Camp Nano Spotlight: Fantasy Writer Guy

April 6, 2013

Hello, friends, followers, and all you A-Z riff-raff. Today I’m delighted to welcome back Fantasy Writer Guy, a great friend to this blog; because I didn’t find anybody else to file under F for the A-Z challenge. What do you have to say for yourself, Rich?

How did you find out about Camp Nanowrimo?
It was a question on the Jeopardy game show – or should I say answer? “She created camp NaNoWriMo,” said Alex. I was a contestant. I was losing and desperate so I took a wild guess. I said “Who is the Last Unicorn” which was really stupid of me because the last unicorn was standing right there. She was actually one of my opponents. Her name was Amalthea, I recall. So I lost the match but I got to meet Alex Trebec and I heard about camp Nano which is great, so really I was a winner in a sense, right?


No, wait. I remember now. I heard about Camp Nano through the Three Day Novel Contest community. That’s right. Forget the Jeopardy thing. Sorry.

Have you participated in Camp Nano before? If so, would you call it a success?
I did July and August last year. July was my second 50K month ever. Yay! Success! August I bombed because I went on holidays and played Catan all day for a week with the world’s smartest fourteen-year-old.

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Story number five is finished!

June 14, 2012

Okay, I was starting to feel like it was the story that would never end, but ‘Land’ (title subject to change,) has been finished. Just three more stories to go in my June ‘Summer of Shorts’ challenge, and I’m actually still a day ahead of pace. Whoo-hoo!

And I’m sitting in Williams Coffee Pub with Fantasy Writer Guy and we’ve been chatting about Ray Bradbury and extraterrestrials exterminating humanity and lots of other fun stuff like that.

How’s your Camp Nanowrimo experience going as we approach the mid-point of June? I hope that you’re having fun at least.

Mission – Spotlight on Chris, day 1

March 19, 2012

Okay, so, the Fourth Campaign has wrapped up, I’ve got nearly two weeks before the A-Z challenge starts, so I’m going to start a new series and put myself under the spotlight.

This is inspired by FantasyWriterGuy’s Two weeks of reflection challenge, but I’ve decided that I’m going to tweak the prompts as well as the timing that FWG laid out, just because some of them are really more personal than I want to get, and I’d rather do substitutions or skip rather than do a lot of excessive tap-dancing around the raw subjects.

But today, I’m doing pretty much by the book – Share ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.

1. Thank you so much for all of the time you’ve spent helping me practice over the past year. I couldn’t have done it without you.

2. What’s going on in your life now? Are you doing okay? I’ve been wanting to say something since you cancelled.

3. Are you having technical problems returning my call, or are you just too busy?

4. Take care of yourself, and feel better soon.

5. We really are going to fight zombies sometime – my evenings are just crazy right now.

6. You do a lot that nobody in the group sees to keep things running smoothly, and I’m so grateful for it, and the way you’ve welcomed a loner boy from Hamilton.

7. I love you very much.

8. It’s been so long since we’ve talked – how’s the family doing? What have you been up to lately?

9. I’ve never done this before, so tell me – what do I need to ask you about buying a car?

10. Good luck with labelling and commenting on chapters four through ten!

I’ll see you soon with another dose of sharing!

Nano Spotlight: New Day Rising

November 25, 2011

Good evening everybody, and it’s a privilege to introduce a great friend of mine for Nanowrimo spotlight tonight, and a fellow Hamiltonian writer, Rich aka FantasyWriterGuy!

How and why did you end up participating in National Novel Writing Month (the first occasion you did.)
Somehow I got sucked into doing the three-day-novel contest and while bantering with fellow three-day-masochists there were many references to NaNoWriMo which sounded like a far more humane excuse for forcing yourself to write and for meeting other writers. So I looked into it. I actually succeeded in writing a complete novella in three days – about 24,000 words and yet it then took me five attempts in five years to finally do 50,000 in 30 days. Go figure.

What are you writing about this year?
The usual: Butterfly robes, floating teapot aircraft, the God of Frivolity, avian ham, Voltaire, cheese graters, green men, rainbows, two-headed cats, robot clowns, willinillies, shizzpoogterriers, winged hedgehogs, landchovies, screaming jeebies, ogre-bears, limouworms, six-legged choodwinks, skellizardons, passenger clouds, big bad evilkins, a too-short dwarf with Short Dwarf Syndrome, a thief with apparent sexual orientation issues, a priest with a tourettes-like curse, a swordsman with the IQ of a pencil box, an enchanter whose spells are marred by ludicrous side-effects, a ranger of tremendous heroic qualities who is never taken seriously because of her gender, friendship, personal growth and sacrifice. Same as everyone else, I presume.

What’s your favorite part of Nanowrimo and why?
Like any gathering of writers: It’s power to remind you that you are a writer. It’s so easy to forget. Although, meeting new amazingly wonderful writer people to befriend, love and cherish is pretty okay too…

Who’s the best character in your Nano?
Lance Lightfinger if I really must choose. He’s capable of very poor behaviour at times, owing to his significant insecurities. But the quest brings life-changing experiences. His future looks bright!

Sneaky Ninja Question! What time in the day do you write the most?
Midnight; when things get quiet and people leave me alone.

New Day Rising – or Rich Landriault if you prefer his slave name – spends enormous amounts of time pondering instinct and consciousness, human evolution and the illusions of society, and not nearly enough time blogging. But he has fabulous intentions to start blogging more regularly at

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