I have submitted to the Album Challenge

I wrote about WriteWorld's Album Challenge early this month, when I had just declared my album choice -- "Get Better" by Lemuria.  I have since listened to that album so much that I've learned it by heart.  Fortunately, Lemuria is an awesome band. Today, I posted my entry.  It's here, on my tumblr, all in one piece.  I also posted it in a series of pages on this site, to (a.) give it a more permanent home, (b.) embed YouTube videos to the relevant songs for each chapter, and (c.) separate it into different pages for each chapter -- a format that was against the rules for the official submission.  Here is the link to start reading that one.

I'm pretty happy with how this story came out.  But, thinking back, I've been pretty happy with the outcome of some really terrible stories in the past.  Stories that I couldn't re-read, because they made me feel awful about myself.  So, I don't know how I'll feel about this by New Year's.

If you read it, I hope you like it.

WriteWorld's Album Challenge

There's a cool writing challenge going on at WriteWorld's tumblr!  It's called the Album Challenge, and entrants are tasked to write a coherent work which is closely inspired by a single album.  Each separate part of the story must correspond to one of the songs on the album, in order, and include only and all the songs on the album you've chosen. I picked Get Better by Lemuria, because I know I like Lemuria's style, based on the song Buzz, but I haven't listened to that album before so I'm coming at it with a fresh mind.

I'm doing this because I find I have a lot of trouble pushing myself to create full, self-contained narrative works without some particular purpose in mind, and that seriously hinders my ability to just sort of dick around with writing, which is a problem because just writing stuff is how you practice writing and I won't get any better if I don't do stuff like this.

So I figure competitions are a good way to get myself into that (they come with prompts and deadlines) and the Album Challenge one looks like loads of fun.  I'll be up online when I'm done with it, by the end of this month.  And if you want to enter, the rules are at that link above, and the only requirements are that you name your album before submitting your entry, and you turn in the final product before September 1st.