A Short of Sorts: Beginnings

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Sorry to post two days in a row! This’ll be the last until next weekend, just trying to catch up. :D This one may be a bit familiar if you’ve been around the blog awhile. I took it down a while ago, but I thought it’d be good practice for the project I’ll be giving more info on next weekend. Stay tuned. ;) Check out this story on Instagram and Tumblr, if you’d like!

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Bacon, out.Bus

And the winner is…..

Eep! My amazing mentee, Kalie, placed second in TeenPit this year! Check out her pitch and first 250 words of her novel in the full post! So proud of this amazing young writer!!!

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Congratulations to all of our TeenPit finalists and their mentors, and a big thank you to our judging panel! This has been a great learning experience for our teens and we are so appreciative of the mentor’s time and talents. Education is the basis of TeenPit; teens learning a little about the publishing world through the eyes of their mentors. It is our hope all of our participants have had fun and maybe learned something along the way.

To all of our entrants: we are always here if you have questions. Please ask. We’d love to hear from you and keep up with how you your writing journey is faring.

ENOUGH STALLING!

The judges have read every entry and we have the results!

Our TeenPit Class of 2018 winner is:

Breeny N. and her manuscript YOU TRULY ASSUMED!

Mentor: Erin Foster Hartley

GENRE: YA Contemporary (Own Voices)

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New Covers!

First off, I’m sorry I haven’t been around here and posting new Bacon Typo posts. It’s been a really rough winter, and as my self-confidence seems to have taken a permanent vacation, I haven’t been able to write or edit that much. However, I’ve scraped myself up off the ground and I’m now working on a few exciting and secret things involving visual novels, podcasts, graphic novellas, and more, so I’m sprucing up the site! Which includes, without any further ado, new covers for both Prompted and The Curious Tale of the Starry-Eyed Princess!!!

Prompted’s illustration done by the wonderful Telariwho I’ll be working with more, and soon!

 

So, what do you guys think? They were a blast to make, and I really like how they came out! My next project announcement should be coming soon… ;)

Bacon, out.

Bus

Bacon Typos: Round 5!

I hope you’re ready for some… interesting sentences.

 

Honestly, I don’t even remember typoing this much, but here we are! I hope everyone’s December’s going great so far, and my ridiculous mistakes gave you at least a mid-week smile. If you’d like more, I post the typos in text as I find them on Twitter and on my author Tumblr, so feel free to follow for more throughout the month.

Also, I have an exciting announcement coming soon. ;)

Bacon, out.

Bus

Bacon Typos: Round 4! (Typo Extravaganza!!!)

Sorry for the long break between typos! With Pitch Wars (speaking of, go check out my mentee’s amazing entry over here), life shenanigans, and writing/editing, I’ve been a busy bee and forgotten my first-Wednesday-of-the-month post. So, without further ado, enjoy the hoard of typos I’ve been sitting on!

 

There you have it! I hope my mistakes at least gave you a chuckle in the middle of the week doldrums. I post the typos in text as I find them on Twitter and on my author Tumblr, so feel free to follow for more throughout the month.

Bacon, out.

Bus

On Asexual Identity

 

In a shocking twist of events, Monday I was interviewed live on a BBC Outside Source about asexuality after a reporter found me through this tweet right here. The interviewer had a basic understanding of what the blanket term of asexuality was, but was baffled at the term demisexual—which got me thinking that it would be so nice to have a basic “guide” I could link to so I wouldn’t have to constantly explain asexuals and aromantics. We all know there’s hardly any representation in popular media to help us out. So, to celebrate Asexual Awareness Week, here’s a bit of a very simple primer:

 

What is the Asexual/Aromantic umbrella?

A majority of the world experiences romantic and sexual attraction to whomever they’re attracted to. Someone unfamiliar with aces (asexuals) and aros (aromantics) may have the default thought that someone who is “hererosexual” is someone simply attracted to the “opposite” sex. But technically, an allosexual (someone who is not aro or ace) “heterosexual” is both heteromantic and heterosexual. It can also be a little different—so-and-so may be panromantic but homosexual. What that means is that they’re emotionally/romantically attracted to all genders, but they’re only sexually attracted to the “same” gender. They may go their whole life not knowing that. It may not matter to them. Society tends to value sexual attraction above romantic attraction, so it might never be important to that theoretical individual.

Someone who is asexual or aromantic does not experience one or the other (though that’s not at all a firm rule, as you’ll see below).

However, just because they don’t experience one (or both), does not neccesarily mean they are:

  • Incapable of enjoying intimacy, including kissing and sex.
  • Opposed to significant relationships in their life.
  • Without a libido.
  • Touch averse.
  • Identifying as ace/aro due to trauma.
  • Experiencing emotions differently than allo identifying individuals.
  • Identifying as ace/aro due to a hormone deficiency.
  • And above all else, IT DOES NOT MEAN THEY ARE FUNDAMENTALLY BROKEN.

Aside from the last bullet, an ace or aro person can be one of those things, and it’s perfectly okay! (Though please take care of your mental and physical health when you’re able! <3) There is no neat and tidy box for people identifying as ace/aros, same as for any other identity. Having these labels give us a way to communicate who we are, and, and find like-minded people so we can feel comfortable and not broken as many aces feel they are initially.

Okay, but what do the words mean?

Let’s start with the big two, shall we? Here are the most basic descriptions:

  • Asexual: Someone who does not experience sexual attraction.
  • Aromantic: Someone who does not experience romantic attraction.

Under those, individuals may be romantically or sexually attracted to any number of genders, same as someone who is allosexual, or they may be attracted to no one at all.

But that’s not all there is. Just because someone is asexual doesn’t mean that they never feel sexual attraction, or vice versa with aromantics. For example, the biggest umbrellas under those umbrellas are:

  • Demisexual: Will sometimes feel sexual attraction after a deep, emotional bond has been formed.
  • Demiromantic: Will sometimes feel romantic attraction after a deep, emotional bond has been formed.
  • Gray-A: Someone whose baseline is aro and/or ace but will sometimes be romantically and/or sexually attracted to other individuals. (There is a huge spectrum of gray aces and gray aros, and there are other terms to specifically identify them.)

And people can be anywhere on the map of this umbrella. For example, I’m a demiaroace. I’m pretty firmly asexual, but I’m demiromantic though my baseline is aro. It’s a little complex for people unfamiliar with the concepts, I know. But a lot of that is due to how unfamiliar this concept is to society—it took me years after accepting my identity to finally be comfortable with my place on the map. (More about that journey, and other things ace/aros have to face over here.) It’s alright for your ace and/or aro friends to change labels as they discover themselves and grow, just the same as it is for any other identity. We’re just humans, same as the rest.

So, if you feel you might identify on the aro/ace spectrum, that’s perfectly fine. There are a lot of us! And if you’re not sure, that’s okay too. You have time. No one’s forcing you to identify right this second. And if you don’t identify as aro/ace at all, I hope that you may have learned a bit more! Always feel free to use my contact page, throw me a DM, or leave me a comment if you have any questions.

That’s about it! I’m hardly the foremost expert on the ace/aro field, so please feel free to leave a comment, @ me, or whatever you’re most comfortable with if you see anything I got wrong, or if I missed anything basic. Thank you for taking the time to read!

Bacon, out.

Contesting the Contest Hype

I’m gonna start this off totally upfront. I was a mentee in Pitch Wars ’14 and ’15. I’m now a mentor in that same contest, and TeenPit. I was in a buttload of other contests (I forget most, but Googling can bring them up if you want to spend some time stalking around). And, despite all that, I got my agent through traditional querying.

Contests are amazing. I had little by the way of a writing community when I was introduced to the world of Twitter and internet writing contests. I’d never had real deadlines to work under before. The goals I’ve made and lessons I’ve learned are priceless. And that community? I wouldn’t be writing today without it. I wholeheartedly encourage all my writing friends to enter them.

But also, I know a lot of people who have been completely destroyed from them.

They either didn’t get in, or they did get in and they had a bad experience, or they got in but didn’t get an agent, or so many other things. And I get it. No one’s aren’t wrong to feel that way. I’ve been at the bottom of that pit, and it is dark and lonely and awful.

A vast majority of writers I know are rep’d through traditional querying. (And I know a lot of authors from having been involved in so many contests and competitions and forums for over seven years.) Like I said, even I caught my agent’s attention through traditional querying, and before she signed with me I did an revise and resubmit. Which was amazing and made my story immensely better, even after I’d been in Pitch Wars twice. No contest is the end all, be all. There’s so much more to learn, and infinite room to grow no matter if you’ve been in a contest or not.

Please don’t let any contest keep you from writing if it’s what you love. You aren’t a failure if you don’t get into a contest. You’re not a failure if you do get into a contest and don’t requests or representation from it it. You’re not a failure if you got an agent from a contest but still haven’t sold your book.

You wrote a book.

Tell me how many people you know in your personal life who have accomplished writing a novel. There’s probably not a ton. Most people will never understand enough about publishing and editing and revising to get it to the point you do. And the online community you build is the most important part of these contests, but it can be exhausting with mostly good news all the time. Because, yes you’re happy for them, but you feel like you’ll never have your turn.

Please keep writing. Keep querying. Keep listening and learning. Take breaks and don’t worry about them, we all need them from both writing and/or social media. The odds of getting into a large contest are slimmer than getting a request querying an agent, nowadays. The odds of getting rep’d through a contest are then even tinier. It’s not even a guarantee to get rep’d!  I could have entered another Pitch Wars with how long it took for me to sign with my agent.  (Well, I was rep’d for about three months after my first PW, but that’s a long story that did not end well and made everything worse.)

Getting an agent, getting a book deal, getting into contest, it’s all like winning the lottery. For the most part, it’s luck. You can’t know if the judge or mentor you submitted to hates a small trope in your book; you can’t know if the agent was having a bad day; you can’t know if the editor you went on submission to just bought a similar book the day before. But it’s not all luck. The fact that you’ve come so far, that you’re reading this post, that you’re investing so much time in your craft, means you’re increasing your odds.

It’s okay to still pursue your dream even if you didn’t win the lottery this time. The only thing it costs you to try again is time (and, let’s be real, emotional perseverance). Like I said, contests are amazing in how they teach you so much, and that community is what pulled me through some of the worst of my dark times. You should keep entering.

But this is not your end all and be all. Your words are more important than a contest.

You are more important.

I’m sorry this line of work is so rough. But you’re awesome for coming so far.

If you want to share/ramble/word vomit your story, both my ears are open for you in the comments or elsewhere (I get that sometimes talking it out helps). If you want to add on encouragement for anyone who needs it, totally feel free to leave some of those, too.

(I also apologize for the sheer amount of italics in this post. And how messy it is. I have emotions about this.)

Bacon, out.