Anthology Opportunity – The Memory Eater (Non-CCC Project)

***Please note: this is not a Columbus Creative Cooperative project, this is a link.

Matt Hance, a member of the Columbus Creative Cooperative, is putting together an independent anthology.

The theme is “The Memory Eater”, and he’s collecting short stories about a device that can isolate and erase specific memories.  Find more information at: http://anthologies2011.blogspot.com/2011/03/call-for-memory-eater-anthology.html .  The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2011.

His blog also has some interesting tips and resources for writers.

We’re happy to promote Matt’s work, but please note that this is not a CCC project.  All questions and feedback should be directed to Matt on his blog.

Happy writing.

Origins Anthology Now Available for Pre-Order

Origins Anthology Available May 4 2011The Columbus Creative Cooperative’s first anthology, Origins, is now available for pre-order.

Origins is a collection of nine short stories written by local, Columbus, Ohio authors.  This anthology includes the work of Amy Dalrymple, Matt Hance, Chad Jones, Ben Orlando, Brad Pauquette and Kim Younkin.

All pre-orders will receive free shipping in the USA.  Please consider pre-ordering the book today, by clicking here.

All pre-orders will be shipped no later than May 4, 2011.  We conveniently accept PayPal and all major credit cards.

Thanks for supporting the Columbus Creative Cooperative and your local writing community!

The Water Cycle Project

March 22, 2011 is world water day, a day devoted to raising awareness about the global clean water crisis.

It seemed like an optimal opportunity to share a link to The Water Cycle Project with you, you can find them at www.WaterCycleProject.org.

The Water Cycle Project(TWCP) is a small, grass-roots organization that uses long distance cycling trips to raise money for fresh water well drilling in rural India.  TWCP is a zero-overhead organization, which means that 100% of donations go directly to indigenous well-drilling teams.  There are no paid staff and no commissions.

Please check out TWCP today, and consider making a donation or joining them for one of their 2011 cycling trips.

OpenOffice.org – Open Source (Free) Word Processor

If you’re in need of a word processor, check out OpenOffice.org.  It’s an open source project to produce a free word processor, as well as the rest of the typical Microsoft Office Suite.

From my experience, not only is the Open Office product free, but it far surpasses the capabilities of the official Microsoft Office.  Open and save as nearly any file type (including Word’s .doc, .docx, etc.), and exporting a document as a PDF is one click.

Open Office also includes a program for spreadsheets like Excel, a presentation program like Power Point, as well as the rest of the typical Office Suite.

What’s the drawback?  Well, like most open-source products, there’s no support.  But really, when’s the last time you called Microsoft for help using Word?  Because it’s a community-driven product, the online support provided by users all over the world is far better than any outsourced, scripted support you might receive from the large software producers.

While Open Office is free, the official project does rely on donations.  But $10 goes a long way when you don’t have to fund a massive corporate structure.

Next time you upgrade your computer, don’t spring the extra $150 for Microsoft Office.  It’s worth your time to check out OpenOffice.org first.  You’ll be impressed by the capabilities, and users like you are constantly improving the product as a community.

Anthology Pieces Have Been Selected!

We have selected the Columbus authors to be included in our upcoming anthology.

The selected writers are:

  • Chad Jones
  • Ben Orlando
  • Amy Dalrymple
  • Kim Younkin
  • Brad Pauquette
  • Matt Hance

Congratulations!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a story for review.  We really enjoyed all of the submissions, please consider submitting another story in the future.

The anthology will be released May 4, 2011.  Pre-order options will be available shortly.

Vonnegut’s 8 Rules For Fiction

Kurt Vonnegut listed 8 rules for writing fiction in his introduction to Bagombo Snuff Box, a collection of short stories.

  1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
  2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
  3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
  4. Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
  5. Start as close to the end as possible.
  6. Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
  7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
  8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

Who am I to argue with Kurt Vonnegut?

For those that prefer video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyQ1wEBx1V0

Thanks for Submitting Your Work

Thank you to everyone who submitted your work.  We really appreciate your participation.

We’ll be in contact with the writers we’re interested in publishing as soon as possible.  If you’ve submitted work, please be sure that info@ColumbusCoop.org is on your “safe” list.

If you didn’t get a chance to submit a story this time, don’t worry.  We’ll be publishing more than one anthology this year, and you’ll receive another opportunity to submit your work soon.

In the meantime, please consider attending one of our Writers’ Workshops for feedback on your work.  We meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  Please contact us for more information.

Last Call for Anthology Submissions

Today (March 1, 2011) is the deadline for submitting your work to be considered for the “Origins” anthology.  Please submit your work  by midnight tonight to be considered.

For more information on the submissions process, please visit Submit Your Short Story – Origins Anthology.  There’s no submission fee, so if you’re not sure about whether or not to submit it, please do.  You’ve got nothing to lose.

We’ve received a number of fantastic submissions already, but we’d like the opportunity to look at as much local work as possible before selecting our final candidates.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The “Origins” Theme

We’ve gotten a lot of feedback on our “origins” theme.  I want to tell you, don’t be scared off.

Almost every story is a story of some origin or another.  Your work doesn’t need to be strictly about an origin, like the origin of the universe, to qualify.

If you’ve constructed a character’s motivation for action and included the character’s background, that’s an origin.

If a character is overcoming a problem with a definitive beginning, that’s also an origin.

If any element of your story has a beginning, that’s an origin.  If an element has a definitive end, in many cases, there’s an implied origin.  You see?  You can’t lose.

We use a (secret) 30 point rubric to initially evaluate all of our submissions.  Spoiler alert: 2 points are allotted for whether or not the story fits the suggested theme.  A good story can overcome.

If you’re in doubt about whether or not your story is an “origins” story, please consider submitting it anyway.  We’d love to read as much local work as possible before selecting our final candidates.

To submit your work, here are instructions.

Any questions?  Please ask!

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