Taking the Dive in Wattpad, 52 in 52, and Other Grand Adventures!

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Half-imagined Never Afters

It was quite lovely to take a month off after the chaos of NaNoWriMo, but my success in posting once a day with [Placeholder] has given me overly optimistic views going forward.

In fact I started out with the crazy goal of continuing to post daily, but since 2017 is my year of ‘stop over-committing to things you doof’, I decided that was a bit much. Right now I’m going to make a point to sit down every night with the intent to work on some writing… and see where it goes from there.

The main plans are thusly: Wattpad, 52 in 52, NaNoWriMos, Scribophile


Who knew needing a good cover would be so important!

I wanted to start some sort of serial story in 2017, but I’ve been serious angsting over what to put up because I don’t have covers for most of my stuff. The recommended cover size is only 512 x 800 pixels, so whipping some up last year should’ve been a piece of cake… but it’s 2017 and I am still cakeless.

So phooey on it! I was going to try and work on a brand-new story, but I already have plenty of unfinished things with covers. So unfinished it is!

That said, I will be picking One-Word Title back up and cross-posting it to Wattpad as my first attempt on that platform. I figure MuseFic is as ‘not-worth-stealing’ as it gets and folks seem to get a kick out of them… so fingers crossed! 🙂

If I can get the hang of things, I’d like to rejoin Half Past Never after that…

52 (Short Stories) in 52 (Weeks)

‘Write a short story every week. It’s not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row.’ — Ray Bradbury

I’ve joined the madness over on the NaNoWriMo thread but I don’t think I’m going to make it to 52 unless I write a lot of drabbles. I’m aiming for flash fiction of roughly five thousand words or less and I want to use this as a way to learn how to outline properly.

I will be working only in established universes, since I am trying to build out the online bookshelves.

Current plan is: Outline (Day 1&2), Rough Draft (Day 3&4), Editing (Day 5&6), Formatting and posting (Day 7).

I have no idea if this will work, so I’ll be adjusting my game plan as I go. For those weeks when life gets away from me, I’m going to do a drabble, since I can normally pull one of those from rough to polished in a few hours.

April Camp NaNoWriMo

For the first Camp, I’m going to write a series of short stories in the Songs of the Summer God’verse. In the past I’ve written whatever short story came to mind, but this time I’m going to try and not hop universes. That should make it a lot easier to keep track of the worldbuilding and it will help me rough out this world a bit more. I won’t be setting a very high word count goal, but I’m hoping to be able to hit 30k.

July Camp NaNoWriMo

For the second Camp, I’m going to write a series of short stories in the Listener’verse. Same deal as the April Camp… looking to get more words on paper and more worldbuilding done! My approach to this camp will really depend on how well the first attempt goes. I’ll be trying to use that experience to improve my attack plans, but we’ll see.


For NaNoWriMo I am going to write a MuseFic again, since that worked so well last time, but set in a brand new universe. I’m going to be spending most of my time in 2017 in established universes, I figure by the time November rolls around I’m going to be ready for a break! 😉

I haven’t decided what genre I’m doing yet, but I have played around with trying one of the ideas that never got off the ground from year’s prior (The Phoenix Colony, Feathers For Elephants, Five Things, etc.).


Big White Writing Binder of DOOM!

Since I’m going to be writing a lot of short stories this year, I also need to be earning points so I can post them. This means I need to earn five points a week, which is five decent length reviews. The plan is to sit down and do one review a day, so by the time Day 7 is hit for the short story, I have some place to post it!

I also need to sit down a read through all of the reviews and then actually edit the darned things, but we’ll see. I’ve gotten so much good feedback, it’s sort of overwhelming! 🙁


Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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