Three-Minute Fiction and little bits of writing

Some of you may remember that I entered round four of NPR’s Three-Minute Fiction competition a while back. The piece I submitted didn’t get anywhere, and when I read the winning piece today, I can understand why. If it’s not too bold a statement, I might venture to say that my entry was like a proto-version of the winner…the elements of success are there, but the winning author is clearly someone who has much more finely honed writing skills than I do. Good for a first try, I’d say. You can read the winning piece here, and check out some of the honorable mentions and runners-up, too.

That said, with the contest judging finished, I’ve decided to post my two pieces to Drawing Coffee. You can check out “A Portrait” (my personal runner-up) and “Until I Looked” (the horse I bet on) over there. Enjoy my first two creative pieces posted to DC in I think over two years. Enjoy.

Uncle Chelsea wants YOU to read some stuff

I’m in the process of trying to find new ways to work on my writing and generate ideas, but aside from that, I’m also looking for a group of people to provide feedback and constructive criticism on my creative work.

Do I want volunteers? Yes. Does that mean you should volunteer if you’re not serious about reading my work? No.

Here’s my current set of criteria for “beta-readers”:

  • Responds to writings in a timely manner (and tells me in advance when it’s not)
  • Provides constructive feedback (not just all good or all bad, not based on solely on personal likes or dislikes, etc.)
  • Answers any and all questions posed by me when looking for specific information in feedback
  • Prepared to read a variety of genres and styles
  • Prepared to read offensive, (violent, scary, political, religious, sexual, etc.) controversial, explicit, graphic work
  • Keeps my work confidential (what goes out to my readers should not be forwarded on to others without my express permission)

If you can meet all of these (and any others I create along the way), then feel free to comment in response to this post saying that you’re interested. I’d like to respect your privacy, so just say something like “I am willing and able to to fulfill these duties” or whatever. If you’re on Facebook, I’ll send you a private message (so be sure to check your inbox!) to ask for your e-mail address. If you’re on WordPress or something else, feel free to e-mail me (chelsea [dot] fiddyment [at] gmail [dot] com) in order to send me your e-mail address.

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