 8 days. Each video’s link is below, but they won’t work until the video releases at midnight on the scheduled release day:

April 1 – Marcus V. Calvert vs. J.L. Gribble (https://youtu.be/ltthQ9IaWVY)

April 2 – J.L. Gribble vs. Cindy Matthews (https://youtu.be/fNDTzikxG1o)

April 3 – Cindy Matthews vs. Megan Mackie (https://youtu.be/ePZRf20J4Fw)

April 4 – Megan Mackie vs. Josef Matulich (https://youtu.be/HW6M3V9x1kE)

April 5 – Megan Mackie vs. Patricia Miller (https://youtu.be/eO5eUATyl8E)

April 6 – Megan Mackie vs. K.M. Herkes (https://youtu.be/DwSqG06hhkc)

April 7 – Megan Mackie vs. Scott Sigler (https://youtu.be/0bp46Bwa8kc)

April 8 – Author Q&A Panel (TBD)

BTW Marcus Calvert and I wear the same hat. I am the one with the mustache.

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Wordslingers Shootout Round# 8 (and a subtle victory dance)

Well, I survived the last round and will go on to compete against one of the other winners in the upcoming weeks. This round Scott Lange and Michael R. Strom do battle, inspired by the word “aircraft”.  Two very strange little stories that include brujas and flying purple dildoes. Check them out and as always, vote early and often.

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Wordslinger’s Shootout Round# 7

This is the week we’ve all been waiting for: I step into the competitor’s circle to take on Jacob Haddon. The secret ingredient is “mailbox”, which can mix up a poignant tale of loss, or just something horribly creepy. Read our stories to figure out which is which. Those who vote are eligible for fabulous prizes which includes a copy of “Camp Arcanum” or Lamplight Magazine. As always, everyone pop on over to vote early and often!

http://kennethwcain.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/wordslinger-shootout-round-7/

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Wordslinger Shootout Round# 5

Another week and another pair of authors goes head to head. The competitors are Peter Salomon and Peggy Christie who turn in two very creepy stories inspired by the prompt: “depression”. Each is giving copies of their books as prizes to those who vote.

I will be in round seven and I’ve already gotten my flash story turned in. Be on the look-out

http://kennethwcain.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/wordslinger-shootout-round-5/

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A Story a Week Update #31

I am such a bad author.

I got up to nine straight weeks of completing stories for each week, then I fell down like a drunk in an earthquake. I all sorts of valid excuses why that happened, but they don’t count.

As part of the Wordslinger  Shootout, I completed a story this week. I can’t promise that I will be able to catch up, I am still working on longer projects, but I’m not dead yet.

week 1: Tunnel Vision app. 450 words

week 2: Nightmare on a String
app. 1850 words

week 3: Ding Dong app. 275 words

week 4: Fly app. 480 words

week 5: abject failure and the lamentation of broken souls

week 6: Many Returns app. 400 words

week 7: Green Day
app. 1000 words

week 8: Faerie Story app. 1000 words

week 9: Deadly Preposition app. 100 words

weeks of abject failure and self-loathing.

week 31: Return Post, app. 975 words.

Keep writing, folks!

 

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Wordslinger Shootout: Round 4

This week’s secret ingredient is “baseball” and there are two wildly different stories offered up this time. One is a horrifying vignette of the Apocalypse and the other is a poignant story of tradition and the supernatural. Early voting is going for the Apocalypse, but for the first time I am rallying my vast fanbase (snerk) to vote for the underdog. Authors this week are William Grabowski and James Chambers. Enjoy.

http://kennethwcain.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/wordslinger-shootout-round-4/

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Wordslinger Shootout Round Three

The conflict continues between David Anderson and Rachel Aukes using the writer’s prompt “Leeches” (ugh!)  Two very creepy stories you need to check out and vote early and often.

http://kennethwcain.wordpress.com/2014/07/26/wordslinger-shootout-round-3/

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Wordslinger Shootout: Round Two

Sorry that I missed the first round. Andrew Nienaber, the sickest sunavabitch in the Post Mortem Press cadre and there is no small amount of competition for that accolade, won the head to head competition against Ken MacGregor. Their secret ingredient was: “Ice”.

The second bracket is live. The competitors are KT Jayne and Aaron Besson and their writing prompt is “Wire Brush.” Both stories are horrific. You should hop over, read and vote. Enjoy.

http://kennethwcain.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/wordslinger-shootout-round-2/

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#astoryaweek week 9 tally

So busy in promotion for Camp Arcanum and trying to finish my next book before this one comes out and assisting with The Alley. I was able to churn out a hundred word flash about the importance of word choice. It still feels a little bit like a cheat, but I’ll take it.

week 1: Tunnel Vision app. 450 words

week 2: Nightmare on a String
app. 1850 words

week 3: Ding Dong app. 275 words

week 4: Fly app. 480 words

week 5: abject failure and the lamentation of broken souls

week 6: Many Returns app. 400 words

week 7: Green Day
app. 1000 words

week 8: Faerie Story app. 1000 words

week 9: Deadly Preposition app. 100 words

running total app. 5555 words

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#astoryaweek tally week 7

More winter plague, more winter weather and the Third Annual Wedding Fashion Show at our vintage & costume store, and still finished a story this week. My wife pointed out that it wasn’t horrific at all. It was a scifi story I had in my head for a few years and I finally hunkered down and finished it, which is the whole point of a writing challenge like this. You can’t keep writing the same story over and over again. Unless you’re James Patterson, Clive Cussler or Tom Clancy and you want to make millions selling highly predictable corporate-brand novels. Wait a minute, maybe I do want that…

week 1: Tunnel Vision app. 450 words

week 2: Nightmare on a String
app. 1850 words

week 3: Ding Dong app. 275 words

week 4: Fly app. 480 words

week 5: abject failure and the lamentation of broken souls

week 6: Many Returns app. 400 words

week 7: Green Day
app. 1000 words

running total app. 4455 words

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