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Category Archives: News
I am extremely pleased to announce that one of my short stories – a little fairytale called ‘Woodwork’ – is being published in the print and online editions of Crossed Genres magazine.
Please go read Nitin Veturkar’s comics adaptation of my story ‘The Last Defences of Mankind’. This is the first of many comics we plan.
You can also read the original story on this very blog here.
It started with Samit Basu calling for a wordcount race on Twitter. The motive was simple enough – to tell each other, “Write, bugger, write.” And perhaps to point and laugh when you’re ahead.
So here’s where we are right now. Finish a novel (‘novel’ here would mean anything – screenplay, play, graphic novel script, non-fiction or, of course, fiction – exceeding 60,000 words) by October 31st. Meet on Twitter, update, heckle each other, make a tally every weekend, and bitch. Everyone is welcome.
As Samit says, there’s no real group objective beyond going “DAMN, he/she is 5K words ahead again!”
It’s all being done up on Twitter. You can follow the updates and contribute using the hashtag #NovelRace.
Current participants: @samitbasu, @mohaps, @allVishal, @TinyToots, @decemberschild, @thedilettante, @adityab, @sidin, @angadc, @kokobano, @allabtanimation, @rads, @shaaqT, @writefly, @RexTR, @iyermatter, @fubar69, @shesturningblue, @paytfor, @ibanov, @nushkush, @radhika_rayan, @pinkandpop, @sheetalVyas, @vimoh, @FallingDownFast, @flyingfootage, @ArchisM, @captainblubear, @vasudhapande, @triya, @rehabc, @SatsJo, @drqanungo, tired, Mahendra Waghela, Pallavi Kosunam, Rahul Varshneya, Nithya Ravi, Baisali Chatterjee Dutt, Henna Achhpal, Meghna Hazarika, Monica Khatri.
Updates will be posted as (usually after) they occur.
June 10th: Participant list updated. Rules edited for clarity.
June 10th Update 2:
Note from Samit Basu:
Perhaps we should also add that this is far less structured than things like NaNoWriMo. There are no rules, no one’s checking your work, what you do with your finished book afterwards is entirely up to you. Also, no real rules as far as eligibility is concerned – you just need to want to finish your book/screenplay/play/comic, it should be a full-length piece that would serve as a first draft that you could show publishers after editing. Thassall.
Even the wordcount guidelines we’ve set up are, like the Pirate Code, just guidelines. Don’t ask us whether your work is eligible. It is. Write it.
June 10th Update 3:
Click here to visit the Facebook page. Join to participate or watch.
Also, a note: This is not a contest. There is no Panel of Judges. The prize is a shiny new finished novel.
Eligibility: Anyone who wishes to join. Yes, even if you’ve already started the novel. Jump in as you like. Start today/start in July – it’s all good.
Non-Twitterers should join and update on the Facebook page.
Further updates once daily.
This post is a few days late, because I was ill and looking at a computer screen made me feel like someone was driving crystal nails through my skull at the rate of 60 Hz/sec.
Anyway, I am taking part in this. I sent the following mail to people who would directly affect my getting through it:
Dear near and dear ones,
This email functions as a combination of a declaration and a request.
In the month of November, I will be embarking on the exciting (as far as that’s possible sitting in one place for long hours) and tiring (which is, well, true) task of writing a novel. From 1st November to 30th November, every day (except for 29th November, as far as I know), I am going to sit at my desk and write. At the end of the month, I am supposed to have written more than 50,000 words. I might or might not write that much. I might or might not finish the book in approx. 50,000 words. If I don’t, I will continue to write in the same routine till it’s done.
I am making a big chart, detailing the book. You (those that live here in Pune) are permitted to doodle on it and make your mark in approx. 1/50th of the chart per person. No more.
Here’s what I need from you. I won’t be able to get out much in this time. I believe this task will take me around 3-4 hours a day. I’m not entirely sure. I will be when I start. So during November, you are required to be comparatively silent about your weekdays fun activities. I will mostly not be getting out of the house on weekdays. I will be getting out of the house on non-working days, mainly because I’ll have enough time to both write and have other kinds of fun. Anyhow, don’t be too tempting. Thank you very much.
Other than that, you will, hopefully, be helping to keep me on track. Once or twice a week, someone should ask me where I am and if I’ve done what I was supposed to have done by then.
That’s mainly it. At the end of November, we will see how it has gone.
As a show of solidarity to the project, here we go:
This sounds, and I’m quite sure is, a very bad, sad idea.
Just read that again. A new Hitchhiker’s book, by someone – and get this – who’s not Douglas Adams.
Even if Eoin Colfer is a very good author himself (and he may very well be, as far as I can tell from the one – graphic – novel I’ve read).
Even if people want to see it.
Even quite apart from what happened the last time they brought in another writer (Arthur-Trillian romance agogo).
Even not considering that Hitchhiker’s is not supposed to be a fucking franchisee. Not in the stories department.
Even forgetting that Adams himself had a hard time measuring up to the early installments.
Even disregarding that it isn’t fair to the series, and (more importantly) to the authors involved – both the dead chap and the one still moving around.
And even if, and I say this very honestly, the book itself might turn out to be quite good.
For some reason (and I know what the reason is – it’s my private nightmare about this move), the whole thing reminds me of Promethea’s Weeping Gorilla.
There are other reasons, but most of them are here. So, I’ll say this again, clearly, precisely, so no one can miss it in the surrounding text: