Monday, April 23, 2012

Sonoma Squares Murder Mystery has begun

The first chapter of the serialized Sonoma Squares Murder Mystery is now available online.

This is a project created and organized by Robert Digitale, a fellow member of Redwood Writers and a reporter with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, and author of the YA fantasy novel Horse Stalker.  New chapters will be posted on the blog Digitale Stories on Mondays and Thursdays.

They are short chapters that are fast paced and filled with suspense.

My contribution should be printed on Monday, May 7th.  I hope you enjoy the story, and as a reminder there is the opportunity for you to become a participant as well.  You can check out the details of how to submit your draft for possible inclusion in this literary effort here.

Robert is hoping to turn this online effort into an ebook whose proceeds will go to charity. So, if nothing else, you can get another literary credit to your name which always looks good on cover letters and author bios.

Bonne chance, and happy reading everyone!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Details of how to become a part of the Sonoma Square Murder Mystery team

I mentioned in a previous blog post that I was a part of an upcoming serialized murder mystery due out next week online.  There are sixteen chapters to the story and one chapter has yet to be written.

There is a contest to see who will get the honor to be the sixteenth writer.  If you are interested, you can find all the details on the Santa Rosa Press Democrat's blog Digitale Stories  on how to submit with the chance to win.  There is no prize money, but it is a chance to be a part of a cool literary project and a nice writing credit to your name.

The deadline is Friday, May 18th.

The story begins on Monday, April 23rd on the Digitale Stories blog. It will be updated with a new chapter on Mondays and Thursdays.

I wrote chapter five and have read a few chapters (to help me in the course of understanding the context of my contribution) and it is a quick and fun read.

Here is hoping that Robert Digitale gets an overfilled inbox with submissions to be a part of this project he brainstormed and started.

Good luck!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sonoma Squares Murder Mystery - Coming Soon!

I will be a part of a literary experiment. One of the members in my writers club, Robert Digitale, is a reporter with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Robert has created a murder mystery to be published online with sixteen different writers. I am honored to say that he invited me to participate in this fun endeavor.

Robert wrote the overview and gave us direction as to what he wanted covered in our assigned chapters, and then he served as the air traffic controller/editor in assuring that the storyline was as seamless as possible.

The story will be available online starting Monday, April 23rd and can be found here. There is one last chapter that has yet to be written and is still up for grabs. Details of how you can apply to write that installment will be posted online this Thursday.

You can find a lineup of the different participating authors here.

Check it out and you can even "Like" the Sonoma Squares Murder Mystery page on Facebook.

I hope you enjoy the story and my small contribution. I found it difficult to try and cover as much ground as Robert wanted in as small of a word limit as he gave. Going from epic historic fantasy with room to elaborate on settings, characterizations, etc. to writing a distilled essence of a scene was challenging.

Should anyone here wish to join the mystery, I wish you the best of luck getting chosen and have fun in the writing if you are!