It's almost the end of October, which means it's almost November, which means it's basically Christmas and then New Years and then 2015. Why not do some major writing things before then? First up, the National Novel Writing Month (@NaNoWriMo) starts in November. It's a smashing opportunity to start that book/re-draft that manuscript/your life's work. You'll be joining a community of other ambitious writers, so there's lots of love in the room. For Sydney-siders, there's a meet'n'greet launch (non-boozy and boozy options available) hosted by the NSW Writers' Centre. You can register your interest here. Everywhere-else-siders, you can search events and writing groups by region on the NaNoWriMo website.
NOT TO MENTION, Seizure's Viva La Novella 2 deadline is coming right up on December 2nd. This year there will be four winning novellas, which will be partnered up with one of our four outstanding Viva editors (you can meet the gang in our series of editor profiles here). Submit your novella here!
And another thing. The Scribe Prize for Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers have extended their deadline. Get your non-fiction in!
It's a lot of deadlines, a lot of pressure, and a lot of writing, I know. When it all gets too much, the good folk at Meanjin have set up a handy lit advice service for pained writers. Sam T-M and Zora Sanders are stepping in as agony aunt and uncle, so overburden them with your woes!
Or alternatively, take inspiration from these 23 Famous Authors' Last words.
In other news:
Registrations for the SPUNC Ind Pub Conf are also now open. The conference is on from the 14-16th of November, with each day dedicated to academics and research, industry and trade, and practical workshops.
The conference will also be celebrating the announcement of the shortlist for the 2013 Small Press Network's Most Underrated Book Award. The award seeks to shine a spotlight on some of the brilliant titles that are released by small and independent Australian publishers that may have not received the full hurrah they deserve. See the full shortlist here.
If you live in Adelaide, and you love crime writing AND gardening, then this festival is pretty much especially for you. It's called The Body in the Garden, and will combine both loves in a 3-day festival held in the Botanical Gardens. There's a great line-up of crime writers/ gardening writers, and the full program is up online.
And if you're sitting at home doing none of this, how about you sign up for a postcard. Who doesn't like a good postcard? They are basically the only good thing that come in the mail except for birthday cards with cash in them. Anyway, Stilts wants to send little old you a postcard from the Emerging Writers' Festival Hobart Roadshow! You just have to email them your postal address.
Think that's all for this week.
In the last words of Lord Byron: 'Now, I shall go to sleep'. Or alternitvely Aldous Huxley 'LSD, 100 millograms I.M'.