Prompt Call: Ocean

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Prompt call time! Give me your prompts, and I’ll take every last one and work it into a short story. This time, the theme is OCEAN! (Because this heatwave has murdered me and I wish I were a mermaid at this point.) Anything goes: ideas, words, pictures, poetry, music, whatever you can throw at me. You don’t have to follow the theme, it’s just a nudge to get your brain juices flowing. Otherwise, the general rules apply:

  • You can prompt at any point in time, on any social media where I lurk (like on these posts on Insta, Twitter, and Tumblr), but if it might get worked into the next story if it’s later.
  • You can give me as many prompts as you like—just pretty please keep it within reason.
  • Keep prompts PG-13, and nothing offensive.
  • By giving me prompts, you’re giving me the honor to do whatever I’d like with them in/with my stories as my content. Prompts themselves remains to whoever owns them.

For more info, stories, and custom stories, check out the project page. And if you want to support this project, consider giving me a coffee on Ko-Fi?

Now, hit me with those prompts! And look forward to the story written with last theme’s prompts going live tomorrow!!!

Bacon, out.

Bus

Prompt Call: DESERT

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Prompt call time! Give me your prompts, and I’ll take every last one and work it into a short story. This time, the theme is DESERT! Anything goes: ideas, words, pictures, poetry, music, whatever you can throw at me. You don’t have to follow the theme, it’s just a nudge to get your brain juices flowing. Otherwise, the general rules apply:

  • You can prompt at any point in time, on any social media where I lurk (like on these posts on InstaTwitter, and Tumblr), but if it might get worked into the next story if it’s later.
  • You can give me as many prompts as you like—just pretty please keep it within reason.
  • Keep prompts PG-13, and nothing offensive.
  • By giving me prompts, you’re giving me the honor to do whatever I’d like with them in/with my stories as my content. Prompts themselves remains to whoever owns them.

For more info, stories, and custom stories, check out the project page. And if you want to support this project, consider giving me a coffee on Ko-Fi?

Now, hit me with those prompts! And look forward to the story written with last week’s prompts going live tomorrow!!!

Bacon, out.

Bus

A Short of Shorts: Cosmic Coincidence

 

 

 

As always, the amazing background art was done by Blue!

You guys gave me the WEIRDEST array of prompts for the first open story, what even. XD I had a blast writing it, though, so hopefully you enjoyed reading it! And those dragon promptseveryone knows me too well, I’ve become predictable. Also remember that I’m still taking prompts for the next story, and the prompt theme is SUMMER! (You can check out this post for more info, but feel free to prompt here.) Anyhow, here’s all the prompts!:

Blog:

  • My prompt is a colony of space dragons – Louise
  • A dragon-powered spaceship – Moo

Instagram:

  • A space mermaid @alliepennauthor
  • Hot dog constellation @idkmanthatgirl
  • Cat planet @idkmanthatgirl
  • Lesbians @rosieethor
  • Space eggs!!! @sarah_ahiers
  • Space balls! @sdeoul
  • Space food for vegans – @msletran

Tumblr:

  • Space dragons @everqueen12
  • VY Canis Majoris, but sentient (hhhhhhh she’s just… I’m a big, big fan). @telari
  • Giant space leeches? Giant space leeches. @telari
  • A habitable bundle of dead giant space leeches. @telari

If you prefer a different medium, this story’s also up on Instagram and Tumblr (and there’s a Tweet for this post)! You can also find out more about the project, past stories, and how to get your own custom stories on this page. And if you’re enjoying the project and want to support it, consider dropping me a Ko-Fi?

See you guys in two weeks for the next story!

Bacon, out.

Prompt Call: SUMMER

Prompt call time! Give me your prompts, and I’ll take every last one and work it into a short story. This time, the theme is Summer! Anything goes: ideas, words, pictures, poetry, music, whatever you can throw at me. You don’t have to follow the theme, it’s just a nudge to get your brain juices flowing. Otherwise, the general rules apply:

  • You can prompt at any point in time, here or on any social media where I lurk (like on these posts on Insta, Twitter, and Tumblr), but if it might get worked into the next story if it’s later.
  • You can give me as many prompts as you like—just pretty please keep it within reason.
  • Keep prompts PG-13, and nothing offensive.
  • By giving me prompts, you’re giving me the honor to do whatever I’d like with them in/with my stories as my content. Prompts themselves remains to whoever owns them.

For more info, stories, and custom stories, check out the project page. And if you want to support this project, consider giving me a coffee on Ko-Fi?

Now, hit me with those prompts! And look forward to the story written with last theme’s prompts going live tomorrow!!!

Bacon, out.

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!

Enjoyed this story? Consider buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi!

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.

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Bacon Typos: Round 1!

If you’re following me anywhere other than here, you might have seen me messing with my latest project: bringing my infamous typos into graphic format! I won’t won’t waste your time rambling about it, check it out!!!

 

So, what do you think? Good idea? Terrible idea? Only do the text? Do a monthly round up? Weekly? I don’t want to spam you guys with something dumb that doesn’t at least make you smile. But if you do like it, feel free to reblog the photoset on Tumblr, or check out the Pinterest board!

(In other slightly related news, I have an instagram account! Give me a follow so I can follow you guys back!)

Hope you guys are having a great June so far.

Bacon, out.

Bus

The Mythical Existence of Writer’s Block

Writer’s block debates seem to come in waves. Lots of arguing about the existence of this apparently mythical psychological state that always ends up bringing out this statement: It doesn’t exist, only weak writers give in to writer’s block!

That one makes me want to scream.

Whether or not you call it writer’s block, I claim it does exist. And I’d go so far to say this mythical beast comes in different breeds:

  • Inadequacy – This is the kind of writer’s block you push through. “But my words suck, but no one cares, but, but, but!” No buts. Or butts, please. Only words. (If your words include butts, they count.) This beast may look big and scary, but is the easiest to conquer—you just have to face it first. This article has a a lot of good advice for knocking this one out.
  • Stuck – This is a toss-up. For me, personally, I need to write through it, because I normally find where I need to go by forcing the absolute worst thing to happen (setting people on fire is a favorite). Some people need to stop, sit, and plot, though. For others, this means they need to go back and edit. Learn how you work, and don’t let this one stop you—even if you aren’t writing words, keep moving forward. This beast is a little grisly, but may end up being an ally in the end. Maggie Stiefvater just posted a great graphic (and another version) of navigating the twists and turns of this battle.
  • Emotional Constipation – Oh, this writer’s block. This is the one that knocks you off your feet when your personal life explodes, or the publishing industry destroys you. It would be so nice if writing could only be a work of love, some magical process that’s entirely rainbows and unicorn poop and catharsis. But, if you’re like me, the greatest reward to writing is having others reading your work. Which adds that lovely, stifling expectation to every word you write. And of course any additional stressors in your life love to add on to it. For this one, I have no answer on how to get right through it. This is the one I feel is the most mythical, evil being of them all, gross and rotting and dripping and oozing with doubt and insecurities. You can try stabbing and punching and screaming at this one, but sometimes it refuses to move off your words, hoarding them just out of reach. And that’s okay. You’re a human (I assume). Sometimes you need to take a break and re-focus, re-charge. Then come back and stab that sucker through the eye socket.

What about you guys? Do you believe in the fabled create called writer’s block? Do you think my list needs to be longer? Wanna share your battle scars?

Bacon, out.