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inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners – Super inkies!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on December 27, 2010

Welcome, inkpoppers, to the fourth and final week of inkpop’s special series – inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners. Today we are profiling three of inkpop’s most active and supportive members – Author S M Johnston, blueview, and HealedMyWings!

Most Influential inkpopper and Most Helpful Person on inkpop Winner – Author S M Johnston

You were the big winner of the Second Annual inkie Awards, taking home three titles – Best Essay, Best Influential inkpopper, and Most Helpful Person on inkpop. How does it feel to know that you are so highly regarded by users of this online community?

Author S M Johnston: I was really surprised – I didn’t really expect to win any category. To be honest, if Evie was still on the site I think she would have taken out the Influential category. But it was really cool. The essay belongs to the community, and inkies can add to it whenever they want through the comments. If you were to revote again now on most influential you would probably find Anne (blueview) or Dae (Daediel) taking out the category because I’m no longer a top trendsetter. The winning MHP is really sweet. The inkpop community is so supportive and I’m glad that people think I reflect that.

What can inkpoppers expect from you next?

Author S M Johnston: Well at the moment I’m still working on Dirty Rainbow. It’s a Utopian story where men have become extinct and women have created the perfect world where everyone is beautiful and there is no war, disease or poverty. But beauty is only skin deep and something is lurking beneath the surface. A lot of people grapple with the concept of procreation with only women, but modern science can actually do it now through cell regression and artificial insemination.

I also have a space adventure, Conquest, that I am hoping to get more work done on and have posted soon.

How would you describe your fans – the ones who helped to make you a three-time winner in the Second Annual inkie Awards?

Author S M Johnston: I wouldn’t say I have fans XP. I’d call them friends. inkpop is such a great community. For the most, people are friendly and helpful. I have made some really good friends on the site. To my “fans” – you’re all epic ninjas.

Hardest Worker on inkpop Winner – blueview

In July 2010 your project Second Time Around was named an inkpop Top Pick. Now you’ve taken home the Hardest Worker on inkpop title in the Second Annual inkie Awards. How does this inkpop success make you feel for the future?

blueview: When the nominations started, I never expected to win in any category, and the first thing I did when I found out I had won is laugh. Yes, I laughed. I couldn’t believe it, and it made me incredibly happy. With Second Time Around a Top Pick, I think I’m just a bit more confident about my writing for the future and very excited about what’s next for me on inkpop. What’s next? Well, I really have no clue xD

If you could say one thing to your fans/the inkpoppers who voted for you, what would it be and why?

blueview: Thank you, thank you, thank you! Although I still disagree with the fact that I work hard around here, I’m still very flattered that others think otherwise. It makes me happy, and the fans are incredible. They have a way of making me come back and want to post more of my work.

As the Hardest Worker on inkpop, how would you describe your inkpop schedule? How do you make time to pen popular novels, be the Hardest Worker on inkpop, and balance school/life?

blueview: Hardest worker? I still need some more time to agree and get used to that. But yes…I’m an inkpop addict. I spend too much of my time on here and with school being so easy right now, my inkpop hours seem to be increasing. I have all morning to log on before school and usually most of my afternoons (I know, I know – I have a lot of time on my hands). As for being a trendsetter, I know what kinds of books I like and it never takes me too long to find the ones I enjoy reading, which makes it really fun!

Best Critic Winner – HealedMyWings

How did it feel to be named a winner in the Second Annual inkie Awards?

HealedMyWings: It was a bit shocking, actually, considering I haven’t been incredibly active on the site as of late. I had to check a few times and creep around the site for a while before I could finally accept that I had won an award. And then I sat and stared blankly at the screen for a moment until it finally sunk in that people liked my critiques enough to nominate me for the inkie Awards. It’s quite the honor, especially when I look around and see all the other amazing critics on the site. Rather a delightful little confidence boost, I would say.

If you could say one thing to your fans/the inkpoppers who voted for you, what would it be and why?

HealedMyWings: Thank you for all your help, support, and enthusiasm! From my first few days on inkpop to today, I’ve received little but kindness and encouragement. I never would have expected any of my projects to get as high as you have placed them, and I certainly wouldn’t even have hoped for an honorary mention in the annals of inkpop history. I would love to be an editor someday, so the fact that I was voted Best Critic is extremely encouraging, to say the least. Thank you, all of you, who have supported me an any way. I’ve grown so much thanks to all of you, and I can’t wait to get out there and try my hand at editing.

Critiques are one of the most helpful/influential factors of inkpop (and writing, in general). As the winner of the Best Critic Award, do you have any advice/tips for others who want to ensure that they are always giving their best when critiquing the work of others?

HealedMyWings: Back in my earlier days on inkpop, when The Game of War was still a rough draft and I was still figuring out how the site worked, a user who had read the first chapters of my work messaged me to inform me that she hated Tristah Ellandre’s blonde hair because “blonde hair is cliche” and she didn’t like that her brothers were twins because (evidently) that is also cliche, especially when the twins are also blonds like the rest of their family. I remember being slightly irritated because when it came down to trying to improve my writing, novel, and characters, these opinions were completely pointless and did nothing for anything. Not every comment is like this (in fact, it’s rare that they’re this extreme), but the point is that unhelpful opinions are exactly that: Unhelpful. When you critique, try to find things that will help the author improve either her a) writing, b) setting, c) storyline, or d) characters. Do not tell them that you don’t like a character’s hair color or his or her financial state or dog unless you have a really good reason for it and saying so will help them improve. Keep your personal preferences out of critiques and in your own head. Those are preferences, not critiques. They are not helpful.

Another of the most frustrating things people do when commenting is to point out a problem (i.e., Tristah seems a bit mopey; the description drags a little) but offer no solution. If you poke holes in an author’s writing and story but offer nothing to fill them in, all you’ve done is poked holes in a project. Sometimes a more experienced author will know what to do to fill in those holes. But when dealing with younger writers such as those here on inkpop, it is common to find that they don’t know how to fix problems in their writing. So tell them why the problem exists and then offer them an option or two to get them started in the right direction. Tristah is mopey because she dwells too long and too frequently on the circumstances of her mother’s death? Maybe cut back on the melancholy thoughts. The description drags because I throw in too many flowery similes for things that simply don’t need to be described in such detail? Take out or shorten some of the similes and only describe things that are relevant to the scene. When you poke holes in an author’s writing, be sure to tell them why, and then hand them a few patches to choose from. In the words of Terry Goodkind’s Zedd from Wizard’s First Rule, “Think of the solution, not the problem!”

In short:
1) Don’t state opinions that will not help the author improve at least one aspect of the story and writing, and
2) Help fill in the holes you poke in projects.

*steps down from soapbox* =)

Congratulations to the winners; stop back next Monday when we return to our regularly scheduled inkpopper of the Week feature with someone who has a love for classic Disney films!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners – You Know You Love Them

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on December 20, 2010

Week three of inkpop’s special series – inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners – is finally upon us, inkpoppers! Today we introduce to you four of inkpops most loved and greatest authors – cara_ruegg, shiftermover0308, cyc, and kit_kat_00!

Best Imagery and Best Writing Style Winner – cara_ruegg for The Trees Have Eyes

2010 has been a HUGE year for your writing. Already you have had two projects named Top Picks here on inkpop – First to Dream of Love and The Trees Have Eyes; you have received wonderful critiques from the HarperCollins Editors on both projects; and now you have taken up not one, but two, awards in the Second Annual inkie Awards – Best Imagery and Best Writing Style. How does all of this inkpop success make you feel?

cara_ruegg: It really boosts my confidence. I am just blown away by all the support I’ve received and the reviews themselves were just wonderful. Having a professional editor’s insight on my work really helps when I go back to edit.

What would you like to say to the people who have supported you during your time on inkpop?

cara_ruegg: Thank you, thank you, thank you! Seriously, you guys are all amazing! I don’t know what I would do without people like you believing in me. Not to mention most of the people on here are excellent writers themselves, so their support is all the more appreciated.

Best Imagery and Best Writing Style are incredibly flattering titles to be named with. Were you surprised to take home these awards? Why or why not?

cara_ruegg: I was so shocked. People were congratulating me on my awards right when I signed in and I was like, “Wait, what’s going on?” I was excited but refused to believe it till I saw it myself. Once I did, I ran around the house and did my happy dance. The authors I was up against are so amazingly talented; I didn’t expect to win either of those awards. In particular Oceanlimbs and Krystelle Elizabeth who have both made it on my “favorite authors” page despite the fact they aren’t published yet. I honestly don’t really feel like I deserve it. Maybe there was a glitch. 😉

The Trees Have Eyes is listed as being incomplete at the moment. Do you think that you will continue on with this project at this time, or take a breather for a bit and work on something new?

cara_ruegg: I have actually completed it, I just don’t have the whole thing uploaded onto inkpop. I am going through and editing it but for the most part I am putting it on hold and focusing on my new book: Inspiria: The Words of Ashlin which is an urban fantasy circulated around muses and artists, because I have an agent currently interested in seeing my work, thanks to bestselling author Susan King who said some very nice things about me, not that I deserve them in the least, (Pst, you all should read her books!) but I don’t feel The Trees Have Eyes would be a good fit after seeing what she represents.

Best Plot – shiftermover0308 for Resistance

Resistance is very unique in that your MC is telekinetic – something that you don’t oftentimes see in fiction. Do you feel that this originality on your part is one of the things which has made Resistance such a popular project on inkpop, and helped it to earn the award for Best Plot?

shiftermover0308: Well, I mean, I guess Alex being telekinetic certainly helps turn heads. I’m not sure if that has any effect on the popularity of Resistance or not – that’s all up to the readers. I’d like to think it does, but then again there are so many aspects of my story that I’d like to believe draw readers in and help them relate to the situations and characters no matter how outrageous or strange they may be, but I guess I’ll never know.

From what I gather from your profile, Resistance is the first book in a five-book series tentatively titled The Black Book Series; while you have completed the outline for the second installment in the series, you are currently focusing your attentions on Resistance, which brings me to my next question…What’s next on the agenda for Resistance?

shiftermover0308: First, I have to finish this last draft of Resistance, then I get a vacation for about a month where I can devote more time to my newest project, Runner, and then it’s off to hard editing before I hopefully get to send it out to agents in the early spring. Or that’s my plan anyway. If that doesn’t work out, I’m still planning on writing the rest just for fun.

If you could say one thing to your fans/the inkpoppers who voted for you, what would it be and why?

shiftermover0308: If I could say anything it’d be a giant thank you! 😀 I really appreciate all the votes that Resistance received. It all really helps keep me motivated with my writing and it’s just nice to know that there are people out there who enjoy the story just as much as you do. So, again, to everyone on inkpop – thanks so much!

Best Dialogue – cyc for Summer of Firsts

Summer of Firsts was named a Top Pick back in September of 2010. How does it feel to know that users still believe that your project features the Best Dialogue on inkpop – three months later?

cyc: I think it’s awesome that readers still remember the dialogue in my book and believe it’s strong enough to be voted as the best on inkpop. It makes me feel good that the words I have created made an impact. Dialogue used to be one of my weakest points in writing, but as you can see, I have greatly improved in that area!

A few months back you uploaded a new project – Spark (A Fire Girl Novel) – which falls under the genres paranormal/mystery – quite different from what you are typically known for on inkpop. What type of reaction do you hope readers have towards this new piece?

cyc: Yes, Spark is completely different in the sense that there’s magic, mystery, and deaths! Despite the book being paranormal, I do hope readers can still get caught up in the romance and humor I have created in my story. You have your hot guys, witty banters, kick-butt friends, and did I mention hot guys? Character interaction still plays a big part in the book, and I do believe Spark was also nominated for Best Dialogue.

Anything you’d like to say to fans of Summer of Firsts?

cyc: I want to thank my fans for all their support of Summer of Firsts. As a thank you, expect a sequel next summer. There wasn’t supposed to be one, but I guess Adam and Grace’s story isn’t over, especially when they didn’t have a typical happy ending. In Summer of Second Chances, the gang returns for another summer at the shore and another rollercoaster love story between Adam and Grace with the addition of *dun, dun, dun* Grace’s new boyfriend. Grace will continue to make fun literary references, but Adam will join in with references of his own…boy band references.

Best Characters – kit_kat_00 for The Prank War

A couple of weeks back we announced that you had won the Best General Fiction award in the Second Annual inkie Awards; but that wasn’t the only award you took home…you were also named Best Characters for The Prank War. How does all of this inkpop success make you feel?

Kit_kat_00: I feel so fortunate that I have such great readers who like my characters and my story. Like I said before, I never expected to win any award so to win both of these was an awesome surprise. I am thankful for all the encouragement I have received from my fellow inkies because really it was their support that brought The Prank War to where it is now.

How would you describe your fans – the ones who helped to make The Prank War a Top Pick, and the winner of both Best General Fiction and Best Characters in the Second Annual inkie Awards?

Kit_kat_00: Craz—I mean awesome. They are crazy awesome. They are amazing, honest, and just all around great fans. The comments I receive are always helpful especially since they say exactly what they think. When they do not like something about plot or the writing they will tell me. They also keep me on track by leaving me messages supporting The Prank War and asking for updates. It’s nice to see that others care about my project and my characters, too.

In short, you guys rock!

What’s next for The Prank War?

Kit_kat_00: First, I have to finish posting the whole thing. I have the ending planned and written, but it still has to be connected to what I have up right now. It’s almost there, though, and after I’m done I’ll probably take a break before editing and reworking the story. I feel like there will be some scenes taken out, some scenes added in, but hopefully in the end the book will be better for it.

Congratulations to the winners; stop back next Monday to meet the last three of your favorite inkpop authors as our inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners series continues!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners – The Best of the Best

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on December 13, 2010

Happy Monday, inkpoppers! For our second installment of our inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners, we are introducing you to a second handful of your favorite inkpop authors – luvpoets, Author S M Johnston, BlackHills, ElanorLawrence, and ashlutz!

Best Fantasy / Adventure Winner – luvpoets for Night Child

Night Child is very unique in that it, in a way, revolves around your own species of people “born between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5:45 AM.” Do you feel that this originality on your part is one of the things which has made Night Child such a popular project on inkpop, and helped it to earn the award for Best Fantasy/Adventure?

luvpoets: It’s kind of funny. When I first came up with the idea, I was working on the Forbidden Love contest. I just wanted to create a simple way to divide people. The majority of the comments I get mention the Night/Day Children concept, so I do think it has something to do with the story’s success. It’s also a deterrence for some. Some people hear Night Child and think vampires or werewolves. I think they’re surprised when they find out that everyone in the story is human.

What’s next on the agenda for Night Child?

luvpoets: Finishing Night Child is definitely next on my agenda. I know how it’s going to end. I even figured out a scientific way to explain how Night Children came to be. That was quite a feat. The problem is getting it to there. I’m in a serious battle with writers block right about now, but I refuse to let it win!

If you could say one thing to your fans/the inkpoppers who voted for you, what would it be and why?

luvpoets: I would say thank you. I’ve gotten all kinds of comments on Night Child. There were comments that made me grin from ear to ear, comments that drove me within an inch of my sanity, and comments that made me question my abilities. As for the people who voted for, nominated, and continue to support Night Child, I can’t really begin to say how much I appreciate it. I’ve grown so much as a writer from this site. There are times when I wonder if I’m good enough for publishing, if I’ll ever be good enough. Knowing that there is at least one person out there who likes something I’ve written kind of helps to put things into perspective.

Best Essay – Author S M Johnston for Etiquette for Being a Good inkpopper

You won the Best Essay Award for your project Etiquette for Being a Good inkpopper. What were you hoping that readers would take away from this project upon reading it? What inspired you to write an essay on this particular topic?

Author S M Johnston: I guess I’m a bit of a mother hen and a hippie at heart – peace, love and tolerance. With the community having thousands of users, it’s understandable that there is some friction occasionally. Often it is just from misunderstandings. So very late one night, or early one morning (I can’t remember which) I put together the essay just as my view of the inkpop world.

What’s next for Etiquette for Being a Good inkpopper? Do you have plans to add more to the piece?

Author S M Johnston: EFBAGI is a living document. If people make suggestions for other points in the comments, and they align with the essay’s philosophy, then I added them in.

Anything you’d like to say to fans of Etiquette for Being a Good inkpopper?

Author S M Johnston: Thanks for your support and Happy inkpopping (yes Ellen, I’m stealing your line).

Best Poem – BlackHills for Alone

How did it feel to be named a winner in the Second Annual inkie Awards?

BlackHills: To be honest, I was really shocked. I really wasn’t expecting it! I wrote Alone a long, long time ago and I wasn’t really expecting it to get such a positive response. Especially considering Youth Violence by JaquieC happened to also be nominated. Youth Violence is my all time favourite inkpop poem and I was pretty certain it was going to win. To hear that Alone was in fact the winner was quite surreal, and I had to check quite a few times to see if it was really true!

Is there anything you’d like to say to the inkpoppers who voted for you?

BlackHills: Thank you! *Huggles.* I really do appreciate it. Everyone has been so nice towards me, and I feel privileged to be part of such a lovely community! I’m really glad people like Alone, and I’m really happy with the amount of positive, lovely reviews I have received. Thanks guys, you’re all amazing! 🙂

What can inkpoppers expect from you next?

BlackHills: At the moment I’m trying to finish my NaNoWriMo project – Nothing Compares. I’m really quite proud of it; it’s the longest piece I’ve ever written! It’s basically about a boy who is confused about his sexuality, and ends up telling his worst enemy because he feels he can’t trust anyone else. It only has about two chapters left, which is quite a big thing for me. I’m fine with starting novels, but I can never seem to finish them. The plot is kind of complex though, so I’m focusing most of my energies on it.

Best Short Story – ElanorLawrence for Because You Laughed

This is an exciting year for you. Recently (for the month of August), Because You Laughed was named a Top Pick here on inkpop, and now it has earned the title of Best Short Story piece in the Second Annual inkie Awards. How does all of this inkpop success make you feel?

ElanorLawrence: When I first joined inkpop about nine months ago, I told myself “If I can get up to rank 45 or so, then I’ll stay.” I never imagined that I would reach Top Five, be the highest ranking short story, and be voted best short story of the year! That just blows my mind… I just have to say, it feels great! Until now I had never shown my writing to anyone but friends and family. It means so much to me that other, unbiased, readers enjoy my stories. It’s given me hope that maybe I will be able to achieve my dream of being published.

What would you like to say to the people who have supported you during your time on inkpop?

ElanorLawrence: Just, thanks! In some small way Because You Laughed is also the story of my life (though not near as graphic, thank goodness) and I thank all my readers for sharing that with me. As I said before, it means so much that they would pick it and vote for it, but all the comments I’ve received have been overwhelming. I just want to thank everyone who went on that emotional journey and was changed, however little, by my story.

Because You Laughed is listed as being complete. Do you think that you would ever revisit the characters or subject matter of Because You Laughed, or are you focusing your attentions on something new now?

ElanorLawrence: There have been some people who told me I should write a book on it, but I don’t intend to. Sometimes I would make myself physically sick while editing Because You Laughed and I have no desire to try and write a whole book with that subject matter. However, I’m working on a couple other stories, mainly Mystery/Adventure/Sci-fi. My NaNoWriMo novel, Wander, will be coming to inkpop on January 1st, so for now I’m busy with editing my VERY rough first draft. I may try to sell Because You Laughed to a magazine at some point, but since short stories usually don’t go anywhere, I’m turning my attention to novels.

Best Humor / Satire – ashlutz for Dear Liver, Just Deal With It

You are a HUGE presence on inkpop – harboring countless fans of your work; and back in July of 2010, your project In the Middle of Nowhere and Not Even Romantically Involved with a Glittery Vampire was named a Top Pick. With so much success on the site, was there any doubt in your mind that you would take home the Best Humor/Satire Award?

ashlutz: This is going to sound really bad, but no, not really. I had very little competition, which for me is very sad. I know there were three other choices in the category and I had read two of them, but I think that since I’m so present on the forums that when people think of humour, they think of me. That’s just how it is unfortunately.

How would you describe your fans – the ones who helped to make Dear Liver, Just Deal With It the winner of the Best Humor/Satire in the Second Annual inkie Awards?

ashlutz: I think it proves that people do like to laugh, and that Dear Liver is also a comedy without any romance whatsoever, it proves that this is possible and that people do like it. Sure, there are an abundance of romantic comedy books/films out there and they are popular, but I don’t believe that’s all humour is.

Dear Liver, Just Deal With It is listed as complete; and it appears that you have begun working on a new project – Wrapped in Piano Strings. What type of reaction do you hope readers have towards this new piece? How does it compare to your previous work?

ashlutz: Well, it starts with a suicide which isn’t what you think when you hear the word ‘comedy.’ But I hope people like it. I seem to be getting darker and darker as I go along, to be honest, it’s getting a little scary. My first comedy novel was In the Middle of Nowhere which was more light-hearted, then Dear Liver is about a kleptomaniac who likes to party more than is good for her and Wrapped is about a boy who’s mother dies and he has to figure out how to cope. So yeah… I might have to write something about a toadstool named Happy just to cheer myself up.

Congratulations to the winners; stop back next Monday to meet four more of your favorite inkpop authors as our inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners series continues!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners – Categorically Speaking

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on December 6, 2010

Last week we announced the winners of the Second Annual inkie Awards; now, for the entire month of December 2010, we have a special treat for you…each week you will learn a little more about the people you voted for – what they’re working on next, what they’d like to say to their fans, and so much more!

To kick off our inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners series, we will be introducing you to the authors of five of inkpop’s most popular tales – Poading (aka Rosiee), wildgreenskittle (aka Gwen), Krystelle Elizabeth, Kit_kat_00, and Mandybeth!

Best Historical Fiction Winner – Poading for The Elegance of Tyranny

The Elegance of Tyranny is very unique in that it is what you have termed “an alternate universe historical fiction.” Do you feel that this originality on your part is one of the things which has made The Elegance of Tyranny such a popular project on inkpop, and helped it to earn the award for Best Historical Fiction?

Poading: I’m not entirely sure. I think the originality of the concept was actually lost on a lot of people. I’d guess that most people thought it was either High Fantasy or Historical Fiction, not a combination of the two. Of course, there were a few people that understood what I was trying to do, but I think most of the people who read Elegance didn’t pick up on the alternative fantasy aspect. I think its success is probably due to people liking the plot or my writing style more than the originality, since I don’t get many comments about the historical fantasy part of the book. It is certainly a part of the book’s success on inkpop and in the inkie Awards, but I don’t think it’s the main reason people like it. Of course, I could be totally wrong and maybe I’m interpreting my readers ridiculously inaccurately.

What’s next on the agenda for The Elegance of Tyranny?

Poading: Well, I have to finish writing it. I’m getting pretty close to the halfway point, so with any luck it’ll be finished by the end of December or January and then I’ll shoot for the top 5.

If you could say one thing to your fans/the inkpoppers who voted for you, what would it be and why?

Poading: Thank you! Seriously, I’m so incredibly thankful for the immense support I’ve received on this site not only for Elegance but for myself as well. You guys are amazing and I doubt I’d even be writing if it wasn’t for all of you!

Best Science Fiction / Action Winner – wildgreenskittle for Steel Horizon

This is an exciting week for you. On December 1, 2010, Steel Horizon was named a Top Pick here on inkpop, and now it has earned the title of Best Science Fiction/Action piece in the Second Annual inkie Awards. How does all of this inkpop success make you feel?

wildgreenskittle: I think the obvious answer is just darn happy. I seriously thought it would be impossible to get this far. I joined in the beginning of August and saw all of the books on the Top 5, and thought I would never get there. It seemed impossible at the time, and I really didn’t think Steel Horizon was good enough to actually make it. So, you can just imagine how happy I was when it was finally up there.

What would you like to say to the people who have supported you during your time on inkpop?

wildgreenskittle: *hugs everyone* You guys are all so awesome. And most everyone is so supportive on the threads, and that just makes me happy when my promotion threads don’t totally fail. Steel Horizon would still be a piece of poo if it wasn’t for all of you guys tearing into it and making it better. I don’t want to sound totally lame, but I really learned a lot about writing here, and it’s because of all of you guys. 😀

Steel Horizon is listed as being incomplete at the moment. Do you think that you will continue on with this project at this time, or take a breather for a bit and work on something new?

wildgreenskittle: Actually, I’ll be taking a breather from Steel Horizon for about a week, and then get right back into writing it again. I’m hoping to have most of it done by the end of December or mid January. I’m just thankful that I haven’t gotten sick of it yet, haha. In the meantime though, I have been working on something new, in addition to editing my other book, Sunlight. One thing for sure is that I never run out of something to do when it comes to writing.

Best Horror / Paranormal Winner – Krystelle Elizabeth for The Devil’s Bride

How did it feel to be named a winner in the Second Annual inkie Awards?

Krystelle Elizabeth: Honestly, a little surreal. One of my favourite books, Arachne’s Pandemonium, was nominated right along with me and I was more than positive that she would get it. I still find it very hard to believe. Though it is really flattering! When people told me, I didn’t believe them. I had to see for myself. And even then, it still seemed a really overwhelming. I think my Mum would be really proud of me.

Is there anything you’d like to say to the inkpoppers who voted for you?

Krystelle Elizabeth: Just a massive thank you for all the support they have given me. I never thought I would accomplish what I have on here. It was more than what I had set out to achieve. Just making the top five is a major feat, but to be nominated for any awards, let alone to win one, was enough to blow my mind. I could never thank them enough.

What’s next for The Devil’s Bride?

Krystelle Elizabeth: Well, first I am dying to finish it! And then I think I will take a break and rework it and edit it like crazy once I get my review. While I’m waiting though, I might get started on the second book in the trilogy The Devil’s Advocate. We will see how I feel.

Best General Fiction Winner – Kit_kat_00 for The Prank War

You won the Best General Fiction award for your project The Prank War. Seeing as how this particular project recently received a fantastic review from the HarperCollins Editors when it was named a Top Pick, was there any doubt in your mind that you would take this prize home?

Kit_kat_00: I was actually very surprised to find out that I’d won the General Fiction award. Despite The Prank War being a Top Pick, I know that there is still work that could be done to make it even better, and the review gave me some good suggestions on how I could do that. Also, I was up against three other fantastic projects that completely deserved their nominations. I was amazed and proud to have been nominated with them so needless to say this award was an unexpected and happy surprise.

What can inkpoppers expect from you next?

Kit_kat_00: Right now I’m trying to experiment and write something besides General Fiction so I’ve started a Science Fiction book called Mayhem Rule. It’s a superhero book about teenagers who live in New York City and are part of an agency that works to fight against crime. Right now, it’s still in the beginning stages, but I’m excited because it has been so fun to write especially the super-powered action scenes.

I’ve also started outlining for another new project. This one is another general fiction romance so I guess I can’t stay far away from this genre. The main details aren’t set in stone yet, but I will say that the main character will be a girl with a very interesting job.

Anything you’d like to say to fans of The Prank War?

Kit_kat_00: There are so many things I want to say to you guys so I’ll start here. To everyone who has supported The Prank War, I want to say thank you for everything. Thank you for reading and commenting. Thank you for all the helpful advice and critiques. Thank you for helping me get into the Top Picks. Thank you even for asking for updates because without your enthusiasm and support The Prank War wouldn’t have gotten close to where it is today. Thank you!

Best Romance Winner – Mandybeth for The Importance of Getting Revenge

The Importance of Getting Revenge was named a Top Pick back in March of 2010. How does it feel to know that users still believe that your project is the Best Romance on inkpop – nine months later?

Mandybeth: It feels pretty great, actually! And surprising. Every time I get a new comment on it these days, I think to myself, “People are still reading this book?” After it got that Top Pick star last March, I figured that would be it and that everyone would just forget about it. So the fact that people actually voted for it nine months later was a very pleasant surprise!

How would you describe your fans – the ones who helped to make The Importance of Getting Revenge a Top Pick, and the winner of the Best Romance in the Second Annual inkie Awards?

Mandybeth: The fans are amazing. There’s really no other word to describe them! For the duration that The Importance of Getting Revenge was making its way to the Top 5, my readers were so supportive and so helpful – a lot of them actually made it become a better book than before I uploaded it, with all of their suggestions and corrections. And not to mention their encouragement. I can honestly say I adore all of my fans tremendously, and I am very thankful for them!

Rumor has it that you will be uploading a new project – How to Get a Life – to inkpop sometime this month. A project which you have stated is “the result of my first ever nanowrimo participation.” What type of reaction do you hope readers have towards this new piece?

Mandybeth: I started that rumor! And in a way I wish I hadn’t, only because I’m ashamed to admit that I ended up failing NaNoWriMo horribly. I’m still writing the book, however, and as soon as I hit the 10,000 word mark I will post it up. I guess I’m hoping the reaction to this book will be similar to the reaction to The Importance of Getting Revenge, as this book falls within the same genre. However, I’m not expecting it to become the next TIOGR, as I tend to believe the popularity of that book was pretty much a fluke. Basically, I’ll just be happy if at least one person likes it!

Congratulations to the winners; stop back next Monday to meet five more of your favorite inkpop authors as our inkpopper of the Week: inkie Awards Winners series continues!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Second Annual inkie Awards Winners!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on December 2, 2010

It seems that we were just announcing the winners of the first batch of inkie Awards; and now, here we are sharing the news with you of the winners for the Second Annual inkie Awards! You shared your thoughts on who you felt was the best of the best on inkpop, and now here are your winners!

Best Horror/Paranormal:

The Devil’s Bride by Krystelle Elizabeth.

Best General Fiction:

The Prank War by Kit_kat_00.

Best Historical Fiction:

The Elegance of Tyranny by Poading.

Best Romance:

The Importance of Getting Revenge by Mandybeth.

Best Science Fiction/Action:

Steel Horizon by wildgreenskittle.

Best Fantasy/Adventure:

Night Child by luvpoets.

Best Short Story:

Because You Laughed by ElanorLawrence.

Best Poem:

Alone by BlackHills.

Best Essay:

Etiquette for Being a Good inkpopper by Author S M Johnston.

Best Humor/Satire:

Dear Liver, Just Deal With It by ashlutz.

Best Imagery:

The Trees Have Eyes by cara_ruegg.

Best Dialogue:

Summer of Firsts by cyc.

Best Characters:

The Prank War by Kit_kat_00.

Best Plot:

Resistance by shiftermover0308.

Best Writing Style:

The Trees Have Eyes by cara_ruegg.

Hardest Worker on inkpop:

blueview.

Best Critic:

HealedMyWings.

Best Influential inkpopper:

Author S M Johnston.

Most Helpful Person on inkpop:

Author S M Johnston.

Best Writing Challenge:

The Paranormalcy Writing Challenge.

Congratulations to the winners of the Second Annual inkie Awards!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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Introducing the Official Building a Better Community Day!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on September 18, 2010

Are you an un-selfish swapper? Are you someone who would like to see more of a community around inkPop? Are you a supporter of the November Revolution, with the motto of, Read for Fun? Would you like to get to know your fellow Inkies? If you answered yes to any of these, then come participate in Building a Better Community Day!

Originating from the mind of inkPop’s very own Donut (theliving 2.0), this day would bring a sense of a caring community to inkPop. Many members have complained about the selfishness of Inkies today, whether it’s with swapping or forum clogging, etc, and this will bring a close to all selfishness, and help build a stronger community.

What is this day all about?
At the end of every month, on the day the Top 5 gets pulled off and everyone celebrates, many Inkies will refrain from swapping, from character chatting, from posting non-writing related threads (e.g. about your boyfriend), from complaining. And they’ll join each other in building their writing skills and reading just for fun. This means no asking for swaps, no reading for swaps, and no agreeing to swaps. No character chats. No promoting for yourself. No complaining. No disrespect. For one day only.

And that’s not all. In addition to not swapping, we ask that you read at least one project that has been recommended on the forums. Whether it’s a short story, a poem, or a book. And leave a comment! Maybe even make it the most detailed comment you can. Show the community that you care about the writing world. Show the community that you’re proud to be a writer and to have a place to interact with other writers. Show that you’re proud to be an Inkie!

So come join us!
Build more friendships in the forums.
Find amazing projects that you wouldn’t have found otherwise.
Read something just because you’d like to.

For one day, join us!

And remember! That night…the party is always on!

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WWC: Especially Ordinary

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on September 11, 2010

WEEK FIFTEEN CHALLENGE TOPIC

Looking back at past challenge topics, they were all off the wall and a little crazy. (Anyone remember the “Twisted Holiday” challenge?) The goal of those challenges was to get participants away from their usual comfort zone and thinking a little outside of the box. Now that we’ve managed to do that, we want to bring you all back to the basics. Good prose, use of description, character development, good dialogue, metaphors, hyperbole, personification, etcetera.

What this challenge will do is ask you to figure out your style as a writer, find your voice, and then wrap it all up in beautiful prose.

Especially Ordinary

★ Launch Date: Saturday, September 11th, 2010
★ Due Date: Sunday, September 19th, 2010 by 11.59 PM (Pacific Time)

Challenge Details

This week participants are asked to write about an ordinary occurrence in their lives that they found special. Perhaps an outing with friends to get some lunch, or a day at the beach, or getting a new notebook, or eating a piece of cake at midnight in a dark kitchen. Think of that occurrence and then translate in into words.

This week’s entry should give readers an idea of who the participants are as writers; what their individual styles are, as well as what their voice is. Be sure to think about your writing habits. For example, using lots of adjectives, using lots of metaphors, never using purple prose, writing extremely concise, etcetera.

Judges will be looking for individual style, good prose, good grammar, good handle of basic writing mechanics.

YOUR ENTRY MUST ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING

★ Formatting: Short Story or Essay
★ 700 word MIN/1,000 word MAX

Should you have any questions regarding this challenge please e-mail wwcrevolution@gmail.com, or visit the Weekly Writer’s Challenge inkpop Profile.

Good luck inkpoppers!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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WWC: Awesome Freebies!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on August 14, 2010

(24) Days of Summer!!!

The idea behind this came from a suggestion to have a “Scramble Challenge,” in which participants can mix and match given topics, genres, and formats to create their own challenges. What the (24) Days of Summer will do is essentially just that. Participants get a list of genres, topics, locations, and formats. From those lists they will choose one to use per “mini” challenge. There will be a general set of rules that will be applied to each “mini” challenge.

Participants have 24 days to accomplish a minimum of 9 “mini” challenges (but should strive to complete all 12 as more is better) to be eligible to win the prizes. At the end of the 24 days a panel of judges will read all the entries and decide on a winner.

***there have been some alterations to the “Submission Process” and another format option has been added (Essay).

For more details please visit the (24) Days of Summer challenge thread.

THE TIMELINE:

Participants have 24 days to complete as many of the challenges as they can, the minimum being 9 and the desirable goal being 12.

★ Launch date: August 1st, 2010
★ End date: August 24th, 2010

DAYS LEFT IN THE CHALLENGE: 11 DAYS!!!!!!!

FANTASMIC PRIZES!!!

Interested in what’s in it for the winners? Check out our awesome prizes!

FIRST PLACE
★ FULL, LINE BY LINE EDIT OF ANY OF YOUR WORKS (by someone with editing experience)
★ FREE HARPERCOLLINS BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE
★ FREE PICK OF ANY WORK ON INKPOP

SECOND PLACE
★ FREE HARPERCOLLINS BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE
★ FREE PICK OF ANY WORK ON INKPOP

THIRD PLACE
★ FREE PICK OF ANY WORK ON INKPOP

WANTED: JUDGES FOR THE (24) DAYS OF SUMMER

The WWC is looking for inkpoppers interested in judging! You’ve gotta be dedicated, love reading, and be able to give an honest opinion of someone’s work.

Interested? Check out the WWC Judges thread!

QUESTIONS, COMMENTS, CRIES OF WOE? FEEL FREE TO DROP THE WWC PROFILE A LINE AND WE’LL GET BACK TO YOU ASAP!

Good luck inkpoppers!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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WWC: Summer Isn’t Over!

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on August 7, 2010

With the end of summer just around the corner, why not go out with a bang? For your writing pleasure, the WWC presents the (24) Days of Summer challenge extravaganza!

The Concept

The idea behind this is came from a suggestion to have a “Scramble Challenge,” in which participants can mix and match given topics, genres, and formats to create their own challenges. What the (24) Days of Summer will do is essentially just that. Participants get a list of genres, topics, locations, and formats. There will be a general set of rules that will be applied to each “challenge.”

Participants have 24 days to accomplish a minimum of 10 challenges (but should strive to complete all 12) to be eligible to win the prizes. At the end of the 24 days a panel of judges will read all the entries and decide on a winner.

The Timeline:

★ Launch Date: August 1st, 2010
★ End Date: August 24th, 2010

Looking for more details? Check out the (24) Days of Summer Thread for your information needs.

WANTED!!!

The Weekly Writer’s Challenge is looking for judges for the (24) Days of Summer! We need seriously dedicated judges, who love to read and love to crit! If that’s you then drop us a line at the WWC Judges Thread or send the Weekly Writer’s Challenge a message.

Good luck inkpoppers!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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WWC: (24) Days of Summer

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on July 31, 2010

WEEK 14 CHALLENGE CHAMPION

Congratulations to Emma Halmhofer for her outstanding entry Tunnel Ghouls!

Shout out to the Honorable Mentions for a commendable job well done!
Silverherring for The (Prehistoric) Adventures of Orf: The Mystery of the Bloodless Body
Ceffyldwfr for Of the Mind

Congratulations to all of you!

(24) Days of Summer is an end of summer challenge extravaganza hosted by the Weekly Writer’s Challenge.

The Concept

The idea behind this came from a suggestion to have a “Scramble Challenge,” in which participants can mix and match given topics, genres, and formats to create their own challenges. What the (24) Days of Summer will do is essentially just that. Participants get a list of genres, topics, locations, and formats. There will be a general set of rules that will be applied to each “challenge.”

Participants have 24 days to accomplish a minimum of 10 challenges (but should strive to complete all 12) to be eligible to win the prizes. At the end of the 24 days a panel of judges will read all the entries and decide on a winner.

The Finer Details

Okay technically there aren’t 12 challenges, it’s really just one super huge challenge that consists of 12 mini challenges.

Participants will get a list of 12 genres, 12 Locations, and 12 topics. They must take one from each of those three lists and combine them into an entry. They will also be able to choose from a list of 4 formats that they can use.

Also each mini challenge will come with a set of random items that have to somehow make an appearance in their entries. For example, for “Challenge One” the random items might be ice, the color red, and fried chicken. The participant is to take those three items and mix them in any which way they want.

The Entry Rules

It’s very important that all the entries follow these rules.

★ 300 word MIN/8,000 word MAX
★ All entries must use the assigned random items
★ All entries must use one genre, one location, and one topic.
★ Each entry must have an original title
★ A participant must complete at least 10 Challenges
★ All entries must be submitted as a whole unit in the form of a “book.”

The Submission Process

Because each participant will be submitting a minimum of 10 entries, to make it easier on the judges, everything will be submitted as one large entry.

So rather than submitting everything separately, participants will be combining all of their entries as a “book” with each chapter being a seperate entry.

Each participant should title their book in the following manner: (24) Days of [insert something here] You can choose anything you want to insert. For example if I was participating in this challenge I know that I would probably be drinking lots of coffee. So I would title my book (24) Days of Starbucks.

The Lists

(Genres)
Romance
Comedy
Tragedy
Adventure
Fantasy
Horror
Mystery
Western
Superhero
Bio/Memoir
General Fiction
Non Fiction

(Locations)
Beach
Home
Yacht/Boat
BBQ
Pool
Summer School
Ice Cream Shoppe
Foreign Country
Desert Island
Shopping Mall
Fast Food Eatery
A Cave

(Topics)
Summer Job
Zombies
Family Drama
Food
Dieting
Losing a Friend
Moving Away
Getting Lost
Sneaking Out
Over indulgence
Falling out of love
Misusing Magic

(Formats)
Short Story
Poem
Screen Play
Letter
Journal Entry

★ Launch Date: Sunday, August 1, 2010
★ Due Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010 by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time)

Post links to all entries in the (24) Days of Summer Thread.

Should you have any questions regarding this challenge please e-mail wwcrevolution@gmail.com, or visit the Weekly Writer’s Challenge inkpop Profile.

JUDGES, JUDGES, JUDGES!!!

The WWC is looking for judges for the (24) Days of Summer! Interested? Check our judges thread and drop us a line!

Good luck inkpoppers!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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