Shameless self promotion – Update



A friend recently pointed me to yet another site which hosts online writing – They cater both to original works and fanfics, but deal mainly in longer works. So I uploaded my bigger stories.
So far, I don’t seem to have attracted much attention – if any.
However, they are currently running a Fandom Contest.
!st place gets a $30 Amazon gift card, with $20 and $10 for 2nd and 3rd place.
I’m well known for not having much luck, unless you count the bad kind. So it would be awesome if I could get some votes on the stories I’ve entered [they have to be 40k words long, so that limits my entries]. The titles I’ve submitted are all Quantum Leap fanfics: Terror Firma, High Hopes, Run for their Lives and Bourbon on the Rocks.
The deadline is 11.59pm on December 22nd.
It looks as if you have to be a member to vote, but it is free to join.
I think you can possibly log in using FB or Twitter.
I’ve only just started exploring, but it looks as if there are some cool fanfics in lots of genres.
If anyone would be kind enough to ‘like’ any of my stories by clicking on the little heart at the bottom of the page, I would be very grateful. You can vote for as many stories as you like, but you can only vote for each story once.
You can find them by searching for maddersahatter as a writer, or searching for the titles, or as a last resort by scanning the entries in the competition. Sadly it looks like the numbers of the entries change, with those with the highest scores showing first. At time of writing, 257 stories had scored 1 like or more, with the leader on 22. So mine will be well down the list, with a long way to go to get in the running. [314-317 at this point]
Of course, if you want to ‘like’ any of my other stories on the site [or on any other for that matter – I’m on, AO3, livejournal, dreamwidth and the virtual seasons at Al’s Place] then that would be great too.
Reviews are even more welcome.
25th December 2015 UPDATE
This contest has now closed. However, they have launched a new one for shorter stories
I’ve entered ‘The Long Haul’ – my first Stargate story, and ‘Descent into Panic’ a Quantum Leap story.
Please vote.
Merry Christmas



Four Common Misconceptions About NaNoWriMo


I’ve never [yet] managed to get involved in NaNoWriMo myself, but that is for lots of complex personal reasons. I certainly wouldn’t let any of the above put me off. Kudos to all those who do take part. One of these days it could easily give rise to the next blockbuster bestseller. At least these people are writing. More power to them.

Justine Manzano ~ Author

NaNo-2015-Participant-Badge-Large-Square.jpgHey all! I’ve been a little absent from blog posts this month, and here’s why! I’ve been participating in NaNoWriMo, where I am working on Book 2 of the Keys and Guardians series, The Lost Key! To learn more about NaNo, keep reading. I’ll be back to a more regular posting schedule in December. 

As I am writing this blog, it is November 23rd and I have written 35,645 words toward my NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words in a month. In case you don’t know, National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo is an event in which every November, people try their damnedest to write a novel in 30 days. Every year, over 300,000 participants sign up. It’s not easy, but it is possible. At my current word count, I am just a little behind, but still keeping a good pace to finish the 50,000 in time. But many people…

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Good luck for a change


For quite a while now, things have been tough for us.
We’ve been saying ‘if it weren’t for bad luck, we’d have no luck at all’ and it has sure seemed that way.
I won’t go into the whole sorry story now, most people who know me are probably sick of hearing it, and those who don’t know me probably don’t care.
But suffice to say, every tiny bit of good luck is cherished for the rare brightness that it brings.
Today, I celebrate such a little ray of sunshine.

I entered a lucky draw with @Alibi_Channel – being a huge fan of the series Castle I couldn’t resist. There were two prizes up for grabs, with nothing more to do than reblog a tweet for each.
The first prize was a T shirt, with Castle’s famous WRITER logo on the front. reasons
As an amateur writer, I’d love to have this. It is now on my christmas wish list.
The other item was a CASTLE notebook.
It was this I was lucky enough to win.
I was thrilled when I read the DM saying I’d been picked to receive one. I responded with an email giving my address as requested. I was amazed when it arrived very shortly afterward. As requested, I’ve tweeted a picture of myself holding it. {Below}
Castle notebook
It contains an ordinary little white pad of pages, easily replaced once used. It is like a metallic case – similar to a card case – rather than a cardboard cover like a diary, with a clever opening and a neat little pen. It should last quite a while if I don’t batter it around too much in my handbag/workbag. I’ll treasure it.

I am a very happy Castle fan.