|Posted by Kent Whittington on March 7, 2012 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
Joseph Kony is the leader of the LRA in Africa. He abducts children and forces the boys to become soldiers in his army and uses the girls as sex slaves. This man has committed horrible atrocities for no other reason than to secure his own power base. He is Number one on the list of the worst men in the world and he must be stopped! The following video (linked here and I will make it available in my video section) tells about a group determined to make this man famous, not simply for celebrity status, but to make the world aware of who he is and what the invisible children in Uganda are all about. Please watch and share this video.
|Posted by Kent Whittington on February 1, 2012 at 5:20 PM||comments (0)|
Today, February 1st, marks the beginning of "A Month of Letters." I have a growing address list with twelve people on it so far ranging from several states in the United States to places such as Canada, Australia, Korea and Qatar. I'm looking on this challenge a definite way to broaden my horizons via the written word, as well as make new friends from places that I may never see, so that I may live vicariously through their experiences. It promises to be very enlightening and very enjoyable as well. Have you taken up the challenge yet?
If you want a letter from me, email me at [email protected] and provide your address. If you are a part of the challenge and would like to send me a letter, or postcard, or dirty sock, etc. my address is posted on the home page here, or you can email for it as well.
Heres to A Month of Letters. Wanna be my pen pal?
|Posted by Kent Whittington on January 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
Mary Robinette Kowal, my friend and aquaintance on Google + (and author in her own right), has offered a challenge for the month of February called A Month of Letters. The challenge is simple, write one letter a day for the month of February. I think I'll let Mary make the case here for me:
Last September, I took a month off from the internet. During my vacation, I told people that they could correspond with me by paper letter. Some people did. Some people still are. Every letter delights me.
When I write back, I find that I slow down and write differently than I do with an email. Email is all about the now. Letters are different, because whatever I write needs to be something that will be relevant a week later to the person to whom I am writing. In some ways it forces me to think about time more because postal mail is slower. “By the time you get this…” It is relaxing. It is intimate. It is both lasting and ephemeral.
How so? I find that I will often read the letters that I receive twice. Once when I get them and again as I write back. So, that makes it more lasting. It is more ephemeral because I don’t have copies of the letters that I write and I am the only one who has copies of the letters that my correspondents write. So, more ephemeral.
When was the last time you got a letter in the mail? December sees a lot of mail and you remember that sense of delight when the first card arrives. You can have that more often.
I have a simple challenge for you.
In the month of February, mail at least one item through the post every day it runs. Write a postcard, a letter, send a picture, or a cutting from a newspaper, or a fabric swatch.
Write back to everyone who writes to you. This can count as one of your mailed items.
All you are committing to is to mail 24 items. Why 24? There are four Sundays and one US holiday. In fact, you might send more than 24 items. You might develop a correspondence that extends beyond the month. You might enjoy going to the mail box again.
Feeling intimidated? It’s fewer words than NaNoWriMo and I know how many of you do that. Join me in The Month of Letters Challenge.
Mary Robinette Kowal"
You can find out more and sign up for the challenge at http://lettermo.com/ . I hope everyone I know participates, and remember, if you mail a letter to me, you will get one back! To that end, I have included my mailing address below.
9124 Madison Green Lane, #31
Orangevale, CA 95662
Hope to hear from everyone in February, and if you want to send me your addresses so I can send a letter to you, email me at [email protected] I'll keep all of the addresses discrete and personal. After all, we don't want them getting into the wrong hands now, do we?
Happy correspondence everyone!
|Posted by Kent Whittington on November 28, 2010 at 10:13 PM||comments (0)|
As of November 30, 2010, Kent Whittington is a proud winner of 2010's Nanowrimo contest for his novel titled Crimson Cove, a Jackson Thorpe Mystery.
It was hard, but I managed to make it to 50,000 words (my current word count ended at 50,201 words, but the count continues). Despite the fact that I won the contest, the novel itself is far from finished. I would estimate that I am only about a third of the way through it. Now the next step will be to finish it so I can submit it to Dorrance Publishing, who seem very interested in it. I finished a long coming goal. I'm determined to finish the rest.
|Posted by Kent Whittington on November 18, 2010 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
Its hard for me to believe, but we're just over the halfway mark for Nanowrimo and I can see the end in sight. my word count (according to the validator on the site) is now at 44,665, which means I only need 5335 words to finish!
I realize for some of you that this is not a big deal, but it is for me. I have been participating in Nanowrimo since 2004 without any success. I would usually, if I was lucky, hit the halfway point and either give up or, due to other obligations (Black Friday, many November birthdays, school obligations and Christmas prep) not have the time necessary to finish. This year has been different. I have been writing at a fever pitch and soon it will pay off.
I say the end is in sight, but this is actually just the beginning. I have been in contact with Dorrance Publishing online, gathering information for future publication. part of the sight asks that I send in a brief synopsis of my story for consideration. Two days later I received a call from Dorrance and spoke to one of the publishers there. They were interested in seeing my finished manuscript and wanted to know when I would have it completed. I gave him an estimate and he said that they looked forward to seeing it when it was ready.
Now, I'm not getting my hopes up. I know that it can be very difficult to get a book published, but I'm stoked that they even want to see it based off of a brief (and I mean very brief) synopsis. Its my first foray into the publishing world and, pass or fail, I am very excited to finish now. If I am successful, this would be a dream realized in a long span of disappointment.
Wish me luck, guys, as I wish luck to and love to all of you.
|Posted by Kent Whittington on November 1, 2010 at 2:41 AM||comments (0)|
I have begun my entry in this years Nanowrimo contest. It is my story Crimson Cove, a Jackson Thorpe Mystery. It is a rewrite of a story I began several years ago, but was never completely satisfied with. This year I am beginning it from scratch and hope to make the word count. I won't say finish because even after the 50,000 word goal the novel will not even be half finished. This plot is going to be long and well thought out if it kills me!
I know that defeats the concept of writing a novel in only 30 days, but I am now so familiar with this concept, thanks in large part to my creation of the online RPG, Dark Cove and I have the power of my online writer friend for inspiration and support. This will be the year I break 50,000 words.