Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
That's right--our Michael Jackson notebooks from our abandoned Plot and Paper Projects. Also, we have this:
This nifty book was given to us by the AWESOME Alicia Gregoire. You see, Quita and I wanted to plot a little differently this time. Instead of filling our MJ notebooks with a few sentences that describes every--single--chapter, we've decided to use the Act Formula from this book. What's that, you ask? Here it is in a nutshell:
Act I: Introduce your protagonist, possibly the villain, and some kind of turning point that startles the reader.
Act II: Huge chunk of the story that introduces subplots, such as a love interest. Your protagonist also has a glimmer of hope. Well, until the second turning point creates IMMINENT DOOM!! Dun dun DUN
Act III: This is where you have a climax that rocks your protagonist's world, and then wrap this baby up in a quick pace that'll keep readers turning the pages.
Does that sound like a cool process? Then by all means--by this book! Quita and I would loan you ours but...okay, I can't think of an excuse. We totally need this book so it's not leaving the house.
I know you all have mixed feelings about plotting versus pantsing, so how are you all preparing to get your story moving for NaNo? Oh, and if you haven't done it, yet--leave your usernames so we can be buddies. :)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Risky Song of the Day: "Risk" by The Deftones
Thursday, October 20, 2011
As well as moving forward and putting out a new issue, we have just debuted a brand spanking new website. Click here to check out the new look of Black Fox :D
Besides promoting our first issue and pimping our new look, we also wanted to make sure that all of you know what we're looking for and what kinds of services/contests we're offering.
Overall we take fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and art from various genres. BUT we started the mag during our MFA program due to our frustration with literary magazines and how they don't showcase every form of writing. Therefore, we search for underrepresented fiction. That includes YOU YA writers that love and follow this blog. We're also desperately seeking romance, mystery, and flash fiction. There are opportunities for artists and poets in our magazine and on our website, too. We are always looking for authors to interview as well. All submission guidelines can be found here. Again, underrepresented fiction writers, we want YOU!
FINALLY, we wanted to make sure you are aware of the contests that Black Fox Literary Magazine offers. We are offering cash prizes for our fiction contest. You can submit to the contest with a low entry fee of $10.00. Your fiction can be in any genre but must not be more than 5,000 words. First place gets published in our Spring 2012 issue and receives $150.00. The deadline to enter is December 1st, 2011. Find out more info about the fiction contest here. ALSO, we are giving our 100 Twitter Follower contest another go. When we started the contest a while back we only had three entries and planned on giving three prizes...we decided to extend the contest to try and get more people to enter. We are open to taking suggestions for the prizes in the comments section of this post. (b/c we assume that's why people didn't enter...) and we'll give more info on the contest regulations and end date in a later post.
Other Opportunities with Black Fox Literary Magazine:
*Blog Posts: We are launching a Black Fox Blog soon and are looking for contributors. Mainly we want nonfiction articles on the craft of writing, and book reviews. More info can be found here.
*Readers: We are also looking for individuals who are willing to read submission for Black Fox Literary Magazine. More information will be given on this at a later date.
*Manuscript Consultations: The editors of Black Fox Literary Magazine will be offering a manuscript consultation service for a low price. Again, more information will be given on this at a later date.
We're open to new ideas/suggestions as well. Do you see anything in other mags that we are not offering? If so, let us know. Also, don't forget to give us some ideas for the Black Fox 100 Twitter Followers contest. And please, please DON'T FORGET to submit!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
What's your numero-uno reason for writing?
Well, our response can pretty much be summed into this picture:
Freedom to say what we want to say.
Freedom to be who we want to be.
Freedom to push away the stress from the real world just for a few hours.
What about you all? Why do YOU write?
Monday, October 17, 2011
Happy Monday, lovelies! You may be asking why I'm so stoked at the start of the work week. Well, that's because we're just TWO WEEKS AWAY from NaNoWriMo! Can I get a woot woot?
Last week, Quita outlined what we were going to do to prepare for NaNo. And our job last week was to actually choose our idea. Simple enough, right? Well, not quite. Let's break it down for you:
Pam's Idea: Last year for NaNo, I wanted to get out of my contemporary YA comfort zone. So what did I do? I wrote about fairies. And you know what? I had a blast.
After writing Ins and Outs this year (AKA, the WIP formerly known as Project J), I wanted to return to my darker roots--and I'm not talking about my hair. Ins and Outs was more of a funny ha ha story about a possibly serious topic. I had fun writing it, but I felt like getting a little moody again.
I saw a Twitter conversation that my agent had about Bible retellings, and it hit me--I wanted to write a story featuring a teenaged Cain and Abel! But wait--there's more. Since NaNo's all about getting out of my comfort zone, I knew I just didn't want to write straight up contemporary. So not only am I writing a Cain and Abel retelling, but I'm adding a magical realism twist. And that's all I'm telling you guys about it right now--but just know I'm SO EXCITED to get started!
Like Pam, I tried to get out of my comfort zone last year, as well. I wrote about djinns or genies. And it's the WIP I've hated the most. I don't think fantasy or paranormal is my strong suit. Also, after revising the mess out of my historical, In Limbo, I knew I didn't want to go there again--especially not for NaNo.
Then I read an article in my People magazine about a boy who was abducted and I realized, I haven't read any YA books about boys who get kidnapped and what happens to them. Thus, my idea was born. But of course I want to do more than that, so my story is about a teenaged boy who was once abducted but is now free--only his family can't deal with what happened so he's sent to a boarding school. That's all I'm gonna give for now. You can find out more next Monday when we talk baby plots!
So what about you all? Have you chosen your story ideas for NaNo yet? Please share with us below!
BTW, add us as a buddy when that function works again! Pam is pharris81 and Quita is mhockaday!
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Can you believe that the ladies at YA Highway have hosted 100, count it, 100 Road Trip Wednesday posts?? Well, they have! And this week, in honor of reaching the 100 Mile Marker, the ladies want to know:
You mean, we get to shed light on our successful (okay not always successful) writing stories thus far? Don't mind if we do!
Wow, where do I begin? I have definitely been on a journey since I participated in my first RTW. First of all, this blog began as a solo venture, but then I joined forces with my annoying/lovable/most-awesome-person-in-the-world cousin, Quita. Second, I've written three, count them, THREE YA novels: one is a hopefully funny contemporary that I'll soon be revising, another is a supernatural modern tale about fairies that I wrote for NaNo 2010. And the third? Well, the third is my baby, Wants. And why is it my baby? Well, because it landed me the incredible Sarah LaPolla, who has just put my shiny new version of said baby back on submission (fingers crossed).
So what lies ahead? Well, I'm trying NaNo again this year, and I'm possibly delving back into my dark, contemporary roots this time around. I have a couple of ideas for future novels scrawled in my journal, so now I just have to find out which one is calling me next. Oh, and even though I graduated with my MFA in creative writing this past summer, I actually have to defend my thesis, gulp, TODAY. Wish me luck!
My other novel, The Blues, a contemporary mystery (I began writing this one a year and ten days ago), came close with three agents and finally one requested a revise and resubmit. I'm still working on the revise part. The final novel was a NaNo project--my foray into the world of paranormal/supernatural and I hated it. I think I'm just not good at telling those kinds of stories--at least not in one month. Maybe if I try and revise it, it might be okay...you never know. Now I'm on my way to taking another shot at NaNo--this time with a quiet story, and I'm gearing up to defend my MFA thesis next week. WHEW! I think that's it.
Now that you know all of me and Pam's bidness, how has your writing journey been so far?
Monday, October 10, 2011
Writing Song of the Day: "Countdown" by Beyonce
As the title states, we are UBER excited for NaNoWriMo this year. We have our notebooks ready, our minds are stewing new WIP ideas, AND we're already thinking up what the prize will be when we complete the novel in one month challenge.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
As part of this award, we have to highlight some of our past posts that fit certain superlatives and then past it along to 7 other lovely bloggers. And so, let's do this: