Meeting Tonight!

Hey Quillians!

Meeting tonight at 6PM SLT at the Workshop building.

Not sure if a topic is planned, but do have you spitballs ready for when Graegor shows up!

In-world Reading Today!

Fellow Quillian, Chuck Heintzelman (Chuck Hamelin inSL) will be reading his original short story “The Train Bandits” this Saturday evening.

This is the third of our new monthly events, occurring on the third Saturday of each month at 6pmSLT (9pmET/6pmPT).

The reading will be recorded for use in our upcoming Quillian Podcast, but you’re urged to attend now as the podcast won’t be available for a few months yet.

The reading will occur in the Workshop building, on the second floor beside the traditional meeting circle.  The reading is a voice event, so attendees are encouraged to come with their “ears on” and their microphones off.  Since the event is also being recorded, we request that you refrain from using audio ‘gestures’ or other devices that create ambient noise.

Quillian NaNoWriMo Winners!

Every year, the call goes out and writers of every sort, from novice to old hat, sign up for an amazing ride.  The challenge?  Write 50,000 words in 30 days.  That is 1667 words a day, should you choose to recalculate it as such–and many do.

You’d think that 1667 words a day is simple (that’s not too many, you might say).  You’d think that 1667 words is barely a scene (for what can happen in 1667 words?).

1667 words is not too difficult to write, or to imagine.  It’s not the 1667 words per day that make this a challenge.  It’s the 1667 words that link the prose of that-which-has-come-before with those that-have-yet-to-be-written.

Anyone can sit down and type 1667 words of nonsense per day.  The challenge is to sit down and write a 50,000 word story 1667 words at a time.

Several members of the Quillian Writer’s Workshop took on the challenge this year, and seven of them broke through the goal-line, winning them the admiration of their peers and bragging rights for another year.  More importantly, there are seven new pieces of fiction out there that did not exist before this challenge!  While it is a sure thing that those stories are diamonds in the rough (perhaps even coal awaiting the massive pressure that only editing may provide), it is also a sure thing that those stories are set to become the foundation for the future.  Whether we will read them in their current form, or as a shade cast by their image, these seven writers have accomplished much.  Even if no one other than themselves should ever read this draft, they have still learned from the experience and will apply it to their future, unwritten words of wisdom.

And so, in recognition of their achievement, I present to you, the winners of NaNoWriMo 2010:

Luta/wordsmith/Sherry – 51838   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Marielle/WindRider/Marielle – 50185   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Mira/Mskanga/Rennata – 50786   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Sathor/Kaa/Gary – 78035   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Taos/KevinSMoul/Kevin – 51026   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Timothy/lambowolf/John – 51369   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**

Zhi/Hawthorn/ – 50303   **NaNoWriMo 2010 Winner!**