05 March 2009

Embracing Virtual Write-In Logistics

I just learned that Carrie Ryan, Ally Carter, and 8 other YA authors are going on a writers' retreat, to Ireland, to a castle, for a week.

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In addition to the intense feelings of utter jealousy this information causes, I feel a renewed drive to make the Virtual Write-In happen. My apartment's den may not be as scenic as an Irish castle, but it's not as drafty or as dusty either. :P

Anyway, my resolve has led me to make a few executive decisions.
  1. Because I'm an "early-bird", SEFEVWI will last from 9 a.m. EST until the last participant crashes on an upcoming Saturday/Sunday, date to-be-determined. (See the poll to the right.) Participants are welcome to join when they are able and leave as-needed, though the idea is to spend the day writing.
  2. I'll create a private (password protected) chat room on Meebo.com, which allows for people to sign in and join rooms using AIM, MSN, Yahoo!, ICQ, gtalk, Myspace, and Facebook instant messengers. Hopefully everyone interesting in joining us has at least one of those, if not more *coughlikesixoutofsevencough*. If not, it takes about 5 minutes to create an account on AIM. Suck it up, people.
  3. A few days before The Big Day, I'll post a blog entry listing the pertinent details about the WIP (work-in-progress) that I'll be working on during the VWI. You all can then share yours via comments, and then we'll all be on the same page the day of and not have to waste time explaining the details. (Thanks for the great idea, Kage!)
  4. Sometime soon, I'll post an entry about the VWI's etiquette and "rules", which you all should feel free to contribute to. But, to ease your minds, I don't think that this thing is going to need to be moderated as much as it will need some direction.
  5. This VWI is BYOWF (Bring Your Own Writer Friends). The more the merrier, as far as I'm concerned.
I think that's it for now. Thoughts?

8 comments:

E. Van Lowe said...

Sounds good to me. I hate to tell you this, but if it's during March Madness, you're going to have to count me out. It's the one time of year where I totally drop out. Sorry.

March Madness--that's college b-ball... I know, "grow up, already!"

Samantha Elliott said...

I know March Madness only too well. Sadly, my college never comes close. But I was in DC for the GMU upset in 2006. That was pretty cool.

So I'm guess your vote is for next Saturday or mid-April?

Ian said...

Sounds interesting. I'm in.

Samantha Elliott said...

Great, Ian. Welcome aboard!

E. Van Lowe said...

Hey, Sam. Out all day looking for TV work. I didn't check ANYTHING--blog, facebook, Twitter, all day! I am proud of me. Yes, next weekend or April will work best. But don't hold off for me.

kosetsunotenshi said...

I'll do my best to particpate...though Sundays work best for me. Just to let you know. But whenever you do it, I'll try to participate.

Captain Monkeypants said...

I'm going to have to give this one a miss just because I'm out of town...let me know when the next one is, it sounds like an awesome idea! (Not that it matters but Sundays are usually better for me too just because I have all my weekend errands run and I can focus just on writing!)

Samantha Elliott said...

Hm, two votes for Sundays. I may be able to make an upcoming Sunday work. I would just have to be very strict with myself about quitting time, because I have work bright and early on Mondays.

Hm...